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Traviata - Forever Consuming
It pays to have an expert in critical illness cover sitting next to you when La Traviata does its rounds, especially when the director decides to include a video of a bronchoscopy to accompany the…

The Civic In Barnsley Announces Sir Michael Parkinson As Their Very First Patron


TV presenter Sir Michael Parkinson, or "Parky" as he is known, is returning to his roots this month as The Civic's very first Patron.

Following on from their fifth birthday celebrations in May,…

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Sat 20th Sep, 2014 | 8:00pm

Gig Preview: The Biggest Halloween Party Of The Year Comes To Manchester


Taking place on Saturday 1 November at the iconic Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, Vevo Halloween 2014 will be a thrilling immersive live concert experience with a theme of "survivors versus…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 5:22pm

Scout Beck
New Model Army - Justin Sullivan: Between Wine And Blood
By Scout Beck
Correspondent

The UK's New Model Army have released a six track album 'Between Wine and Blood' that both compliments and completes the hugely successful 'Between Dog and Wolf' album of last…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 3:26pm

Interview With Famy: Inspiration For Writing

Famy
Famy
Quartet FAMY have been building a name for themselves on the live circuit.

With a couple of successful EPs already under their belt in 2014, the quartet have upped their game with their début…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 8:29am

Nicola Benedetti And Manchester Camerata At The Muni Theatre In Colne


Joined by one of the world's most phenomenal violinists, Scottish-born Nicola Benedetti, Manchester Camerata's Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy will lead the orchestra in Vivaldi's well-known…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 11:14am

Lisa Stansfield Supported By Mama's Gun

Lisa Stansfield
Lisa Stansfield
Mama's Gun are one of those groups who are more successful in other parts of the world than in their native UK.

Their musical style fits in well with that of Lisa Stansfield, so it was pleasing to…

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Wed 10th Sep, 2014 | 7:15pm

Players Appeal For Wartime Memorabilia


To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World War, Grassington Players will stage the acclaimed play Oh What a Lovely War this October and are calling for the local community…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 7:35pm

Album Review - Sharon Corr - The Same Sun (Bobby Jean Records)


The Corrs were one of the most successful groups internationally over the last 15 years. When the band split up Sharon Corr said that she had so much more to do. That was good news for all…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 9:41pm

Mamma Mia! Returns To The North Of England In 2015


Currently playing to capacity audiences at the Blackpool Opera House before it ends on Sunday 14 September, the Abba inspired musical Mamma Mia! is returning to the north of England early next…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 9:58am

Richard Trinder
She Stoops To Conquer - Northern Broadsides
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Gilly  Tompkins as Mrs Hardcastle. Photo by Nobby Clark
Gilly Tompkins as Mrs Hardcastle. Photo by Nobby Clark
What is about Northern Broadsides that makes them so damn appealing?

Having just returned from watching their latest production, Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops To Conquer, and having admired…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 11:01am

Review Of Bingley Music Live - 29th - 31 August 2014

View of the site and audience in front of main stage
View of the site and audience in front of main stage
Bingley Music Live is gaining a reputation as one of the best small festivals in the UK to see established acts along with new artists. This year's festival was no exception and with good weather,…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 4:27pm

Bold Festival

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
A new national arts festival is set to launch in Bradford in September which will celebrate the creativity of older people and their rich variety of experience, as well as challenge and stimulate…

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Thu 28th Aug, 2014 | 3:01pm

Interview With John Newman

John Newman
John Newman
From playing a home town gig in Settle last October to 200 fans to selling out the 4,000 capacity Brixton Academy in London this October; it has been a tremendous year for John Newman.

His debut…

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Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 | 7:25pm

V Festival - Weston Park - Saturday 16 August 2014

Nile Rodgers and Chic
Nile Rodgers and Chic
The rain held off for the V Festival this year again for what proved to be another varied range of acts appearing across the weekend.

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers were a great act to warm up the…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 10:05am

'Festival Goers' Enjoy Magnificent Beacons

© Captis Picture Agency
© Captis Picture Agency
Last weekend thousands made their way from far and wide to set up camp in the grounds of Heslaker Farm, Skipton, home to Beacons Festival.




