What's on - in and around the City of York 2012

MARCH 2012

Longer Term events/exhibitions etc Currently Running
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To 11th March
2012

Dutch Landscapes: Paintings from the Royal Collection Exhibition.

The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle




To
15th April
2012

Games People Play.

This small exhibition, curated by members of the community, shows the games people have played over the years and the way these have been depicted by artists.

Community groups from around York have worked with curators, artists and creative writers to interpret images and objects from York Museums Trust's collections.

Many of the images can be used to reflect on broader issues from the times in which they were made.



York Art Gallery

11th February
-
10th June
2012

Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape - This exhibition showcases more than 100 works by one of the country's leading ceramic artists.

Baldwin, born in 1932, is internationally regarded as the UK's most distinguished living sculptural potter, who, for the last fifty years, has been producing the most radical and exciting work in clay.

He has been highly influential both as a teacher and artist and can be seen as a key post-war artist, whose activity has helped move ceramics onto a sculptural platform and away from its more traditional functional concerns.

Gordon Baldwin is a sculptural potter who has been very influential in moving ceramics towards sculptural forms and away from traditional functional pots. This show will display his works thematically, alongside related drawings, collages and photographs.

Most of the work on display will be from the 1980s onwards, including new works made by Baldwin as he approaches his 80th birthday.



York Art Gallery


17th
February
- 3rd March
2012

The Diary of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank's world famous diary charts two years of her life from 1942 to 1944. This extraordinary personal account of hope, courage and survival has united and touched people world wide.

Whilst hidden from the German Nazis, with her Jewish family, in a secret annex in Amsterdam, Anne documented her hops, frustrations and day to day experiences in confinement.

Anne's wry observations of herself and her companions have been dramatised in this stunning play, evoking all the original sentiments of a young girl's dramatic and heartbreaking diary, written in the most hostile of environments.



York Theatre Royal


22nd
February
- 3rd March
2012

Old Bomb Theatre presents Bed.

In Jim Cartwright’s extraordinary play about sleep, insomnia and growing old, eight elderly characters relive their lives and evoke their dreams.

Old Bomb, the theatre company behind recent productions of Pinteresque, Cigarettes and Chocolate and Waiting for Godot, bring you another intimate and atmospheric show, complete with specially composed music and a very large mattress.

Bring your pyjamas, join in the fun and get ready for bed!



York Theatre Royal

Future Events and Attractions

1st March
2012

York Barbican presents - Matt Cardle.

X-Factor 2010 winner Matt Cardle will be making his debut appearance at the York Barbican on Thursday 1st March next year. This performance is the only date announced in Yorkshire so far.

After winning the X-Factor, Matt Cardle’s debut single When We Collide hit the UK charts at number 1 and stayed there for three consecutive weeks, becoming the second biggest selling single of the year. He was the most popular X-Factor contestant last year, being beaten only once in the weekly voting numbers.

This year has been about touring with X Factor, and over the last four months, studiously writing and recording his debut album Letters, which reached number 2 in the UK album charts. Not only has Matt created something special, he has come up with a combination of music and lyrics far beyond the expectations of any chart debutant. On his upcoming tour, Matt will be performing songs from Letters, including hit single Run For Your Life. Don’t miss your chance to see him performing his amazing new material live.

7.30 pm




York Barbican

1st March
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Kieran Halpin

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.

1st March
2012

THE HAMSTERS - 25TH YEAR AND FAREWELL TOUR!

Retiring after 25 years together and here for one final show in Pocklington, the guitar, bass and drums trio The Hamsters have long been established as one of our premier live attractions. Although primarily playing their own brand of Rock, Blues and Americana, they're also widely regarded as the UK's leading interpreters of the music of JIMI HENDRIX & ZZ TOP - and will no doubt be featuring some tonight.

Also, another popular feature of their two-hour performance will be the inclusion of a few acoustic songs! Guitarist/singer Slim has recently been featured in Guitarist magazine's 'Blues Guitar Heroes' book.

"The Hamsters are fabulous: one of Britain's very best live bands" - Bob Harris, Radio 2



Pocklington Arts Centre


2nd March
2012

York Concerts present The Chimera Ensemble with The Twilight Zone.

Ligeti Éjszaka
Xenakis Thalleïn
Christian Mason Noctilucence
Pierre Boulez Dérive 1
Ligeti Reggel

For its second concert of the season, the department's versatile contemporary ensemble explores music that bridges the borders of night and day. Bookended by Éjszaka and Reggel, György Ligeti's vibrant choral depictions of night and morning, the evening provides a fantastic opportunity to hear the work of Royal Philharmonic Society Award-winning composer and York alumnus Christian Mason. Written in 2009, Noctilucence takes its inspiration from dusk clouds and has been praised by Richard Morrison (The Times) and Ivan Hewitt (The Telegraph). The concert also includes striking works from two giants of 20th-century sound architecture: Iannis Xenakis and Pierre Boulez, as well as the premiere of this year's undergraduate commission.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

2nd March
2012

York Barbican presents - Rebecca Ferguson.

X-Factor 2010 runner-up Rebecca made a huge impact on last year’s show, Nicole Scherzinger describing her as ‘our generations songbird’. She received standing ovations for her renditions of Make You Feel My Love and Candle In the Wind, as well as amazing the audience with her duet performance of ‘Beautiful' joined by Christina Aguilera herself.

Liverpool born Rebecca will be playing songs from her new album Heaven, including her debut single Nothing's Real But Love, which has received rave reviews.

7.30 pm




York Barbican

2nd March
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - 'The Solar Neighbourhood – A guide to the nearest stars' by Colin Steele. 8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society


2nd March
2012

Reform Theatre In Association With The Harrogate Theatre presents 'My Favourite Summer' By Nick Lane.

Every once in a while a play comes along that reminds you of the glorious summers of your twenties. The long, hot days, that fantastic trip abroad with your mates, the moment when the girl you've fancied for years suddenly realises she feels the same way, and you live happily ever after.

This is not that play.

Instead join Dave as he spends a month working alongside a nutcase called Melvin in the summer job from hell whilst trying to save money to take the girl he loves away on holiday with him before she disappears out of his life forever. Still, at least the weather's nice for him.

In its first outing since its universally acclaimed original release, My Favourite Summer is a comedy for everyone who's ever been in love… and lived to tell the tale.


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre




3rd March
2012

World War II Re-enactor Weekend - WWII Re-enactors on site over the weekend, dressed in British and U.S. military uniform, German POWs, Home Guard and civilians.

Museum is open to general public as normal, but re-encators must be members of Northern WW2 Association.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.




Eden Camp
Malton




3rd March
2012

The Late Music Concerts are a unique series of concerts devoted exclusively to the work of living composers who create the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. Today - Simon Turner (cello) & Richard Casey (piano).

