Black Coffee: Civic Theatre, Darlington

2:28pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NIGHT of stylish bedazzlement seems assured when the curtain rises on an impressive art deco set and female characters waft on stage in beautiful period clothes, but despite the best efforts of the cast and injections of comedy, this revival of one of Agatha Christie’s earliest plays becomes bogged down in tedious dialogue.

Yuma Osaki: The Witham, Barnard Castle

2:28pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NEW season of classical recitals presented by Master Musicians International began with pianist Yuma Osaki, best known in this country as 3rd prize winner in the 2003 Leeds Piano Competition.

Paul Edis Sextet: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

2:27pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE opening night of a tour to launch a new CD was also the opening night of this year’s Georgian Jazz Festival.

Classical Cleveland: Tuned In, Redcar

2:27pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE soloist on this – the first recital of the new season – was the youthful Azusa Tanner, from Ingleby Barwick, who started her piano studies with Middlesbrough teacher Svetlana Hunt.

Vacation Chamber Orchestra Ensemble: St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth

2:26pm Friday 26th September 2014

THIS splendid concert was given by the Alauda String Quartet, junior fellows of the Royal Academy of Music, and Bilancia Wind Quintet, comprising post-graduate students at the Royal Northern College of Music, augmented by Alistair McMath, a double bass player also at the RNCM, and baritone David Wood.

Rachmaninov at Ripon Catherdal

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:26pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE St Cecilia Orchestra will perform Rachmaninov’s epic Piano Concerto No 3 with international concert pianist Alexei Grynyuk at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday, October 11.

Jabberwocky Market returns with entertainment for all

2:25pm Friday 26th September 2014

JABBERWOCKY Market returns to Darlington from October 2-5, offering fun activities for all ages.

Artist’s creation will become centre stage

Darlington and Stockton Times: Yorkshire artist Hugh Miller beside his enormous painting of a bluebell wood

4:16pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A HUGE painting made using more than 40 gallons of paint will be the centrepiece of an exhibition marking the opening of a new North Yorkshire attraction.

North Country tale of love and loss revived

Darlington and Stockton Times: William Vasey, who plays Moon in North Country Theatre's A Month in the Country, studies the 13th century frescoes at St Agatha's Church, Easby. Picture: Rebecca Harrison

4:12pm Thursday 25th September 2014

NORTH County Theatre, based in Richmond, is best known for staging ripping yarns and fast-paced comedy, but for this year's autumn tour it has produced something a little different in line with commemorations for the First World War centenary.

Town hall presents full programme of concerts

4:49pm Friday 19th September 2014

IT IS very encouraging to see Middlesbrough Town Hall will again present a programme of full orchestral concerts and its chamber concert series being extended, writes Peter Bevan.

Classic and folk on line-up at festival

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir

4:51pm Friday 19th September 2014

NORTON Music Festival is under way with a line-up of international and renowned North-East classical and folk artists, orchestras and choirs.

Contemporary prints display satire and wit

Darlington and Stockton Times: Venice, etching by Dame Elizabeth Blackadder

4:51pm Friday 19th September 2014

HUMOUR is rarely the first thing that comes to mind in connection with the serious business of print making – though satire has a long provenance dating back to Hogarth – so it is refreshing to start this exhibition with a few smiles.

Theatre Review: Dreamboats and Miniskirts, Darlington Civic Theatre

2:38pm Friday 19th September 2014

FOLLOWING the success of Dreamboats and Petticoats, this lively new show picks up on the story of sweethearts and singing duo Bobby and Laura as they embark on the London music scene of the early 1960s only to discover their romance and careers are in for a rocky ride.

Lippy duo ride on in Tour de France

Darlington and Stockton Times: ZUT ALORS: Christine Hooley, left, and Veronica Caperon in Lippy Logic Rides Again

2:45pm Friday 12th September 2014

TWO women performers decided to tackle the Tour de France for dramatic purposes when it cycled through Hawes and will present the hilarious results in a fundraising show in the town next month.

