A stylish opening to the Harrogate International Festival

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Manchester Camerata with Noriko Ogawa opens the Harrogate Festival


The Harrogate International Festival’s opening Gala Concert provided a night to remember with the  energy of the Manchester Camerata in combination with the superlative poetry of pianist Noriko Ogawa.

Opening with Webern’s uncharacteristically lush early Slow Movement, Adi Brett lead the orchestra through a thrilling string programme, including Mozart’s brilliant Piano Concerto No.9 and Elgar’s beautiful Serenade for Strings.


  • Webern Langsamer Satz
  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb Major
  • K271 Elgar Serenade for Strings
  • Mozart Symphony No. 29


Commenting on the evening, Carolynn Peace, Director at Berwins Solicitors said:

I felt very privileged to watch and listen to world class musicians in the setting of our own glorious Royal Hall. This was the opening concert of a month of exciting and diverse arts events and a worthy festival opener.

Manchester Camerata gave a sublime performance and Noriko Ogawa’ piano was ravishing.

It is vitally important that Harrogate International Festivals continues its work in adding to Harrogate’s cultural landscape and I would urge everyone to visit at least one event – this year’s programme truly offers something for everyone.

The concert provided a stylish start to the Harrogate International Festival that continues this evening with Curtis Stigers and a busy programme in the Spiegeltent on Crescent Gardens.


The Spiegeltent on Crescent Gardens

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