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Thirsk Hall Festival 2021
“The Festival was a charitable gift to Thirsk and all who attended its events. The varied contributions, the melding of musical forms and worlds, provided something for every taste. But the standout point was the quite exceptional quality of the performers and performances which brought audiences to their feet in admiration and thanks.”

— A Letter of Thanks to the Darlington & Stockton Times from Dr John R Gibbins

Programme 2021:
Friday 3 September, 7pm, St. Mary's Church, Thirsk - Chorus & Orchestra Concert incl. Handel's Zadok the Priest, Bizet's Pearl Fisher's Duet and extracts from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.
Saturday 4 September, 11am - 5pm, Grounds of Thirsk Hall - Community Day with Poet's Corner stage.
Saturday 4 September, 8pm, Thirsk Hall Barn - "Before the Dawn" An evening of contemporary jazz, folk and world music.
Sunday 5 September, 12pm, Thirsk Hall Barn - The Little Prince.
Sunday 5 September, 5pm, St. Mary's Church - Peter & the Wolf and J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto in D Minor.
De Mowbray Songbook Exhibition. Benjamin Ellin. Rural Arts. Community Project. Thirsk.

De Mowbray Songbook Exhibition

Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 August 2021

Rural Arts, Thirsk

15 stunning pieces of art created by local (and some further afield) artists in response to the 7 sonatas composed by Benjamin Ellin during lockdown. Using the QR codes or provided mp3 players, visitors listened to the music as they walked around the exhibition.


Come and Play Day

Sunday 15 August 2021

Sowerby Parochial Hall, Sowerby, Thirsk

An orchestral workshop for instrumentalists of grade 6+. Directed by Benjamin Ellin, the day was a chance for musicians to make music together again after so long. Joined by 30 musicians, we spent the day rehearsing Brahms' Symphony No.1, with a full run-through at the end of the afternoon.


Come and Sing Day

Saturday 21st August 2021

St. Mary's Church, Thirsk

A singing workshop open to all singers age 15+, of any standard. Directed by Benjamin Ellin, the day involved working on extracts from Mozart's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria and Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. There were approx. 60 singers involved, with the day culminating in a run-through of the rehearsed pieces.

"Really interesting and well thought out. Art & music communicating with each other & expressing community values.

Lovely - thank you."

Visitor to the De Mowbray Songbook Exhibition

"The whole day just spurred me on to do more practising & get in as much orchestral playing as I can. I love playing my Cello with others. The conductor & musicians were all so friendly & made the day great fun ...yet also great practice for producing a good sound & making sense of the music."

Participant at the Come and Play Day

"A lovely day. I was nervous about what to expect but I needn't have worried. Ben and Emily were so welcoming and encouraging. Thank you for such an enjoyable day." 

Participant at the Come and Play Day

 "I hope this was the first of many!"

Participant at the Come and Sing Day