David Power:

David Lumsdaine: Blue upon Blue (solo cello)
Philip Glass: Metamorphosis II (solo piano)
Nicola LeFanu: Prelude (solo cello)
Elliott Carter: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Philip Glass: Metamorphosis III (solo piano)
Anthony Gilbert: Rapprochement WP
Arvo Pärt: Fratres



The Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts


3rd March
2012

First Saturday Lunches - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - NORMANDY.

A favourite region, ever popular with the English - is it the geographical closeness or the combination of comfort food and haute cuisine?

- Pâté de Canard au Porto - Duck Pate with Port
- Soupe à L'Oseille à la Crème - Sorrel Soup
- Poulet à la Normande - Chicken with Apples, Cream and Cider
- Omelette Soufflé à la Calvados


Meltons Restaurant
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4th March
2012

Keziah Thomas - The Virtuosic Harpist.

Keziah Thomas presents a programme of showpieces highlighting the full capacity of her magnificent instrument. In her recent Carnegie Hall debut in New York, Keziah was hailed by the New York Concert Review as ‘Stupendous…totally original and engaging’ and is set to show the harp as being an exciting, dynamic instrument in a concert that includes works by Britten, Parish-Alvars and Piazzolla.


3.00 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre


5th March
2012

The Monthly Monday Meal - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - NORMANDY.

A favourite region, ever popular with the English - is it the geographical closeness or the combination of comfort food and haute cuisine?

- Pâté de Canard au Porto - Duck Pate with Port
- Soupe à L'Oseille à la Crème - Sorrel Soup
- Poulet à la Normande - Chicken with Apples, Cream and Cider
- Omelette Soufflé à la Calvados


Meltons Restaurant
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5th March
2012

The York Artworkers Association - The York Artworkers is an eclectic association of craftsmen, artists, conservators, academics and others who share a serious interest in the design of buildings, interiors and landscapes. Members represent architectural craftsmanship, other applied arts, fine arts, architecture and conservation. We welcome not only practitioners in these fields but anyone keen to broaden and share their knowledge.

2011/12 Talks - "Revelations of Textile Conservation" by Mary Brookes: Textile Conservator.

The conservation of textiles and dress aims to ensure physical survival so that objects can be studied, displayed and enjoyed but can also reveal hidden histories, especially through investigative techniques such as radiography. This lecture explores the importance of textiles to human experience and examines how ideas about completeness and cleanliness influence conservation practice. Examples include Nureyev’s shoes, military uniform and 18th century dress.

Mary has published, taught, researched and lectured in most aspects of textile conservation in this country, Europe and America. She is now based in York working freelance, both on objects and as a consultant for museums and universities. Talk starts at 7.30 pm


Jacob's Well
Trinity Lane
Micklegate

York Artworkers Association


5th March
2012

Helmsley Decorative And Fine Arts Society present a lecture by Matthew Williams : Tyntesfield - A Victorian house re-discovered.

Matthew Williams lectures widely on the subject of design and is especially interested in that of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the curator of Cardiff Castle. This lecture gives the story of one of the last great Victorian Country Houses still intact and saved by the National Trust at the eleventh hour.


7.30 pm
Helmsley Arts Centre

6th March
2012

Yorkshire Museum Curators Talks - Prehistory Through an Eggshell. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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6th March
2012

Yorkshire Philosophical Society - Promoting the understanding of science for over 180 years.

Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - The Invention of the Fact, 1453-1800. A lecture by Professor David Wootton, University of York.

This talk starts at 7.30pm. For more information please call 01904 656713.


Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Philosophical Society




6-17th March
2012

'The Sound of Music' - The Sound of Music was orginally conceived as a play, it was to feature songs from the repertoire of the Trapp Family Singers. Broadway star Mary Martin who was to play Maria had an inspired idea. She asked her good friends Richard Rodgers (the composer) and Oscar Hammerstein (the lyricist) if they would write a song especially for her to sing in her new play.

R&H were sceptical and felt that the play should either be transformed into a musical, with an entirely new score that they would write, or it should remain a play, dotted with authentic folk music. Furthermore, the ever-in-demand R&H cautioned that if they were to join this project, it would have to wait at least one year since they were in the midst of writing another musical, Flower Drum Song. The flattering reply from Martin and Co.? "We'll wait."

The musical was ready to go by mid-summer 1959 and rehearsals began in August, the world premier occurred in New Haven in October, and Broadway had a new smash hit musical by November.

So, in York, the hills are alive once more with the sound of a nun and a singing family telling us about a few of their favourite things, edelweiss and explaining that a doe is a deer, a female deer!

Widowed Captain Von Trapp employs a young nun Maria as a governess to his seven rowdy children, who have already seen off a host of other nannies. Through her love and the power of music she bonds with the children, while also falling in love with their father. This Rodgers & Hammerstein show is one of the world's most loved musical and won six Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 1959. The 1965 Hollywood film, in which Julie Andrews donned the habit, won five Oscars, including Best Picture. The score for The Sound of Music touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Me, Edelweiss, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music!

The perfect theatrical experience for the entire family!






York Theatre Royal


York Light Opera Company


7th March
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - Literary Women in York.

A walk highlighting the contribution of women to literature in and inspired by York. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


7th March
2012

York Concerts present The University Choir and Northern Sinfonia.

Haydn Te Deum
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K.364
Haydn Harmoniemesse

Haydn’s Harmoniemesse takes its name from the large-scale orchestration and the prominence given to the wind section. Haydn responds to the text in characteristically ecstatic style. His Te Deum, written in 1800 for Empress Maria Theresa, again has generous wind forces and its celebratory mood brings it into close association with the Harmoniemesse.

The famous Sinfonia Concertante dates from 1778-80, a time when Mozart wrote some of his greatest music even though it wasn’t part of his contracted output for Salzburg. We are delighted to continue our association with the Northern Sinfonia and to welcome the leader and principal viola of the orchestra as soloists.



York Minster

York Concerts


7th March
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club on Tour present - Kris Drever & Eamonn Coyne.

This is an exciting collaboration between the singer and guitarist in award-winning folk band Lau and the dynamic banjo player from Salsa Celtica. Acclaimed as a song writer and interpreter, Kris has released two best-selling solo albums and has performed with such greats as Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Roseanne Cash and Eddi Reader.

Dublin-born Eamonn plays in a range of musical styles and has worked with Sharon Shannon, The Wrigley Sisters, Béla Fleck and others. He and Kris first joined forces for a duo CD in 2007 and they revisit that material, plus Kris’s extensive song repertoire, on this tour.



8.00 pm
The National Centre
for Early Music
B.S.F.C.

7th March
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse


7-17th March
2012

York Settlement Community Players present Miss Yesterday.

Life in your teens, as Tammy discovers, can be unfair and even cruel. School is a disaster and at home she can do nothing right. Then something really terrible happens. When she gets the chance to undo the tragedy, she grabs the opportunity. But is it possible to change the world around you without changing yourself?

This serious comedy is a rare chance to see one of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays for young people and families. The issues it explores, its sense of fun and its gripping plot will appeal to people of all ages.



