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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Scarborough hosts military wives choir

The York Military Wives Choir is to perform in Scarborough Spa's Grand Hall on Friday 30 September.

The performance is part of the Rotary 1220 Conference, where the hall's balconies will be open to the public.

The choir was founded in January 2013 as a member of the Military Wives Choir network which has 3,000 members across the UK and abroad.

Ticket information:

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Holy Moly ... this national park festival's a Cracker

Holy Moly .. a packed
programme for ParkFest.
ParkFest returns to the North York Moors National Park this weekend (Saturday (23 July – Sunday 24 July).

Dynamic ‘gypsy folk and roll’ band Holy Moly and the Crackers kickstart events fresh from their Glastonbury debut as they take centre stage at 7pm on Saturday. The band plays a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British folk-rock.

Set in the grounds of the Moors National Park Centre, Danby, ParkFest 2016 is being held during National Parks Week, where people get an opportunity to explore, discover and celebrate the special qualities of the nation's national parks.

Sunday sees the traditional family fun day into the park which includes a range of events from outdoor activities, crafts, wildlife, nature and conservation, food and produce, to history and heritage.
Further information:

Monday, 13 June 2016

Massive Musciport line up unveiled

Heading to Musicport as part
 of a huge line up: John Smith.
Organisers have begun unveiling the line up for Musicport which runs from 21-23 October.

Now in its 17th year and in its ancestral home at Whitby Pavilion, the award-winning festival hosts international artists alongside national and local artists on six stages in one building overlooking the North Sea.

The programme features a wide range of music styles alongside poetry, comedy, cookery, film, storytelling and workshops with a reputation for springing wonderful surprises in its programming as well as being one of the most inclusive and friendly events in the UK.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Boe pulls out on medical advice

West End and Broadway star Alfie Boe's Scarborough Open Air Theatre has been cancelled. Boe, who was due to perform on Saturday 25 June for an Armed Forces Day concert, has pulled out on medical grounds. A spokesperson for promoters Cuffe and Taylor advised customers to go to their original point of purchase to obtain a refund.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Orchestra lines up gala-themed performance programme

Scarborough's Spa Orchestra has announced that its Thursday evening concerts will be themed gala presentations with guest singers set to perform alongside.

Gala programme ... Scarborough Spa Orchestra.
There will be the return of some favourite shows including an evening of current and modern West End musicals, featuring hit songs from Phantom of the Opera, numbers by the modern master Stephen Sondheim and a rousing finale with a selection from Les Miserables performed by soloists, orchestra and a full chorus.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Clare performs Settle date

Settle date: Clare Teal.
Singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal presents her new show Twelve o' Clock Tales with her trio at Settle's Victoria Hall on Thursday 26 May.

The jazz-infused repertoire explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the past 100 years, and celebrates the giants of the Great American and British Song Books through to the work of more contemporary writers of today plus Clare’s own original compositions.

Further details about the tour:

Pellow relishes Scarborough date

Wet, Wet, Wet frontman Marti Pellow can't wait to hit the North Yorkshire coast this summer.

A Sweet Little Mystery why the boys haven't played
Scarborough before but fans will be delighted
that's all set to change this summer.
The chart-topping Glasgow pop band has been lined up for its first ever date in Scarborough at the town's Open Air theatre on Saturday 30 July.

Pellow said: “We’re delighted to be added to the line-up of concerts taking place at the Open Air Theatre this year. It will be the first time we’ve ever played in Scarborough and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Wet Wet Wet – Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, Neil Mitchell and Pellow – have sold in excess of 15 million singles and albums to date and have featured in the UK official singles and album charts for an immense 510 weeks.

Further information:

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Alleluia! Sing it for the Dales

Yorkshire Dales chamber choir Cantores Salicium will raise money for the local landscape, environment and communities with a choral and instrumental performance this month.

Hitting the right fund-raising note Cantores Salicium.
The Alleluia concert  in the Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert on the Bolton Abbey estate on Saturday 14 May features the world premiere of a brand new work by award-winning composer Nicholas O’Neill, commissioned for the choir and inspired by the local landscape.

Cantores Salicium will also perform Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest with works by Purcell, Stanford and Byrd, under the direction of Lindy Williams.

The programme includes performances by young local instrumentalists in solos and chamber music, and as part of the accompaniment to Zadok the Priest. 
Money raised will help Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to deliver projects across the area such as restoring wildflower hay meadows and planting new native woodlands.

