Sun 19 May 11.00am - 1.00pm in the Morley Room
Helmsley Festival Of Writing
If you have ever read a story, told a story or made up a story for a child and would like to write such a story, come along and become aware of the many techniques involved in writing for children. Bring pencil and paper! Judith Duncan has taught Writing for Children and Creative Writing at York University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning for over twenty years, and many of her students are successful writers. She is a member of Ryedale Writers group.
Sun 19 May 12noon - 1.00pm in the Auditorium
Helmsley Festival Of Writing
An illustrated talk by Patrick Wildgust examining Laurence Sterne’s influence as a writer and considering why Italo Calvino referred to Tristram Shandy as the "undoubted progenitor of all avant-garde novels of our century." Patrick is the curator for the Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall.
Sun 19 May 1.30pm - 4.00pm in the Morley Room
Helmsley Festival Of Writing
Ideal for beginners and more experienced writers alike, this practical session will explore writing in different / other voices and ways of creating character in poems. The session will include examples of short fiction and poetry, plenty of ideas, practical writing activity, and fun. Amanda Dalton is a poet and playwright. Her poetry publications include How To Disappear and Stray. Recent drama includes The Midnight Cry of the Deathbird, a radical re-working of the silent film Nosferatu for BBC Radio 3.
Sun 19 May 2.00pm - 3.00pm
in the Auditorium
Helmsley Festival Of Writing
Scriptwriter Tom Needham takes one of his half hour episodes of The Bill, explains where he got the idea from (a boy shoots his mother dead!), how he structured it, how he built up the characters and how he wrote it. Then he shows the episode for discussion afterwards.
Sun 19 May 6.00pm at Rievaulx Terrace - THIS EVENT WILL NOW BE AT THE ARTS CENTRE
Helmsley Festival Of Writing
DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECASTS - THIS EVENT WILL NOW BE AT THE ARTS CENTRE
A very special torch-lit poetry and promenade event on a spring evening along the breathtaking eighteenth century lawned Terrace above Rievaulx Abbey. Poets Simon Armitage and Amanda Dalton will give readings of their work from the steps of the two temples at either end of the terrace. Audience members will then be invited to cross the lawn between the two readings, and will be entertained along the way…
On Rievaulx Terrace (weather permitting) or Helmsley Arts Centre (if raining)
Sun 19 May 11.00am -12 noon in the Studio Bar
Helmsley Festival Of Writing Presents
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED
Wed 22 May 7.30pm
A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher.
Fri 24 May 7.30pm
Presenting A Sumptuous Soiree Of Singing And Celebration
A fundraiser for The Arts Centre, with a glittering array of singers. Rising stars The Lennanshees, whose recent gigs include The Lowry and The National Theatre, lull the noisiest rooms into pin-drop silence with their magical harmonies; spirited six-piece multi-instrumental ensemble Raven blend beautiful music, haunting harmonies and crunchy chords to create an earthy and powerful sound; Natasha Jones, the talk of Helmsley with her stunning performance in our last pantomime, sings breathtaking soul, jazz and blues accompanied by guitarist Robin Bunton. And there’s more…
Sat 25 May 7.30pm
Badapple Theatre On Your Doorstep Presents
The team behind the hit show Back to the Land Girls is back with a hilarious new comedy sequel. Join Land Army heroines Buff and Biddy for the last wartime summer of 1945 where in the long working days of the farm everything and nothing has changed. Enjoy comic scrapes and tall tales as the girls come to terms with life after wartime. Buff has the promise of romance, but it’s complicated - if she follows her heart will she be able to stay in the village? Biddy has her big chance to be ‘just like Vera Lynn’ if she can make it to the Tower Ballroom showcase in Blackpool, but life just keeps getting in the way.
Wed 29 May 10.00am - 1.00pm
A Workshop With Andy Dalton
For Ages: 6 - 12
Andy Dalton will be leading a family printmaking workshop that turns your
old cardboard boxes into works of art - It was good enough for Picasso!
Wed 29 May 2pm
The ancient war between humans and a race of giants when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.
