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Arts: News and reviews from concerts, gigs, theatres, opera, ballet and cinema.

She Stoops to Conquer: Lack Lustre Offering By Broadsides
In a week that has traversed the terrors of the First World War and the political machinations of the English court - Private Peaceful and Henry IV - it was with some anticipation that I sat down to…
Nov
8
Ingleborough Cave Photography Day

Settle Stories On A Mission


Where's the best Whisky in the Dales? We all love a good dram from time to time. But, where can the best one in Yorkshire be found?

This weekend (10th - 12th October) the Settle Storytelling…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 12:03pm

Gig Review: Big Reunion - Boy Band Tour 2014 - Leeds Arena

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A1
The 1990's were a period in pop music when UK boys bands were very popular, the most successful of course was Take That. The ITV2 programme The Big Reunion brought back together many of the acts…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 5:09pm

David J Markham
Gang of Four - Holmfirth Picturedrome
By David J Markham
Painter, Arts Critic, Photographer
Gang of Four last year at the Brudenell Social Club
Gang of Four last year at the Brudenell Social Club
Post punk legend Andy Gill brings a revitalised Gang of Four to Yorkshire on 27th November at the Holmfirth Picturedrome. It's an appetising prospect in a venue that has seen it's reputation grow…

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Wed 29th Oct, 2014 | 9:05am

Lauren Masterman
From Greek Gods to Gang Lords
By Lauren Masterman
York Correspondent
Antigone - a Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production. Photo by Robert Day
Antigone - a Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production. Photo by Robert Day
Roy Williams' newly adapted script gives Sophocles' Antigone an extreme make-over to appeal to a younger audience and inject new life into a Play originally written in 441 b.c.

Pilot Theatre work…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 5:39pm

Review: Caro Emerald - Manchester Arena


Caro Emerald has been a big success in her native Holland and the rest of Europe before she was discovered by the British public. Her style of music goes back to the days of the big bands playing…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 12:02pm

Interview: Benjamin Steel

Benjamin Steel
Benjamin Steel
Benjamin Steel enjoyed success with indie-pop outfit Visitors before realising that he needed to fulfil his initial music ambition - to write a pop record that left its mark. Walking away from the…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 8:34am

Northern Broadsides Wins 'Best New Play' At UK Theatre Awards

Deborah McAndrew with her richly deserved award. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography
Deborah McAndrew with her richly deserved award. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography
Yorkshire theatre company Northern Broadsides have delightedly announced that their critically acclaimed 2014 touring co-production with the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme of Deborah…

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 6:00pm

At The Tetley: Educating Damien

A butterfly emerging from a chrysalis - from Glyn Thompson
A butterfly emerging from a chrysalis - from Glyn Thompson
'Educating Damien' will offer a rare insight into the early processes and influences presented to Damien Hirst and his contemporaries at Jacob Kramer College in Leeds in the 1980s, by artist and…

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 9:44am

Gig Review: The Black Veil Brides

The Black Veil Brides
The Black Veil Brides
With 3 UK tours in just under 18 months The Black Veil Brides are making sure that the UK does not forget this American rock act.

The make-up might have gone and we can now see the band naturally…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 4:10pm

Elaine  Annable
Review: Russian State Philharmonic And Peter Donohoe At St George's Hall, Bradford
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent
Pianist Peter Donohoe
Pianist Peter Donohoe
This was the second concert in the Bradford International Orchestral Concert Season 2014/2015 and the third of seven performances of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto by Peter Donohoe - part of…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 2:43pm

NCEM Young Composers Award 2015


The National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3 are proud to present the 2015 NCEM Young Composers Award in partnership with Scotland's leading baroque ensemble, the internationally acclaimed…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 12:20pm

Gigi Review: Clean Bandit - Supported By Years And Years


Years and Years are a new act who were a good choice to open up for Clean Bandit: both acts produce tracks that are influenced by early house music that also have a strong melody.

They sound like…

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Fri 17th Oct, 2014 | 8:13am

Interview: Lucy Kay

Lucy Kay
Lucy Kay
Lucy Kay has once again shown that classical talent is celebrated by the British public. Having romped to victory on this year's Britain's Got Talent, the Leicester born songstress has…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 6:39pm

Review: Peter Andre At Manchester Apollo


You might think that Peter Andre no longer has a musical career as he regularly appears on TV shows these days such as 60 Minute Makeover, but that is not the case as this summer he released a new…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 5:06pm

Jake Bugg And Special Guests To First Direct Arena For 25th Anniversary Celebration

Jake Bugg
Jake Bugg
On Sunday 19 October, festival favourite Jake Bugg will bring his distinctive blend of indie, rock and folk to the first direct arena in Leeds in an exclusive event, presented by venue sponsor…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 3:15pm

