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.

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

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4:33pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

By Una Barry

Duncan McFarlane gains a new audience

Wharfedale Observer: Duncan McFarlane and his band were at Otley RUFC

9:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Duncan McFarlane and his band were at Otley RUFC Duncan McFarlane needs no introduction to Otley folk audiences. He is a fixture at the Folk Festival, whether in electric or acoustic mode – usually both, in a variety of venues.

Institute - Slick choreography and sets enlighten play’s mind games

Wharfedale Observer: ‘A Kaftaesque environment’ – A scene from Institute

8:05pm Sunday 25th May 2014


The Halle - Rhapsody is an energetic finale

8:00pm Sunday 25th May 2014

The Halle

John Lill - First standing ovation in 68 years after amazing concert

Wharfedale Observer: Pianist John Lill wowed the audience in the concert season’s finale

7:52pm Sunday 25th May 2014

John Lill

Patsy Matheson - Edginess adds to an impressive folk set

Wharfedale Observer: Folk musician Patsy Matheson

7:50pm Sunday 25th May 2014

Patsy Matheson

Wedding Singer hits all the right notes for 1980s excess

Wharfedale Observer: Ben Tomlinson who plays the lead role of Robbie Hart in the Brass Neck Theatre Group production of The Wedding Singer

12:33pm Monday 19th May 2014

The Wedding Singer

La Boheme is a heartbreaker

12:15pm Monday 19th May 2014

Opera North has embarked on a mission to woo newcomers by targeting La Boheme at the musical theatre audience who might possibly be tempted to try an evening at the opera. If you love West Side Story, Les Mis or Phantom, then the tuneful Boheme by Puccini and set in the 1950’s is but a short step further at Leeds Grand.

Dunwells deliver on hometown promise

Wharfedale Observer: The Dunwells on stage. Photo: Dave Maud

10:27am Thursday 15th May 2014

The Dunwells

Dark bedroom comedy lights up Ilkley Playhouse

10:15am Thursday 15th May 2014

Bedroom Farce

Orchestra of Opera North depicts wintry dawn in Moscow

10:14am Thursday 15th May 2014

Orchestra of Opera North

The Searchers deliver nostalgic memories to a packed hall

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

10:12am Thursday 15th May 2014

The Searchers

Lifted out of the pew by heavenly music by Johann Sebastian Bach

11:27am Friday 2nd May 2014

Bach’s Mass in B minor

Sabrina’s entrancing Irish Folk

Wharfedale Observer: Sabrina Piggott

10:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Sabrina Piggott and Stephanie Stephenson Otley Labour Rooms

Premiere of MacMillan’s composition

Wharfedale Observer: Leeds Town Hall, where Julie and Vicky got married today

9:20am Monday 21st April 2014

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Leeds Festival Chorus Leeds Town Hall

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

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

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

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.

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

Conductor led Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with energy

10:34am Friday 4th April 2014

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Sterling Ilkley team deliver classic Miller play

Wharfedale Observer: Jan Thomas and David Templeton in Death of a Salesman

2:49pm Friday 28th March 2014

Death of a Salesman

Les Mis is a lavish triumph

Wharfedale Observer: The cast of Les Miserables on stage at the King’s Hall in Ilkley

2:47pm Friday 28th March 2014

Les Miserables

Talented ASO open up with a full-bodied Wagner Idyll

2:33pm Friday 28th March 2014

Airedale Symphony Orchestra

Leeds Amateur Operatic Society puts on grand performance

10:08am Monday 24th March 2014

42nd Street

Flip author’s latest could win elusive prize

Wharfedale Observer: Author Martyn Bedford

3:47pm Friday 14th March 2014

This week, Mike Sansbury, of The Grove Bookshop in Ilkley, reviews Never Ending by Ilkley author Martyn Bedford (£7.99, Walker Books)

Of Mice and Men, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Wharfedale Observer: Henry Pettigrew as George Milton, left, and Dyfrig Morris as Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men on stage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse  Picture by Jonathan Keenan

3:40pm Friday 14th March 2014

Director Mark Rosenblatt takes us to depression-era California through the smell of eucalyptus, a red dirt wasteland and water front stage with Steinbeck’s trademark alfalfa. Avant-Americana musician Heather Christian scores the show with what Rosenblatt describes as “haunting hymnals”.

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra, St George’s Hall, Bradford

12:52pm Friday 14th March 2014

The splendid Vienna Tonkunstler, conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada, made a very welcome return following an outstanding concert here three years ago.

Classic Wizard of Oz story still magical for both old and young

Wharfedale Observer: Scarecrow (Matt Gardner), Tin Man (Mark Allan), Dorothy (Frankie Burgess) and Cowardly Lion (Mervyn Button) in a scene from the production of The Wizard of Oz

12:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

The Wizard of Oz

When the Sixties didn’t swing

Wharfedale Observer: Nell Carter and Jenny Button in Be My Baby

3:20pm Friday 28th February 2014

Be My Baby

Oliver! a spectacular show

Wharfedale Observer: Oliver (Henry Stansfield) is lifted by the company at the end of Consider Yourself. Picture courtesy of johnwaitephotography.com

3:22pm Friday 28th February 2014


Hard-working Menston Thespians panto cast lit up tiny stage

Wharfedale Observer: Cast members of Menston Thespians pantomime Sleeping Beauty, Nick Howell, who is playing the part of Colonel Bogey with his daughter, Niamh, who is the little fairy helper

12:30pm Friday 28th February 2014

Sleeping Beauty

Colourful Caribbean boiling pot of experience

Wharfedale Observer: Martina Laird as Sophia Adams, left, and her daughter Esther, played by Tahirah Shariff in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

3:30pm Friday 21st February 2014

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

Expressive empathy and rich rapport

Wharfedale Observer: Pianist Simon Crawford-Philips

3:27pm Friday 21st February 2014

Ilkley Concert Club recital

Monumental masterpiece is marvellous tribute to Ilkley soprano Mary Wilson

Wharfedale Observer: Mary Wilson

3:22pm Friday 21st February 2014

The Dream of Gerontius

Ilkley night of wordless comedy proves a roaring success

Wharfedale Observer: Paul Merton brnigs his first tour for a decade to Fairfield Halls

10:11am Friday 21st February 2014

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns with Neil Brand

Promise of greater things to come from Denise van Outen

10:55am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Having made a name for herself presenting The Big Breakfast, Denise van Outen conquered the West End and is now showcasing her writing talent in one-woman show, Some Girl I Used To Know. Leo Owen caught her latest project on the Leeds leg of its UK tour

Colourful and comic Yeadon production is a joy to watch

10:41am Wednesday 19th February 2014


Refugee's struggles are moving

Wharfedale Observer: Actors, from left, Fisayo Akinade, Sarah Vezmar and Dwayne Scantlebury in scene from The Refugee Boy. Picture by Jonathan Keenan

10:36am Wednesday 19th February 2014

The Refugee Boy

‘Forgotten’ show brings a rush of historical thrills

Wharfedale Observer: A scene from Opera North’s production of Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at Leeds Grand Theatre

10:47am Monday 10th February 2014

The Girl of the Golden West

Concert offers rich variety of quality work

Wharfedale Observer: Leeds conductor Alexander Shelley

10:41am Monday 10th February 2014

English Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra brings polish to its classical repertoire

Wharfedale Observer: Airedale Symphony Orchestra put on a polished performance at Victoria Hall, Saltaire

10:43am Monday 3rd February 2014

Airedale Symphony Orchestra

Upstagers’ panto has all the ingredients for a fun evening

Wharfedale Observer: The cast of the Upstagers pantomime, Snow White, which is on at the King’s Hall, Ilkley

10:40am Monday 3rd February 2014

Upstagers pantomime

Strictly Come Dancing stars shine live at Leeds Arena

Wharfedale Observer: The stars of Strictly on stage at the Leeds Arena

10:03am Monday 3rd February 2014

Strictly Come Dancing

Rollercoaster ride of a whodunnit at Ilkley Playhouse

Wharfedale Observer: From left are Alan Carmichael, Tony Wade and Tony Clegg in The Unexpected Guest

8:00am Friday 31st January 2014

The Unexpected Guest

Panto provides a jaw-dropping festival of hi-tech wizardry

Wharfedale Observer: The cast of Cinderella with the huge glitter ball

4:16pm Friday 24th January 2014


Audience rose as one for Hallelujah chorus

Wharfedale Observer: Soprano Una Barry.  Picture by Dawn Carlisle

3:33pm Friday 17th January 2014


Vienna courses in the Halle’s blood

3:22pm Friday 17th January 2014

Halle New Year Viennese Celebration Concert

Composer gains new followers

3:21pm Friday 17th January 2014

A Life Enhancing Celebration of Bohemian Music

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