Rwandan choir on stage at international festival

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHARING MUSIC: The choir from Rwanda which will sing at Harrogate International Festival

2:11pm Friday 11th April 2014

A CHOIR from Rwanda will be among music and dance groups performing over Easter in this year’s Harrogate International Youth Festival.

Yorkshire and French fusion

2:11pm Friday 11th April 2014

LE Tour is the theme of a gala concert at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday, April 26, when the St Cecilia Orchestra, will perform Yorkshire and French music under conductor Xenophon Kelsey.

Hall hosts Easter exhibition

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bamburgh, a watercolour by Stewart Huntington

2:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

WHEN the village hall in the picture postcard Yorkshire Dales village of West Burton burnt down 17 years ago, soon after a £10,000 facelift, local people were in despair.

The Armed Man: Ripon Cathedral

2:06pm Friday 11th April 2014

THERE were no empty seats for Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and John Rutter’s Magnificat.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky & Roger Vignoles: Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

2:05pm Friday 11th April 2014

THIS latest recital in Harrogate’s Spring Sunday Series drew another large crowd to see these internationally renowned musicians.

Funding will bring tours to new venues

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLAYS FOR ALL: The Life and Loves of a Nobody by Third Angel, a touring company involved in the Arc and Dep Arts project

2:04pm Friday 11th April 2014

STOCKTON Arc is among a clutch of arts venues in the North-East which will benefit from major Arts Council funding designed to bring the best contemporary theatre to the region.

Mark Nightingale to headline at festival

2:03pm Friday 11th April 2014

HEADLINE acts at this year’s extended Darlington Jazz Festival are trombonist Mark Nightingale and the Al Wood 9.

Wild and wonderful

2:03pm Friday 11th April 2014

WILD and Wonderful is the title of an exhibition which opens tomorrow with a preview at Grewelthorpe Village Hall.

Horses at heart of exhibit

Darlington and Stockton Times: RAUCOUS NOVELS: Jorrocks out hunting, a creation of RS Surtees, left

3:18pm Friday 4th April 2014

A DISPLAY on Victorian hunting, horse breeding and racing, assembled by volunteers from the archive and library, has opened at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Father and daughter share a concert platform

3:16pm Friday 4th April 2014

FATHER and daughter musicians John and Alison Gill, from Hartlepool, will play a Shostakovich concerto during a concert by Cleveland Philharmonic Choir at Stockton Parish Church on Saturday, April 12, at 7.30pm.

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra: Middlesbrough Town Hall

3:15pm Friday 4th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH’S series of classical concerts continued with this long established Austrian ensemble conducted by the current music director, Andrés Orozco- Estrada, born in Columbia but trained in Vienna.

The Diary of Anne Frank: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

3:14pm Friday 4th April 2014

WHEN 13-year-old Jewish girl Anne Frank began filling the pages of a diary while in hiding in Amsterdam, she could scarcely have dreamed her words would still be reaching people more than 70 years on.

Richmondshire Choral Society: St Mary’s Church

3:14pm Friday 4th April 2014

The performance of Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem which opened this concert was particularly appropriate this year which marks the centenary of the First World War.

The Revolutionary Drawing Room: St Bernadette’s Church, Nunthorpe

3:13pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE Revolutionary Drawing Room specialises in music of the late 18th to early 19th centuries with gut-stringed period instruments.

Claire Martin and the BBC Big Band: Middlesbrough Town Hall

3:12pm Friday 4th April 2014

Middlesbrough Town Hall IN THEIR first appearance for some time, the BBC Big Band with featured singer Claire Martin “celebrated the big band divas”.

Globe’s King Lear is set to cause a stir

Darlington and Stockton Times: MUST SEE: Joseph Marcell as King Lear

3:12pm Friday 4th April 2014

TICKETS went on sale at the Georgian Theatre Royal this week for the Shakespeare’s Globe production of King Lear, which is likely to be one of the must-see theatre events in North Yorkshire this year.

Old Deanery art boosts charities

3:11pm Friday 4th April 2014

SLENINGFORD Artists hold their annual an exhibition of paintings and other works at the Old Deanery, Ripon, next weekend.

Quartet’s concert supports hall

3:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

MARKENFIELD Hall, near Ripon, hosts a spring concert by the recently formed Dales String Quartet on Saturday, April 12.