In spite of the adverse weather conditions that…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 9:10pm

Interview: Charlie Caplowe, Founder Of The Xtra Mile Label

Charlie Caplowe
Charlie Caplowe
As Xtra Mile Recordings get set to release another innovative compilation album 'Smokin (Signed vs Unsigned), where the likes of Frank Turner, Ben Marwood, Chris T-T and Beans on Toast select…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 10:10am

Imaginations Take Flight On The Buses

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival's Writer in Residence, Julia Crouch, with a No.36 bus
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival's Writer in Residence, Julia Crouch, with a No.36 bus
An internationally published author, who spent a week on the 36 bus route to inspire new writing, has released the results.

'Fifteen Minute Read' by Julia Crouch is available as a publication for…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

Gig Preview: Pusher - The Basement, York


A new Yorkshire band that only formed last year is playing a gig in York at The Basement on Friday 8 August.

This Barnsley outfit sound like a mix between Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division…

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Fri 8th Aug, 2014 | 4:45pm

Art Walk In Huddersfield


After the success of last year, the HOST Art Walk will take place again bringing the centre of Huddersfield alive with a series of pop up and existing art exhibitions.

The walk will run from…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 2:17pm

Dominic Wilcox: Variations On Normal

Dominic Wilcox's biscuit-based homage to the White Cliffs of Dover
Dominic Wilcox's biscuit-based homage to the White Cliffs of Dover
Artist? Designer? Inventor? Sunderland born creator Dominic Wilcox quite wonderfully defies categorization.

The artist is now set to share his ideas in a book entitled 'Variations on Normal' to be…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 8:52am

The Family Stone, Chic Feat Nile Rodgers - Jazz A Juan Juan Les Pins - July 2014

The beautiful setting of the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival
The beautiful setting of the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival
For the 54th edition of the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival this year's edition featured a strong line up that ranged from George Benson to Stevie Wonder.

The opening night started off with two of…

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Tue 5th Aug, 2014 | 8:58am

Yorkshire Photographer's Work Selected For Prestigious International Exhibition

Sarah Brabbin
Sarah Brabbin
Work by Yorkshire-based photographer Sarah Brabbin, has been selected to be part of a prestigious exhibition who's tour will include The Royal Albert Hall.

Sarah's image of Sheffield's Castle…

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Fri 1st Aug, 2014 | 6:00am

Beverley Hicks - Takes The plunge!

Possession
Possession
Beverley Scott, formerly an Art Teacher at Settle College, has decided to concentrate on developing her Art career.

While still teaching she showed her paintings every year in the North Yorkshire…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 10:22am

Author Launches One Hull Of A Creative Writing Contest

Val Wood
Val Wood
Award-winning author Val Wood teamed up with Hull Central Library on Saturday to launch a creative writing competition for 2014. Val launched the competition - "Hull is where the heart is" to an…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 12:32pm

Superb Line-Up Set To Light Up Kirkstall Abbey As Part Of Classical Fantasia

Soprano Laura Wright
Soprano Laura Wright
The Cistercian ruins of a much loved abbey in Leeds are once again set to host an outdoor classical musical event to remember

Organised by Leeds City Council, tickets are now available for the…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 11:49am

Graham Clark
Album Review - Jane McDonald - The Singer Of Your Song
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

Yorkshire's very own Jane McDonald's latest album, The Singer of Your Song, is a collection of some of her favourite songs. It would be easy to criticise her but you cannot deny she has a powerful…

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Sat 20th Sep, 2014 | 12:23pm

Elaine  Annable
John Lill Bradford Chamber Season Concert Series
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent
Image © John Lill
Image © John Lill
This was a very special evening of piano music. Unanimously described as the leading British pianist of his generation, John Lill's international concert career spans over fifty years and has…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 8:56am

Jeremy Williams
Interview: Starling
By Jeremy Williams
Arts Correspondent
Starling
Starling
Starling might be a band, but they are much more than that.