York Theatre Royal


8th March
2012

The Historical Association York & NY Branch Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - The Aylmer Lecture "People who believe in nothing: Intolerable Thoughts in Renaissance Italy". With Professor Ed Muir of Northwestern University, U.S.A.

This talk starts at 5.30 pm.

Humanities Research Centre
UoY

The Historical Association

8th March
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Singers & Musicians Night

All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.


9-11th March
2012

The Milton Rooms presents Yorkshire Cajun & Zydeco Festival.

The Milton Rooms is the central host to the first ever Milton-wide Yorkshire Cajun & Zydeco Festival. Three days of dancing and music from top European Cajun bands including Downtown Cajun Band, ZydeGoNutz, Cajun Aces, Red Hot Boudan, Acadian Driftwood, The Bearcats, Creole Kings and the Wandering Aces.

With the biggest sprung dance floor in North Yorkshire the Milton Rooms is the ideal venue for this fantastic weekend of great bands, Cajun dancing, jam sessions and authentic Creole food.

7.30 pm




Milton Rooms
Malton


10th March
2012

Yorkwalk History and Heritage Coach Tours - Explore parts of England other visitors miss. Guided day long visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and NEW Liverpool Museum.

Our first trip of the year is to Liverpool to see two new attractions. We shall visit the Anglican Cathedral for a guided tour and then have the opportunity to visit the new Visitor Centre, which tells the story of the Cathedral and has a changing series of exhibitions. For the fit and able there will be the opportunity to climb the tower to enjoy spectacular views over the city.

After lunch we shall transfer by coach to Albert Dock to visit the new Liverpool Museum, telling the history of the city. You may also like to visit the other museums around Albert Dock if time permits - these include the excellent Maritime and Slavery museums. Or you may prefer to make your own way to visit the Catholic Cathedral or Liverpool’s other attractions.




Yorkwalk

10th March
2012

York Georgian Society - York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society's remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I's birth, to 1837, the year of William IV's death.

YGS lecture - How to get ahead in Business: James ‘Athenian’ Stuart as Painter and Architect in eighteenth-century London with Kerry Bristol, Senior Lecturer and Director, Centre for Architecture and Material Culture, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds. 2.30 pm

Dianne Willcocks
Lecture Theatre
(DG/017)
De Grey Court
York St. John University

York Georgian Society


10th March
2012

York Concerts present The University Symphony Orchestra.

Wagner Prelude und Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Mahler Symphony no. 4

Tristan and Isolde, ill-fated lovers, are the protagonists of Wagner's immense opera; the work performed here gives the essence of their passion and tragedy.

Opening with the distinctive sounds of flutes and sleighbells, Mahler's fourth symphony is one of the composer's most popular works. It is based around the song 'Das himmlische Leben', a child's view of heaven, which is hinted at in the first three movements before being sung by the soprano soloist in the fourth movement.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts


10th March
2012

York Cantores present 'Despair and Hope'.

Tallis Lamentations I & II, Byrd Infelix Ego and the premiere of Dick Blackford's reworked Missa Bonae Spe. 8.00 pm

St Olave's Church
Marygate

York Cantores


10th March
2012

Yorkshire Bach Choir present - Bach - Magnificat BWV 243 Easter Oratorio BWV 249
Ascension Oratorio BWV 11


Bach’s Magnificat is always one of his most accessible and popular pieces. The two oratorios, also scored for his festival orchestra (trumpets, timpani, oboes, flutes, bassoon and strings) have a self-contained ‘plot’, or take the form of narration with dialogue, but otherwise are not dissimilar to Bach’s church cantatas or Christmas Oratorio with the persuasive mixture of choruses, chorales, recitatives and arias. 7.30 pm




St Michael le Belfrey Church

Yorkshire Bach Choir

10th March
2012

York Barbican presents - The Black Dyke Band.

Black Dyke Brass Band are the most recorded band in the world with over 300 recordings and growing every year. It is also the most successful contesting band in the world having won the European Championships eleven times, most recently in 2005, the British Open no fewer than 29 times (most recently 2006) and the National Championships of Great Britain 22 times (most recently 2008 and 2009).

Black Dyke was also the first band to achieve the "Grand Slam" in 1985 by winning the Yorkshire regional, European, British Open and National Championship contests, along with being voted BBC’s Best Band of the Year.

The band have also released a single on The Beatles's Apple Records label, which was an instrumental composed by Lennon and McCartney called Thingumybob, as well as an instrumental version of Yellow Submarine. They have recorded with Tori Amos, Peter Gabriel and The Beautiful South.

7.30 pm




York Barbican


10th March
2012

House Concerts present - Martin Rivas.

A mainstay of the New York singer/songwriter community, Rivas has had the pleasure of watching this current scene evolve and transform over the past few years. With so many talented singer/songwriters and musicians to choose from Martin claims, "I can't imagine a greater concentration of talent at any time other than what's taking place right now in New York. It's a different industry now; every artist has immediate and instant global reach. And you can do with it whatever you want, the question is, is there someone out there to pick up on what you're doing."



House Concerts

10th March
2012

The Karpenters - a tribute.

The Karpenters were formed in 2002, with the intention of being much more than just a tribute band.

A great effort has been made to fully retain the integrity of the Carpenters music. Every note from the smallest percussion part to the richness of the huge backing vocal sound has been meticulously transcribed, recreating the unique sounds of The Carpenters to perfection.

The show incorporates all the wonderful hits of the Carpenters as this six piece live band takes you on a nostalgic journey through the life and times of the Carpenters, performing all the hits including "Close to you", "Masquerade", "Top of the World", "Sing", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Superstar" and "Please Mr. Postman" to name but a few. 8.00 pm



Galtres Centre
Easingwold
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10th March
2012

Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents 'Trial By Jury' and G&S Songs from the Shows.

In the first half of the concert, we invite you to sample the delights of love, romance and intrigue as celebrated in a selection of favourite Gilbert & Sullivan songs.

And the second half presents a staged performance of Trial by Jury. The opening night at the Royalty Theatre on 25 March 1875 was Gilbert and Sullivan's second collaboration and this witty and tuneful piece was an immediate hit with Londoners.

It is quite short and, alone of all the G&S works, contains no spoken dialogue. Many people consider this to be the most perfectly constructed of all the operas and it is indeed a little gem of wit, sentiment and charm.


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre


11th March
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - Women In York History.

As part of international Women's Week, a walk for all highlighting the contribution of women to York's heritage. Featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Women's Hour'. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk


11th March
2012

Yorkshire Philosophical Society - Promoting the understanding of science for over 180 years.

Lecture Programme 2011/12 - this afternoon - Are Olympic champions made or born? Family Lecture for National Science & Engineering Week by the Sports Science Department, University of York St John.

This talk starts at 2.30pm. For more information please call 01904 656713.


Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Philosophical Society


11th March
2012

Ampleforth College Big Band - Charity Performance in aid of St Catherine's Hospice and Ryedale Folk Museum.

Ampleforth College Big Band was founded by their leader, William Dore in 2003 to balance the strong choral and orchestral traditions present in the College music-making. The group consists of around twenty students and two adults, playing a range of music from 1930s swing, soul, and arrangements of jazz-funk and rock numbers. The band has been in constant demand and this is the third time the Big Band have performed at the Arts Centre. It is a great pleasure to be helping to raise money for these two valuable causes.

The performance will be from 3pm - 4.30pm with a short break between the two sets. Tea and buns will be served at the end - everyone invited.


3.00 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre


13th March
2012

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (York Group) lecture - "The Wildlife of the Seychelles" by Ian Robinson. 7.30 pm

Temple Hall
York St. John University

RSPB York

14th March
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - The Geology Behind York’s Buildings.

Join the Yorkshire Museum’s Geology Curator for a different and surprising, look at what the buildings of York are built from! Following the walking there will also be chance to examine specimens from the Yorkshire Museum Geology collection.

Please note that the content of the morning and afternoon sessions will be the same.

10.30 am - 12.30 pm and 2.00 - 4.00 pm



Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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14th March
2012

The Ebor Lectures - The Ebor Lectures are a response to the growing need for theology to interact with public issues in contemporary society.

2011-2012 The Good Society? Re-invigorating Public Life - There has been recent political debate about the importance of re-invigorating society, and increasing the engagement of citizens in public life. As part of this debate, the Government has proposed the development of the Big Society, encouraging people to engage in neighbourhoods and communities. They propose a shift of power from the state to communities, through support of social enterprise, charities and co-operatives. Some argue that the Big Society represents a retreat from state provision.

Within this context the 2011-12 Ebor Lectures, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ask fundamental questions about the nature of the 'good society', and the role of citizens, government, faith communities and voluntary organisations in the re-invigoration of civic life.

Tonight - 'Title TBC' with Baroness Warsi, Co-chairman of the Conservative Party/Minister without Portfolio.

Admission is free but by ticket only.



York Minster

The Ebor Lectures

14th March
2012

York Bibliographical Society present - "THE BAYNTUN-RIVIERE BINDERY" with Edward Bayntun-Coward.

York, has long been associated with books, through printing, publishing and selling, makes a natural base for a society initiated by, and dedicated to those who love books. The Society combines information and scholarship with entertainment and sociability. All who have an interest in books are welcome to join this active group of booklovers.

Brigantes Bar and Brasserie
114 Micklegate

York Bibliographical Society


14th March
2012

York Concerts present The University Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble.

Handel Israel in Egypt

Handel’s great oratorio Israel in Egypt is a vivid and dramatic telling of Exodus with some of his best-known music, including the graphic setting of the ten plagues, and culminating in one of the composer's most joyful choruses.

The first performance met with an unenthusiastic response from the audience, probably because of the profusion of choral material and the lack of solo numbers - but now, perhaps, the reason why it is one of Handel’s most popular oratorios with modern choirs and audiences.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

15th March
2012

Tutored Wine Tastings - Wines of South Africa.

Tutored wine tastings, run in association with The Wine Academy with a two course supper and coffee. Wine Academy staff or a guest speaker will conduct the relaxed, informal tasting and our chefs will choose a two-course meal to compliment the theme of the evening. 7.30 pm


Meltons Too
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15th March
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - O'Hooley & Tidow.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.


16th March
2012

Yorkshire Philosophical Society - Promoting the understanding of science for over 180 years.

Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - Captain Oates: soldier, explorer, hero. A Centenary Commemorative Lecture by Major General Patrick Cordingley, DSO, DSc FRGS.

This talk starts at 7.30pm. For more information please call 01904 656713.


Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Philosophical Society

16th March
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - The Traveller's Guide to the Solar System by Sky Marshall Johanuss von Whipp III (Junior).
York Astronomical Society would like to offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Sky Marshall Johanuss von Whipp III (Junior) aboard the good ship YORKAS! Once boarding has completed, KAL (the ship's computer) and the Sky Marshall will take us on a whistle-stop tour of the Solar System! 8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society

16th March
2012

British Music Society of York presents - Andrew Zolinsky (piano) playing -

Schubert - Piano Sonata in A major, D. 664

Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit

Rachmaninoff - Preludes, Op. 23

Barber - Piano Sonata



Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
University of York

British Music Society of York

16th March
2012

Other Roads in Concert.

Reeth Memorial Hall


16/17th March
2012

1812 Youth Theatre presents 'Deadly Deeds and Terrible Tales!' Directed by Alison Priestley.

Are you brave enough to put yourself into the monkey's paw..................?

Edgar Allen-Poe's classic ghost story The Tell- Tale Heart is the centre piece for this terrifying evening of ghost stories which will include a new version of the classic W W Jacobs short story The Monkey's Paw as well as a new and original work written for the youth theatre by local acclaimed writer Kit Park.


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre




17th March
2012

York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-

Yorkshire beef, lamb & pork;
Organic vegetables;
Free range chicken & eggs;
Fresh handmade bread & cakes;
Pastries;
Fish;
Sausages;
Soups;
Preserves & much more...

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.





York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market






17th March
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Heart of Midlothian'.

This excursion by special train provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy a relaxing journey to the beautiful, cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh. The Heart of Midlothian recalls the former status of the city and the title of a novel by Sir Walter Scott. The latter refers to the Old Tolbooth Prison, the site of which is marked by a heart-shaped mosaic in the pavement on the Royal Mile. We shall be steam-hauled from York to Edinburgh by Britannia class steam locomotive No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell”.

The Heart of Midlothian will be diesel-hauled for its early morning departure from Huddersfield and stop to pick up passengers at Dewsbury, Leeds and York. Here steam locomotive No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” will take over our train for the rest of the journey to Edinburgh. As we leave York we pass the National Railway Museum and head north along the East Coast Main Line (ECML) towards Darlington. The ECML has some long sections of fairly straight and level track, particularly between Thirsk and Northallerton, where our locomotive will be able to run at its maximum speed.

The chime whistle on the locomotive will sound frequently as we race through stations packed with onlookers. We pass high above Durham and view its Norman Cathedral to the right and later see the Angel of the North sculpture which heralds our approach to Tyneside. We cross the River Tyne on King Edward VII Bridge and enter the busy metropolis of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Leaving Newcastle behind, we continue north through Morpeth, and then beside the North Sea with its magnificent coastal views. In the distance across the shoreline can be glimpsed the Farne Islands, renowned for the heroic exploits of Grace Darling, and Lindisfarne or Holy Island where the monastery is famous for its Lindisfarne Gospels. We cross the spectacular Royal Border Bridge over the River Tweed at Berwick-on-Tweed and enter Scotland. More sea views follow and the route begins a long climb through Grantshouse which will test the staying power of our steam locomotive. Soon after Dunbar we enter an urban area and arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station, located conveniently in the heart of the city.

