Work is so popular it sells before it is dry

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:38pm Friday 18th July 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire gallery has seen paintings by Scarborough artist Peter Watson snapped up so fast it seemed they might all go before the end of the exhibition.

Louise Bourgeois on show at mima

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

WORK by one of the greatest women artists of the 20th century, Louise Bourgeois, goes on show this weekend at the mima gallery in Middlesbrough.

Artist will give talk on huge painting

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:30pm Friday 18th July 2014

ARTIST Len Tabner will be at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk tomorrow to talk to visitors about his giant canvas Looking over to Roseberry and Beyond from the Wainstones, Sunday 12th February 2012 – After Snow.

A Murder is Announced: Civic Theatre, Darlington

2:36pm Friday 18th July 2014

LOUISE Jameson playing Miss Marple heads the cast in this stage adaptation of an Agatha Christie classic so full of red herrings and unexpected twists and turns it calls for total concentration.

Peter Hicks: Indulgences: Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

2:35pm Friday 18th July 2014

LIVING on the North York Moors, the painter Peter Hicks is exposed to sunset glories and dramatic skies as 40 FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 WEEKEND dst.co.uk DARLINGTON & STOCKTON TIMES played out over rolling hills and dales.

Romeo and Juliet: Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

2:35pm Friday 18th July 2014

PLAYING Shakespeare’s best-loved tragedy for laughs is startlingly novel, even for the Castle Players, which boasts fine comedic actors, but under Jill Cole’s direction the pointlessness of prolonged factional enmity was a persistent subtext that rose to a moving and pitiful climax.

Swing City Trio: St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington

2:34pm Friday 18th July 2014

AS ALWAYS, it was a particular pleasure to see this trio with Steve Andrews on alto and tenor saxophones and metal clarinet, Roy Cansdale on double bass and Roly Veitch guitar.

Comedienne returns with new show

2:32pm Friday 18th July 2014

COMEDIENNE Jo Caulfield appears at The Witham in Barnard Castle tomorrow night as she returns with her new show, A Celebration of Anger.

Musical 300th anniversary concert

2:31pm Friday 18th July 2014

SOWERBY Music’s 300th anniversary concert takes place tomorrow marking 27 years of bringing first class performers to North Yorkshire.

100 voices perform a summer concert

2:31pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE 100 Voice Singers with opera singer and coach Jeanette Wainwright give a summer concert tonight at the Methodist church in Saltburn.

Goulish characters suit teenager Tash

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:52pm Friday 11th July 2014

TEENAGE drama enthusiast Natasha Graham is already showing a talent for portraying unusual characters on stage.

Charity exhibition will boost art for all project

3:51pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE Ripon-based charity New Lights has mounted another exhibition of work by northern artists at Swinton Park.

Northern Aldborough Festival, Bojan Cicic Stockeld Park Chapel, Wetherby

3:51pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE lovely but small private chapel in Stockeld Park, just outside Wetherby, was a perfect setting for this solo baroque violin recital, especially on another pleasant summer morning.

Opera North/ Götterdämmerung, Sage, Gateshead

3:50pm Friday 11th July 2014

THERE could hardly have been a better way to end the Sage’s classical season than with a performance of the last part of Wagner’s Ring cycle which was, quite simply, magnificent.

Harrogate Summer Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Royal Hall, Harrogate

3:49pm Friday 11th July 2014

AS OPENING nights go, this had everything going for it – not only a full house, but a good mixed crowd, one of the most enthusiastic I’ve heard for some time, and a band in spectacularly good form.

Royal Northern Sinfonia – Finale, Sage, Gateshead

3:49pm Friday 11th July 2014

THIS Finale was not just the end of the Sinfonia’s 2013-14 season but also Thomas Zehetmair’s last evening here as music director, though he will return as the orchestra’s conductor laureate.

Classics at Kirkleatham – The Grand Finale, Giulio Tampalini

3:48pm Friday 11th July 2014

THERE was scarcely a seat left in the house on the very last occasion of the series of classical concerts which Peter and Sue Sotheran have organised over the past 15 years – described by Peter as “magical years”.

