Ensemble displays highs and lows in ‘mixed’ programme

Wharfedale Observer: Ensemble displays highs and lows in ‘mixed’ programme

11:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

The Galliard Wind Ensemble King’s Hall, Ilkley, as part of Ilkley Concert Club

Dunwells are looking forward to a special home-town finale

Wharfedale Observer: The Dunwells on the Andrew Marr Show earlier this year

2:40pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Local band The Dunwells have just been added to the line-up for one of America’s biggest festivals Bonaroo but it is a home-town gig they are most looking forward to.

Bollywood theme for fun fundraising evening

Wharfedale Observer: Weatherman Jon Mitchell, former Yorkshire cricket captain David Byas and Yorkshire Air Ambulance pilot Andy Hall will return to Addingham Memorial Hall in June for a fundraising Bollywood theme evening

1:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

ITV Yorkshire weather presenter Jon Mitchell and former Yorkshire cricket captain David Byas will be among special guests at a fundraising Bollywood theme evening in Addingham.

Choral societies unite for concert

Wharfedale Observer: St Margaret’s in Ilkley, where the two choral societies will play

12:30pm Saturday 19th April 2014

The combined choruses of Ilkley and Otley societies will perform Handel’s Samson at St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley, on May 17.

Counting down to a Bedroom Farce

Wharfedale Observer: Members of the cast of Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce

7:30am Saturday 19th April 2014

In just over a week and a half, Alan Ayckbourn’s highly popular Bedroom Farce opens for a fortnight’s run on Monday April 28 in the Wharfeside Theatre at Ilkley Playhouse.

Dark themes of Awakening are still relevant

Wharfedale Observer: Claudia Grant, Ruby Thomas and Aoife Duffin in Spring Awakening

9:30am Friday 18th April 2014

Spring Awakening West Yorkshire Playhouse

Magic of Stars in Their Eyes Beatle

Wharfedale Observer: Nick Bold performing as George Harrison (right)

2:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Talented singer/guitarist Nick Bold was born to perform...

Edinburgh gallery shows Dixon’s work

Wharfedale Observer: April on The Molo, by Ilkley artist, Kevin Dixon, which is among his work that has been selected for the exhibition

1:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Work by Ilkley-based artist Kevin Dixon has been selected for a prestigious exhibition in Edinburgh.

Duo finally get round to electric set

Wharfedale Observer: Paul McKendrick of the Guiseley Brothers

1:09pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The Guiseley Brothers are back at the Swan in Addingham this Saturday.

Wowed audience give standing ovation after 20-minute encore

Wharfedale Observer: The Manfreds, who said how much they enjoy playing at Ilkley

12:58pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The Manfreds King’s Hall, Ilkley

Shaun Williamson returns to Bradford in Two Guvnors cast

Wharfedale Observer: James Corden in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors, which will star Shaun Williamson when it is staged at Bradford’s Alhambra theatre in July

3:28pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Casting has been announced for hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, coming to Bradford this summer.

Fran shows a winter's work

Wharfedale Observer: Artist Fran Elliott with one of her paintings which is among those being exhibited at the Art Shop

3:13pm Thursday 10th April 2014

An art shop and gallery in Ilkley has launched its latest exhibition.

Ilkley GP with a talent fro photography

Wharfedale Observer: Moonrise over Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon in Iceland, by Ilkley GP Ross Brown

2:49pm Thursday 10th April 2014

An Ilkley-based GP’s photographic work has been recognised after being shortlisted for two prestigious national art awards.

Mary Barry cooks

Wharfedale Observer: Author and TV cook Mary Berry

3:46pm Thursday 10th April 2014

As the nation’s favourite home cook, Mary Berry (right) has a reputation to uphold. So before a dish can grace the pages of her books – which numbered 74 at the last count – she tries it out on her most discerning critics.

Ilkley butcher to join food and drink festival

Wharfedale Observer: Award-winning Ilkley butcher David Lishman

3:39pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Leeds’ annual food and drink festival is back for 2014 and this year organisers say they are aiming to make it even bigger and better than ever before.

Workshop for lovers of singing

Wharfedale Observer: From left are Barbara Grant, of Cantores Olicanae, Ilkley Grammar School business and finance director Alison Kaye and Anne Lowe, of Cantores Olicanae

3:36pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Ilkley Grammar School is looking forward to welcoming local choir Cantores Olicanae in May, when they will hold a music workshop in the school. The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 10, at the Grammar School and is free to take part. Other than a love of singing, no other musical experience is required. A place can be secured by contacting Hilary on (01535) 609209.

Otley Brass Band fundraising concert

Wharfedale Observer: Otley Brass Band in action at Arthington Show this summer.

3:34pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Otley Brass Band will play a fundraising hometown show this month.

Callum sends everyone home with a smile

Wharfedale Observer: Callum Whitton, seven, preparing to play his first recital at Christchurch, Ilkley

3:31pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A young pianist played his first recital in front of a large audience at Christchurch in Ilkley to raise hundreds of pounds for two fundraising appeals Seven-year-old Callum Whitton, a pupil at Ashlands Primary School, managed to raise almost £450 for two Christchurch appeals, the church roof repairs and solar panels fund and Dan’s Den soft play area project.