Edinburgh has many attractions to entertain visitors, including the famous mile-long shopping paradise of Princes Street and its famous imposing castle overlooking Princes Street Gardens. There are numerous art galleries, museums and interesting buildings, particularly in Old Town along the Royal Mile. Here can be found St. Giles Cathedral, the Scottish Parliament, the Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland which is well worth a visit.

After a break of around four hours in which to savour the atmosphere of the Scottish capital, our train returns to York and Huddersfield hauled by a diesel locomotive. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Departs York 09.00 hrs.






'The Heart of Midlothian'.


17th March
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Choccy & Sweetie Tour.

A delicious tour - hear the history of Terrys & Rowntrees, visit Choccy and Sweetie shops and taste free samples. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk

17th March
2012

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem; Bruckner: Motets (Selection) and Bruch: Violin Concerto performed by York Musical Society Chorus & Orchestra.

Brahms’ Requiem (to be sung in German) is very different in character from the traditional settings of the Latin Mass. The selected Biblical texts omit specific Christian references and Brahms indicated that he wanted humanity to be at the centre of this work. It is a warm, passionate and profoundly moving piece addressing the sorrows of earthly existence, but ultimately, as it reaches its meditative close, celebrating life’s consoling joys.

Bruch’s deservedly popular 1st Violin Concerto will provide a fittingly lyrical companion piece with its rich orchestral scoring and exquisite melodies.

Founded in 1765, York Musical Society (YMS) is the oldest Musical Society in England.



York Minster

York Musical Society

17th March
2012

Simon Hoggart - "The Long Lunch – My Stories and I'm Sticking to Them."

Ninety minutes of hilarity and astonishment as the award winning parliamentary sketch writer talks about and reads from his compendium of jokes and anecdotes from his life in journalism.

Hear how he made a fool of himself talking to Princess Diana, about Jeffrey Archer's greatest fibs, whether or not Cherie Blair is the rudest guest ever and lots more besides. A question and answer session is included. 7.30 pm



Galtres Centre
Easingwold
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17th March
2012

Sowerby Music present Countess of Munster flautist, Matthew Featherstone. Young virtuoso with Mozart, Poulenc, Debussy, Ibert etc.

St. Oswald's Church
Sowerby
Thirsk

Sowerby Music

17th March
2012

The Band Room - variously described as 'England's tiniest major venue,' 'The greatest small venue on Earth,' and 'a corrugated iron shed in the middle of nowhere.' (It's all true...) - present English folk giants Martin & Eliza Carthy together in concert.


The Band Room


18th March
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Jewish Heritage Trail.

A walk recalling the Jewish contribution to York's history, visiting sites connected with mediaeval and modern Jews. Finishing at Clifford's Tower, the site of the dreadful massacre of the Jews in 1190. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk

18th March
2012

York Barbican presents - The Bootleg Beatles in Concert.

The Bootleg Beatles' reputation for performing the most authentic and entertaining Beatles show in the world is richly deserved.

The show chronicles the musical evolution of the Fab Four from the Cavern Club to the roof of the Apple Building. With four costume changes, an 8-piece orchestra and a giant screen providing a visual backdrop to accompany one hit after another, audiences could well believe they have been transported back in time.

The Bootleg Beatles bring the sounds and the atmosphere of the Beatles to life with as much authenticity as is humanly possible.

8.00 pm




York Barbican


18th March
2012

Harrogate International Sunday Series presents - Julian Bliss, clarinet with Robert Bottriell, piano.

Firmly established on the international concert scene, Julian Bliss has already appeared as a soloist with a number of major international orchestras and as a recitalist has graced some of the world’s most prestigious stages, most recently as a soloist in the 2011 BBC Proms. Bliss adds Harrogate to the list in 2012 with a virtuosic programme, showing off his technical dexterity and lyrical prowess in the most demanding scores for clarinet from the likes of Francaix and Bernstein, while Weber’s Concertante presents two equally virtuoso solo parts for both clarinet and piano, promising a vibrant performance that won’t fail to impress.

Francaix Tema con Variazioni

Olah Sonata for Solo Clarinet

Bernstein Sonata

Horovitz Sonatina

Debussy Premiere Rapsodie

Weber Grand Duo Concertante

It isn’t just his technique, though that is astonishing enough. It’s the wit, poise and vivacity in his playing.’ The Times.

11.00 am



The Old Swan Hotel
Harrogate

Harrogate International Sunday Series


18th March
2012

An Afternoon With The Archaeologist Gillian Hovell - 'A Muddy History of Britain'.

Gillian Hovell is an award-winning local author who worked for the BBC before moving to Yorkshire and becoming deeply (and muddily!) involved in local archaeology.

Join Gillian for an afternoon's richly illustrated journey from the dawn of mankind in Britain to the nineteenth century. Explore special sites in Yorkshire and their place in our history: you'll never look at an empty field in the same way again.

Handle a piece of history from thousands of years ago and browse through (and buy) copies of Gillian's book Visiting the Past.


3.00 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre

18th March
2012

Russell Kane: Manscaping.

Join Fosters Comedy Award Winner and star of loads of stuff on telly, Russell Kane as he mercilessly explores the ridiculous state of masculinity in the modern world. He shaves his chest fur; you watch and laugh.

A seriously good comedian” The Times SOLD OUT



8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre

20th March
2012

Yorkshire Museum Curators Talks - The Seal of Snarrus the Tax Collector. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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20/21st March
2012

Phoenix Dance Theatre: Reflected - Works by Lost Dog, Philip Taylor, Sharon Watson and Richard Wherlock.

Following 2010’s Declarations, Phoenix Dance Theatre return to York Theatre Royal with their latest diverse and entertaining mixed programme Reflected. Featuring critically acclaimed new pieces and the return of a Phoenix classic, Reflected offers the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with this internationally renowned contemporary dance company.

The bill includes Richard Wherlock’s sensual and vibrant Switch and Melt by Phoenix Artistic Director Sharon Watson which features an innovative blend of aerial dance and contemporary choreography. Philip Taylor’s What It Is is a sultry, playful take on love and sexuality set to a mesmerising soundtrack, and there is also a welcome return for audience favourite Pave Up Paradise, Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer’s tongue in cheek retelling of the story of Adam and Eve.



York Theatre Royal



21-24th March
2012

'How To Disappear Completely and Never be Found'.

In debt, in trouble and in despair, Charlie holds the urn of his cremated mother in his hands. With his life crumbling around him, he is offered the chance to change his life forever. But to do this he will have to make ‘Charlie’ disappear completely…

Each year in England over 250,000 people are reported as missing, some are just late but the majority of people are missing by choice. What drives someone to give up everything they’ve ever known? And, can you ever truly escape your past life?

A fast-paced and movement orientated story of a young man at a crossroads.



York Theatre Royal

22nd March
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Duck Baker.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.

22nd March
2012



York Barbican presents - The Waterboys in Concert.

