THIS summer, Otley Baroque brings back concerts to the town with a revival of their popular weekend afternoon series.

Asuka Sumi, an international violinist who moved to Otley five years ago, launched the organisation in 2018, specialising in Early Music and period instruments.

After a long, muted pandemic year, all ears will be attuned to Johan Löfving from London, an award-winning guitarist/lutenist on July 4. Together with Asuka on baroque violin, the concert promises a chance to relax on a Sunday afternoon at the Wesley Hall, located in the town centre.

Asuka says: “We are hugely grateful to be able to welcome live audiences again, thanks to the strong support from our venue, the Wesley Hall which has taken care to provide a safe and pleasant experience for our audience.

“We are also thankful for generous support from a Leeds Inspired grant, via the Leeds City Council.

“We have more concerts lined up in the coming months, including one on September 19 with Masumi Yamamoto on harpsichord, which will be preceded by an educational programme for younger audiences on September 18.”

The Sunday Afternoon Concert ‘Wonders Upon a Note’ with Johan and Asuka will be on Sunday, 4 July at 3pm at Wesley Hall, Otley Methodist Church.

Family-friendly. Wheelchair accessible.

Ticket prices are from £5-£10 and can be purchased online at:

More information about Otley Baroque and the future events can be found at:

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors.

Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council.