St Cecilia Orchestra

Ripon’s renowned St Cecilia Orchestra is much more than just an orchestra.
At its most spectacular it is an exceptionally fine and very large symphony orchestra, often working with top class international soloists and capable of giving high-quality performances


Special Gala Concert

Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, followed by Beethoven's immense Symphony No 9, with guest soloists and the
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Ripon Cathedral

Sat 21st Oct 2017

Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, followed by Beethoven's immense Symphony No 9, with guest soloists and the Cleveland Philharmonic Choir.
Tickets available online (via the link above or visit or from the Cathedral Bookshop; Little Ripon Bookshop, Westgate; Bargain Books, the Arcade or by phone from Richard Russell - 01765 677413


Special indeed - Beethoven and Wagner at their greatest.

Ilona Domnich


Ilona Domnich has been described by critics as a memorable voice of silken beauty with a luminous edge to the tone, a sensitive musician and an actress of magnetic presence.
She was chosen by Opera Now as one of their Top 10 high flyers, a 'new generation of sopranos who are destined to have impressive careers'.
Ilona was born in Russian, studied in St Petersburg Music School, Jerusalem University and Royal College of Music in London.
With Vera Rosza, Susan Roberts in London and now with Montserrat Caballe in Barcelona.
She sang Rosina at English National Opera and has performed at Buxton Festival, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, with BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Southbank Sinfonia and at music festivals in UK, Italy and France.
Future engagements include Glauche in Medea by Cherubini, The mystic Trumpeter Holst, live on BBC 3; Brahms Requiem, Canteloube Chants d'Auvergne and Orff Carmina Burana, Shostakovich 7 Blok Songs.
Ilona has started a collaboration with Dutton Epoch records, conductor Martin Yates and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Their first recording together of V W Williams The Scott of Antarctic is being released in March.
Her recent CD Surrender, voices of Persephone of operatic arias and duets with the baritone Leo Nucci is released world-wide by Signum Records and was taken by major classical radio stations in North America, Canada, Europe and the middle east.

Kezia Bienek

Mezzo Soprano

British mezzo soprano Kezia Bienek moved to London from Gloucestershire aged sixteen to attend The Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology.
As a scholar she then studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to the opera course at the Royal College of Music.
Roles at RCM include Concepcion L'Heure Espagnole, Doralice La gazzetta (Rossini), and Iside Giove in Argo and Tauride Arianna in Creta for the London Handel Festival.
In 2014 she made her professional debut with Wexford Festival Opera as La Frugola Il Tabarro and Giannetta Don Bucefalo.
More recently Kezia has covered the title role in Carmen for Scottish Opera, Suzuki Madame Butterfly and Flora La Traviata for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Rosmira Partenope (Handel) for English National Opera.
Kezia looks forward to making her debut with Welsh National Opera as Flora La Traviata in 2018 and later this year taking part in Glyndebourne Youth Opera's new piece, Belonging.
She has been the recipient of a number of Awards including the prestigious International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary which she received in 2013 and 2014.
She has sung in Master Classes with a number of well-known artists including Brigitte Fassbänder at the Wigmore Hall, Sir Thomas Allen and Sarah Connolly.
She has also worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto.

Elgan Llyr Thomas


Welsh tenor Elgan Llyr Thomas, from Llandudno, is a former student of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied on the School’s prestigious Opera Course.
He has been the recipient of many awards including the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award and its inaugural audience prize, the Kerry Keane Young Artist award and audience prize at the Les Azuriales Festival in Nice, France, the Urdd National Eisteddfod Bryn Terfel Scholarship, Osborne Roberts Blue Ribband award at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and a Kathleen Ferrier Young Singer’s award.
He was one of the first ever recipients of a Bryn Terfel Foundation study grant.
Elgan enjoys a busy concert schedule, performing across the U.K. and further afield.
He has recently travelled to China to perform with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra and to Catania, Sicily, to perform Handel’s Messiah at the Teatro Massimo Bellini under the baton of Maestro David Jackson of the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
He appeared as Spoletta in a special concert performance of Tosca at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, conducted by Gareth Jones and performing alongside Kristine Opolais and Sir Bryn Terfel.
In August 2016 Elgan joined Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist.
During his time with them he played Nemorino in their national tour of The Elixir of Love and various roles in Philip Glass' The Trial, based on the Kafka novel.

Samuel Pantcheff


British Baritone Samuel Pantcheff studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland at Royal Academy Opera, after graduating with Distinction from the Masters in Vocal Performance.
In his first year of study, Samuel was awarded the Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize.
Recent operatic experience includes Sharpless at the King’s Head Theatre, The King (Eight Songs for a Mad King) at Grimeborn Festival and the Russian premiere at Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Papageno for Pavilion Opera, Baron Zeta (The Merry Widow) for Ryedale Festival Opera, Guglielmo for Pop-Up Opera, Samuel sang the baritone roles in Alexander Goehr's music theatre Tryptich on tour in Russia for the Russian premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre, and Ligeti's Nouvelles Aventures and Aventures at Saint Petersburg Philharmonia.
Current projects include Lumaca (La scuola de gelosi, Salieri) for Bampton Classical Opera, Leporello at the Pleasance Theatre for Head First Productions, and The Telephone for The Opera Box. I will be a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2017.
Samuel is an experienced oratorio soloist and recitalist.
Oratorio highlights include bass solos in Purcell's Ode to Saint Cecilia with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, Bach's Cantata BWV74 and BWV106 (Actus Tragicus) for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and Handel's Messiah at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Concert Orchestra.
Samuel was a soloist on a tour of Israel with the Israel Camerata and Avner Biron, performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion.