REVIEW: Gruelling rehearsal schedule leads to concert of 'astounding brilliance' by Under 13s National Children's Orchestra

Wharfedale Observer: The National Children's Orchestra (Under 13s) at Leeds Town Hall

1:44pm Friday 22nd August 2014

National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain

Live Spanish cooking demonstration with free samples as part of Ilkley Summer Festival

Wharfedale Observer: Simon Miller, chef proprietor of Ilkley's La Casita Spanish restaurant, in the Victorian Arcade

12:21pm Monday 18th August 2014

AS part of Ilkley Summer Festival’s month-long line-up of events, La Casita will be showcasing a live paella cooking demonstration this Sunday, 24 August, from 16.00 to 18.00, at the town’s bandstand.

National Music Youth Theatre commissions piece to commemorate the First World War

Wharfedale Observer: Trumpeters from the National Youth Music Theatre orchestra

3:41pm Monday 18th August 2014

TO COMMEMORATE the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War National Youth Music Theatre has commissioned a new work from Benjamin Till. The story follows a group of Leeds residents from the start of the war until the battle of the Somme in 1916. The men, members of an amateur brass band, join up to the Leeds Pals regiment and their womenfolk decide to learn the instruments that the men have left behind to keep the spirit of the brass band alive and to play for them when they triumphantly return to the city after the war. We watch the women trying to learn the brass instruments whilst the men simply try to stay alive. It is an epic musical about love and survival.

A fun twist on Shakespeare

Wharfedale Observer: Members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company

9:20am Tuesday 12th August 2014

The Reduced Shakespeare Company will appear at City Varieties in September with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]; an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. The Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies.

Opera North announces trio of new shows for autumn: La Traviata, The Coronation of Poppea and The Bartered Bride

9:40am Monday 11th August 2014

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.

Canadian trio set to jazz up Ilkley

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3:40pm Monday 11th August 2014

A CANADIAN jazz trio is coming to Ilkley Playhouse this month.

Vegetarian cafe in the Yorkshire Dales with quite a pedigree

Wharfedale Observer: The front of The Retreat in Grassington

12:25pm Monday 11th August 2014

Review of the Retreat Café and Tea Roomsin Grassington

The Selecter still relevant and still going strong - next up is Bingley Festival

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5:36pm Sunday 10th August 2014

A DEGREE in biochemistry seems a long way from Top of the Pops, but it was what brought Pauline to Coventry. And it was in Coventry where she initially made her mark with The Selecter, the band which, along with The Specials and The Beat, led the way in the 2 Tone movement.

Chance to win a place in the spotlight

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6:12am Saturday 9th August 2014

CHARITIES and arts groups are being offered an opportunity to showcase their work on Bradford's Big Screen.

Swinging Sixties summer party at hall

Wharfedale Observer: Young people get into the 60s spirit at Lotherton Hall

5:25pm Saturday 9th August 2014

The sights and sounds of the 60s are set to light up one of the most historic houses in Leeds this weekend with an annual summer party.

Jake Bugg ready to take centre stage at Leeds Festival

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2:23pm Saturday 9th August 2014

WITH less than a month to go until the gates open on Leeds Festival, the countdown is on.

Northern rockers revving up for home turf concert

Wharfedale Observer: 10cc live and going for it – as they will in Bradford this October

12:09pm Friday 8th August 2014

by Jim Greenhalf

Ex-Westlife star set for solo show at hall

Wharfedale Observer: Shane Filan

5:13pm Friday 8th August 2014

SHANE Filan was a teenager when he joined a boy band called Westlife in 1998.

Concert at Bolton Abbey

7:03am Friday 8th August 2014

A MUSICAL evening with soprano, Alexandra Lowe, baritone Tom Isherwood and pianist Simon Passmore will take place at the Priory Church, Bolton Abbey, on Saturday.

Folk duo making their mark on scene

8:55pm Thursday 7th August 2014

AMERICANA folk duo the Black Feathers are making their way to Saltaire's Live Room.

Otley Courthouse column

Wharfedale Observer: Indie-folk band Feldspar will kick off Otley Courthouse's autumn season

6:21pm Thursday 7th August 2014

OTLEY Courthouse's final movie matinee of the season will be the multi award-winning The Help.

Recipe: Lasagne Carbonara for family of four

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12:34pm Thursday 7th August 2014


‘Magnificent Seven’ to give a gourmet treat at Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey

2:43pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

THE Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa at Bolton Abbey are thrilled to announce that they will host the Dingley Dell’s “Flying Visit” event at 7pm on Monday, October 6, 2014.


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Be a-mazed by Stockeld Park

Wharfedale Observer: Stockeld Park

6:34pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

FOR a family adventure filled with interactive playgrounds and sculptures designed to fuel the imagination of both children and adults alike, try Stockeld Park this summer.

Maestro of feel-good comedy coming to Bingley

Wharfedale Observer: (8560346)Comedian Stephen K Amos

6:27am Tuesday 5th August 2014

MAESTRO of feel-good comedy, Stephen K Amos, has included a date at Bingley Arts Centre as part of his mega UK Autumn tour

Council give backing for City of Dance map for boost to culture

Wharfedale Observer: (8351729) Leeds City Council will be providing further backing to the 'City of Dance' campaign.

11:33am Friday 1st August 2014

Leeds is being promoted as a world class city for dance with support agreed by councillors this week.

Redemption Song brings Sunday gig to a close

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2:30pm Friday 1st August 2014

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Celebrate Yorkshire Day with this dish made from local rhubarb

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2:48pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A POOL-IN-WHARFEDALE farm shop and cafe is hoping to encourage folk to celebrate Yorkshire Day tomorrow, by sampling some of the county’s delicious produce.

Ilkley artist's solo exhibition

Wharfedale Observer: (8564444)The poster for Kevin Dixon's exhibition at Lotherton Hall

2:42pm Thursday 31st July 2014

PAINTINGS by an Ilkley artist depicting Wharfedale, Venice and The Var will be exhibited at a Yorkshire country house this autumn.

Series of children's summer art workshops beginning at Otley Courthouse

Wharfedale Observer: Children can enjoy a screening of hit animated film Brave followed by a linked art workshop

2:26pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A distinctly regionally flavoured talk about the origins of the English language will be held at Otley Courthouse this weekend.

Dr Who stage show coming to town

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11:34am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Vision Nine and BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce that the UK and European premiere of the hugely popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will be making a stop at the first direct arena next May.

Thought for the Week

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11:11am Thursday 17th July 2014

Thought for the week from the Rev Peter Willox, Vicar, St. John’s Church, Ben Rhydding

Review of Shakespeare in Hollywood at Ilkley Playhouse

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4:44pm Monday 14th July 2014

Review of Shakespeare in Hollywood at Ilkley Playhouse

Review: The Tickled Teapot, Menston

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1:25pm Monday 14th July 2014

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Accompanist joins choir for last time

Wharfedale Observer: (7823987)Members of Steeton Male Voice Choir performing recently at Alnwick Gardens

9:45am Saturday 12th July 2014

STEETON Male Voice Choir will perform its last concert next week with an accompanist who has played with the choir for 14 years.

Wise up when keeping your garden watered this summer

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12:08pm Thursday 10th July 2014

WE may have had the warmest spring on record, but last winter was also the wettest, so we are a long way from a drought and hosepipe ban.

Kia Optima offers affordable luxury

Wharfedale Observer: The refreshed Kia Optima

11:44am Thursday 10th July 2014

New car roadtest: Refreshed and ready to do battle in the tough mid-size saloon market, Kia’s Optima is a high-spec, value for money alternative to the mainstream opposition. By Iain Dooley, Motoring Writer

Pianist who is attracting celebrity fans

Wharfedale Observer: Pianist James Rhodes

5:08pm Monday 7th July 2014

JAMES Rhodes is a dude. A classical pianist wrapped in starry celebrity. At a performance in Hay last month, the Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch led the standing ovation. Fans include Stephen Fry. Why? Rhodes has reinvented the image of classical music. This July, he stars as Harrogate International Festival’s Artist in Resident.

