Man of the Moment MILOŠ comes to Harrogate! This July, Harrogate International Festivals is delighted to bring classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglic to the Royal Hall. Milos happens to be building a reputation as the classical guitar world’s new pin-up boy, but that’s not to say he isn’t one of the most talented classical guitarists of our times, having topped the UK classical charts with his first commercial solo album Milos, The Guitar.
“…probably the biggest classical-guitar phenomenon since John William…” The Sunday Times
Miloš musical career started when he discovered an ancient and dusty guitar with broken strings on top of a cupboard in his parents’ bedroom. Inexplicably, this sorry wreck of an instrument convinced him that he must become a guitarist. His progress was blindingly swift. By the age of 9 he was giving public performances, and at 16 he moved to London from his home in Montenegro to study at the Royal Academy of Music.
"More extraordinary by far... was the way a single guitarist, playing an intimate and understated set, and equipped with a single microphone and some clever lighting, could shrink the Hall's cavernous space into something so close."
Set in the intimate surroundings of Harrogate’s Royal Hall and with a programme that spans mainstays of the classical guitar repertoire including De Falla and Granados, as well as arrangements of J.S Bach, to pop classics such as Girl from Ipanema; this intimate concert is bound to leave you wanting more.
Buy Tickets from - http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/
St Peter's Church, Harrogate
Friday 14th August, 7.30 pm
Following last year’s resounding success, talented young musician James Hendry will conduct the Sullivan concert in St Peter’s Church for us once again.
This year’s concert will focus on some of Sullivan’s exquisite chamber music, including a performance of the String Quartet in D minor along with a selection of his piano music to include: Daydreams and the AllegroResoluto in B flat major performed by James Hendry. The highlight of this evening’s concert will be a performance of Sullivan’s only song cycle, The Window or, the Song of the Wrens, in which Sullivan sets the text of the great Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. Pure joy!
Tickets available from - http://gsfestivals.org/content/friday-14th-aug-sullivan-concert-st-peters-church
For 30 years now the Beverley Folk festival has found its home at Beverley Racecourse bringing some of the best of British folk music, film, comedy, poetry, drama, literature and story telling to the public.
The festival spreads over the village green, main stage marquee, concert marquee, wold top marquee, racecourse rooms and children's marquee leading to a family friendly atmosphere. There are also a selection of fringe events taking place all over Beverley but you will need to check www.beverleyfestival.com for the latest information.
INTERNATIONAL OPERA STAR DONALD MAXWELL IN CONCERT
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Sunday 16th August, 7.30 pm
Tickets: £20 or with return bus transfers from Harrogate: £30
Donald Maxwell has established himself as one of the Festival’s favourite performers and in addition this year we welcome him in a new role, as director of the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’s new production of Patience. This will certainly be a memorable evening in a memorable venue.
Donald is a former member of Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera, and has sung leading roles with all the major British opera companies and with international companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera and Paris Opéra.
The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond is Britain's most complete Georgian playhouse, built by the actor-manager Samuel Butler in 1788. The theatre is a typical eighteenth-century country playhouse and keeps alive an important period of English theatre architecture. No other playhouse can offer such authenticity, and few other theatres can offer such intimacy. A capacity today of 214 places is arranged in rectangular form: sunken pit, boxes on three sides and a small gallery above. The furthest seat is only 10.7m from the stage, whose proscenium width is 4.72m with a depth of 6.4m to the back wall. Performers and theatregoers are in the closest proximity in this enchanting 'courtyard' theatre, the proportions of which have been emulated many times worldwide in the late twentieth century
Tickets available from - http://gsfestivals.org/content/sunday-16th-aug-donald-maxwell-concert-richmond-theatre
Montpellier Madness; a long straight fast downhill that ends with a very tricky corner at the Crown Roundabout – fine judgement and nerves of steel will be needed to get round this corner with as much speed as possible.The Royal Run; taking its name from the Royal Baths and Royal Hall which overlook it, this fast and sweeping section is where riders will carry speed to keep their position in the race. But this section is not without technical challenge, the corner into the next section will be tight at speed and any small errors could well be costly.
Cavendish Hill; where adopted local hero Mark Cavendish’s hopes for yellow in 2014 came crashing down. This is a gruelling hill to just ride up let alone race. Strong riders will attack, others will just cling on. Every lap will make this hill more and more painful.
Stray’t Up leads out of the challenge of Cavendish Hill and is likely to see a lot of exciting moves as riders hope to open up a lead on each other with sudden jumps in speed, but all the speed they gain will be lost as the come to the tight and tricky U-turn at the end.
Stray’t Down is gently downhill, and will see riders exit the U-turn and try to regain all the lost speed. Heads down and teeth gritted, the riders will race by the event village as they ride back towards the town centre and begin the next lap.
But it doesn’t have to be that exhausting, everyone will have the opportunity to ride round this circuit at a more leisurely pace during the Ride the Route event on Saturday afternoon, before the racing gets under way.
remember if you want to ride the route it is open to the public but space is going fast and you must register in advance - so register today to "Ride the route" http://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/events/harrogate-big-bike-bash/ride-the-route