Jazz returns with a full autumn programme

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:39pm Friday 12th September 2014

JAZZ in the region seems to be settling into a similar pattern as last autumn, with regular performances of mainly local musicians presented by dedicated volunteers and the occasional bigger name at some of our flagship venues, writes Peter Bevan.

Project to highlight Spanish paintings

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

EXPERTS in Spanish Golden Age art will take part in a three-day conference at the Bowes Museum next month as part of a move aimed at making the county a leading centre for paintings of this era.

Village audiences get set for professional touring productions

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

VILLAGE audiences across County Durham will enjoy a range of professional touring productions this autumn under the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

Review: Harrogate Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Ampleforth Abbey

Darlington and Stockton Times: STIRRING WORK: Composer Andrew Carter with conductor Thom Meredith following the performance of Musick's Jubilee

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

MUSIC to make the heart race – that was the impact of Andrew Carter's stirring composition Musick’s Jubilee inspired by the enduring poetry of Marvel, Dryden and Tennyson.

Season of rising stars

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:29pm Friday 29th August 2014

DARLINGTON Music Society’s 2014-15 season promises another fine concert series with leading players performing enjoyable programmes as well as the usual selection of rising stars.

World-class performers set to dazzle this season

3:28pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE UK’s leading chamber orchestra returns to Sage Gateshead for the new classical concert season starting next month.

Artist shows off endangered collection at London gallery

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:28pm Friday 29th August 2014

NORTH Yorkshire contemporary artist Claire Milner has produced a collection of seven endangered animal species portraits made with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

Topical talks are planned after pilots are popular

3:27pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Station in Richmond has organised a series of Tuesday Talks after running a pilot of the idea earlier this year which saw almost all the events sell out.

Quartet to play a final concert in music series

3:26pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Dante String Quartet with Krysia Osostowicz and Oscar Perks on violin, Yuko Inoue on viola and cellist Richard Jenkinson gives the final concert in Bishop Auckland Music Society’s 2014 series in the Throne Room at Auckland Castle next Friday.

Orchestra set to bring classic music to festival

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:25pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Orchestra of Opera North gives the opening concert next weekend at Ripon International Festival.

Oxford Gargoyles

12:09pm Friday 22nd August 2014

WHERE else on a wet Friday evening could you enjoy music by Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, James Brown and Herbie Hancock along with an original setting of the Canticles performed by a 12-piece acapella chorus?

William Kanengiser

12:08pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THIS recital by the renowned American guitarist was part of the Barnard Castle Classical Guitar Weekend and quite a coup for organiser Paul Croft as it was Kanengiser’s only solo performance during a European tour with his award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

12:07pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE New Century Ragtime Orchestra, led by Steve Andrews, has had a regular date at the Caedmon Hall for 19 years and on this occasion they introduced two very gifted pianists.

Miranda Wright Singers: Tell me the truth about love

12:06pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THIS was a novel, joyous and splendid evening’s entertainment by fresh young voices in a cleverly constructed programme about love.

One for the Road, The Robinson Institute, Glaisdale

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:05pm Friday 22nd August 2014

ESK Valley Theatre has done it again – chosen an excellent play and great actors, giving local people a chance to see superb theatre on their doorstep.

Old and new faces set to bring comedy shine

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:02pm Friday 22nd August 2014

POPULAR comedians continue to beat a path to Teesdale to perform on stage at The Witham in Barnard Castle.

Celebrating moving slow in modern life

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:13pm Friday 15th August 2014

MAKE It Slow at Rural Arts in Thirsk is an exhibition of contemporary craft work.

Adam Skoumal

2:05pm Friday 15th August 2014

FOR the last in this welcome series of classical recitals, Master Musicians International presented the Czech pianist Adam Skoumal.

Jon Faddis

2:05pm Friday 15th August 2014

PRESENTED by Brass: Durham International Festival, this rare appearance was part of a short British tour by the renowned US jazz trumpeter.

