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Making Music Magical With The National Children's Orchestras
107 of the UK's best young musicians are gearing up for an 8 day residential course at Sedbergh School in Cumbria in order to master impressive repertoire ahead of their upcoming performance at Leeds…
Under 13 Orchestra - photo Ian Gillett

Less Than A Month To Go As Bands Battle It Out To Play Leeds Festival 2015

Calls Landing
Calls Landing
With less than a month to go until the gates open, the countdown is now well and truly on for Leeds & Reading 2015. Festival Republic, Centre Stage and Futuresounds are pleased to announce the…

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Wed 5th Aug, 2015 | 7:31am

Poetry Slam Gives Courthouse A Breath Of 'Fresh' Air!

Andy Humphrey
Andy Humphrey
An independent arts charity has enjoyed an incredibly successful first season working with up and coming and established performers across the region.

Over the last 6 months, Rural Arts in Thirsk…

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Tue 4th Aug, 2015 | 1:56pm

Graham Clark
Review: Neil Diamond - Blackpool Football Ground
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

Over on one of the piers in Blackpool there is one of those shows playing where they impersonate the likes of Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury and Neil Diamond. But for one night only the real Neil…

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Thu 30th Jul, 2015 | 11:54am

Award For Father And Son Set Team

The Set Team - Geoff Donaldson, Geoff Whitley, Debbie Park, Joseph Howarth, Mike Ellison & Tony 	Howarth
The Set Team - Geoff Donaldson, Geoff Whitley, Debbie Park, Joseph Howarth, Mike Ellison & Tony Howarth
Designing, planning and the building of a stage set takes time, effort and dramatic imagination. A good well designed and purpose built set will receive its rewards when the curtain draws back and…

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Tue 28th Jul, 2015 | 4:40pm

Inspiring Exhibitions

Last Light Over Gormire by Robin Puplett
Last Light Over Gormire by Robin Puplett
'Fibres with a Twist' is a new exhibition of silk painting, crochet, felting and weaving by the Cleveland Fibre Arts textile group. Running alongside this exhibition will be 'One Moor Year',…

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Mon 27th Jul, 2015 | 8:00am

Album Review: House Every Weekend


With the Number One success recently of the David Zowie track, House Every Weekend, Universal records have released this 3 CD compilation of house music tracks as the genre seems to be coming back…

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Thu 23rd Jul, 2015 | 8:30am

Album Review: Opolopo - Superconductor


Opolopo was born in Hungary who now lives in Sweden has just released this album of dance tracks on London based Z records which is owned by Dance music house producer, artist and remixer, Joey…

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Wed 22nd Jul, 2015 | 9:00pm

Summer Organ Recitals At York Minster


Award-winning and internationally acclaimed organists will perform a series of recitals at York Minster this summer, continuing a tradition of musicianship at the cathedral which spans a…

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Tue 21st Jul, 2015 | 8:11pm

'Best Line-up Yet' Announced For 7th Harrogate Comedy Festival

Nina Conti
Nina Conti
The line-up for the 7th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival has been announced by organisers, Harrogate Theatre, and looks set to further strengthen Harrogate's reputation as 'comedy capital of the…

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Mon 20th Jul, 2015 | 4:58pm

Hallam FM Summer Live

Dappy
Dappy
Every year Hallam FM holds its Summer Live event at the Sheffield Arena. With the summer school holiday's about to commence this was a great way for many to begin the start of their summer.



Wi…

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Sun 19th Jul, 2015 | 4:01pm

Richard Trinder
Interview: Ikes
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Ikes
Ikes
For those not in the know, who are you?

Well... (drum roll...) haha my name's Ikes, I'm a rap artist from North London.

Define your sound...

I think it's on the lines of "musical rap music" I…

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Tue 4th Aug, 2015 | 5:18pm

Helen Lederer To Headline Fifth Bronte Festival Of Women's Writing

Helen Lederer
Helen Lederer
Helen Lederer is to headline the fifth Brontė Festival of Women's Writing, the programme of which has been announced today. The writer, actress and comedienne will visit Haworth in September to…

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Thu 30th Jul, 2015 | 1:06pm

The Mousetrap - Alhambra Theatre, Bradford


No wonder the Mousetrap is celebrating its 60th year; it is a play that you have to see more than once. Like a game of Cluedo, you think you know who the murderer is but of course there is a twist…

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Wed 29th Jul, 2015 | 9:00pm

A New Art Gallery For Settle

Norman Adams - Daffodils
Norman Adams - Daffodils
In the last few years Settle's Town Hall, a Grade II listed building built in 1832, has been carefully and sensitively refurbished. There are now a number of individual small businesses and…

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Tue 28th Jul, 2015 | 4:12pm

York Art Gallery Re-Opens After £8M Refurbishment


We live in fiscally challenging times. With George Osborne calling for a 40% cut in all government spending, and child benefits being slashed across the country, how is it possible, or is it…

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Thu 23rd Jul, 2015 | 8:51am

Beat-Herder 2015 '10 years Young' Review:


There is no doubt the Beat-herder crew really know how to throw a party.. and this year to mark their tenth anniversary was no exception. Not even the predicted rain dare show a face to overshadow…

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Wed 22nd Jul, 2015 | 10:34pm

Caroline Lamb And Her Dangerous To Know Challenge

Caroline Lamb as Emily Brontė - photo Ian Howard
Caroline Lamb as Emily Brontė - photo Ian Howard
A month or so ago, Caroline Lamb, the Artistic Director and resident writer of theatre company Dangerous To Know, set out on a rather daunting challenge to raise awareness of her theatre company,…

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Wed 22nd Jul, 2015 | 12:30pm

Album Review: Incognito - Live In London, 35th Anniversary Show


Last July Incognito celebrated their 35th year together by performing a landmark gig at the o2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

When you listen to the album it makes you wish that you had been…

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Tue 21st Jul, 2015 | 8:30am

Album Review: Simply Red - Big Love


Mick Hucknall decided to split up Simply Red 5 years ago, in the meantime he has got married and started a family, he released a solo album and there was also a solo tour that visited York.

It…

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Mon 20th Jul, 2015 | 10:30am

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