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It starts with jazz and ends with a rock choir with plenty of musical variety between including a recital by a Ukrainian guitarist and an opportunity to play the organ.

Ripon Cathedral Revealed, a five-day festival showcasing the cathedral and all it offers to the community, has something to suit all musical tastes.

The festival preview on April 28 features jazz from Richmond Jam. The following day sees a performance from the Yorkshire Decibelles, a choir of North Yorkshire women formed in 2012 by Ruth Sladden, who is a lay clerk at the cathedral. Later that day Tom Coxhead, the cathedral’s organ scholar, will play the organ before Galina Vale, who was born in the Ukraine, will give a guitar recital. She is a former principal guitarist with the Kharkov State Philharmonia and has won prizes in music competitions in Poland, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, April 30 there will be a concert by Northern Voices, a 45-strong choir based in Darlington. Later that day there will be a chance to look behind the scenes at the work of the choir. Sunday will see a Songs of Praise event.

On the final day, Bank Holiday Monday, there will be an opportunity to play the organ during the late morning. The final musical event will see Rock Choir singing uplifting and well known songs both in the cathedral and at the beer festival during the afternoon. Other acts at the beer festival include Gracie Falls, Barry Sellers “Two Well Worn”, Roosters Band and King Courgette.

Apart from the musical events and the beer festival, there will be stunning floral displays, a ceramic artwork installation, embroidery workshops, bell tower tours, a pop-up café and a food festival. Tickets are now on sale on line at They cost £8 for each day of the festival. Entry for children is free.