Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Pickering Parish Church
Hall Garth
North Yorkshire
YO18 7BE


Henry PurcellFantasia no.7
Johann Sebastian BachCantata, BWV 211 (Coffee Cantata)
David GordonRomanesque (World premiere)
Marcus Bartram-StephensDouble on Purcell's Fantasia no. 7 (World premiere)


Sir Thomas Allen – baritone

Programme Note

After opening with one of the extraordinary works for viol consort that so excited Purcell’s musical imagination, and a contemporary piece inspired by it, the Ryedale Festival, famous for its Coffee Concerts, presents the world premiere of a new coffee-inspired work by David Gordon. It features recorder soloist (and BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist) Charlotte Barbour-Condini and an array of percussion instruments from the main coffee-growing countries. Finally, Sir Thomas Allen heads the cast for one of the most comic and quirky pieces ever to come from the pen of J.S. Bach: a mini-opera about a coffee-addicted girl and her father who longs to find her a respectable husband, heard here in the first performance of a new translation by John Warrack, with the moral ‘drinking coffee is natural!’

Coffee/tea/soft drinks and biscuits served from 10am–10.45am

Sir Thomas Allen Ryedale Festival

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