Thurs 30 May, 11.00am and 2.00pm
Tucked In Theatre Presents
For Ages 4+
Something is shimmering and shining in the far corner of the cow field on Hector's run-down farm. Something that leads Hector and his naughtiest cow, Betty, on an adventure across the magical land of Mandari. There they meet the greedy mayor, the mysterious Mackie McKee and Wise Old Mr Dude, who warns them of the dangers of a great fortune. Come on a journey with award-winning Tucked In for an amusing and moving tale of temptation, greed and friendship. Join in with catchy songs, bid for a Golden Cowpat in a hilarious auction and even choose the story’s ending!
Sun 2 June 3.00pm
Adel Sahnoun - Flute | Petra Hadjuchova - Harpsichord
Prima Vista approach the baroque repertoire with original and imaginative interpretation. The programme will include Sonatas by Blavet, Leclair and Boismortier. Their versatility and style enables exploration of more recent works written for their combination, by composers such as Edmund Rubbra and Jean Michael Damase. Adel and Petra met while studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire School of Music and Dance, and won the 2012 June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad prize
. ‘……the spirit of music flows from Adel Sahnoun’s body when he plays……..he lives his music….’
Wissam Boustany International soloist.
Sun 2 June 10.00am - 4.00pm
North Yorkshire Open Studios Presents
In this enchanting workshop, Serena Partridge will demonstrate how to create miniature shoes using a variety of papers and embellishments. Come and make perfect little gifts for special occasions.
All materials provided but you may wish to bring along your own special papers, trims, fine scissors, needles, threads and a camera. Suitable for all abilities, with patterns supplied in a wide range of sizes.
To book and for more information contact: 01756 748529 email@example.com | www.nyos.org.uk
Tues 4 June 6.45pm
Glyndebourne Opera Live Presents
The Glyndebourne Festival opens with a new production of this compelling collaboration between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Ariadne, abandoned on her island, longs for death, but a group of comedians turn up and their leader, Zerbinetta, tells her to cheer up and try a bit of flirting. When the god Bacchus descends and carries Ariadne off, Zerbinetta feels she’s been proved right. Sung in German with English subtitles.
Wed 5 June 7.30pm
On the eve of a world renowned string quartets 25th anniversary season, their beloved cellist, Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), is diagnosed with the early symptoms of Parkinsons Disease. When Peter announces he wishes to make the upcoming season his last, his three colleagues find themselves at a crossroad.
Fri 7 June 7.30pm
An intimate acoustic evening in the Studio Bar with a selection of the finest young
performers from across the region. Curated by Lewis Jones, featuring popular singer songwriter Bethany McCarthy, who is turning heads in York and beyond, soulful singer Amy Ellis and other artists to be announced. Our last evening was a great success - it’s all about having a good time, socializing and most importantly - new live music!
Sat 8 June 7.30pm
The York Quartet started as an ensemble in 1983 and has toured extensively since then. All members of the quartet are professional performers, teachers and composers contributing in turn to a unique repertoire alongside the more standard Spanish, South American, Bulgarian and Slovakian melodies. The Quartet has an excellent reputation, with praise concentrating on sensitivity and sheer style.
“A group that is growing in stature at each appearance” Martin Dreyer, Yorkshire Post
Sat 8 June 2.00pm - 5.00pm
York Guitar Quartet Invites You To
A rare chance for classical guitarists to play together as part of an ad hoc orchestra - a great introduction to ensemble playing - and receive expert individual tuition too. You’ll be able to download and print the music in advance, or just play on the day, and simpler tunes will be included as well as music the Quartet will be performing in the evening concert.
The workshop will end with a short informal presentation to which friends and family are invited.
Minimum Grade 2 standard, music reading essential.
Sun 9 June 7.30pm
The multi-award winning guitarist Guilio Tampalini is one of Italy’s most celebrated virtuosos. His passionate musicality and deep understanding draw the audience to the heart of every work, whether it be Bach’s mighty Chaconne or one of Tarrega’s romantic miniatures. Guilio travels the world as both a soloist and in collaboration with some of Europe’s premier orchestras, and his playing is nothing short of sheer guitar wizardry. His programme tonight will include the Bach Chaconne and works by Lloblet, Montana, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Tarrega.