Further information on ticket prices and availability and other information about the trust's work can be found at

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Young and Los Pacaminos do like to be beside the seaside

Whitby bound ... Paul Young and Los Pacaminos.
UK vocalist Paul Young is set to perform with the seven-piece Americana group Los Pacaminos at Whitby Pavilion on Thursday 11 August.

Paul said: "We sing, we dance, we love…. we drink tequila. Only the good stuff these days!

"I first heard Ry Cooder's hybrid version of Tex-Mex, and I started to escape into a world of life down by the border, hot weather, good food… we started back in '92 and it was too much fun to stop.

"I love the lift you get when playing it. We're all past wanting to play or listen to music that depresses and we can’t wait to bring it to the beautiful North Yorkshire seaside.”

Further information:

Friday, 29 April 2016

Bay's window of opportunity to impress at Scarborough

This year's Brit Award winner James Bay is the latest headline act for Scarborough open air theatre's busy summer when he performs on Tuesday 12 July.

He burst onto the scene in late 2014 with the smash hit Hold Back The River.

His debut album, Chaos and The Calm, entered the UK charts at No.1 in March 2015 and was in the top 20 for a staggering 40 weeks, selling more than two million copies around the world.

The venue's summer line up includes:

• 25 June – Alfie Boe
• 30 June – Will Young
• 09 July – Status Quo
• 12 July – James Bay
• 03 August – Noel Gallagher
• 05 August – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
• 06 August – Legends of Pop feat. Tony Hadley, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan and Pat Sharp
• 08 August – Bryan Adams
• 12 August – Simply Red

Further information:

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Eduardo fired up for Scarborough date

North Yorkshire-based flamenco jazz virtuoso and composer Eduardo Niebla is set to play Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre on Thursday 5 May. He will be accompanied by Matthew Robinson on guitar, Dharmesh Parmar on Indian tabla and the theatre choirs.

Eduardo’s fuses flamenco gypsy jazz with classical and Indian nuances. Over the years he has collaborated with musicians across the globe including sitar maestro Nishat Khan, the Dante String Quartet, the late sax player Lol Coxhill, Palestinian oud player Adel Salameh, trance phenomenon Juno Reactor and pop musicians George Michael and Craig David.

He has recorded 23 albums of his original compositions and written music for films, documentaries and plays, including for the BBC, as well as festival commissions for guitar, brass bands, choirs and church organ.

Eduardo was born in Morocco in 1955, the seventh of 11 children. In 1960 the family became refugees and settled in Girona, Spain, where he grew up. In 1973 he turned professional with his symphonic rock band Atila and later moved to Paris. In 1978 he arrived in London to pursue a solo career, performing with Mother Gong at Glastonbury in 1979, and has since been regarded as one of the outstanding guitarists of his generation. He now lives in North Yorkshire where he has his recording studios.

Further information:

Monday, 14 March 2016

An early taste of Musicport

Music lovers can get a taste of this autumn's big festival in Whitby with a special launch gig next month.

Musicport 2016 is expected to draw fans from far and wide again when it's held 21-23 October. In the meantime, a launch gig on Friday 1 April sees Spanish salsa touring orchestra Tromboranga and Mark Boden Falmenco duo treading the boards at the Coliseum from 8pm.

There'll be a dancefloor on the night and special offers on festival tickets as well as the unveiling of the new Musicport graphic and poster design.

Confirmed acts will be announced shortly. Further details:

Friday, 11 March 2016

Maddy kicks off tour in Malton

Maddy Prior together with musical partners Giles Lewin and Hannah James open their UK tour at Malton's Milton Rooms on Wednesday 16 March. 

Prior remains one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music, most notably as the lead singer of Steeleye Span for many years.

Further information:

Monday, 29 February 2016

Let it Be set for Grand Opera House

Smash hit Beatles celebration show Let it Be calls in at York Grand Opera House from 4-9 April as part of a seven-month national tour.

The show features the music of the world’s most successful rock 'n' roll band in a spectacular concert charting the Fab Four's meteoric rise from humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club; through the height of Beatlemania; to their later studio masterpieces. Further information:

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Ready, teddy go! Rock and roll extravaganza set for the Spa

Ready to rock 'n' roll:
Darrell Higham.
Teddy boys and girls will converge on Scarborough Spa on Saturday 20 August when The Big Beat presents a full day of non-stop rock 'n' roll.

