There are 11 photo albums.
Easter 2016 (3 photos)
Photos from our Easter celebrations.
Christmas Tree Festival 2015 (22 photos)
Another successful event - see the Christmas Tree Festival page under 'Events and Activities' for a report.
Lunchtime Concert 11th December 2015 (8 photos)
medieval and historic musician
A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS
Peter Bull gives solo performances of historical music on a wide variety of period instruments.
His repertoire ranges from the 13th to the early 20th century. As well as giving formal and informal concerts, he performs at banquets, pageants, weddings, private parties, living history events, and festivals.
He appears regularly at the Tower of London and at Hampton Court Palace with the historical interpreters Past Pleasures. He also performs at many historical properties throughout England, in the care of the National Trust and English Heritage.
Instruments played include the hurdy gurdy, recorder and flute, dulcimer, cittern and lute.
You can listen to some of Peter's music here.
Lunchtime Concert 9/10/2015 (5 photos)
... was formed in 2009 primarily to play music on the streets during the couple’s long annual cycle touring holidays. Following highly positive reactions from listeners, they decided to expand the concept into the concert hall. The chosen repertoire explores historical popular music, which once straddled the modern classifications of “folk” and “early music” and forms an important part of the texture of western music history. With their unusual and somewhat anachronistic instrumentation, the approach has found friends and admirers from both the folk and early-music worlds.
The name "Dapper's Delight" is a reference to the Dutch humanist and armchair explorer Olfert Dapper (ca. 1635 - 1689) who despite never having travelled outside Holland published several geographical tomes, amongst which Description of Africa (1668) is still a key text for Africanists. A famous Amsterdam street market is named after him and it was here that the duo first performed in 2009.
The CD, Indoors, was released in 2011 followed by their second, Disguisings in 2015. The duo has played concerts in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, USA and Portugal.
Lunchtime Concert 11/9/2015 (8 photos)
'Life is a Cabaret'
with Steve Hastings and Carole Cox
Steve’s earliest memories are of big family get togethers in North London where everyone was expected to sing. He grew up thinking that it was perfectly natural to burst into song at any time; it took him some years to realise that not all families behaved in this way! The music he grew up with was Bing Crosby, the Ink Spots and Glenn Miller.
Steve’s first excursion into public performing was as a member of a folk group called “Symbiosis” (a name redolent of that era!) that sang in venues across South East Essex, performing music by artists such as Simon and Garfunkle, James Taylor and Joan Baez.
He later discovered musical theatre and spent many years treading the boards in the south east of England before moving to Yorkshire and joining Tadcaster Operatic & Dramatic Society (now Tadcaster Theatre Company).
Over the last few years Steve has been a member of TadChorale, a choral group that has performed in many venues across this part of Yorkshire, as well as at many weddings, particularly at Hazlewood castle.
Steve is also a member of a trio called “Now & Then” whose material consists of a selection of popular songs, some from the present day (“now”) but mainly from the sixties and seventies (“then”). You will also catch Steve performing at residential homes across the region, often in the company of Ken Waller, an esteemed resident of Boston Spa.
Carole has been playing the piano since the age of 5 and is still enjoying new experiences which come with such a wonderful hobby. She was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music in London, studying both piano and ‘cello, and was a player in several amateur orchestras until retirement.
Whilst Carole’s two children were growing up, she spent 10 happy years working for Leeds Education Dept as a peripatetic school pianist and also taught piano and ‘cello from home.
Like Steve, Carole has been involved with local operatic societies in Yorkshire for the past 35 years, and as rehearsal pianist, has been kept very busy. Being Director of TadChorale since 2004, is another time-consuming hobby, but so rewarding, hearing the choir produce such a good sound and receive compliments as well as frequent concert bookings.
Carole and Steve have had many opportunities to give performances together and have always enjoyed providing musical entertainment.
Easter 2015 (10 photos)
Events in Holy Week and on Easter Day 2015
Christmas Tree Festival 2014 (43 photos)
Our first Christmas Tree Festivel, december 2014
Lunchtime Concert 10/04/2015 (7 photos)
Dr Simon Lindley, Leeds City Organist, played our1877 Harrison & Harrison organ
In Dr Lindley's own words:
A warm welcome from God's own county – the county of broad acres – and from my lovely home at the confluence of the West Riding's rural and industrial heart lands, just off Junction 27 of the M62.