Tues 11 June 10.00am
Exhibition By Diana Armstrong Opens Today
Diana’s wildlife paintings glow with a surreal luminescence, which is created from her own unique process of gilding and oil paint. This vision portrays animals being one with nature; organically linked to their surroundings.
Ends to Fri 5 July
Open to view Thurs - Frid 10.00am - 3.00pm & Sun 11.00am - 3.00pm
Closed Mon & Sat
Wed 12 June
Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Thurs 13 June 7.00pm
National Theatre Live Presents
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace - a meeting like no other in British public life - it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses.
The Audience breaks this contract of silence - and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.
Fri 14 & Sat 15 June 7.30pm
1812 Youth Theatre Presents
A post-apocalyptic tale performed by our younger Youth Theatre group. Ten years after the bomb, compassion and social standing become lost in the struggle for power and survival. Set in the ruins of a large abandoned building a group of teenage survivors struggle to make sense of their world's desolation. Ironically, despite the bitter nature of their inheritance, they soon begin to repeat their parents' mistakes.
Sun 16 Jun 6pm
When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.A new Spanish comedy from Pedro Almodovar
Mon 17 June 7pm
National Theatre Live Presents
Directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours)For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace - a meeting like no other in British public life - it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses.The Audience breaks this contract of silence - and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen. ‘The Audience is going to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2013.’ Daily Mail
Wed 19 June 7.30pm
A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Fri 21 & Sat 22 June 7.30pm
Helmsley Arts Centre’s Community Play
Our first community play, is about journeys. Britain is criss-crossed with ancient pathways, as well-used in their day as our motorways now. One of them, Hambleton Street, edges the North York Moors and is used only by ramblers and cyclists. But once, cattle and their drovers, robbers, vagabonds, storytellers and pedlars pounded this Drovers’ Road on their way from Scotland to London.
Whose voices and footsteps haunt The Drovers’ Road on a summer's night in 2013? Who will haunt our own A-roads and highways in a thousand years’ time? And what can we learn about ourselves on the Drovers Road?
By Peter Spafford, inspired by Madeleine Bunting's book The Plot and specially commissioned for this project.
Directed by Em Whitfield Brooks, music by Tim Brooks
Funded as part of the Lime & Ice project with additional support from LEADER
Sun 23 June 7.00pm
Glyndebourne Opera Presents
Verdi’s farewell to the stage - with a Shakespearian laugh. Falstaff tries to seduce two of the merry wives of Windsor at once, but they prove too clever for him and in a riotous finale in Windsor Forest all is eventually forgiven.
Captured live in June 2009. Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Sun 23 June 11.00am - 3.30pm
Creative Writing Workshop With David Smith
A day of exploration for writers and ‘non-writers’ alike. The workshop will help beginners to take that first often daunting step towards unlocking their talent, while more established writers wishing to unblock or discuss current work will receive critical stimulation.
Led by published poet and writer of short stories David Smith, who runs regular creative workshops for writers at all levels, of all genres. He is involved in the writers’ ‘scene’ on Teesside and is part of Ryedale Writers.
Wed 26 June 7.30pm
Love Is All You Need is a warm, funny, heartfelt meditation on the birth pangs of starting a new life. Set at a picture-perfect summer wedding in Sorrento, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as Philip, a lonely, middle-aged English widower and estranged single father living in Denmark, and Trine Dyrholm as Ida, a Danish hairdresser recuperating from chemotherapy, who has just learned that her husband is leaving her for a woman half his age from his accounts department. The fates of these two bruised souls intertwine as they embark for Italy to attend the wedding of his son, Patrick, to her daughter, Astrid. The bumpy path towards the union of their children, and the clashes and faux pas of their wedding guests, force Philip and Ida to reevaluate all their notions of family, love and happiness.