Folk rockers The Waterboys will be making their return to the York Barbican after the release of their new album An Appointment with Mr Yeats.

The Waterboys, formed by Mike Scott, have gone through many different musical phases in their career, from their early rock and roll ‘Big Music’ days, which led them to support both The Pretenders and U2, to their Irish folk influenced music of the 1980’s, back to Radiohead inspired experimental rock as heard in their 2000 album A Rock in the Weary Land.

Receiving much critical acclaim, The Waterboys have influenced musicians such as Eddie Veder, Johnny Goudie and Bono.

An Appointment with The Waterboys will be an evening dedicated entirely to their music, with no support act. Mike Scott confirms that one half of the show will be “a killer set of vintage Waterboys” to please their most ardent of fans, including songs such as the classic The Whole of the Moon. The other half will concentrate on An Appointment with Mr Yeats which has received rave reviews.

The Waterboys will be appearing in a new seven-piece line up including legendary fiddler Steve Wickham, Irish chanteuse Katie Kim, keyboard ace James Hallawell, lap steel/ electric guitar maestro Melvin Duffy, bassman Marc Arciero and drummer Raplh Salmins.




York Barbican



23rd March
2012

Get The Blessing - Winners of the BBC Jazz Award 2008 for their debut album ‘All Is Yes,’ this band is one of the UK’s most exciting live bands.

Featuring bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer from trip-hop legends PORTISHEAD, plus the twin horns and electronics of saxophonist Jake McMurchie and trumpeter Pete Judge, they have forged a unique signature sound that defies easy classification, yet never loses sight of thumping tunes, infectious beats or joyous collective spontaneity.

Their latest album OC:DC is released this year ahead of a European tour. Influences range from Ornette Coleman and Tortoise, to Blondie and Samuel Beckett.

‘this outfit will surely recharge the jazz world’ BBC Music Magazine



National Centre
for Early Music



23rd March
2012

Clare Teal - One of Britain’s most loved jazz singers returns to York Theatre Royal.

Clare’s unique performance is held together by the concept of the great “British” song. Although rooted in the jazz traditions of the 1930’s and 40’s, the show covers a huge spectrum of sounds and genres. The show focuses on Clare’s interpretations of these well-written songs which have stood (and are standing) the test of time.

From Noel Coward to Annie Lennox, the show wends its way through 100 years of great songwriting, including songs such as Try A Little Tenderness and A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square.



York Theatre Royal



23rd March
2012

York Barbican presents - Nanci Griffith in Concert.

Country and folk singer Nanci Griffith will play York Barbican with support from special guests The Kennedy’s.

Whether performing her own poetically evocative material or the compositions of her influences, friends, and peers, Nanci Griffith possesses a powerful gift for inhabiting the songs she sings - for communicating unspoken intimacy and heartache through her tender voice and lilting, delicate phrasing.

Rolling Stone magazine once described her as a unique form of "folkabilly" music. Yet Griffith emerged as more than just a bright star in a new genre. In a career that has now spanned nearly three decades, numerous awards (including three GRAMMYS and the BBC's Life-Time Achievement Award) and twenty studio albums she continues to trail blaze that path into 2012.




York Barbican

23-25th March
2012

York Open Studios - one of the highlights of York's visual arts calendar. York Open Studios promotes direct public access to York based Artists/Makers presenting contemporary work in non-gallery spaces.

Many of York's best creative practitioners open the doors to 30 venues around York inviting the public to enter their working world.

Artists and makers will be showing their latest work in studios, homes, schools and community centres and with fifty participants this much anticipated event will be the best yet offering an exciting opportunity to talk to the artists and to see how and where they work. There will be demonstrations and children's activities in a number of venues and an opportunity to take part in an interactive installation. Access to all the venues is free to encourage active participation in the arts across the community.

As always there will also be a wide variety of work on offer to buy - paintings, prints, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, artists books, furniture, photography, sculpture and more.




York Open Studios



24th March
2012

Stewart Lee - 'Carpet Remnant World'.

Following his much acclaimed second BBC series, maverick comedian, writer and director Stewart Lee comes to York with a brand new full length show - Carpet Remnant World.

What can a sexless middle aged married man, whose life now consists mainly of watching Scooby Doo cartoons with a four year old boy, possibly find to write comedy about?

Formerly stand-up’s youthful iconoclast, Lee now gawps blankly at News 24 as Britain burns down around him, and blinks weirdly at the vast wayside retail outlets during endless journeys to and from increasingly indistinct provincial theatres.

Once he lived on the pleasure planet. Now he is trapped in Carpet Remnant World. And so are you...



York Theatre Royal



24th March
2012

York Barbican presents - Noah and the Whale in Concert.

Indie rockers Noah And The Whale will be making their debut appearance at the York Barbican. The band – whose album Last Night On Earth has, since its release last spring, firmly established itself as one of the Albums of 2011, will be playing their first show in York since 2008.

Since forming in 2006, Noah And The Whale have risen to success, their first album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down getting to number 5 in the UK album charts. More recently they performed at Reading and Leeds festival, as well as Glastonbury festival earlier this year, and have supported the likes of Arcade Fire, The Zutons and Snow Patrol.

Noah And The Whale are currently in the middle of their biggest tour so far. The current dates are accompanied by Waiting For My Chance To Come, the latest single to be taken from Last Night On Earth, one of the highest selling albums of the year. Waiting For My Chance to Come is accompanied by a video directed by the American photographer Autumn de Wilde. Following the current UK tour, the band heads to the US and Mexico for further dates.




York Barbican

24th March
2012

Meet the Gardeners: Spring Hanging Basket Workshop - Join the Head Gardener for a garden tour and talk on hanging basket creation, care and maintenance. Take part in an exciting workshop with the Head Gardener to create a your very own luxury and unique Spring hanging basket. Including Lunch or Afternoon Tea in the Brodsworth Hall Tea Room. Pre-Booking Essential. 10.00 am –12.30 pm & 1.30 – 3.30 pm



Brodsworth Hall



24th March
2012

Spain and the New World with The Chanticleer Singers - We present a programme that captures the exotic flavours of Hispanic music, from the spiritual sounds of early Spanish sacred music to the rhythmic vitality of the Missa Criolla of the Argentinian composer , Ramirez, with percussion, piano and guitar.

John Mackenzie will also delight us with classical guitar pieces from the Romantic period. 7.30 pm

Church of St Mary
Lastingham

The Chanticleer Singers




24/25th March
2012

Jazz At Its Very Best! - Helmsley Jazz'n'Swing Weekend.

Stand by for a full weekend of traditional jazz, swing and American songbook evergreens at the Helmsley Jazz'n'Swing weekend on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March. Organised by Britain's 'ace drummin' man', John Petters, the event features some of the top performers in the UK.

As well as the live music, there will be a chance to test your knowledge with the 'Jazz Quiz', a fun ‘Jazz Forum', where a panel of musicians will be played a selection of recordings blindfold and asked to name performers.

