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

APRIL 2012

Longer Term events/exhibitions etc Currently Running
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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

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
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/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

Future Events and Attractions


1st April
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




1st April
2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - "Thunder Day”.

Live ‘Thunder Days’ will be extra exciting this year as for the first time they will feature our historic propeller driven aircraft such as the historic wartime Dakota and De Havilland aircraft in addition to the Jets of the mighty Nimrod MR2!! This is a 'Engine Running Day' with historic live jets and propeller aircraft and vehicles on display!

YAM is the largest original RAF Bomber Command Station open to the public, this year being the 70th Anniversary of the commencement of operations with 77 Squadron. Halifax bombers of No. 77 Squadron RAF were the first to be stationed here in 1942, followed by the only two Free French Heavy Bomber Squadrons of the Second World War 346 Guyenne and 347 Tunisie. This was the only base to be operated by French personnel – a close history which continues to this day.

The collection at YAM includes the famous Halifax Bomber and Mosquito Nightfighter plus aircraft from the early 1900’s through both World Wars and the Battle of Britain right up to the jet-age with examples of Meteor; Javelin; Lightning; Harrier and Tornado.


Yorkshire Air Museum
York


2nd April
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 - “The Transferred Image: how prints work” by Irma Gemmell: Artist and Designer.

What is the difference between an etching, a linocut and a silk screen print? Irma is going to talk about the many ways of printing and how she uses them in her work.

The making of images has always been an essential part of her life. After extensive travel she has settled in York, where she has a printmaking studio in a small, converted Methodist chapel which forms part of her house. She concentrates on etching, but wood and linocut relief printing are indispensible too.

Her work includes several sets for productions in the Theatre Royal, Rowntrees Theatre and The Early Music Centre. She has also recently finished writing and illustrating a children's book called The Dragon Tree. Talk starts at 7.30 pm


Jacob's Well
Trinity Lane
Micklegate

York Artworkers Association


2nd April
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 - "The Transferred Image: how prints work" by Irma Gemmell: Artist and Designer.

What is the difference between an etching, a linocut and a silk screen print? Irma is going to talk about the many ways of printing and how she uses them in her work.

The making of images has always been an essential part of her life. After extensive travel she has settled in York, where she has a printmaking studio in a small, converted Methodist chapel which forms part of her house. She concentrates on etching, but wood and linocut relief printing are indispensible too.

Her work includes several sets for productions in the Theatre Royal, Rowntrees Theatre and The Early Music Centre. She has also recently finished writing and illustrating a children's book called The Dragon Tree. Talk starts at 7.30 pm


Jacob's Well
Trinity Lane
Micklegate

York Artworkers Association

2-13th April
2012

Easter Holidays - Two weeks full of trails and activities, arts, crafts and more!

Ryedale Folk Museum

3rd April
2012

Yorkshire Museum Curators Talks - A Yorkshire Herbarium. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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3rd April
2012

Yorkshire Museum Curators Talks - 1212: The Making of a City. An introductory talk to this new exhibition about York in 1212, with curator Natalie McCaul. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum


3rd April
2012

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

Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - Taming the Banks: is the new regulatory framework fit for purpose? A lecture by Hugo Radice, Life Fellow, School of Politics & International Studies, University of Leeds.

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


Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Philosophical Society



3rd April
2012

'The Barber of Seville' - Effervescent, high-spirited, vocally brilliant, a work of comic genius: Rossini's masterpiece The Barber of Seville is a favourite with audiences around the world.

ETO's new production, directed by the exciting and imaginative Thomas Guthrie and conducted by an experienced master of Italian opera, Paul McGrath, promises to be one of the highlights of the artistic calendar in 2012.

The roguish young Count Almaviva, masquerading as the student Lindoro, will be sung by Nicholas Sharratt, one of the UK's most promising Italianate tenors.

Sung in English Translation.



York Theatre Royal



3rd April
2012

'Ghost Track' - The work re-tells the story of act one scene one of King Lear through three microphones, and a Nano pad. Other stories are then weaved into a narrative about the Father to reveal the complexities of the psyche, the workings of the vocal chords and the intricate and anxious lives we can lead.

Ghost Track juxtaposes experimental text based performance with stand up comedy and with sincerity. This work offers an entertaining way to think about Freud and performing autobiography.

Claire Hind collaborated with Gary Winters from Lone Twin to write Ghost Track and with Alexander Kelly of Third Angel as co-director.



York Theatre Royal


3-15th 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



4th April
2012

'Eugene Onegin' - English Touring Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky's romantic classic Eugene Onegin received critical acclaim and popular ovations around the country in 2007.