Wed 3 - Sat 6 July 7.30pm, Matinee Sat 6 July 2.00pm
1812 Theatre Company Presents
This hilarious play, awarded Best Comedy at the 1991 Olivier Awards, will have audiences in stitches. Conservative minister Richard Willey plans to spend the evening with Labour Party secretary Jane, but things go wrong - starting with the discovery of a ‘body’. Desperately trying to get out of a potentially headline-making situation, Richard seeks help. However, with a conniving waiter, a suspicious hotelier, an alert private detective, an angry wife, a furious husband, a bungling secretary, an unconscious nurse and a dead body
Sat 6 July 5.00pm (gates open from 4.00pm)
This highly popular family festival is one of the highlights of the summer outdoor music season The line-up includes Feldspar, Rocketsmith, Soundhouse and The Concetines, plus entertainers and bouncy castles for the kids, great hot and cold local food, free camping and great loos! Funds raised support the MS Society and Westnell Nursery Society.
Sun 7 July 6pm
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton
Nick Carraway finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbour, Jay Gatsby. Drawn into Gatsby’s circle he becomes a witness to obsession and tragedy. A stunning film inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic.
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Tues 9 July 10.00am
Exhibition Opens Today Of
To celebrate Contemporary Quilt’s 10th Birthday members took inspiration from the photograph of East Poole Tin Mine by Tony Howell. A wide variety and scope of interpretation, techniques, materials and styles are demonstrated in these pieces of textile art.
Ends Fri 30 Aug
Open to view Tues - Fri 10.00am - 3.00pm & Sun 11.00am - 3.00pm
Wed 10 July 7.00pm
Captured live in July 2012. Sung in Italian with English subtitles Michael Grandage’s production of Mozart’s greatest comedy. Figaro and his bride Susanna cleverly outwit their master the Count in his attempts at seduction, until, in one of the most touching moments in the whole of opera, he begs his Countess’s forgiveness and the whole household is happily reunited.
Thurs 11 July, 7.30pm
"The Great Gatsby" follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Fri 12 July 7.30pm
Talented duo Brian Dales (guitar/voice) and Jon Chamberlain (keyboards) play the music of legendary troubadour James Taylor with impeccable style, covering songs from all Taylor’s albums and encompassing the mix of the folk, pop, and blues music for which he is known. Expect Fire & Rain, Shower The People, You've Got A Friend and many more…
“Two musicians of supreme quality… we've seen James Taylor 10 times and enjoyed this evening just as much!"
Sat 13 July 11.00am
Ryedale Festival Coffee Concert
A chance to hear some of the most talented young musicians from the Yorkshire and Humber area (aged 8-18). They are all participants in the Yorkshire Young Musicians scheme, enabling specialist young musicians to benefit from the highest quality tuition in their locality and coffee concert.
There will be another Coffee Concert at 11am on Thurs 18 July.
For tickets and details visit
Wed 17 July 2013 7.30pm
A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.
Fri 19 July 7.30pm
Book early for our popular combination of top flight acoustic performance and fine wines in both Auditorium and Studio Bar. We welcome back the celebrated pianist, vocalist and entertainer Peter Gill to let him loose on our Steinway and bring new life to the satirical songs of Tom Lehrer, Jake Thackray and more; singer songwriter Holly Taymar with Chris Bilton blends beautiful vocals with subtle electric and acoustic guitars, and has recently featured on BBC Radio 2 (Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris). Ian Douglas is a storyteller with a national reputation. Described as ‘truly inspirational’ he draws upon a rich vein of British folk tales and world myths, mixes them up with comedic energy and delivers them with a style all of his own.
Saturday 20 July
York Railway Institute
Join York's oldest brass band for a varied programme of traditional brass band music.
Sat 20 & Sun 21 July 10.00am - 5.00pm (both days)
All ages & levels of experience welcome.
Learn how to create movies on a shoestring budget and explore the basics of film storylining, scripting, camerawork and editing. Rather than using expensive studio cameras, you’ll discover how to get professional results out of the sort of camera used to film family occasions, and scriptwriting sessions will help you discover that you already know how films work – and how you can apply that understanding to your own screenplays.