Review: Beryl, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Wharfedale Observer: Penny Layden as Beryl Burton on stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

3:27pm Monday 7th July 2014

PERFECTLY-timed for the Tour De France’s Yorkshire Grand Depart, Maxine Peake’s Beryl comes to the West Yorkshire Playhouse where Leo Owen caught the show

Eleven piece band Bellowing into Yorkshire for Harrogate festival

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5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

HOLD onto your hats. Bellowhead is blasting into Yorkshire headlining Harrogate International Festival tomorrow night (Friday), as well as curating a platform for Young Musicians during the month-long festival. We spoke to cellist, fiddle player and the only female in the 11-strong band, Rachel McShane.

Review: Leeds Symphony Orchestra, St Margaret's Church, Horsforth

Wharfedale Observer: Leeds Symphony Orchestra (Photograph by Paolo Pozzana)

4:51pm Monday 7th July 2014

Leeds Symphony Orchestra

Shakespeare in Hollywood at Ilkley Playhouse

Wharfedale Observer: Julia O'Keefe and Tony Wade in Shakespeare in Hollywood

4:37pm Monday 7th July 2014

SHAKESPEARE in Hollywood is the last production of the season to be staged at Ilkley Playhouse this summer, running until July 19. Directed for the Playhouse by Robin Green in the Wharfeside Theatre, this hilarious farce has sets designed in collaboration the Arts and Media students of Bradford College. The second year students are also helping the talented wardroom team at Ilkley Playhouse, with the design of some of the costumes.

Comedian Mark Watson at Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Wharfedale Observer: Mark Watson

4:15pm Monday 7th July 2014

AS FAR as career paths go, Mark Watson’s is nothing if not varied.

Review: Airedale Symphony Orchestra, King's Hall, Ilkley

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3:32pm Monday 7th July 2014

Airedale Symphony Orchestra

Review: Alan Bennett's Untold Stories, West Yorkshire Playhouse

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2:27pm Friday 4th July 2014

Untold Stories,

Great performances in powerful Bennett play

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2:47pm Friday 4th July 2014


Talking Heads leave you figuring out the story

Wharfedale Observer: St Agnes Church Hall transformed for WYPH Talking Heads: Christopher Chilton as Graham in A Chip in the Sugar (7426355)

2:31pm Friday 4th July 2014

Talking Heads

11th annual variety show at King's Hall, Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: Children of Performance Drama School who are gearing up for the 11th annual variety show at The King’s Hall, Ilkley.

12:18pm Thursday 19th June 2014

THE local children of Performance Drama School are gearing up for their 11th annual variety show at The King’s Hall, Ilkley.

Review: The Singing Days Ensemble, All Saints Church, Ilkley

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4:33pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

By Una Barry

Review: Samson by Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies at St Margaret's, Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: St Margaret's Church, Ilkley

10:24am Thursday 5th June 2014

By Una Barry (soprano)

Andrew Dunn takes to stage in Full Monty

Wharfedale Observer: The cast of The Full Monty which comes to Bradford next year

9:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Leeds actor Andrew Dunn will be baring all on the Alhambra stage next year, heading the cast of a stage adaptation of The Full Monty.

Get set for centenary show

Wharfedale Observer: Members of the cast of Carnaby Street: The Musical

8:00am Wednesday 28th May 2014

Whilst the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford continues to celebrate its centenary year another of Bradford Theatres’ venues is set to celebrate as the Winter Garden in Ilkley reaches the same milestone in June 2014.

Aireborough Marie Curie group host two fashion shows

10:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

The Aireborough Marie Curie Fundraising Group is holding a tea party and a fashion show in June.

Chippendale Singers perform some of their favourite tunes

10:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

The Chippendale Singers will perform at St Mary’s Church, Burley-in-Wharfedale, on Saturday June 7.

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