Thought-provoking and daring play is captivating from start to finish

Wharfedale Observer: Claudia Grant, Ruby Thomas and Aoife Duffin in Spring Awakening. Picture by Tristram Kenton

3:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Theatre Review: Spring Awakening at The West Yorkshire Playhouse Spring Awakening's first English staging in New York back in 1917 required a court case win before its "pornographic" material was deemed acceptable for public viewing. Over a century later, an equally dark new Headlong adaptation of this controversial play tours the UK, stopping at The West Yorkshire Playhouse where Leo Owen caught the show In keeping with the original German production over a hundred years ago, Anya Reiss' re-imagining of Frank Wedekind's controversial play instantly shocks when the lights come up on a uniformed school boy (Ekow Quartey) furiously masturbating on a toilet. Nicely juxtaposed is the calming sound of the audio track describing the portrayal of the female form in various art gallery exhibitions, providing unexpected stimulation.

Duncan McFarlane trio at Otley Rugby Club

Wharfedale Observer: Duncan McFarlane on stage

3:17pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Stalwarts of Otley Folk Festival will play a special show next month.

Grassington hosts stars and community acts

Wharfedale Observer: BIG NAMES Bill Wyman

3:15pm Thursday 10th April 2014

There’s a glorious mix of community and high-profile artists set to perform as part of Grassington Festival, which runs from June 13-28.

New director on track for film success

Wharfedale Observer: Director Francis Lee

3:10pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Coronation Street star Katy Cavanagh stars in a short film following a train journey from Bradford to London.

Food bank to benefit from Otley performance

3:06pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A series of live music benefit shows for food banks will continue in Otley this weekend.

Bronte films to be shown at Parsonage

Wharfedale Observer: The Bronte Parsonage Museum

3:04pm Thursday 10th April 2014

To coincide with the Bradford International Film Festival, the Bronte Parsonage Museum is screening classics rarely shown on the big screen.

Opening band plays again for celebration

Wharfedale Observer: Members of The New Rope String Band, who will be playing at the Otley Courthouse next month

3:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A double bill of live music will help Otley Courthouse celebrate its tenth anniversary next month.

Ayckbourn farce peeps into bedroom

Wharfedale Observer: The cast of Three Stars for a Suicide, top row from left, Ella Balaam, Sophie Green, Nikki Mason and Roza Hesmondhalgh with, bottom row from left, Andy Price, Peter Lindsay, Pat Hebbert, Robson Stroud and playwright and director Ash Caton

2:56pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The next major production in the Wharfeside Theatre at Ilkley Playhouse is Alan Ayckbourn’s highly popular Bedroom Farce which opens for a fortnight’s run on Monday, April 28.

Magic of Motown bringing hits to Royal Hall

Wharfedale Observer: Members of the cast of The Magic of Motown on stage

2:54pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Celebrating 50 years of UK hit singles, the Magic of Motown brings its brand-new Reach Out tour to the Royal Hall in Harrogate.

Touching film about friendship

Wharfedale Observer: Ah Tao (played by Deanie Ip) and Roger (Andy Lau) in A Simple Life

2:52pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A soulful and moving drama from Hong Kong, A Simple Life, is Ilkley Film Society’s next screening on Sunday at 8pm at Ilkley Playhouse.

Walking with dinosaurs at Bradford's St George's Hall

Wharfedale Observer: Dinosaurs are brought to life by skilled puppeteers in Dinosaur Zoo, at St George’s Hall, Bradford

11:01am Friday 4th April 2014

Ever wondered what a dinosaur zoo would be like?

Take in a trio of reservoirs near Pennine Way

Wharfedale Observer: A view through the trees of Widdop Reservoir near Hebden Bridge

11:32am Friday 4th April 2014

This four-mile circular walk north of Hebden Bridge takes in dramatic scenery and three reservoirs

Tempting treats in a thriving hub of Baildon village life

Wharfedale Observer: Pickles owner Louise Pickles

11:24am Friday 4th April 2014

This week our cafe reviewer Angela Cunningham visits Pickles in Baildon

Couples set for Strictly Dancing challenge at Ilkley Winter Gardens

Wharfedale Observer: Judges take careful note of a couple’s moves at last year’s Strictly Dancing in the Winter Gardens, Ilkley

11:15am Friday 4th April 2014

Eight couples will be given just a few hours to learn ballroom or Latin dances under the expert tuition of a former British champion as a glittering dance competition makes its return.

Impressionist Alistair McGowan returns to Pygmalion for Yorkshire premiere

Wharfedale Observer: Alistair McGowan as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion - Photo Manuel Harlan(4684451)

11:11am Friday 4th April 2014

Alistair McGowan reprises his West End role as Henry Higgins in a new production of George Bernard Shaw’s best-known play which makes its Yorkshire premiere at Leeds Grand Theatre next month.

