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RICHARD II

Show is starting at...19 July 2015

This summer, Bronzehead Theatre bring Shakespeare's play of power and pride to the Valley Gardens. As England rises in rebellion, we turn spades and pruning hooks to swords and spears. Bring a picnic and a drink, and experience Richard's fall as the sun ebbs away.

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EDITH IN THE DARK

Show is starting at...05 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Harrogate Theatre is touring its highly acclaimed production of Edith in the Dark to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Celebrated children's author Edith Nesbit unleashes her ghostly Tales of Terror on an unsuspecting party guest. But all is not what it seems in this thrilling new drama by Fringe First award-winning Philip Meeks. 'Highly original' Guardian


TREASURE ISLAND

Show is starting at...15 August 2015

RHS Harlow Carr

Ahoy there landlubbers! Don't ye be missin' this tale of treasure and treachery on the high seas. Join Jim Hawkins as he spins his yarn of plotting pirates and potty parrots. Featuring a cast of just three actors playing all the characters - including the infamous Long John Silver - this unforgettable show from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company will thrill adventure-seekers of all ages. X marks the spot, me hearties! Arr.

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TWELFTH NIGHT - THE LORD CHAMBERLAINS MEN

Show is starting at...27 August 2015

RHS Harlow Carr

Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer to see Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy, Twelfth Night . A joyous tale of love, longing and laughter and mischief, mayhem and mistaken identity, set in fair Illyria.

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ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...05 September 2015

Ripon Cathedral

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor Bradley Creswick violin Dvorak Serenade for Strings Vivaldi The Four Seasons Dvorak’s delightful Serenade is a wonderful example of the charm of his youthful works - finespun, intimate and wistful. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is intricate and virtuosic, bursting with energy and bucolic atmosphere. His descriptions of icy rain, fireside warmth, the hunt, a threatening summer storm, lethargy at the end of the day, are full of wit and wisdom. Expect a vivid, supercharged performance!

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ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA UNRESERVED - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...05 September 2015

Ripon Cathedral

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor Bradley Creswick violin Dvorak Serenade for Strings Vivaldi The Four Seasons Dvorak’s delightful Serenade is a wonderful example of the charm of his youthful works - finespun, intimate and wistful. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is intricate and virtuosic, bursting with energy and bucolic atmosphere. His descriptions of icy rain, fireside warmth, the hunt, a threatening summer storm, lethargy at the end of the day, are full of wit and wisdom. Expect a vivid, supercharged performance

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SIMON MAYOR & HILARY JAMES - TEARS OF LAUGHTER AT HELPERBY MILENNIUM HALL

Show is starting at...06 September 2015

Music and merriment with Britain's leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso Simon Mayor, and silver-voiced songstress, Hilary James, whose elegant singing easily crosses the great musical divides from folksong to blues, Irving Berlin and Berlioz. From Latvia to Los Angeles and Vancouver to Singapore theyhave delighted audiences with their comic songs and mandolin and fiddle wizardry, in a show that ranges from witty to hilarious.

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SIMON MAYOR AND HILARY JAMES AT ST CUTHBERTS CHURCH PATELEY BRIFGE

Show is starting at...07 September 2015

A show of mandolin wizardry and humour, combined with one of Britain’s finest voices: expect anything from trad folk, jazz standards, Celtic, ragtime and blues, to a deadly accurate tribute to Jake Thackray - and, of course, there’s that song about the parrot! A chance for Nidderdale dwellers to see this renowned duo close at hand.

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CONCERT BY CANDLELIGHT - LOUISE THOMSON - HARP

Show is starting at...08 September 2015

A delightful programme of music by Glinka, Scarlatti, Debussy, Fauré, Pierné, Gismonti and Metheny in a beautiful candlelit setting. Winner of the Ida Carroll String Prize for outstanding achievement, Louise Thomson has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff and Bridgewater Hall Manchester, working with the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and on BBC TV for the Heaven and Earth show with Katherine Jenkins.

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MUSIC AT MARKENFIELD - THE FIERI CONSORT

Show is starting at...09 September 2015

'Out of the Shadows' Music by Byrd, Gesualdo, Gibbons, Lassus, Cecilia MacDowall, James MacMillan 'They may be young, but they knocked my socks off' The Guardian The Fieri Consort - singers who trained on The Sixteen’s prestigious Young Artists Programme – are rapidly building a reputation for vibrant and committed performances. They explore the transition

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ROBYN STAPLETON TRIO

Show is starting at...10 September 2015

Robyn Stapleton is BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014. She has one of the finest voices in Scottish music with uniquely pure tone, warm and distinctive, and has performed to an audience of 8,000 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Proms in the Park, at the Commonwealth Games, on TV and radio. She is joined by the dynamic Kristan Harvey of Blazin’ Fiddles, and Aaron Jones, currently working with Kate Rusby. The church is linked to the award-winning Washburn Heritage Centre where refreshments will be served.

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CLARE TEAL- MORE DIVAS AND ME! WITH JASON REBELLO PIANO - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...11 September 2015

Holy Trinity Church Ripon

The celebrated jazz singer, prolific recording artist and BBC Radio 2 presenter celebrates the music of her heroines Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Doris Day and their illustrious contemporaries. Voted Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Clare Teal’s stunning voice and warm personality has made her one of the most sought-after performers in the country. Beautiful melodies and fabulous arrangements, interspersed with Clare’s witty and outrageous anecdotes about the extraordinary lives of the Divas, promise an enthralling evening in the splendidly refurbished church.