Interview: Danny Toeman

Danny Toeman
Danny Toeman
Danny Toeman made his name on the Leeds circuit before relocating back to his birthplace, London. However, it was the valuable lessons taught to him in Leeds that have helped bolster his live…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 3:59pm

Ed Sheeran Supported By Saint Raymond - Leeds Arena


Saint Raymond is singer songwriter from Nottingham who has landed the support slot on the Ed Sheeran tour. He chose to perform his set with 3 other musicians: they worked together so well that…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 10:30am

The Countdown For Brass Factor Begins

Alex Bray
Alex Bray
A Wetherby MP has praised one young entrepreneur for his efforts in creating a fantastic community project that brings together traditional and contemporary music.

Alec Shelbrooke, MP for Elmet &…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 6:00pm

Dad's Army: Made In Yorkshire

Arthur Lowe as Captain George Mainwaring and John Le Mesurier Sergeant Wilson in the BBC version
Arthur Lowe as Captain George Mainwaring and John Le Mesurier Sergeant Wilson in the BBC version
The cast of the big-screen version of of the iconic TV programme, Dad's Army, has been announced.

It reads like a who's who of the great and the good and is based firmly on the original - with an…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 2:23pm

Cantorus Salicium Choir Performs Mozart's Requiem



Many music lovers will be familiar with the beautiful singing of early choral music by The Sixteen, directed by Harry Christophers but since 2007 Craven has had its own "Sixteen". Based in Long…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 3:45pm

Interview: Giulia


Italian songstress Giulia has not hidden her ambition. Having entitled her début single 'Radio Junky', the charming lyricist is set to send the radio waves into overdrive.

While we try get the…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 9:50am

Interview: Alla Ray

Alla Ray
Alla Ray
Alla Ray may not be a name you are immediately familiar with, but if you have been to any nightclub this summer, her voice is one you will immediately recognise.

Having teased the music world…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 9:37am

Album Review: The Only Way Is Essex - Dance Anthems (Warner Music TV)


Don't let the title put you off as this 3 album compilation is a great overview of some of the biggest pop hits from the last few months. The title of the album stems from the fact that cast…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 5:31pm

Album Review: Macy Gray - The Way (Kobalt Music)

image courtesy of High Rise
image courtesy of High Rise
Macy Gray has an unmistakable voice and is always a performer who can be relied upon to deliver something different,

Her new album The Way, continues in her own style. The first two opening tracks…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 12:51pm

Gig Review: The Vamps - Manchester Apollo


In just over a year The Vamps have gone from supporting artists to headling their own sold out tour.

Playing two nights at the Manchester Apollo the band are one of the hottest groups in pop music…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 9:29am

Graham Clark
Gig Review: John Newman
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

It has been a busy but very successful year for Settle's John Newman. He has had two #1 singles and a #1 album in the UK and his UK success has been repeated across America, Europe and Australia.

H…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 9:24am

Phil Hopkins
It's Shakespeare I'm In Love With
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent

Shakespeare is like a pint of Guinness, many drink it, few appreciate it, but those who persist with its flavours come to experience something not available elsewhere on the market.

However,…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 9:02am

One All Powerful Voice For Peace(ful)


As Private Peaceful fought back tears at the injustice of his pending death, I looked sideways to see if the lady next to me could see the glint of my welling eyes in the Playhouse lights.

If…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 10:17am

Review: Example - Leeds 02 Academy


Most dance acts are either faceless or they seem to be a one hit wonder. Example are quite the opposite and they have had a string of Top Ten hit singles over the years.

Elliot Gleave is a great…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 12:12pm

Grounded: Thought Provoking But Overly Testosterone


Grounded is a short play - about 80 minutes - but is intense and requires your undivided concentration if you are to stay with its controversial themes.

George Brant's work plays across the world…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 8:30am

Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Interview: Jonathan Antoine
By Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Arts Correspondent
Jonathan Antoine
Jonathan Antoine
Last weekend Jonathan Antoine became the youngest ever tenor to top the UK album charts. It is just the latest remarkable occurrence in the remarkable career that the young vocalist has enjoyed in…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 8:24am

At The Tetley: Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen

Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen. Rehana Zaman
Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen. Rehana Zaman
The premičre of 'Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen', a new multi-channel video by Rehana Zaman will examine the role of the worker under global capitalism. This work emerges from her…

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 10:52am

Richard Trinder
Opera North: The Bartered Bride
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Brenden Gunnell as Jeník, Kate Valentine as Marenka. Photo by Robert Workman
Brenden Gunnell as Jeník, Kate Valentine as Marenka. Photo by Robert Workman
Think Smetana, think Má Vlast (my homeland) where the composer combines the symphonic poem concept of Franz List with outright, unsubtle but stirring nationalism.