Friend to pay tribute to great British composer

3:46pm Friday 11th July 2014

HARROGATE International Festivals will celebrate the final work of the late British composer Sir John Tavener with a pre-concert talk by his great friend, the violinist and founder of the Medici Quartet, Paul Robertson.

Racing cyclists an inspiration for Brian

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:48pm Friday 4th July 2014

MORE used to painting geese and cows, Brian Alderman has turned his artistic attention to a rare and more exotic breed of Dales life – the racing cyclist.

Midsummer Melodies: St Nicholas Church Hall, Guisborough

12:45pm Friday 4th July 2014

THERE was sell-out for Guisborough Choral Society’s production, Midsummer Melodies, held appropriately on the longest day.

The Book: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

12:44pm Friday 4th July 2014

FLYING Cloud’s five-strong cast brought to life a piece of new writing from Turtle Key Arts.

St Cecilia Orchestra: Holy Trinity Church, Ripon

12:44pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE St Cecilia Orchestra’s summer concert featured the chamber group numbering about 30 players. Two concertos made up the heart of the programme, first the much-loved Trumpet Concerto in E flat by Haydn with Skipton-born Adam Stockbridge as the soloist. He played with great assurance throughout, with beautifully lyrical phrasing in the slow movement and with a fluid tone which was never forced.

Thomas Hicks: Tuned In, Redcar

12:43pm Friday 4th July 2014

THIS young pianist set the tone of the recital with the Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor by Bach. It is from the Well Tempered Klavier collection of preludes and fugues which Bach composed in each of the major and minor keys. It has all the sweetness and calm beauty of Bach’s regularity and symmetry. Hicks acknowledged that Bach is one of his personal favourites, and he certainly did justice to the music.

Harrogate Summer Festival: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

12:43pm Friday 4th July 2014

AS OPENING nights go, this had everything going for it: not only a full house, but a good mixed crowd, one of the most enthusiastic I’ve heard for some time, and a band in spectacularly good form.

Museum leads way on funding

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:41pm Friday 4th July 2014

CROWD-FUNDING – which involves pooling pledges from people keen to support various projects – was so successful at the Bowes Museum earlier this year that it sparked international interest across the museum world and has led to the Art Fund setting up its own fundraising platform.

Cycling print will benefit Royal Hall

12:39pm Friday 4th July 2014

A SPECIALLY commissioned artwork based on a painting by Marcus Hammond featuring cyclists against a backdrop of Harrogate’s Royal Hall is being donated to the Royal Hall Restoration Trust.

Tale of trolls and tribulations

12:39pm Friday 4th July 2014

NORTH Country Theatre stages six large-scale outdoor performances of Blame it on Bartle! this month involving amateur actors from across the Yorkshire Dales and Norway.

Tour inspirations

12:38pm Friday 4th July 2014

AS PART of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire, Thirsk charity Rural Arts invited children aged five- 17 to spend a day with artist Kim Coley creating Yorkshire twists on French impressionist paintings.

Sarah’s return

12:38pm Friday 4th July 2014

SOPRANO Sarah Sweeting is briefly back in the area from her home in Australia and will give a concert with bass baritone Eddie Muliau, Summer Rhapsody, at Stokesley Methodist Church on Thursday, July 17, at 7.30pm. Special guest Richard Gisborough will add his own inimitable style to the programme of classical pieces and musical theatre.

Moors views

12:38pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE distinguished North York Moors landscape painter Peter Hicks has a new exhibition opening at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk tomorrow.

Review: The Soldier’s Tale / Chamber Domaine, St Andrew’s Church, Aldborough

3:27pm Friday 27th June 2014

ANOTHER week, another festival, but unlike Swaledale’s mixed weather, Northern Aldborough opened in glorious sunshine, showing off the church and its stained glass windows at their best The first concert brought the renowned and flexible Chamber Domaine who began with Elgar’s Piano Quintet, Op. 84.

Review: The Navarra Quartet, St Andrew’s Church, Grinton

3:26pm Friday 27th June 2014

THE final classical recital in this year’s Swaledale Festival produced stunning performances of three very contrasting string quartets.