Dan, Craig, Sol and Vanessa are four close friends who bonded over music and decided to write, record and produce a record that tugs at…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 8:30am

Yorkshire Writers Delve Into The Dark Arts Of Gothic Writing


As the shadows gather, the dark bulk of a house looms, its chimneys soaring into the twilight skies...

Two local writers have teamed up to offer residential writing courses with a 'Gloriously…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 11:31am

Pharrell Williams Supported By Foxes - Manchester Arena

Foxes
Foxes
British female vocalist Foxes rose to prominence when she was the lead singer on Clarity which was a Top 10 hit in America for dance producer Zedd last year.

Landing the support slot on Pharrell…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 8:59am

Lauren Masterman
Aesthetica Film Festival In York Given BAFTA Accreditation
By Lauren Masterman
York Correspondent
Screenshot from Alter Ego, 2012. Experimental Finalist in ASFF 2013. Directed by Rusch Meyer
Screenshot from Alter Ego, 2012. Experimental Finalist in ASFF 2013. Directed by Rusch Meyer
Aesthetica Magazine is the brainchild of Cherie Federico and Dale Donley, founded when they were students at York St John in 2002. It now has a readership of 168,000 and international distribution…

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Wed 10th Sep, 2014 | 5:03pm

Celebrating The Natural World On Our Doorstep

British Meadow by Dennis Roddam
British Meadow by Dennis Roddam
Art works and ceramics by award-winning wildlife artist Dennis Roddam go on display at the Inspired by... gallery from 19 September. Inspired by his childhood adventures in the North York Moors,…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 7:29pm

Album Review - Maroon 5 - V - Interscope


It would be easy to knock Maroon 5 as they always seem to make it look so easy to come up with memorable pop songs and even now on this new album they are still on a roll. Its good, in fact, very…

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Sat 6th Sep, 2014 | 8:30pm

Phil Hopkins
Singin in the Rain - It's Worth Getting' Wet For!
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent

It may have only taken Gene Kelly one and a half days to shoot Singin' in the Rain but 62 years on, this warm, uplifting musical is still knockin' 'em dead in the aisles!

The stage version, like…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 12:07pm

Sir Alan Ayckbourn Heaps Praise On Yorkshire Man's Musical Charity Efforts

 Michelle Lawson
Michelle Lawson
"A fine song, beautifully executed and performed". These are the words eminent playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn wrote in a personal letter to Scarborough musician and designer Neil Fitzpatrick after…

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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 4:50pm

History is the Future in Harrogate


Harrogate International Festivals invites audiences to delve into the characters, intrigues and stories that stood the test of time to become the stuff of history books.

The second Harrogate…

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Fri 29th Aug, 2014 | 6:10pm

Review Of Leeds Festival, Bramham Park


Now a part of the Leeds calendar, the Leeds Festival is one of the major UK festivals of the year and rightly so. It attracts some of the biggest names in rock, dance and from the indie scene.

J…

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Tue 26th Aug, 2014 | 12:00pm

Review of V Festival - Weston Park - Sunday 17 August 2014

Starsailor
Starsailor
The second day of the V Festival drew the largest crowds of the weekend with 85,000 fans in attendance.

It is a long time since Starsailor graced a UK stage but with tracks such as Four To The…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 10:30am

Staithes Art And Heritage Festival

Staithes sunset
Staithes sunset
A BBC TV presenter, an Optical Illusion artist and an iPad art workshop are among the new attractions this year as Staithes Art and Heritage Festival announces details of its 3rd annual event,…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 12:53pm

Sue Devaney, Rosie in Mamma Mia - Blackpool Opera House
You have done a lot of theatre and television work over the years, what drew you to the musical MAMMA MIA!?

I'd never done a big ''wham bam" musical before so when my agent put me up for the role of Rosie I didn't think I'd get it. I remember one of my best friends coming with me to all of my 3 auditions. He's an umpa lumpa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and he's an expert in musical theatre... Joe told me what to wear, what to sing, how to cellotape my sheet music together so it would be easy for the pianist to play, and he got me a session with Nigel Lilley, a great MD who told me not to put too much vibrato into my voice because that's not what the Mamma Mia team are looking for! I'd done rock and roll musical shows before this and the odd song or two in panto! When I was offered the job, I was over the moon. I wanted the challenge of doing something new, singing and dancing 8 shows a week and as it's a World tour... travelling to exotic places like South Korea, Kuala Lumpa, Singapore.....But honestly, what really sold it to me was 3 months in Blackpool in the summer! Seeing my friends and family and playing at The Winter Gardens!!