If that is your only exposure to…

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Sun 19th Oct, 2014 | 2:12pm

Interview: Veronika Vesper

Veronika Vesper
Veronika Vesper
Veronika Vesper is an artist who thinks outside the box. Inspired by Bjork, this musical rebel hates to be constrained. While her last single 'F*ck The Ego' showcased her ballsy attitude, her…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 3:54pm

The Future Of Reading


A new interactive exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, will explore experimental forms of digital literature such as web- and app-based fiction, and electronic text adventure games.

Experts…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 1:54pm

Paul Simon And The Art Of Funk(el)

Dean Elliott and Jonny Smart as Paul and Art
Dean Elliott and Jonny Smart as Paul and Art
Dean Elliott is a great guitarist and Jonny Smart has the type of curly hair that gooey eyed mothers adore and teenage girls spend hours trying to straighten.

In their raw state they are just two…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 12:09pm

Interview: Sasha McVeigh

Sasha McVeigh
Sasha McVeigh
Country is back! And this time it has a British twist. With Ward Thomas and The Shires hitting the road in the UK for a fully British country tour, songstress Sasha McVeigh is proving that British…

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Thu 16th Oct, 2014 | 10:45am

Gig Preview: Paloma Faith In Yorkshire

Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith's star is definitely rising. Her forthcoming autumn tour, which starts at Sheffield City Hall on 28th October, has nearly sold out.

Yorkshire fans can also see her in Hull, York and…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 6:20pm

Riverdance Matures 20 years On


Michael Flatley must haunt the Riverdance production team more than the Celtic ghosts of Wicklow's Glendaloch for, no matter how hard they try, two decades on it will always be associated with the…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 4:46pm

Live 'Street-Art' Returns To York Minster For October Half Term

Street artist C-Bloxx at work in York Minster in October 2013
Street artist C-Bloxx at work in York Minster in October 2013
Following the success of last October's giant live spray painting displays in York Minster, street artists Inkie and CBloxx are set to return to the gothic cathedral during the October half term…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 4:59pm

Album Review - Erasure - The Violet Flame (Mute Records)


You have to admire Erasure for not resisting the temptation to go on one of these 1980's package tours that feature many of the 1980's pop acts and for sticking to their guns and still producing…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 10:37am

Interview: Marcus Romer

Marcus Romer
Marcus Romer
Marcus Romer has been Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre for 18 years and is currently working with acclaimed playwright Roy Williams at York Theatre Royal, taking Sophocles' Antigone and placing…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 6:24pm

John Legend Supported By Judith Hill - Manchester Apollo


Judith Hill has been hand picked to support John Legend on this tour by the man himself, you can see why as there are a lot of similarities: they both play the piano and both write and perform…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 2:33pm

Exhibition: All The Colours And The Shapes Of A Town - David J Markham

The Path
The Path
Yorkshire based artist David J Markham will be exhibiting his latest work at Gallery 42 in Tadcaster from 18th October until 15th November 2014.

The exhibition is called "All the colours and the…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 10:20am

York Based Artists Join Forces For An Exhibition Full Of Colour

Receding Waves by Sandra Middleton
Receding Waves by Sandra Middleton
Unbridled Colour is an exhibition which is a celebration of colour in textiles. Coleman and Middleton's pieces are created in fabrics and threads are their response to colour. Carol Coleman takes…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 3:25pm

Interview: David Aldo

David Aldo
David Aldo
David Aldo is something of a chart hero in his home country of South Africa. Having dominated their music scene as a solo artist and as part of the group Blood Sweat & Tears, Aldo counts Robbie…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 9:43am

Review: Manchester Camerata And Nicola Benedetti


This concert was a total joy from start to finish and it was fitting that it played to a packed Municipal Hall in Colne.

The concert opened with Arvo Part's - 'Silouan's Song', a beautiful piece…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 6:27pm

Album Review: Hozier (Island Records)


Irish singer/songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne is better known as Hozier. You might have seen his recent performance on Later With Jools or seen the posters advertising his debut album that seem to…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 5:15pm

Let It Be Comes North


Let It Be has been successfully running in London's West End and has now travelled north for a 2 week run at the Opera House in Blackpool.

The show is a run through of The Beatles songs performed…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 12:10pm

New Direction For Northern Drama


The Journey from page to stage will have extra significance when a new production of one of the most powerful dramas in 20th-century British theatre arrives in north Leeds later this month.

Adel…

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Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | 3:27pm