ETO Director James Conway and Conductor Michael Rosewell return to this striking production with a new cast, including emerging star Nicholas Lester in the title role. With its heartfelt arias and ensembles, its splendid choruses and ballroom scenes, and Tchaikovsky's gift for melody, rich orchestration and drama, Eugene Onegin is a night at the opera for romantics of all ages.

Running time: 2 hours and 33 minutes.

Sung in English Translation.



York Theatre Royal



4/5th April
2012

'The Dumb Waiter/ The Lover' - A double-bill of Harold Pinter's classic short, black-comedies.

In The Dumb Waiter, two hit-men are waiting in a basement room to do a job. Strange messages keep appearing via a serving hatch. Who are they from? Why are they waiting? And who is their next victim?

In The Lover, Richard and Sarah have been married for 10 years. Every morning he commutes into the City to pour over balance sheets and graphs while she shows her lover the hollyhocks.

Both thrillingly powerful with an air of mystery.



York Theatre Royal



5th April
2012

Pluck - 'The Titanic Show'.

Pluck, the classical string trio with a seriously silly side, presents a tribute to them musicians who played on until the end. Nobody knows what filled the days of those brave few musicians before tragedy struck...So Pluck have made it up!

Featuring a real iceberg, one massive porthole and the biggest peanut you may ever see - and NO Celine Dion!!

‘Classical music for all ages and shoe sizes’ The Sunday Times



York Theatre Royal

5th April
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Dan Walsh & Will Pound.

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


6th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Graveyard, Coffin & Crypt Tour.

Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and mediaeval coffins and visit plague sites. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


6th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Historic Toilet Tour.

A unique saga of convenience through the ages from Roman sanitation to the 18th Century 'Sugar' House and 19th Century attempts to prevent 'nuisance' and promote public decency. And, of course, the opportunity to sample the dubious comforts of mediaeval garderobes! Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk





6-9th April
2012

York Chocolate Festival - The city of York has had a long and distinguished history with the confectionery and chocolate industry, even back in 1781 the city boasted 8 confectioners for it's 17,000 inhabitants.

Today the Nestle Chocolate Factory still creates a million Kit Kats a day, whilst the city has a pungent, comforting smell of dark chocolate lingering over it on roasting days. Many of York's population have had family that once worked in the confectionery dynasties of Rowntree, Terrys and Cravens, and everyone has a lasting memory of their favourite chocolate bar, many of which were created in our fair city.

Join us Friday 6th to Monday 9th April 2012 as York becomes transformed into a Chocolate City and the industry, chocolate lovers, artisan chocolatiers, museums and attractions share a piece of York's chocolate history.

York's Parliament Street will be filled with with chocolate traders from the Yorkshire region and beyond. Discover an array of chocolate creations from biscuits, cakes, hand made chocolates as well as savoury chocolates, bean to bar and origin chocolates.

The York Chocolate Festival program is full of chocolate dinners, workshops, tastings, lectures, Easter Egg hunts as well as demonstrations from the region's premier chocolatiers. We're working on creating an indulgent schedule perfect for any chocolate lover.





York Chocolate Festival

6-9th April
2012

Easter Family Fun Trail - Can you crack our clues to complete this 'egg-citing' trail? Complete the Trail and you'll be rewarded with a yummy Easter prize. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm


Cliffords Tower

6-9th April
2012

Easter Weekend - This Easter weekend there'll be loads to see and do on site at the Museum. Card making, cooking and more.

Ryedale Folk Museum

6-9th April
2012

Easter Family Fun Trail.

Can you crack our clues to complete this 'egg-citing' trail? Complete the Trail and you'll be rewarded with a yummy Easter prize. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm


Richmond Castle

6-9th April
2012

Easter Family Fun Trail.

Can you crack our clues to complete this 'egg-citing' trail? Complete the Trail and you'll be rewarded with a yummy Easter prize. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm


Whitby Abbey


7th April
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. Walks start at 10.30 am and 2.00 pm


Yorkwalk


7th April
2012

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

Celebrating York as a Chocolate City!

- White Chocolate and Truffle Oil Risotto
- Chorizo-Chocolate Croute
- Daube of Beef with a Red Wine Sauce scented with Bitter Chocolate
- Trio of Chocolate


Meltons Restaurant
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7th April
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 - Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) & Nigel Foster (piano).

Colin Matthews: Strugnell's Haiku
David Power: New Work WP
Paul Mealor: Twilight
Edward Caine: New Work WP
Ailis Ni Rian: New Work WP
Howard Skempton: The Maldive Shark
David Lancaster: New Work WP
Julian Broughton: Shadow Play WP
Peter Byrom-Smith: Three Songs WP
Steve Crowther: Songs for Fred



The Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts




7th April
2012

York Barbican presents - The Osmonds Up Close And Personal - The Final Tour Plus Support.

