Classical music feast at Aysgarth church

Pianist Duncan Honeybourne at Aysgarth church on Saturday morning. Photo: Pip Land.

There’s a feast of British classical music at Aysgarth church this weekend during the English Music Festival.

It began on Friday evening with the trio of Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin), Joseph Spooner (cello) and Duncan Honeybourne (piano) giving truly memorable performances of work by Stanford, Ireland, Holst and Moeran.

It was obvious then that the concert on Saturday morning with Honeybourne playing music by Alwyn, Delius, Howells, Milford, Vaughan Williams and Ireland was going to be exceptionally enjoyable due to his being able to move effortlessly from delicately caressing the piano keys to the dramatic flourishes whilst sharing his love of the music with his audience.

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This evening the festival continues with music by Howells, Havergal Brian, Vaughan  Williams, Phibbs, Delius and Ireland played by Marshall-Luck and Honeybourne.

For the 3pm concert on Sunday Marshall-Luck and Honeybourne (organist) will perform Bach’s Sonata for Solo Violin and Partita in B minor for solo violin, and Pantcheff’s Sonata for violin and organ.

And in the evening at 7.30pm Christopher Foster (bass) accompanied by pianist Kathryn Mosley will present songs by several English composers including Delius, Finzi, Howells and Vaughan Williams.

Tickets at the door cost £15 per concert (£12 for Dales residents). Light refreshments are provided.