Some of the leading rockabilly and stroll artists and bands from across the country have been lined up for the event including Darrel Higham, the Fantoms. Runawayz, Race With The Devil and the Stingrays.

Further information:

Monday, 25 January 2016

Deer Shed Festival headliners revealed

Beth Orton and Everything Everything have been confirmed as two of the three headliners for the seventh Deer Shed Festival at Baldersby Park, near Thirsk, over the weekend 22 – 24 July.

Special Guests include breakout star of 2015 C Duncan who returns to perform tracks from his Mercury Prize-nominated album and upbeat Field Music who are embarking on a world tour this year.

Everything Everything take to the stage on the Friday while Beth Orton takes the main slot for Sunday. A spokesperson said Saturday's headline act would be announced shortly." 

Further information:

Friday, 22 January 2016

I predict a forest gig: Kaiser Chiefs can see the wood for the trees

I predict a root ... Kaiser Chiefs.
Kaiser Chiefs have announced a North Yorkshire date as part of Forest Live, where acts perform in spectacular woodland settings around the country as part of the summer concert series.

The Leeds-formed outfit play Dalby Forest on Sunday 26 June.

Income from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife.

Frontman Ricky Wilson said, “As a band we’ve always loved to play outdoors, we’ve done fields, parks, farms, rooftops, beaches and back gardens, but this will be the first time we’ve played in a forest."

Further information from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400, or at

Monday, 18 January 2016

Spa proclaims that the twins are back

Scarborough bound ... the Proclaimers.
Celtic soul brothers The Proclaimers play Scarborough Spa’s Grand Hall on Saturday 11 June.

Charismatic twins Craig and Charlie Reid have carved a niche where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide and their songs, delivered with passionate honesty, political fire and wit, incite euphoric sing-alongs at their sensational live shows.

A catalogue of hits and world tours has garnered The Proclaimers an international reputation across the generations and gold and platinum status in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

After completing their two year world tour in 2013, they took 2014 off to focus entirely on writing a new album. They recorded their now highly acclaimed tenth studio album, Let's Hear It For The Dogs, and followed the release in April 2015 with a mammoth UK run of over 70 performances including Glastonbury, T In The Park, Cambridge Folk and V festivals.

Spa general manager Jo Ager said: “We’re thrilled to have The Proclaimers return to our seaside venue. The sold out show in 2010 was such a big hit, and now they return to a bigger venue and two additional albums.

“This is a great addition to our live music programming for 2016, which already includes Cast, Asian Dub Foundation, Jools Holland, Russell Watson and Dr Hook starring Dennis Locorriere.”

Further information:

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Pauline and Gaps join Jools and co. for Scarborough date

Mind the Gaps ... Hendrickson
 and Black set for Scarborough.
Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, from Coventry based two-tone band and Ska pioneers The Selecter will perform alongside Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at his date at Scarborough Spa’s Grand Hall on Thursday 26 May.

The duo joined Jools and a host of other stars on New Year’s Eve to perform the Ska numbers Train To Skaville and On My Radio on BBC 2’s musical New Year celebration.

Since re-launching The Selecter five years ago, the duo have played major festivals like Coachella, the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury, headlined two UK tours and recorded three studio albums, the latest of which, Subculture was released to critical acclaim.

Jools’ Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will also feature the vocals power of Ruby Turner, the soulful tones of Louise Marshall and the tireless drums of original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis.

Spa general manager Jo Ager said: “We’re thrilled to announce such a great set of talented artists who will perform alongside Jools. Jools Holland is a legendary musician and is simply superb live, entertaining music lovers of all ages.”

Further information:

Thursday, 31 December 2015

A touch of brass at the STJ

Hammonds Saltaire Band makes a return to Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre on Saturday and Sunday 10 and 11 January. As one of the most successful competition bands of the past 20 years, its roots go back 150 years.

Under the direction of Morgan Griffiths and making full use of its award-winning soloists, the band will play traditional, classical, popular and show tunes.

Hammonds Saltaire Band has recorded numerous albums and performed at some of the best concert venues in the world. In recent years the band has contested throughout Europe, enjoying great success winning the European Championship eight times in nine years, the British Open and All England Masters on several occasions and being crowned Yorkshire Champions four times.

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