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Austen The Musical - East Riding Theatre, Beverley
Austen The Musical by Rob Winlow is a celebration of Jane's life and follows her transition from a country parson's daughter to one of the most widely read writers in English literature. The…

Leading Organists To Play At Selby Abbey's Free Concerts

The Viscount Organ at Selby Abbey
The Viscount Organ at Selby Abbey
An organ "first" happens rarely but at Selby Abbey in North Yorkshire a spectacular new organ is being played in concert for the first time during July and August.

Some of the world's most…

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Thu 2nd Jul, 2015 | 9:50am

Tree Provides Roots For New Design Venture

Artist Bee Jasko
Artist Bee Jasko
A Yorkshire artist is launching her innovative design venture in June by creating the ultimate tree decoration.

Bee Jasko, designer and founder of Rehash Panache, is showcasing her passion for…

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Thu 2nd Jul, 2015 | 9:40am

Phil Hopkins
A Scoundrel To Miss It!
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent

TV comedy scriptwriters - certainly the American variety - understand intrinsically the need for a gag every few seconds, if their work is to move from pilot to series rather than the…

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Thu 2nd Jul, 2015 | 8:35am

Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Review: Megan Henwood
By Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Arts Correspondent
Megan Henwood
Megan Henwood
Megan Henwood has come a very long way since she won the BBC Young Folk Award back in 2009 with her brother Joe.

As she approaches the releases of her second solo album, 'Head Heart Hand', she…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 4:58pm


Would it be right to dismiss Pam Ayres and her oeuvre as lightweight and out of date? The evidence from her latest festival performance would suggest not.

A bucolic and balmy Grassington Festival…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 11:40am


Billed as a gypsy folk and roll band, it would be fair to say this is not necessarily a show I would normally have gone to see and I had no idea what to expect.

Putting the word "Folk" into your…

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Mon 29th Jun, 2015 | 9:00pm

NiddFest Festival Poetry Competition

Carol Ann Duffy meets one of NiddFest's young writers. Photo  Niddfest
Carol Ann Duffy meets one of NiddFest's young writers. Photo Niddfest
"Just before I started I was flooded with nerves however, once I began I no longer felt anxious. It's all a bit of a blur now to be honest."

12 months ago, Aisha Preece came to the front of the…

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Mon 29th Jun, 2015 | 9:42am

Yorkshire Team In Chart Topping Battle For Number One

TransactionX
TransactionX
A group of colleagues from Leeds and York are throwing off their suits and taking to the mic in a bid to become chart toppers in aid of the charity, Free the Children.

The band, TransactionX, has…

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Sat 27th Jun, 2015 | 11:46am


The life of Tony Hancock (very definitely to be confused with the character he played of the same name) was that of the archetypal tragic clown. He never came to comprehend that his stupendous…

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Thu 25th Jun, 2015 | 8:00pm

Victoria Benn
Review - Comedy Club 4 Kids - Grassington Festival
By Victoria Benn
Features Writer
Ryan Beange aka Ray Gunn  - photo Justine Joy
Ryan Beange aka Ray Gunn - photo Justine Joy
Grassington Festival's first ever Comedy Club 4 Kids was something along the lines of Whose Line is it Anyway meets Spinal Tap. All U rated of course, and all absolutely hilarious.

Danny Pensive…

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Mon 22nd Jun, 2015 | 10:00pm

Paul Stimpson
Fleetwood Mac At Manchester Arena
By Paul Stimpson
Features Writer

The curious case of Fleetwood Mac: a band that has lived out their existence in such a public way, that their musical talents should come secondary to the drama.

However, their relentless touring…

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Thu 2nd Jul, 2015 | 9:42am

Local Artists Exhibit At Rievaulx Terrace

Carolyn Smith - Forest Lovers
Carolyn Smith - Forest Lovers
This summer, the beautiful views of this stunning National Trust property will be enhanced further with sculpture on display from some of North Yorkshires best local artists.

Temple Treasures:…

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Thu 2nd Jul, 2015 | 9:31am

Love at First Bike!

Samantha Power (Sue, Beryl & Others)
Samantha Power (Sue, Beryl & Others)
Beryl is a wonderful play not only for its down to earth Yorkshire humour, but as a social commentary upon the times in which its main protagonist, Beryl Burton, started to become one of the…

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Wed 1st Jul, 2015 | 9:17am

Review: Dexeter

Dexeter
Dexeter
Leicestershire based country quartet Dexeter may still be relative newcomers to the circuit, but they have wasted little time in setting tongues wagging across the UK's close knit country music…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 4:52pm

Meet Artist Craig Davison At Cottingham Day

We're All Mad Here, I'm Mad, You're Mad - by Craig Davidson. Image  Washington Green (F.A.P.C) Ltd
We're All Mad Here, I'm Mad, You're Mad - by Craig Davidson. Image Washington Green (F.A.P.C) Ltd
A rare chance to meet a hugely popular artist is on offer at the Artmarket gallery, Cottingham, as part of Saturday's Cottingham Day celebrations.

Craig Davison, whose nave and energetic…

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Tue 30th Jun, 2015 | 10:32am

Cressida Ford
Review: The Flying Dutchman At Leeds Town Hall
By Cressida Ford
Features Writer

Above Opera North's vast orchestra, suspended between two ice-blue swathes of organza, hung a sail. This, and later a handful of simple stools, formed the entirety of the set for this concert…

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Mon 29th Jun, 2015 | 9:53am

Preview: York Early Music Festival

Andreas Staier - photo JosepMotina
Andreas Staier - photo JosepMotina
The 2015 York Early Music Festival embraces 300 years of music making, bringing together the music and musicians of England and France to explore a time mixed with harmony and discord in…

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Sun 28th Jun, 2015 | 10:00pm

Review - Bellowhead At Grassington Festival


There can surely be few left now who have not at least heard mention of the mighty Bellowhead. From its birth in 2004, the eleven-piece ensemble powered forth from the folk world into mainstream…

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Sat 27th Jun, 2015 | 11:02am

Elaine  Annable
Review: Skipton Camerata And Peter Donohoe
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent
Conductor Ben Crick and the Skipton Camerata
Conductor Ben Crick and the Skipton Camerata
Joined by world renowned pianist Peter Donohoe, Skipton Camerata gave the second in a series of three concerts at the King's Hall in Ilkley. The first in the series featured a stunning…

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Wed 24th Jun, 2015 | 8:00am

The Ladykillers - Bingley Little Theatre


Bingley Little Theatre's final play of the season, from the 6th to the 11th of July, is 'The Ladykillers', an adaptation for the stage, by Graham Linehan, of screenwriter William Rose's famous…

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Mon 22nd Jun, 2015 | 4:26pm