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Festival finale backed by accountancy firm

Harrogate accountancy firm Lithgow Perkins is to be the main sponsor of the Grand Finale of Ripon International Festival at the Royal Hall next month.

Robert Horner, partner at Lithgow Perkins, paid tribute to the hard work of the organisers and said the firm was delighted to be supporting this year’s closing event.

Alexandra-Soumm-credit-Dan-Carabas-smallRobert said:

We’re proud to be associated with such a prestigious event and are very much looking forward to the Grand Finale.

Once again, the programme for this year’s festival is really outstanding and very varied, with events taking place at venues across the district.

Ripon International Festival begins on Thursday, September 5 and includes classical and folk concerts, literary celebrities, theatrical performances and enchanting shows for children. Now in its 16 th year, the festival counts the Archbishop of York among its patrons and the acclaimed actor and director Sir Derek Jacobi as its president.

The concert at the Royal Hall, Harrogate, on September 21 by Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by Janusz Piotrowicz, will feature Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’ First Symphony. The Orchestra will be joined by violinist Alexandra Soumm who gave a sensational sell-out performance at the festival’s Spring Concert last year.

Festival director Susan Goldsbrough said:

We really do value the support of our corporate sponsors, which enables us to put on such a fantastic programme.

We’re very excited about this year’s festival and especially the Grand Finale, which will be a very fitting end to our 16 th year.

Tickets for the Grand Finale start from £22, with concessions available. To book,

visit or telephone the box office 01423 502116.

For more information about Ripon International Festival, visit

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