CLASSICAL Cleveland has launched its programme for the spring and summer season.

One of the region's smallest groups, it continues to be one of the busiest. The season starts on Thursday, February 6, with guitarist Billy Proctor. Proctor delighted the audience at Redcar last autumn and returns with a new programme by popular request. The concert at Stokesley Methodist Church is at 1.30pm, tickets £8 on the door.

The concert on March 5 features the outstanding Italian pianist Giulia Contaldo with a programme of Debussy, Beethoven and Scriabin. Rafael Onyet, guitar brings a programme of Wallen, Piazzolla, Assad and Jobim in April and pianist Zany Denyer plays three substantial works by Debussy, Schubert and Prokofiev in May. The lunchtime concerts end in June with a piano recital by Justine Gormley playing works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Schumann, Liszt and Prokofiev.

The hour-long monthly lunchtime recitals are held on the first Thursday each month in Stokesley Methodist Church at 1.30pm.

Classical Cleveland's summer season ends with a return visit by the Italian guitar maestro, Giulio Tampalini. Over the past decade, Tampalini's annual visits to the Northeast have built up a huge following. His only North Yorkshire venue will a full-length evening concert at Stokesley Methodist Church on Thursday, June 25.

Tickets are already on sale online. For more details on all Classical Cleveland's concerts, search for classical-cleveland.