2015 Ribchester Festival will be last

Virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie is one of a host of music stars who have performed at Ribchester Festivals.
Virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie is one of a host of music stars who have performed at Ribchester Festivals.
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This year’s Ribchester Music Festival will be the last, a victim of rising costs and falling income, the organisers have announced.

At the launch event for the 23rd annual event at St Wilfrid’s Church, chairman Tim Rainford said although it would be the biggest and most varied in recent years, with 16 events in eight different venues, it could not continue. He said financial pressures meant the festival directors were unwilling to commit to a 2016 Festival.

Whilst we are saddened by this decision, and it will be a disappointment to many of our loyal supporters, we feel we want to go out on a high and make this as memorable a festival as any that we have had in the previous 22 years, so we have put together an exciting array of events, with more music, more venues and more choice than ever before

Chairman Tim Rainford

“As a non-profit charitable organisation we have relied on corporate and local government sponsorship, ticket sales, and donations from Friends of the Festival for the Festival to survive,” he said.

“As both sponsorships and ticket sales have declined in recent years, and the costs of staging the festival have increased in spite of using talented student performers from the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, it means that, after this year the Festival will not be financially viable.”

“Whilst we are saddened by this decision, and it will be a disappointment to many of our loyal supporters, we feel we want to go out on a high and make this as memorable a festival as any that we have had in the previous 22 years, so we have put together an exciting array of events, with more music, more venues and more choice than ever before.”

Over the last 23 years the festival’s line-ups have included great musicians such as Dame Evelyn Glennie, Julian Lloyd Webber, Pascal Rogé, Humphrey Lyttleton and Tasmin Little.