Aquarelle returns

3:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

A RETURN to Sowerby Music by the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet next weekend will give audiences another chance to hear the orchestral, moving and dynamic sounds that have earned this ensemble critical acclaim.

Pevsner’s art is under spotlight

3:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE story of how a German refugee, who was an internee and a jobbing journalist, came to be regarded as the Grand Old Man of English art history is the subject of next week’s lecture to Wensleydale Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Take note as brothers shine

Darlington and Stockton Times: BOY WONDERS: James and Jeremy Chen

12:17pm Friday 28th March 2014

JAMES and Jeremy Chen, of Ingleby Barwick, not only impressed the Redcar audience but also the examiner in their recent piano exams.

Tuned In Classics, Redcar

12:16pm Friday 28th March 2014

PETER Sotheran and his wife Sue certainly proved “tuned in” when they had to respond quickly after learning that the pianist engaged to perform in Redcar had been taken seriously ill the previous evening.

Matthew swaps his football for place on stage

12:15pm Friday 28th March 2014

MATTHEW Ainsworth was more into sports and football than drama when he was at school.

Tom’s Midnight Garden, Civic Theatre, Darlington

12:15pm Friday 28th March 2014

BIRMINGHAM Theatre Company’s reputation for staging beautifully crafted shows for children continues with this new production of Tom’s Midnight Garden.

The Orlando Consort – Guillaume, Guillaume, College Chapel of St Hild & St Bede, Durham

12:14pm Friday 28th March 2014

ONE of the pleasures in attending Durham University’s Musicon series is that it introduces you to some interesting venues off the beaten track.

Chamber Philharmonic Europe, Central Hall, Darlington

12:14pm Friday 28th March 2014

THIS ten-piece multi-national ensemble, a larger group than we normally see in this series, enabled Darlington Music Society to present a rather different programme than usual.

Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Stokesley Methodist Church

12:13pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE Cleveland Chamber Orchestra has been entertaining music-lovers in the area for more than 30 years.

Royal comedy play

12:12pm Friday 28th March 2014

A COMEDY based on the fictitious diaries of a steward to the Queen Mother will be performed at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond on Saturday, April 5.

HM Endeavour’s a festival venue

12:12pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE one-day festival Stockton Calling will mark its fifth year with a line-up of more than 60 music acts performing on eight stages around the town including for the first time HM Bark Endeavour on the Riverside.

The Witham reopens with a top classical music season

Darlington and Stockton Times: SELECTION: Viv McLean

12:10pm Friday 28th March 2014

FOLLOWING the success of two performances by Royal Northern Sinfonia chamber ensembles in the newly-refurbished Witham in Barnard Castle, it’s encouraging to see plans for more along with an expansion in its classical music programme with a new recital series, writes Peter Bevan.

Young actors ready for a comic challenge

3:44pm Friday 21st March 2014

TWO young actors from the Saltburn ’53 Drama Group have a new challenge this week at Saltburn Drama Festival. Noah Harrison and Natasha Graham won several awards for their performances in last year’s play The Edge, by Ron Nicol, which was emotionally demanding. This year both have comic animal parts in Pig Tale, a modern retelling of The Three Little Pigs by the same playwright, presented by the same director, Tony Kirlew.

Theatrical magic in Tom’s timely search for a friend

Darlington and Stockton Times: FANTASY: David Tute as Tom and Caitlin Thorburn as Hatty in Birmingham Theatre Company’s production of Tom’s Midnight Garden

3:43pm Friday 21st March 2014

BIRMINGHAM Theatre Company returns to the Civic Theatre in Darlington this month with a new adaptation of the children’s story Tom’s Midnight Garden.

Moore on the Med – and Dales

Darlington and Stockton Times: SOLO: West Yorkshire artist Ross Moore has an exhibition in Northallerton

3:37pm Friday 21st March 2014

JOE Cornish Galleries in Northallerton is to host a solo exhibition by the Yorkshire painter Ross Moore whose style is inspired by Paul Klee and Matisse.

