Sun 19 May 11.00am -12 noon in the Studio Bar
Helmsley Festival Of Writing Presents
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED
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…
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.