Curtain closes on festival

A WINTER music festival in the Harrogate district will not take place again, due to disappointing ticket sales.

White Rose Festivals, which has run music events at Ripley Castle and Harewood House, has ceased trading, owing money to three local companies.

While relations with Harewood House and FTAV are said to be amicable, a third company - Ultimate Voice - is threatening to sue the organisers over money owed.

Director Shan Robinson: “It is with deep regret that White Rose Festivals Ltd, the company which was developed specifically to run the White Rose Winter Music Festival, has now ceased trading.”

The inaugural festival took place at a snowy Ripley Castle in December 2010, opening with the Four Seasons by Candlelight and featuring the acclaimed Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Last year’s event, held at Harewood House in November, included Night at the Opera, Night at the Proms and Night at the West End events, as well as performances from Yorkshire’s Got Young Talent competition. The festival’s problems relate to poor ticket sales.

Anna Cunningham, owner of Ultimate Voice, told the Advertiser she was considering legal action over money owed.

“Unless they come up with something, then I will be pursuing action against them. I have every intention of doing so,” she said.

A spokesman for event managers Temple Roberts, which includes some of the same personnel, stressed that the Elton John concert at the Great Yorkshire Showground in June has nothing to do with the White Rose Festivals company and will go ahead as planned.

The White Rose Winter Music Festival first took place in 2010 at Ripley Castle when attendances were hit by that year’s dreadful snow storms.