Hamish Ogston Foundation donates £60,000 to support Ryedale Festival
Earlier this year, the Hamish Ogston Foundation made a £60,000 donation to ensure the future of the Ryedale Festival as part of the Foundation’s efforts to help bridge England’s North-South divide.
Historically, the South of England has enjoyed a stronger economy and greater access to cultural events. This has, in part, contributed to negative perceptions of the North and its residents. However, in the last few years, there has been a strong push from both the private and public sectors to close this gap.
As part of the Foundation’s efforts to rebalance the economic and cultural divide between the South of England and the rest of the UK, the Foundation has been and continues to be focused on projects North of the line – including the Ryedale Festival.
The Ryedale Festival is an annual summer festival held in Ryedale, Yorkshire and is widely recognised as one of the most exciting and innovative festivals held in the UK. Every year, it welcomes both established and emerging artists from all over the world to take part in concert programmes set in spectacular historical venues, from village parish churches to stately homes, across the region.
Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival says, “The support offered by the Hamish Ogston Foundation in achieving this goal is invaluable and helps classical music to thrive in an area where there are few specialist venues and no major concert hall.”
In June of this year, the Ryedale Festival launched an appeal asking for donations from trustees and supporters. By July, it had raised £72,500 of the £130,000 target. To ensure the future of the Festival, the Hamish Ogston Foundation donated the remaining £60,000, with donations going towards paying artists, staff and venues involved in this year’s Festival.
Richard Shephard, Chairman of the Ryedale Festival and a Hamish Ogston Foundation music advisor says, “We are grateful for this vastly generous donation. This year’s events were immensely successful; audience sizes were better than ever and the concerts all received extremely good reviews.”
“With the Hamish Ogston Foundation’s support, the Festival can look to the future with optimism and confidence.”
With last year’s donations target met, the Ryedale Festival enters a new financial year ‘in the black’ with a renewed focus on rebuilding reserves, strengthening its financial position and tackling long term fundraising.
In addition, the donation made by the Hamish Ogston Foundation will enable the Festivalto keep ticket prices affordable and to achieve its vision of creating real cultural change in rural Northern communities.
Musical heritage in the UK is one of the Hamish Ogston Foundation’s key pillars. Read more about Hamish Ogston’s thoughts on the cause here.