Saturday Programme -

2.00 pm St Phillip St Breakdown - a celebration of New Orleans Clarinettist George Lewis, with two of Australia’s finest exports, Karl Hird (clarinet) and Annie Hawkins (bass), with Tim Phillips, (banjo) and John Petters (drums)

4.45 pm The Jazz Lecture - John Petters looks at the career of the iconic jazz drummer, Gene Krupa - with vintage video and recordings

7.00 pm This Joint is Jumpin’ - The life and music of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller John Petters and his Rhythm celebrate the harmful little armful purveyor of 50,000 kilovolts of jive! Featuring stride piano genius, Dave Browning.

9.15 pm Swingin’ Down Memory Lane - A celebration of the American Songbook, Gershwin, Berlin, Ellington, Porter, Carmichael, Mercer etc.. Featuring the swinging tenor saxophones and clarinets of Julian Marc Stringle and Karl Hird.

Sunday Programme -

10.30 am The Jazz Forum - John Petters plays a series of recordings from 80 years of recorded history to the panel of musicians and seeks their views and those of the audience.

12.15 pm The Special Magic of Benny Goodman - Julian Marc Stringle, Dave Browning and John Petters celebrate the classic Goodman, Wilson, Krupa Trio of the mid 1930s.

3.00 pm The Jazz Quiz - test your knowledge of this great music - CD awarded to the winner.

7.00 pm Back to New Orleans - featuring Hymns & Spirituals, Stomps, Blues and Rags, with hot cornetist Allen Beechey, Karl Hird, Julian Marc Stringle, Karl Hird, Tim Phillps, Keith Donald & John Petters.

9.15 pm Salute to Satchmo Louis Armstrong was the most important figure in Jazz history. This affectionate tribute to the great Satch features many of the popular numbers from the Armstrong repertoire.




Helmsley Arts Centre



25th March
2012

The Lord Mayor's Charity Gala Concert.

To kick off the year-long celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the city's mayoralty, this concert features local performers and groups including among others:

York Stage Musicals, Attitude Dance, New York Brass Band, the Shipley Family, York Light Opera Company and Rebecca Newman.

All proceeds go to the Lord Mayor's Charities, York Against Cancer and York Mind.



York Theatre Royal



25th March
2012

The Milton Rooms presents The Secret Weapon Tour with Simon Townshend.

A familiar name with an original sound, Simon Townshend is straight from the lineage of one of British music's most famous families. The son of England's top big-band reed man and baby brother of Who legend Pete Townshend, Simon has been recording and performing since the age of nine, when he was brought in to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy.

In addition to his own music, Simon has produced artists both in London and New York. He has performed with numerous established acts ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam, and including elder brother Pete Townshend, with notable song writing and vocal contributions to Iron Man and Psychoderelict.

Other credits include 15 years as guitarist and vocalist in The Who, playing sold out tours of Europe, Asia and North America, and a monumental performance at the 2010 Super Bowl. He was referred to by one U.S. newspaper as The Who's "secret weapon".

A prolific composer over the last decade and Who sideman, Simon Townshend continues to write, create and perform his unique and charismatic work as well as provide support to some of rock music's ultimate legends.

7.30 pm




Milton Rooms
Malton


26th March
2012

The Historical Association York & NY Branch Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - "The Harrying of the North". With David Palliser, Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds.

This talk starts at 7.00 pm.

Bootham School
York

The Historical Association



26th March
2012

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham.

Simply the best Scottish traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Aly, a stylish fiddler, launched the popular TV series 'Transatlantic Sessions', while the stunning accordion player Phil is also in demand for TV, films and theatre.

Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Duo – they are highly entertaining – two virtuoso musicians and some gripping humour – unbeatable!

‘They are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear’ The Glasgow Herald



National Centre
for Early Music



26/27th March
2012

The Science Museum Live On Tour.

Experience spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments as the Science Museum takes to the stage with a fantastic live show to blow your mind and challenge your brain!

Fast, furious and frenetically fun, Science Museum Live on Tour will propel you on an exploratory theatrical adventure into the wonderful world of science. Get set for a breathtaking ride that will entertain,inform and inspire.



York Theatre Royal



27th March
2012

The Orchestra of the Age of EnightenmentT with the UNIVERSITY OF YORK BAROQUE ENSEMBLE AND CHAMBER CHOIR. Peter Seymour director, Matthew Truscott leader, Cherry Forbes and James Redwood presenters.

'Anthem' - The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and students from the University of York join forces for the celebratory final concert of the OAE’s flagship Anthem tour, which will have seen the OAE work with over 5,000 primary pupils, 300 secondary students and 200 university students throughout England.

The programme will include J S Bach Wachet Auf, Vivaldi Gloria and James Redwood My Cry.

Join us for some lively Handel marches and fanfares in the foyer from 6.00pm, and meet the players after the concert!



National Centre for
Early Music

28th March
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - The Gardens in Spring.

A guided tour of the Museum Gardens with the Garden Manager, Sjaak Kastelijn, to look at the spring horticultural highlights.

2.00 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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28th March
2012

YAS Free Public Star Party - YAS Free Public Star Party on the Knavesmire. From 7pm till late, weather permitting.

We will be there, even if it rains, for about half an hour for a chat. Observe through our telescopes, or feel free to bring your own along for help and advice if needed.

Objects on show should include: the Moon, planets (Jupiter, Venus and Mars), star clusters (Pleiades, M35, M44), and galaxies.



Knavesmire

York Astronomical Society



28th March
2012

Roberto Fonseca - York is lucky to have one of a few national touring dates for the fully-fledged Buena Vista Social Club prodigy.

Roberto leads a new generation of Cuban artists on a journey that weaves in and out of the island’s traditional music, picking up jazz, classical, and Afro-Cuban influences along the way to create an astonishingly original musical landscape.

Roberto is joined by Ayanna, whose beguiling vocals skip and swing over intimate, honey-sweet cello.

For the chance to meet and greet Roberto after the concert, visit his micro-site (which also has some bonus audio-visual content).



York Theatre Royal


28th March
2012

1812 Theatre Company presents 'Table No. 9' A new play by Sara Murphy, in the Studio Bar.

Two friends meet up after losing touch for thirty years. We meet them in full flow of their renewed friendship. They share a cafe with two young women, who pity them.

The older ones envy the younger pair. What they don’t realise is how similar they actually are Enid and Maude also end up envying each other, proving that we never really know what goes on behind closed doors.


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre



28/29th March
2012

'A Sentimental Journey' - A Sentimental Journey is a digital opera for a mixed ensemble of technologies, remote audiences and live performers. It is inspired by Laurence Sterne’s novel, first published in 1768.

The work will be performed live to the theatre audience, and streamed to hundreds of people around the world, who will be reporting back with photos and postcards of their sentimental journeys. The end result is a shared experience between the audience(s), the performers, the music, the book, and the collective imagination.

