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
'Elderflower' festival, Bushcraft Demonstrations, Farm Animals & wildlife Walks - all as part of our Open Farm Sunday! Date: Sunday 7th June
Venue: Carr House Farm, Foston on the Wolds. YO258BS
Time: 10am - 3pm
Free entry open to everyone
There is disabled access and facilities.
There will be various activities running throughout the day:
Elderflower Festival We are one of the only commercial growers of Organic Elderflower in the UK and we use the flowers to make our award winning cordial.
There are so many wonderful ways to use Elderflower – come along and find out more!
Bushcraft Demonstrations There will be Bushcraft demonstrations all day from ‘Big Hat Bushcamp’ including: matchless firelighting and shelter building. Weather permitting there might even be woodland games!
Bushcraft is a great way to learn about the outdoors in a fun environment. Brilliant for the whole family, come along and get a taste for survival!
Farm Animals Come and see our friendly flock of rare breed Teeswater sheep. Learn about the importance of sheep as part of our Organic farm rotation. Also you can hear about the Teeswater wool which makes a high quality yarn.
Bakery Delights! The Side Oven bakery will be open all day busy baking specialist breads, croissant, cakes and sweetbuns. We will have a sitting area in the sunshine perfect to enjoy late breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas!
We will also be serving local Mr Moo icecream with our own homemade topping!
Our farm nature trail will be open all day for wildlife walks.
A brilliant day out for all the Family.
See Side Oven's web site for more info - http://www.sideoven.com/
One thing that’s becoming increasingly associated more and more with our great county is our wonderful food and drink suppliers who work tirelessly to tantalise our taste buds with new and exciting flavours and recipes, one thing’s for sure our food and drink aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Our county delivers not only the raw ingredients but the end products made with their own fair hands.
One group who have taken promoting Yorkshire’s bounty seriously is Deliciously Yorkshire who have many members covering where to buy home grown ingredients, where to purchase items such as Icecream made from local milk and working with restaurants, café’s and B&B’s all of which believe in shopping and serving locally. Over the last ten years Deliciously Yorkshire have blended together all aspects of the food industry by acting as a “glue” and bringing all together to celebrate and bring the best out of each other under deliciously Yorkshires membership banner.
Some of the foods that we are renowned for are Yorkshire pudding, Wensleydale cheese, rhubarb and we also have an ever-growing industry in micro-breweries which includes Daleside brewery. Daleside are based in Harrogate and they produce premium beers and ales using quality local ingredients – for more information you can see their website www.dalesidebrewery.com. The Organic Pantry who are based in Tadcaster in North Yorkshire grow a fabulous range of organic salad and vegetables, they deliver to customers throughout the north east of England and are proud to deliver impeccable service and quality whilst looking after the surroundings and local environment, you can visit their website at www.theorganicpantry.co.uk. These are just two instances of great people who deliver a great product whilst promoting Yorkshire as it should be.
One of the areas Deliciously Yorkshire is keen to promote is their Breakfast Scheme of which we are a member – each participant must have at least 6 items within their breakfast offer which are sourced within the boundaries of Yorkshire. For ourselves we are proud to serve Harrogate Honey, Muesli from Driffield, Bacon from Wetherby, Sausages from the local butcher who sources his wares entirely from Nidderdale and are made entirely from pork. We are also pleased to add to our selection from October 2014 Organic free range milk, Butter and eggs from the lovely people at Acorn Dairy and we also get our jam and preserves from The Fruity Kitchen in York, our rapeseed oil comes from wharfe valley farms who make fabulous varieties of oils for cooking and salads.
Harrogate’s new Big Bike Bash to ride into town on 20-21 June
Harrogate Borough Council has today announced details of a new cycling festival which will be held in the district this summer.
The ‘Big Bike Bash’, which is a joint venture between the council and Pennine Events, will take place in Harrogate on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June and will see cycling fever returning to the town a year after the district hosted the Tour de France Grand Départ.