Led by award-winning screenwriter James Richards and award-winning film maker Paul Richardson, both experienced trainers and low budget filmmakers. There’s no jargon, no need to hire expensive kit – this is about having the confidence to devise, make and exhibit movies. It’s about finding a voice.
Tues 23 July 6.00pm
Ryedale School's finest young musicians sing and play for your pleasure after a two-day residency at the Arts Centre. The school's Big Band will play a half of jazz standards, mixed with Latin and funk numbers, followed by Cantarla, performing Joseph Horowitz's Cantata Summer Sunday described by the composer as a 'comical-tragical-ecological Pastoral, with an environmental message'! Come and enjoy a varied early evening's music-making from these talented young musicians, led by the school’s Head of Performing Arts Andrew Moxon.
Wed 24 July 7.30pm
1958. Rose is a terrible secretary but a demon typist. Her handsome boss resolves to turn her into the fastest girl in the world.
Thurs 25 July 6pm
Glyndebourne Opera Live
The great 18th century opera composer Rameau – remembered as “the God of Harmony” - sets a great classical legend, that of Phedre’s incestuous love for her stepson Hippolyte. He tries to flee with his lover Aricie, but is killed; only the gods’ intervention can resurrect him and reunite the pair. This is Glyndebourne’s first production of an opera by Rameau.
Sung in French with English subtitles
Approx length 3h 45 mins
Mon 29 July - Fri 2 August, 10.00am - 4.00pm
For ages 11-17
This exciting performance project will be an inspiring five days of music and theatre at the Arts Centre. Learn and develop musical theatre skills including acting through song, character acting, dance and stagecraft under the direction of Audrie Woodhouse, and tune in and nurture your vocal talents with coaching from Em Whitfield Brooks.
Bring your ideas, bring your friends, bring a packed lunch and please wear loose clothing.
At the end of the week we will showcase our work in a celebratory evening at the Fauconberg Arms.
16 places only - so book early!
Tues 6 August 7pm
Glyndebourne Opera Live
Don Pasquale is the 64th of Donizetti’s 66 operas, written a year before the onset of the syphilis-induced dementia that eventually overwhelmed him. Given the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the diamond-bright wit and brilliance of this opera also has a distinctly dark side. Danielle de Niese, acknowledged as one of the world’s most talented and charismatic artists and described as “the world’s coolest soprano” by the New York Times, performs the role of Norina.
Approx length 2h 45 mins
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Fri 23 Aug 7.00pm
This year marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten, and this is one of his most powerful operas, set on shipboard in Napoleonic times. The seaman Billy is lured into violence against the evil master-at-arms Claggart, and Capt. Vere, though sympathizing with Billy, is compelled to order his execution. Jacques Imbrailo takes the title role with Sir Mark Elder conducting.
Approx length 3h 25 mins (incl intervals)
Captured live in August 2010. Sung in English with English subtitles
Fri 23 - Sun 25 August
Helmsley Arts Centre is curating events on one of the main stages on the evening of Saturday 24 August at the festival’s new home in Duncombe Park. We are offering up to £15 off tickets to this truly wonderful event on the August Bank Holiday weekend : enter code HAC-772 at checkout in the online shop to claim your discount.
For tickets and info visit www.galtresfestival.org.uk
Sat 31 Aug 7.30pm
The VaCO was formed in 1994 and led by Xenophon Kelsey MBE in response to gaps in the provision of orchestral training in universities and conservatoires. Running holiday residential chamber orchestral courses for advanced young musicians their holiday courses provide the perfect opportunity for the participants to explore repertoire that isn’t usually covered by Youth Orchestras, some of which we will hear tonight. In the last few years the orchestra has toured abroad to 12 different countries featuring students from 33 nationalities from aged 16. VaCO is committed to bringing live music to the widest possible audience in rural areas. These performances take place in churches and schools across the Pennines, Dales and the North York Moors.