Themed events to celebrate Le Tour

3:24pm Friday 27th June 2014

THE Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond hosts three themed events to celebrate the arrival of Le Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Theatre group gears up for annual outdoor Shakespeare performance

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Castle Players take a break in the grounds of the Bowes Museum. Picture: David Williams

3:23pm Friday 27th June 2014

THE Castle Players – Teesdale’s well-known community theatre company – are gearing up for their eagerly-awaited annual outdoor Shakespeare event in the grounds of The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Review: Robert and Clara Schumann – The Language of Flowers, St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Spennithorne

3:26pm Friday 27th June 2014

THIS beautiful old church has a fine acoustic and it was a stirring musical experience to hear North-East soprano Emily Smith and her partner David Pisaro do full justice to the music of Robert and Clara Schumann.

Happy memories of love, life and cycling

Darlington and Stockton Times: A penny farthing bicycle

3:24pm Friday 27th June 2014

IN A perfect combination of style and content, the round gallery in the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes is the setting for a celebration of love, life and a surprising enabler of both, the bicycle.

Centre promises an engaging season

3:50pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE summer programme at Helmsley Arts Centre is packed with plenty to engage and surprise all ages.

The Play That Goes Wrong Civic Theatre, Darlington

3:48pm Friday 20th June 2014

POKING fun at amateur theatricals has a long provenance. Shakespeare did it in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while in modern times Michael Frayn’s Noises Off set a high benchmark for opening night disasters involving a wayward set.

Ashley Wass St Oswald’s Church, Askrigg

3:47pm Friday 20th June 2014

AFTER a number of performances spent dodging showers, it was a pleasure to come to this lovely village on a delightful summer’s evening.

Juliette Bausor and Catrin Finch St Andrew’s Church, Grinton

3:47pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE combination of wonderful music and architecturally beautiful venues makes the Swaledale Music Festival a rare feast for the senses.

Swale Singers St Mary’s & St Akelda’s, Middleham

3:43pm Friday 20th June 2014

STALWARTS of the annual festival programme, this year the Swale Singers under their director Hugh Bowman crossed to Wensleydale, and sang to a well-filled church.

Don Paterson Gunnerside Church

3:42pm Friday 20th June 2014

MORE than 50 people gathered in Gunnerside’s magnificent Wesleyan church to hear Don Paterson read and talk entertainingly about his work as a poet.

Hugo Ticciati St Andrew’s Church, Grinton

3:42pm Friday 20th June 2014

THIS was, I suspect, one of the most unusual recitals in this year’s festival.

Concert number 300 for society

Darlington and Stockton Times: LANDMARK CONCERT: Passacaglia who are performing at the 300th concert of Sowerby Music next month

3:40pm Friday 20th June 2014

A MUSIC society which started in 1987 celebrates its 300th concert next month.

Britten Oboe Quartet St. Andrew’s Church, Grinton

3:19pm Friday 13th June 2014

THIS delightful recital not only introduced, or reintroduced, some wonderful works for oboe and strings, it also made a point of featuring several British composers, some far less well known than they deserve.

Fame – The Musical Civic Theatre, Darlington

3:19pm Friday 13th June 2014

THIS is a must-see corker of a show, which leaves you feeling like you’ve just been to the best party in the world.

Natalie Clein St. Andrew’s Church, Grinton

3:17pm Friday 13th June 2014

THE cellist’s last concert, at the 2010 Festival, had included a stunning performance of Kodaly’s magnificent solo sonata, which was scheduled to be played again here but, in an unexpected change, Ms Clein announced that she was switching to Britten’s 3rd Cello Suite.

Pellingmans’ Saraband/Faye Newton/St Mary’s Church Youth Choir St Agatha’s Church, Easby

3:17pm Friday 13th June 2014

THIS to me has been the highlight of The Swaledale Festival, and the very essence of the force behind it.

Svara-Kanti St.Andrew’s Church, Grinton

3:16pm Friday 13th June 2014

“AWESOME, complex and breathtaking”.

Special summer soiree

3:15pm Friday 13th June 2014

SONGWRITER and performer Duke Special is lined up to appear in the beer garden at the Bay Horse pub, Hutton Rudby, during his forthcoming short run of “lounge gigs” .








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