Richmond prepares for first MayFest event

Green Matthews, who will be giving a concert ‘A Brief History of Music’ on Saturday evening in St Mary’s Church, Richmond.

Richmond is preparing for its first MayFest this coming bank holiday weekend – a community festival of historical and traditional music in what has to be the perfect setting.

The event will feature homegrown local talent from both professional and community groups.

Pellingmans’ Saraband are Jacob Herringman and Susanna Pell, internationally famous early music performers who are based in Richmond.

They have put together a special programme inspired by the popular walk along the river from Richmond to Easby.

As a perfect prelude to their concert, the public is invited to walk the walk, with musical accompaniment from The Ran Tanners.

The free musical promenade sets off from The Station at 4pm this Saturday, April 30, and there will be tea and cakes on arrival in Easby, before the concert in St Agatha’s at 5pm.

Green Matthews and their concert titled A Brief History of Music then kicks off at 7.30pm in St Mary’s in Richmond.

The third MayFest concert is on Monday at 5pm, again in St Mary’s in Richmond. It features Richmondshire Choral Society and guest singers, featuring choruses from The Messiah and Richmond’s own Cantique 950, composed for the town’s 950th birthday last year.

For something a bit different, there’s the MayFest Ceilidh on Sunday at 7pm in Richmond Town Hall, with local ceilidh band Blind Panic.

Marcia McLuckie, from Original Richmond Business & Tourism Association, said: “There’s loads more entertainment all weekend with free performances in the Market Place, Town Hall and Station, the MayFest Tavern in Richmond Castle, folk sessions, morris dancing, maypole dancing, and even a chance to have a go on the bagpipes with our beginners’ taster session.

“Local medieval minstrels Trouvere will be leading the merry band of musicians, dancers and entertainers.”

Locals should take note especially that there is a 50 per cent discount on concert and ceilidh tickets for residents in the DL9, DL10 and DL11 postcodes – and locals also get free admission to Richmond Castle all weekend.

Tickets are available online at and in person from Richmond Information Centre in the indoor market hall; ceilidh tickets are also available from Richmond Brewing Company at The Station.

Richmond MayFest is supported by Richmondshire District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the members of the Original Richmond Business & Tourism Association.

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