Created in association with the Laurence Sterne Trust and dedicated to Patrick Wildgust.

Each performance will include a post show discussion.



York Theatre Royal


29th March
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Literary Tour of York.

A fascinating look at authors & books inspired by York from Anglo-Saxon Alcuin to the Brontes and Dickens to Robinson Crusoe. Includes a visit to the birthplace of W.H. Auden. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk

29th March
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.

29th March -
1st April
2012

York Literature Festival - York Literature Festival returns for its fifth outing at the end of March 2012.

York will host a wide variety of events, including author signings, talks, storytelling, cinema, poetry and more. Join us as we celebrate the written and spoken word in one of the UK's most beautiful cities.

Authors and performers include: Ian McMillan, Andrew McMillan, Ian Duhig, Carole Bromley, Matt Haig, Antony Dunn, Pat Borthwick, Jack Mapanje, Oz Hardwick, Abi Curtis and many more.


Various Venues

York Literature Festival



30th March
2012

'Psalms from the Horse's Mouth' - Hugh Lupton turns his lyrical eye towards the magical connection between man and horse, to evoke the mystery and the sense of otherness that horses conjure.

Intertwining Navajo mythology, Celtic wondertales and slave ballads, this programme has at its heart ‘The Horses’, Hugh’s stunning narrative poem in praise of the life of a horseman’s daughter Jenny Wing.

This is poetic storytelling at its very best.



York Theatre Royal



30th March
2012

Souvenir D'Anne Frank

A young Japanese girl journeys into a magical landscape of dreams and memories in the premiere tour of this original work which celebrates the life of Anne Frank, and the story of the beautiful Souvenir d’Anne Frank rose.

The live music of a piano trio, woven with song and words drawn from Anne’s extraordinary diary, bring East and West together in a haunting theatrical fusion that will both move and inspire.



York Theatre Royal


30th March
2012

Vienna Festival Ballet Presents Swan Lake. Music By Tchaikovsky

One of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed.

Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It's the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions - from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy. An evening not to be missed.



York Grand Opera House

30th March
2012

Wetherby Races - Yorkshire's premier National Hunt Racecourse presents Weekday Racing

Wetherby Racecourse

30th March
2012

The Winter Dance Party Tour - A Tribute to Buddy Holly.

On January 23th 1959 Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Dion and the Belmonts embarked on "The Winter Dance Party Tour", a tour that meant they would play 24 cities in just 3 weeks.

On February 2nd the tour bus developed heating problems so a plane was chartered for the next leg of the tour. A fateful decision as this plane carrying Holly, Valens and The Big Bopper crashed just outside Mason City. There were no survivors.

Winter Dance Party recreates that historic last tour of Buddy Holly. It stars Marc Robinson ("Stars in Your Eyes" and "The Buddy Holly Story") as Buddy and features the country's best Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper and Dion tribute artistes supported by The Counterfeit Crickets.

This superbly authentic show is packed full of rock n roll hits – 40 songs performed with the same raw energy that the original artistes thrilled their audiences with. 8.00 pm



Galtres Centre
Easingwold
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30th March
1st April
2012

York Open Studios - one of the highlights of York's visual arts calendar. York Open Studios promotes direct public access to York based Artists/Makers presenting contemporary work in non-gallery spaces.

Many of York's best creative practitioners open the doors to 30 venues around York inviting the public to enter their working world.

Artists and makers will be showing their latest work in studios, homes, schools and community centres and with fifty participants this much anticipated event will be the best yet offering an exciting opportunity to talk to the artists and to see how and where they work. There will be demonstrations and children's activities in a number of venues and an opportunity to take part in an interactive installation. Access to all the venues is free to encourage active participation in the arts across the community.

As always there will also be a wide variety of work on offer to buy - paintings, prints, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, artists books, furniture, photography, sculpture and more.




York Open Studios

31st March
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Poetry: Shape and Form.

Explore the shape and form of poetry, inspired by Gordon Baldwin’s abstract sculptures, with poet, Andrew McMillan.

10.30 am – 3.00 pm

York Art Gallery

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
Opens as pdf file


31st March
2012

The Micklegate Singers present - Love and Marriage.

From youth's first flush of love to a lifetime together, love is explored in all its variety in this programme of ravishing 20th and 21st century music. Including Paul Mealor's anthem for the royal wedding, we also touch on folksong and Gregorian chant. Swingle and Buchenburg provide a delightful light contrast.

Jackson - To Morning

Jackson - I gaze upon you

Walton - Set me as a seal

Duruflé - Ubi caritas et amor

Harper - Ubi caritas et amor

Mealor - Ubi caritas et amor

Briggs -Ubi caritas et amor

Grainger - Soldier, Soldier
The Gypsy's Wedding Day

Whitacre - A Boy and a Girl
hope, faith, life, love
This Marriage

Holst - My Sweetheart's like Venus

Hill - Love on my heart from heaven fell

Swingle - It was a lover and his lass
L'amour de moi

Buchenberg - Klangfelder-Raumschwingungen-Oszillationen

Loach - The Lord bless you and keep you. 8.00 pm




Chapter House
York Minster

Micklegate Singers



31st March
2012

'Captain Murderer and the Morecambe Mermaid' - Captain Mermaid Theatre Company present a performance of their pitchblack musical comedy, Captain Murderer and the Morecambe Mermaid, featuring original songs and additional dialogue by Charles Dickens.

A sinister visual feast, with puppets and masks, illusions and projections, it’s all about addiction, sexual exploitation, immigration and kiss-me-quick cheekiness.



York Theatre Royal


31st March
2012

York Symphony Orchestra present -

Elgar - Froissart

Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes of Weber

MacCunn - Diarmid: Prelude to Act IV Scene 2 (first modern performance)

Glazunov - Symphony no.5 in B flat major.

More chivalry features in Elgar’s concert overture that evokes the 14th century as seen through the chronicles of the eponymous writer. In 1902 Elgar wrote incidental music to Yeats’ play Diarmuid and Grania, but five years earlier Hamish MacCunn had written a grand opera on the Celtic subject; we play the passionate prelude to the last scene.

Orchestral fireworks are provided by Hindemith’s reinterpretation of Weber, replete with percussive tintinnabulations, and Glazunov’s finest symphony, his 5th – sometimes known as ‘The Heroic’. 8.00 pm


Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
UoY

York Symphony Orchestra

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31st March/1st April
2012

York Open Studios - one of the highlights of York's visual arts calendar.

York Open Studios

31st March/1st April
2012

Magic Mirror Garden & Alice in Wonderland Trail - Enter the magical world of Lewis Carroll in this enchanting Trail around the Victorian Garden at Brodsworth. There are 6 magic mirrors to find along the paths that lead visitors around the garden. Mirrors that can make you look tall or small, in keeping with the tale of Alice. There's a certificate prize for all who complete the Trail. 10.00 am - 5.30 pm


Brodsworth Hall

 

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