CARDUCCI Quartet, artists in residence at the 2017 Ryedale Festival, will be joined by actor Alex Jennings for Truth's Disguise III at St Olave's Church, Marygate, York, tomorrow morning in an 11am concert with a focus on Shostakovich and Anna Akhmatova.

The programme will feature Brodsky's Elegy, Pushkin's Foreboding, Shostakovich's Quartet No. 10; Akhmatova's In Vain You Fling At My Feet and Inscription On A Book and Shostakovich's Quartet No. 8 as the closing piece.

Pushkin’s proud words "Again I resolve to disdain destiny!" express a vein of optimism and renewal that also surfaces in Shostakovich’s 10th Quartet, composed in ten days shortly after his second marriage. In contrast, Akhmatova’s words "Death stands on the threshold anyway, whether you summon it or send it away" could stand as an epigraph for Shostakovich’s masterpiece, the 8th Quartet: one of the great works of the 20th century, dedicated to the victims of fascism and war.

Alex Jennings has agreed to appear as reader in all four of Ryedale Festival's Truth's Disguise events, replacing Simon Callow, who has had to withdraw. However, Callow's talk for the festival's Way With Words series, Being Wagner, will go ahead as planned on Sunday at 3pm at the Galtres Centre, Easingwold, where he will plunge into the world of the most controversial composer in history. The festival box office is 01751 475777.