Were you a fan of ABBA and their songs?

I remember listening to Abba songs when I was a child. My sister and I would record the 'Top 40' on a little tape recorder and one Sunday we were taping and this amazing song came on.... "Super Trouper".... I loved it! We couldn't get a good recording of it though because Mum was in the background shouting us down for tea! I have to say I wasn't a massive Abba fan though before I started the show. I have a comedy singing act called Double Bubble and we do a kind of medley of a few Abba songs but I always let my friend sing them whilst I do a bit of contemporary movement in the background with a scarf or two! I find a lot of the songs far too high to sing... My comedy partner laughed when I got the job... She said I'd have to learn the words now and stop waving my arms about!!

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Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Balcony

Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Hi!, how was your experience at Kendal Calling?

"ABSOLUTELY INSANE! Did you see that crowd? unreal! It was my birthday too so I won't be forgetting that one."

What are you looking forward to…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 9:53am

Review: Sir Tom Jones - Lytham Proms

Sir Tom Jones
Sir Tom Jones
Now in its 5th year Lytham Proms is held annually in the first weekend of August. The opening night was a 1980's inspired night whilst Michael Ball with the Halle Orchestra closed the festival on…

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Fri 8th Aug, 2014 | 5:30pm

From Decadence To Downfall: Opera North's New Season

Alessandro Talevi. Director of La traviata
Alessandro Talevi. Director of La traviata
Opera North's exuberant new season is a perfect marriage of drama and comedy, bringing three contrasting operas to life on stage in Leeds and on tour throughout the North of England this Autumn.

T…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 2:42pm

Northern Broadsides Stoop To Conquer


Fresh from the critical acclaim of An August Bank Holiday Lark, Northern Broadsides are set to take to road again this autumn to stage Oliver Goldsmith's much loved 18th century comedy of manners S…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 11:02am

Alex Hepburn, Jamie Cullum - Jazz A Juan, Juan Les Pins

Alex Hepburn
Alex Hepburn
Alex Hepburn might be a new name that you have not heard of before but by the end of this year I am sure you will know who she is.

This rising star from Scotland has a local connection too as Alex…

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Tue 5th Aug, 2014 | 9:14am

Tracy Horsfall
Beat - Herder 2014..The Best So far!
By Tracy Horsfall
Correspondent

The Organisers are going to have to pull something massive out of the bag to top this years festival, as even a short interlude of rain, lightening and a touch of thunder couldn't dampen the…

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Sun 3rd Aug, 2014 | 4:06pm

You'll SHREK With Laughter!

Dean Chisnall (Shrek). Photo by Helen Maybanks
Dean Chisnall (Shrek). Photo by Helen Maybanks
The Jolly Green Giant (he flogs sweetcorn) and the Green Cross Code Man (for those of a certain age) have one thing in common.....they have green in their name but, quite frankly, they're about as…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 10:41am

Lewis Brown
Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions
By Lewis Brown
Literary Correspondent
Historical biographer, Matthew Dennison
Historical biographer, Matthew Dennison
During his appearance at the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival this July, freelance journalist and historical biographer, Matthew Dennison, spoke to Lewis Brown about his career as a writer,…

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Thu 31st Jul, 2014 | 9:55am

Tosca - Heritage Opera's New production for Autumn 2014



Following on from their success with The Barber Of Seville and La Boheme in 2013, Heritage Opera returns to Fountains Abbey and Harrogate Theatre with Puccini's Tosca containing such gems as the…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 11:45pm

Nice Jazz Festival Review

Kris Bowers
Kris Bowers
The Nice Jazz Festival is held every year in July from 8th - 12th July. The line up these days tends to offer more than jazz based artists. The acts appearing this year included Deep Purple and…

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Tue 29th Jul, 2014 | 10:16am

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