The Richmondshire Concerts first took place before streaming music existed, or CDs or cassettes, or even LPs.
70 years later, when live classical music is often claimed to be under threat, this Richmond-based concert series is in better health than ever, organisers say.
“For the first time in our history, we’ve got more than 250 members,” said chairman Nick Reckert.
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“It’s remarkable that a classical concert society in a small market town can pull in audiences from all over the north of England.”
He paid tribute to the society’s concert secretary, Anna Jackson, and her commitment to hiring top-quality professional performers.
Nick said one of the highlights of this season would be a performance by the massed forces of Royal Northern Sinfonia which come to Richmond for a concert which will include two of J S Bach’s thrilling Brandenburg Concertos.
This concert will take place on October 21.
Details of all the Richmondshire Concerts can be found at www.rsconcerts.org.
Tickets are sold online and at Castle Hill Bookshop in Richmond.