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JUAN MARTIN - 2 GUITARRAS MALAGUENAS - PART OF RIPON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Show is starting at...12 September 2015

Holy Trinity Church Ripon

With Chaparro de Málaga 'a giant of the flamenco guitar tradition' The Times Juan Martin brings Mediterranean passion and virtuosic skills to his duo with Chaparro de Malaga. Voted one of the world’s top three guitarists by US Guitar Player magazine, Juan has played with Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, performed at the Barbican and Sadlers Wells with his famous dance ensemble, and with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall. Melodic and explosive, the music evokes the visceral power of authentic flamenco which will transport you to the Classic Spain of Málaga, Granada, Córdoba and Jerez. The refurbished church has comfortable seating and all facilities.

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THE EPIC STRAIN IN ENGLISH POETRY

Show is starting at...14 September 2015

In this10 week course we will look at the continuing influence of the epic tradition on English poets from Chaucer to the present day. We shall read extracts from Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Whitman, Eliot and Walcott to show how poets have striven to emulate the classical tradition exemplified by The Iliad, the Odyssey and The Aenid terms of both style and subject matter. There will be the opportunity for course members to introduce poems of their own choice dealing with the recurrent themes of heroism, adventure, love and friendship, rebellion, adventure, travel and quest.

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LIQUID GOLD - DOUBLE BILL - ANNA HASHIMOTO, CLARINET & HUW WIGGIN, SAXOPHONE

Show is starting at...15 September 2015

Some of the UK’s finest prizewinning musicians present an exciting and varied programme. Anna Hashimoto made her London début, aged 15, at the Barbican with the ECO and has toured Europe, the USA and Japan “stylish phrasing and a lovely liquid tone” New York Times. Huw Wiggin is winner of the ROSL Competition and Commonwealth Musician of the Year 2014, a Park Lane Group artist and performs throughout the UK and abroad as soloist and with his Ferio Saxophone Quartet “liquid gold tones and enviable breath control” The Times

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THE LAND OF LOST CONTENT

Show is starting at...16 September 2015

A celebration in words and music of the work of A. E. Housman With actors Sunny Ormonde (Lilian of The Archers) and David Timson, soprano Marilyn Cutts (Fascinating Aida, RSC) and Malcolm McKee, director and piano

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DUO DORADO - A BAROQUE EXTRAVAGANZA

Show is starting at...17 September 2015

Hazel Brook, violin and viola d’amore David Pollok, harpsichord Works by Bach, Telemann, Scarlatti, Corelli and others

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AUTHOR - NEIL HANSON

Show is starting at...18 September 2015

Neil Hanson presents an evening of humour, wit and wry observations on life. He has appeared in Chicago, New York, Kansas City, New Orleans, at the Sydney and Brisbane Writers’ festivals, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and numerous other events around the world and is often voted 'best speaker'

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FRIENDS TRIP TO SJT SCARBOROUGH FOR MATINEE OF HERO'S WELCOME

Show is starting at...19 September 2015

Tickets and coach travel from Harrogate to Stephen Joseph Theatre to see the matinee performance of Alan Ayckbourn’s 79th play – Hero’s Welcome. The coach departs from Harrogate Library, Victoria Avenue at 9.30am prompt. The matinee performance begins at 2.30pm at Stephen Joseph Theatre.

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AUTHOR - ALISON WEIR - THE LOST TUDOR PRINCESS

Show is starting at...21 September 2015

Alison Weir has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. Her new book, to be published this autumn, is the life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, whose eventful career spanned the reigns of four Tudor monarchs. She has recently signed a six novel deal with Headline on the six wives of Henry the Eighth, the first one to be published in 2016. An inspirational and passionate speaker, she holds audiences spellbound. Q & A and book signing.

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PUPPETCRAFT - MONKEY!

Show is starting at...04 October 2015

Created and directed by John Roberts Written by Michael Rosen The comic adventures of a fantastical superhero based on the classic Chinese story Journey to the West. Charming string puppets, antique shadow puppets, a beautiful set, live music and a script by poet and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen. A stunning theatrical show for everyone aged 4 to 104! PuppetCraft’s magical shows have delighted audiences throughout the UK and overseas.

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DEL BOY AND RODNEY: THE SITCOM EXPERIENCE AT THE YORKSHIRE HOTEL

Show is starting at...24 October 2015

Del & Rodney – The Comedy Dinner Show This spectacular dinner show brings a new pastiche dimension to entertainment which was celebrated as iconic British sitcom. Your hosts for the evening are the crème brulee of Peckham, who look like Derek, Rodney, Uncle Albert, Trigger & Boycie will bring fun for a site-specific themed comedy experience.

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HANDEL - MESSIAH ST AIDANS CHURCH HAREHILLS

Show is starting at...05 December 2015

Messiah is renowned as one of the greatest musical works ever produced and in an exciting new setting in Leeds the choir will be joined by soloists Sarah Power, Soprano; Hannah Mason, Contralto; Trystan Llyr Griffiths, Tenor; and Andrew Mahon Bass. It will be accompanied by Daniel Justin on the organ and conducted by the HCS Music Director Andrew Padmore.

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BACH - ST JOHN PASSION

Show is starting at...12 March 2016

Ripon Cathedral

Combining raw intensity with moments of exquisite intimacy, the St John Passion was written soon after Bach’s arrival as Kantor at Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a new setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known. The drama of this remarkable work will be brought to life in the beautiful setting of Ripon Cathedral with a cast led by the Evangelist, Gwilym Bowen and Henry Hawkesworth singing Christus.

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