This rarely performed piece will be conducted by James Hendry. Soloists include National G&S Opera Company stars Sylvia Clarke and Bruce Graham supported by the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and members of local choral societies, accompanied by the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.
The Golden Legend is a cantata by Arthur Sullivan with libretto by Joseph Bennett, based on the 1851 poem of the same name by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The piece premiered at the triennial Leeds Music Festival in 1886. Scenes following the premiere transcended any known before, with the audience on its feet waving programmes and hats, climbing on chairs and hurling flowers. During Sullivan’s lifetime it was widely considered his greatest and most successful work of serious music. Said Queen Victoria after a performance at the royal Albert Hall in 1988, "At last I have heard the Golden Legend, Sir Arthur...You ought to write a grand opera - you would do it so well"...
This will be an outstanding evening in an exceptional venue.
THE GOLDEN LEGEND
Saturday 15th August, 7.30 pm
Tickets: £20 or with return bus transfers from Harrogate: £30
Book tickets from - http://gsfestivals.org/content/saturday-15th-aug-golden-legend-ripon-cathedral
The 2015 Cake & Bake Show extravaganza, in association with Neff begins at the Harrogate International Centre from 19-21 June, before heading for London, Manchester and Edinburgh in October.
‘Honorary’ Yorkshire woman, Rosemary Shrager will be joining the nation’s favourite baking stars including Eric Lanlard, John Whaite, Lisa Faulkner and Phil Vickery. Yorkshire baking fans will be served up an array of delicious treats including live demonstrations with the nationals favourite baking celebrities, skills classes, market stands, sugar crafting, live competitions, book signings, plus all the latest baking trends and tools!
Come and join in the fun, be inspired and learn new skills from the Cake & Bake Show family and new comers:
Gregg Wallace: Television presenter and foodie king (and Strictly Come Dancing survivor..!)
Aaron Craze: Junior Bake-Off presenter and children’s television favourite.
Brendan Lynch: Great British Bake Off finalist from Series Three.
TV Chef Rosemary Shrager, says: ‘I’m tremendously excited to be part of the Cake & Bake Show family and coming to Harrogate is an extra thrill because I lived in Yorkshire for so many happy years. I cannot wait, the atmosphere at the shows is always so exciting and it will be wonderful to be able to meet so many baking enthusiasts – so come along and say hello.’
Simon Kent, director of HIC Yorkshire, added: “Cake & Bake 2015 is a great show to have on Harrogate’s calendar of summer events. It promises to be a vibrant event with lots going on and we are expecting a good turn-out of food lovers making their way to Harrogate for the range of activities and famous cookery experts. “If baking is all about having a go and having some fun then Harrogate is exactly where you can do just that at the Cake and Bake Show.”
There are lots of exciting new features this year, including a Super Cake & Bake Theatre, in association with Neff: a FREE, super-sized baking theatre, with a programme of delicious demos from some of the nation’s biggest baking stars. There is something for everyone one including a range of exciting activities for cake experts and baking enthusiasts to hone their skills even further in 3 Classrooms: Decorating, Baking and Tasting.
Also from a visitors point of view there is a large car park underneath the Harrogate International Centre which allows all day parking. There is also free all day parking available on the surrounding streets on a Sunday so its worth checking in advance and save your money for shopping in the show! I have also enclosed a map of where the multi story car parks are as a further back up.
Swing to Victory Dance
An evening of forties fun! On the Saturday evening before the Valley Gardens 1940s Day
On the evening of Saturday 27th June - is the Swing to Victory Dance night.
Once again this is a vintage themed fun evening:
Dance music from the 1930s & 1940's provided again by the fabulous Major Swing & Kitty.
Our venue is Harrogate's Manhattan Club, where the main function room will be transformed into a 1940's shelter for the evening. Music from 7:30pm join in a fun evening of swing music and dancing
so don't miss if vintage is your thing.
We also have a Yorkshire lass to add some live music and entertainment to the evening, so we are delighted to have Lubelle Rose, http://www.lubellerose.com/ acclaimed International vintage style singer who will be performing classic songs from the 1920s and 30s.
Can't dance? no problem - Major Swing & kitty will be helping you get on the floor to take a few steps and will be teaching some old favourites plus a recently re-discovered dance called the "Park Parade" sounds fun. Vintage dress is encouraged to help you feel in theme.
We'll have a selection of super prizes in our charity raffle and tombola - all presented by our special club hostesses.
Tickets are all now available on-line (online is cheaper than on the door price on the night)
From 7pm on Sunday 28th June (at the end of the 1940s day in Valley Gardens Park ) Des McLernon
will be playing an old upright piano in Hales Gaslit Bar. There will also be include 1940's favourites so if you want to carry on your day the oldest pub in Harrogate is literally across the street.
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
Kimberley Wilson & Simon Storer
owners and operators of The Camberley