Harrogate Summer Festival: Medici Quartet

2:04pm Friday 15th August 2014

THIS was a special concert as the Medici Quartet formally retired at the Harrogate International Festival in 2007 but reformed particularly to play Sir John Tavener’s Toward Silence which he wrote for them. Now, they were to play his last string quartet, Scatter Roses Over My Tears, written shortly before his death last year.

Deirdre Borlase Retrospective

2:03pm Friday 15th August 2014

ALONGSIDE its summer show of work by regular exhibitors, the gallery devotes two rooms to pictures, prints and ceramics by the wellknown Dales artist Deirdre Borlase, touching on her prodigious output over several decades.

Plenty of productions to please all the family

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:47am Friday 15th August 2014

DARLINGTON Civic Theatre’s autumn season brings a mix of regulars and new faces in a packed programme of comedy, drama and music.

Rare Ampleforth date for work by Yorkshire composer

11:44am Friday 15th August 2014

THE annual concert by Harrogate Festival Chorus Course at Ampleforth Abbey this year features a work by the Yorkshire based composer Andrew Carter.

Artist is inspired by her relative’s history

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:28pm Friday 8th August 2014

AN ART installation at Ripon Prison and Police Museum will help raise awareness of a little known woman sculptor who was a contemporary of Gwen and Augustus John.

Jane Lindsay & Jennifer Hughes: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

4:25pm Friday 8th August 2014

THIS latest concert in Bishop Auckland Music Society’s 2014 season also presented an interesting programme for cello and piano, this time given by Jane Lindsay, a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music, and Jennifer Hughes, who holds a fellowship in piano accompaniment at the College. Their sound in the Throne Room at Auckland Castle seemed particularly resonant.

Harrogate Summer Festival: James Rhodes: Royal Hall, Harrogate

4:25pm Friday 8th August 2014

IT WAS so good to have the chance to see a musician who has attracted so much attention recently, including his Reviews own series of television programmes.

The Voice of the Turtle Dove: York Minster

4:24pm Friday 8th August 2014

THIS concert by The Sixteen comprised music from the late 15th and early 16th centuries as part of the York Early Music Festival. The pieces were linked to Magdelene College, Oxford, through the composers Davy and Sheppard, and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Passacaglia Enlarged: St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby

4:23pm Friday 8th August 2014

THIS was the 300th concert presented by Sowerby Music and, to mark the occasion, the baroque specialists Passacaglia were invited to return with a larger group, continuing the Bach Brandenburg series, providing an opportunity to introduce the natural trumpet to Sowerby.

The Vicar of Dibley: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

4:22pm Friday 8th August 2014

IN choosing a TV comedy gold classic for its summer production, Richmond amateur dramatic society clearly made a popular choice.

This original display is a print lover’s paradise

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:22pm Friday 8th August 2014

A GALLERY in North Yorkshire is to show work from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.

Dracula show

4:19pm Friday 8th August 2014

BOLTON Castle, near Leyburn, is the setting for Dracula’s Ghost, a theatrical telling of the bloody career of the arch vampire on October 17.

Outdoor cinema

4:19pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle will provide the backdrop to Picnic Cinema’s screening of The Woman in Black on August 19.

Theatre sessions

4:19pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond is to start running Youth Theatre classes at Colburn Leisure Centre. Sessions will be held on Saturday mornings during term time from September. Similar groups meet in Richmond and Leyburn and number 180 in total.

Tragedy heads to hall

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE Lord Chamberlain’s Men – a modern incarnation of Shakespeare’s original troupe of the same name – returns to Kiplin Hall this month with its tenth anniversary production of Romeo and Juliet.

Say Cheese!

2:59pm Friday 1st August 2014

AN ANTHOLOGY of poems, both local and worldwide, modern and traditional, has been gathered by Ann Pilling, a writer who lives in Gayle, with proceeds from sales going to St Margaret’s Church in Hawes.

Ryedale Festival: Music and Memory: Helmsley Arts Centre

2:59pm Friday 1st August 2014

THIS was another coffee concert, this time in the attractive and accessible Helmsley Arts Centre. These events usually consist of a pre-concert talk by the composer, lasting 40 minutes, followed by the performance, all enhanced by a cup of coffee.






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