The weekend’s programme will include a number of competitive and leisurely cycling events for both professional and amateur cyclists. A lively entertainment village will also be located on Harrogate’s famous Stray, next to the finish line of the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
On Saturday, a closed road circuit will be created around the town centre finishing with the same uphill sprint along Parliament Street, which marked victory for Marcel Kittel and disaster for Mark Cavendish.
The course will be opened to the public in the afternoon allowing cyclists to ride the route with its tight turns and climbs, before elite male and female teams from around the country compete in criterion races – multi-lap races, which offer the same excitement, thrills and possibly spills as last year’s Tour de France.
On Sunday morning, there will be three organised rides offering cyclists of all ability levels the opportunity to get out on their bike.
Throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to enjoy the festival atmosphere within the event village, which will offer live music, entertainment and cycling themed fun.
Harrogate Borough Council Leader, Councillor Richard Cooper said: “Last year’s Tour de France Grand Départ proved to be an immense success for the district and illustrated just how good a show we could put on for both residents and visitors.
“It is fitting that a year after the Tour de France visited our district, we should mark the occasion with the Big Bike Bash, a weekend of cycling celebration.
“Whether you cycle or not, the Big Bike Bash will offer something for everyone - from thrilling cycling action to fantastic music. Cyclists will have the opportunity to ride the route, before watching some of the best cyclists in the UK battle it out to win this inaugural race. And once the race is over, the fun will continue in the event village.
“We are keen to involve the local community in this event and would encourage any local businesses that would like to be involved to get in touch. We would also like to hear from local riding clubs who would be interested in working with us to help us create a cycling festival to remember.”
Michael Newby, Director of Visit Harrogate commented: “Last year, so many visitors told us that Harrogate’s festive atmosphere contributed to their enjoyment of the Tour de France weekend. We expect the Big Bike Bash to tempt some of those back again to experience another lively celebration of cycling. This is a great opportunity to maintain Harrogate’s sporting profile.”
Any companies interested in sponsorship opportunities linked to the event should contact Mandy@pennineevents.co.uk
Further details on the Big Bike Bash can be found at: www.visitharrogate.co.uk/bigbikebash
New Launch: ‘Easter Family Bake’
Side Oven bakery have launched a brand new seasonal breadmaking course designed specifically for families.
‘Easter Family Bake’ – Thursday 2nd April, 1:30pm till 4:00pm
This new course is for the whole family and the focus will be on learning and enjoying baking breads together. We will be covering a range of simple breads including the old favourite Easter buns. A great fun afternoon baking session for children and adults. The course is suitable for children over the age of 5 and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Jessica Sellers of the Side Oven commented: “In launching our ‘Easter Family Bake’ we wanted to bring together families and show them how fun and easy breadmaking can be. It really is something that can be enjoyed by everyone.”
The Side Oven breadmaking experience is being part of our working bakery and therefore numbers are kept low.
In the last 6 months we have also launched a range of specialist courses which have become very popular. These include:
‘Working with Spelt’ - we are one of the only growers of Organic Spelt Wheat in the North of England. Spelt flour is fast becoming a new alternative to standard milling wheat flour due to the claimed health benefits attached to it.
‘Party Breads with a hint of Italy’ – we cover a wide range of breads including different types of doughs, methods and some wonderful flavours.
A recent comment from a first time visitor: “A brilliant day from start to finish. Wonderful atmosphere, knowledgeable, clear instructions. Fabulous lunch. See you again!”
For details on how to book please contact the Side Oven Bakery.
The Side Oven Story
Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, Carr House Farm is the home of the Side Oven Bakery, where the Sellers family have lived and worked for five generations.
Provenance is our passion.
A wide range of cereals are grown on our Organic farm which following harvest are taken to the mill house where they are milled using a traditional stone ground mill.
We use a traditional wood burning oven in the bakery fuelled with timber from the farm. We find the gentle heat from the ebbing fire gives a wonderful depth to the flavour of our products.
More about the bakery can be found on our website – www.sideoven.com
Notes to the editor:
For further information please contact Jessica Sellers on 01262 488376 or email email@example.com
Kimberley Wilson & Simon Storer
owners and operators of The Camberley