Duties as Organist & Master of the Music at Leeds Minster and as City Organist are complemented by work for Leeds City Council's Department of Learning & Leisure. It was the Parish Church appointment that brought me to the North of England in succession to Dr Donald Hunt more than thirty years ago.
Other musical activity includes organ concerts and recitals, organ and piano accompaniment, choral and orchestral conducting (especially of St Peter's Singers and Chamber Orchestra), writing and speaking about music. I am also active as a choral arranger and, to a degree, as a composer – albeit a somewhat reluctant one – with many arrangements and editions and compositions in print of which by far the majority were produced especially for friends and colleagues in the world-famous Choir of Leeds Parish Church, now Leeds Minster.
The life of a musician is profoundly fulfilling, yet often demanding and frequently challenging – it is, however, absolutely never dull! Many of my interests reflect sustain close relationships with music – among them are cathedrals and churches, local history, printing, typography, walking, cooking and travel – especially rail travel.
Phillip McCann played the cornet.
Phillip is one of the best-known names in the Brass Band world. He was born in Bo’ness, Scotland, where he began his playing career with the Kinneil Colliery Band. He held the position of leader with National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years. His long tenure as Principal Cornet at Black Dyke was during the band’s world-beating period. His acclaimed series of CD Chandos recordings – The World’s Most Beautiful Melodies – is universally admired for the exquisite tone and musical expression in the playing; these recordings are featured regularly on BBC Radio and on Classic FM. Other broadcast credits recently have included an interview with Richard Baker’s informative Comparing Notes series.
Phillip’s unique style and tone quality has been used by composers to combine with orchestra for film/TV soundtracks such as Anna of the Five Towns, Woman of Substance and the immensely popular BBC TV series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates – the latter receiving an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Music commissioned for a Broadcast Production.
He has toured extensively both as a recitalist and for master-classes throughout the world and is a Yamaha Artist, assisting the Corporation in the development of their range of brass instruments.
Phillip is firmly committed to the teaching of brass band music and is Head of Brass and Woodwind at the University of Huddersfield and conducts both the Symphonic Wind Orchestra and the acclaimed Brass Band comprising undergraduate students, whose standard is the result of universal and increasing acclaim.
Although Phillip’s main activities continue to be a soloist and teacher, in recent years he has progressively increased his commitments as a conductor, being the founder of the Sellers International Band. At the All England Masters Championship, 2003 Phillip was the recipient of the Masters’ Dedicated Service Award. Additionally in 2003, in recognition of his prominent position as cornet soloist and band trainer and his resourcefulness in teaching so many brass players of the younger generation, Phillip was awarded The Mortimer Medal from The Company of Worshipful Musicians. His most recent accolade being in September, 2013, the recipient of The Iles Medal once again from The Worshipful Company of Musicians, now being, uniquely, the recipient of both these highly prestigious awards.
Lunchtime Concert 13/02/2015 (7 photos)
Emma James provided us with a varied and entertaining programme of songs.
Emma ‘s home town is Blackpool where she followed in her mother’s footsteps as a professional entertainer.
Her first season was on the South Pier at Blackpool singing and dancing in the Frank Carson Laughter Show.
She has performed in a host of summer season shows alongside some of UK’S top artists including Ken Dodd, JimDavidson and the Grumbleweeds.
Emma is a versatile pantomime principal and has appeared in a variety of roles including Aladdin and Cinderella.She worked for 5 years as the singer in the Big Top Show at Chessington World of Adventures.
She had Christmas contracts with Chipperfields Circus at the Point in Dublin and with Gerry Cottle’s Circus at Wembley and the Roundhouse Theatre Camden. Emma toured for 6 years in the Cottle and Austen Electric Circus as Singer Presenter .
Emma particularly enjoys Cabaret . She has appeared in venues all over the UK including the Grosvenor House Hotel, Langham Hilton, and the Belfry.
For two years she was resident cabaret artist with Page and Moy cruises on the Ocean Majesty and Bolero cruise ships and went on to headline her own show for P&O Cruises on the Oceana and Artemis cruise ships.
Emma has also appeared in Cabaret for many American audiences receiving wide acclaim for her performance.
Lunchtime Concert 9/01/15 (6 photos)
" A Royal Celebration "
"Serendipity" (Margaret Jowett & Kathy White) returned and entertained us with familiar words and popular music to honour a great lady "Our Queen "
Gambia 2010 (18 photos)
Joan's latest photos from the Gambia