For over five decades The Osmond Brothers have been entertaining sold out crowds throughout the world and 2012 marks the year of their biggest ever UK Tour.

The tour will take fans on a journey through their many unforgettable hits - from classics such as One Bad Apple, Down By The Lazy River, Let Me In and Love Me For A Reason to Crazy Horses and Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – the 1972 number One from Jimmy, who has more recently appeared in London’s West End in Grease and Chicago.

'We truly want this tour to be a great big thank you to all our fans for their love and support through the years. We've performed in the UK many times, but this final tour will take us all around the UK and allow us to get up close and personal with our fans – we can’t wait!' - Jimmy Osmond

A maximum of 4 tickets per address (seated). Please note Donny and Marie Osmond will not be appearing in this performance.

8.00 pm




York Barbican



7-9th April
2012

York Model Railway Show - All that's best in QUALITY MODEL RAILWAYS AT THE NORTH'S FRIENDLY SHOW.

Easter wouldn't be Easter without the North's Finescale Model Railway Show - We aim for a total of between 110 and 130 stands including:-

around 40 working layouts in several scales

Demonstrations by well known modellers

Static displays

Stands by specialist societies

Open 10.00 am - 5.00 pm


York Racecourse

York Model Railway Show


7-9th April
2012

Medieval Falconry - Join our costumed master medieval falconers, Raphael Falconry with demonstrations of the “Sport of Kings".

Witness spectacular aerial displays of Birds of Prey in flight and discover how these Birds were used by the nobles of the Medieval Period for sport and for the table. 12.00 noon - 5.00 pm


Rievaulx Abbey



7th April -
31st December
2012

York 800 Festival - In 2012 it will be 800 years since the city was granted a Royal Charter by King John in 1212, allowing York to take charge of its own affairs by electing a council, creating the post of mayor, and giving a voice to its people. In celebration of the anniversary, there is a special programme of events running from January to December 2012.

New medieval exhibition for 2012 - When King John granted a royal charter to York almost 800 years ago, in 1212, it marked a pivotal moment in the history of the city.

Gaining independence from the Crown meant that York could regulate its own affairs, collect its own taxes and even appoint a mayor. This paved the way for the success that was to flourish here over the following centuries. In effect; it was the making of the city.

To commemorate the 800-year anniversary of York’s independence, The Yorkshire Museum are planning a new exhibition, set to open at Easter, called 1212: The Making of the City. Set amongst the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, our medieval gallery is perfectly placed to tell the story of medieval York and celebrate the people, places and events that have contributed to the city’s medieval heritage.

The Yorkshire Museum’s medieval collections will still take centre stage, with the York Helmet, Middleham Jewel, Sapphire Ring and St William’s Shrine all given pride of place. Original manuscripts and a fantastic array of paintings and works on paper from York Art Gallery will add real richness to the stories we will be telling.

By flooding the exhibition with colour, sound and film, we hope to capture the vibrancy of the medieval city and celebrate the imagination, creativity and skill of its people.




Yorkshire Museum


9th April
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. Walks start at 10.30 am and 2.00 pm


Yorkwalk


9th April
2012

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

Celebrating York as a Chocolate City!

- White Chocolate and Truffle Oil Risotto
- Chorizo-Chocolate Croute
- Daube of Beef with a Red Wine Sauce scented with Bitter Chocolate
- Trio of Chocolate


Meltons Restaurant
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10th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The How the Minster was Built Tour.

A fascinating tour around this great church to see how it was built by the mediaeval master masons, with a glimpse of the modern stoneyard. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


10th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Historic Inns and Pubs of York Tour - over 18's only.

What better way to relax than to visit some of York's historic inns and alehouses. Many go back to Mediaeval and Tudor times.

Relive the Golden Age of Coaching when the streets rattled with coaches from all parts of the kingdom. And of course the opportunity to sample a few beers on the way! Walk starts at 7.30 pm


Yorkwalk



10th April
2012

'Brian looks like Alan Rickman'.

Guys don’t talk about their feelings but, like most twenty something lads, Jonny, Brian and Finley all have some fear about what their life will hold, what they could achieve or what they may not. Not content with the direction his life is going, Jonny begins to ask “What if there’s more to life than this?

This bittersweet play follows the boys as they finally step outside their comfort zones and chase their dreams.

And did we mention it’s also really quite funny.



York Theatre Royal

10th April
2012

Pontefract Races

Pontefract Racecourse



10-13th April
2012

'The Awkward Squad' - What chance does Lorna have of a quiet weekend when both daughters and her granddaughter descend on her with their own problems?

She’s spent three decades working for everyone else through the miners’ strikes, community milk schemes and library closures and tomorrow she’s to be given an honorary PhD - but her granddaughter thinks her boob job is more important….