‘People painter’ Neil exhibits his versatility

3:36pm Friday 21st March 2014

THE Courthouse Gallery at Rural Arts in Thirsk has an exhibition by the British artist Neil McBride. The Crowd Pleasers features a wide selection of his work, including his highly regarded “people paintings” Erosion and Close Encounter; the latter was well received at Masham Arts Festival exhibition.

Young promoters clued up for comic Sophie’s new show

3:36pm Friday 21st March 2014

RURAL Arts based in Thirsk has teamed up with an arts venue in Manchester to deliver work experience for young people in promoting a show.

A celebration of sea through artists’ eyes

Darlington and Stockton Times: VIEW: Moira Huntly’s painting of boats moored at Staithes

3:35pm Friday 21st March 2014

STAITHES Gallery has been chosen for an exhibition by 21 members of the Royal Society of Marine Artists – a first for the region.

Matt’s debut tour

3:31pm Friday 21st March 2014

THE award-winning comedian Matt Richardson visits the Witham Hall in Barnard Castle tomorrow for the only North-East date of his debut stand-up tour.

Spooky tale to tell

3:31pm Friday 21st March 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire audience is preparing to be spooked by a chilling one-man show, The Ghost Hunter, brought to the region as part of the Rural Arts ON Tour season. Tom Richards, of the Londonbased Theatre of the Damned, plays a character called Richard Barraclough who has a story to tell about a ragged school in old York and something terrible buried beneath the cobbles.

Grieg and Mozart in recital by Arta

3:30pm Friday 21st March 2014

CLASSICS at Kirkleatham’s penultimate piano recital before the series comes to an end takes place on Saturday, March 29, featuring the multi-award winning Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane.

Discover new world through engraved wood

Darlington and Stockton Times: INTRICATE: Tulip Vase, by Rosamund Fowler, winner of the Bewick Prize for 2013

3:45pm Friday 14th March 2014

The Society of Wood Engravers, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

Theatre club to stage Jane Austen classic

3:43pm Friday 14th March 2014

GUISBOROUGH Theatre Club is to produce Pride and Prejudice at the beginning of April.

Comedy club fast gaining good name among top comics

3:42pm Friday 14th March 2014

SALTBURN’S Brass Neck Comedy Club will bring Mark Steel – Have I Got News For You and QI regular – to Saltburn Community Theatre on Thursday, May 22, with a show based on his Radio 4 series Mark Steel’s In Town.

Singers win grant to fund performance

3:42pm Friday 14th March 2014

RICHMONDSHIRE Choral Society will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Faure’s Requiem in St Mary’s Church, Richmond, on Saturday, March 22.

Book festival returns with famous names

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAR WRITER: Ian Rankin

3:41pm Friday 14th March 2014

HEXHAM Book Festival returns this spring with a line-up including Jeremy Hardy, Penelope Lively, Ian Rankin, Tracy Chevalier and Kirsty Wark.

Artists share display space at The Station

Darlington and Stockton Times: PURPLE HAZE: Magical Times, paper collage by Victoria Bellas Carter

3:39pm Friday 14th March 2014

A NEW exhibition at The Station, in Richmond, combines tissue paper collage by Victoria Bellas Carter and jewellery by Suzanne Tweddle.

Church concerts

3:38pm Friday 14th March 2014

THERE will be a Celebration Concert from Bach to Bernstein at St Nicholas’ Church, Guisborough, at 6.15pm on Saturday, April 5, with Sheffield Chamber Choir, directed by Robert Webb, singing sacred and secular music.

Company returns with Brassed Off

3:37pm Friday 14th March 2014

THE theatre company that brought To Sir, With Love to Darlington Civic Theatre returns next week with Brassed Off.

Opera group performs for Samaritans

11:00am Friday 7th March 2014

OPERA group, Opera by Design, will perform on Saturday, March 15, in aid of The Darlington and District branch of the Samaritans.

Production of Puccini is set to be highlight

10:59am Friday 7th March 2014

OPERA North returns to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, next week with the first productions of 2014 featuring the long-awaited and critically acclaimed new production of Puccini’s opera The Girl of the Golden West.

Tommy Cooper tribute will be just magical

10:59am Friday 7th March 2014

MAGICIAN Clive Greenaway – who bears an uncanny resemblance to Tommy Cooper when he dons a fez – performs a tribute show to his hero at the Georgian Theatre Royal, in Richmond, tomorrow.

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