Extraordinary landscape of Iceland at Settle gallery

Wharfedale Observer: Ross Brown’s images of Iceland are on display at Settle’s Lime Gallery

11:02am Friday 4th April 2014

Striking photographs of the glaciers, mountains and plains of Iceland, taken by an Ilkley-based photographer, have gone on display.

British photographers' work on show at National Media Museum

Wharfedale Observer: The National Media Museum at Bradford

10:52am Friday 4th April 2014

Two British photographers are the focus of the exhibition Only In England: Photographs By Tony Ray-Jones And Martin Parr, which opened at the National Media Museum yesterday.

Life of rock star Billy Fury is told in night of great music

Wharfedale Observer: Billy Fury with The Fury's Tornados in 1974 - Charlie Chris is seated

10:47am Friday 4th April 2014

He was a shy Liverpool boy who became one of our best-loved stars, billed as Britain’s own Elvis.

Concert delivers the drama of the Passion

Wharfedale Observer: The audience at St Margaret’s Church in Ilkley listened and watched as Cantores Olicanae, the Yorkshire Chamber Ensemble and soloists perform Bach’s St John Passion

10:44am Friday 4th April 2014

St John Passion

Burley-in-Wharfedale artist Colin Bellwood opens Spanish gallery

Wharfedale Observer: Burley-in-Wharfedale resident and artist Colin Bellwood inside his gallery in Seville, Spain

10:42am Friday 4th April 2014

A former Ilkley Grammar School English teacher has opened his own art gallery in Spain.

Conductor led Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with energy

10:34am Friday 4th April 2014

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Ayckbourn comedy reveals a harsh truth

Wharfedale Observer: Matt Damon as Scott Thorson and Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, which will be screened at Ilkley Playhouse on Saturday, April 12

10:30am Friday 4th April 2014

Following on from the critical and popular success of Death of a Salesman, the next major production at the Ilkley Playhouse will be Alan Ayckbourn’s ever-popular Bedroom Farce which opens for a fortnight’s run on Monday, April 28.

Mozart and jazz in quintet's repertoire

Wharfedale Observer: Members of Galliard Wind Ensemble

10:27am Friday 4th April 2014

Next week’s Ilkley Concert Club event brings five wind players at the peak of their powers to the town: the lively and entertaining Galliard Wind Ensemble is one of Britain’s leading chamber groups and will be performing at the King’s Hall on Wednesday, April 9.

Talk on Haworth at time of Brontes

Wharfedale Observer: A painting of the three Bronte sisters, who took fourth spot in a Yorkshire icons poll

10:23am Friday 4th April 2014

A talk on Life in Haworth at the time of the Brontes will be given in Askwith next week.

Sooty and friends on tour again

Wharfedale Observer: Richard Cadell and Sooty

10:20am Friday 4th April 2014

Celebrating his 65th year in showbusiness, Sooty will be stopping off for two performances in Ilkley next month as part of a UK tour.

Searchers return to Ilkley with classic treats

Wharfedale Observer: The Searchers, who will be performing at Ilkley's King's Hall next month

10:17am Friday 4th April 2014

Next month The Searchers return to the King’s Hall, Ilkley, to perform such classic hits as Sweets For My Sweet, Needles and Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love Away and When You Walk In The Room.

Prize-winning film depicts Moscow as harsh jungle

Wharfedale Observer: Nadezhda Markina in the Russian film Elena, which is being shown at Ilkley Playhouse

10:15am Friday 4th April 2014

The gripping and subtle Russian film Elena is Ilkley Film Society’s next screening on Sunday at 8pm at Ilkley Playhouse.

Jungle fever arrives in Otley

Wharfedale Observer: An interactive musical version of The Jungle Book, Kipling's celebrated story of the orphan Mowgli being raised by wolves, will be performed at Otley Courthouse

10:09am Friday 4th April 2014

This Easter Otley Courthouse is going animal crazy with a host of jungle-themed theatre, crafts and film.

Band say: Join us on stage at our pedal-powered gigs

Wharfedale Observer: The band Hope & Social who will be playing the Grand Depart route

10:00am Sunday 30th March 2014

Towns along the Tour de France route will be treated to a bicycle-powered musical extravaganza a few weeks before the race.

Call for artists to join Ilkley Art Trail

Wharfedale Observer: Artist Luci Smith working on a piece using pastels in her studio in Ilkley

2:26pm Friday 28th March 2014

A last call has gone out to any local or regional artist who would like to be part of this year’s Ilkley Art Trail which runs from October 8 to 12.

Bravo as Bistrot Pierre chef and his menu win awards

Wharfedale Observer: The inside of Le Bistrot Pierre

3:35pm Friday 28th March 2014

The Bistrot Pierre group of restaurants, which has a branch in Ilkley, has won the award for Best Restaurant Menu (three to 20 sites) in the inaugural Development Chef Awards, held as part of the Development Chef Summit at Westminster Kingsway College.

Mix of food at best of British festival at Harewood House

Wharfedale Observer: The parterre garden at Harewood House.

3:29pm Friday 28th March 2014

A recipe for good food and fun is being cooked up at Harewood over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

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