On top of that a BAFTA, an impending divorce, redundancy and a very upmarket caravanette force Lorna to reconsider both the past and the future – for everyone.

What’s a woman to do? Accept everything that’s thrown at her, or become a fully paid-up member of the ‘awkward squad’?

BAFTA-winning Emmerdale writer Karin Young’s play is a state-of-the-nation comedy, taking a sideways look at the challenges faced by modern women of all ages.

Starring Libby Davison (The Bill, Hollyoaks), Charlie Hardwick (Val Pollard in Emmerdale), Barbara Marten (Casualty, Coronation Street, Brookside), and Lisa McGrillis (Pitmen Painters).



York Theatre Royal


11th April
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Small Trees with Vanessa Cook.

Learn about the many small trees available and their different shapes and sizes followed by a garden tour to see many of the trees discussed whilst they are in flower, especially Malus, Prunus and Sorbus. Handouts and catalogues will be used for reference.

Runs from 10.00 am to 12 noon.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens


11th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Mansion, Cellar and Priest Hole - Visit parts of York off the beaten track going into a mediaeval house off Micklegate and a chance to visit the hidden chapel and priest hole at the Bar Convent. We also visit a magnificent Georgian Town House, not open to the public, and explore its cellars, attics and state rooms. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


11th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Guildhalls & Secret Passages - Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk


11th April
2012

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (York Group) lecture - "The Birds of Bempton Cliffs" by Steve Race. 7.30 pm

Temple Hall
York St. John University

RSPB York



11th April
2012

'Playing Burton'.

From humble roots as the 12th child of a drunken Welsh miner, he rose to become the world’s first megastar. Infamously married to Elizabeth Taylor, the word ‘paparazzi’ was coined for them.

But the real Burton, little Richie Jenkins, was known only to a few. Directed by Burton’s great-nephew, Guy Masterson, and presented in Burton’s own words and those of the great writers he admired, Welshman Josh Richards brings the flawed genius astonishingly to life.

With Josh Richards as Richard Burton.



York Theatre Royal


11th April
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club on Tour present - The Jenna Reid Trio.

Making her second headlining appearance at NCEM is one of the brightest young talents ever to grace the Scottish traditional music scene. A protégé of the great Shetland fiddlers Tom Anderson and Willie Hunter, Jenna Reid has appeared all over the world with the bands Filska and Dòchas and with Scottish supergroup Deaf Shepherd.

More recently, she featured in the last two series of Transatlantic Sessions and was invited to join Blazin’ Fiddles. A player and composer of huge ability and great charm, she is joined by her younger sister Bethany, another award-winning fiddler and pianist. The Edinburgh-based jazz-influenced guitarist Kevin Mackenzie completes the trio.



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

11th April
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse



11/12th April
2012

'Missing Mysteries ' - York Theatre Royal youth theatre groups will be performing some of the Mystery Plays which are not included in the production in the Museum Gardens in the summer, in six York churches over two days.

Each church will host one of the stories, performed by young people aged 11-16 and the audience will be encouraged to join the parade and experience these stories in our wonderful York churches.

Each piece will last up to 40 minutes and audiences can attend as many performances as they would like on each day. Events are free and donations will be welcome.

10.30 am - Cain and Abel at All Saints Church, Pavement

11.30 am - Ten Plagues at St Helen's Church

12.30 pm - Crossing of the Red Sea at St Deny’s Church

2.00 pm - Flight into Egypt/Baptism at St Martin’s Church

3.00 pm - Mortification of Christ at Holy Trinity Church

4.00 pm - Coronation of the Virgin at St Olave’s Church

The 8-10s groups will be creating Mysteries radio plays in all churches over the two days.



York Theatre Royal


12th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop. Tonights' Mystery Play will include a performance of plays long thought to have been "lost and missing."

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk

12th April
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.




12-15th April
2012

The Great North Steam Fair - Relive the golden days of steam at the Beamish Great North Steam Fair from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April 2012.

A wide variety of vintage and veteran steam engines, motor cars, motorcycles, buses and stationary engines will be in action across the Beamish site. You will see a wide range railway locomotives of varying ages; both standard gauge and narrow gauge; main line and industrial in operation on four railways.

An intensive electric tramway service will be running, including at least one historic visiting tramcar. All of the attractions will be working around the site, either on the railways or out on the roads within the Museum along with the usual attractions like our 1893 steam gallopers and at least 20 engines of all types and shapes will be in steam each day.

A must for steam and transport enthusiasts alike, there is no extra charge for this event and admission is included in the regular museum entry price.




Beamish Museum
Chester-le-Street


13th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Kings Manor - A unique chance to visit this former Royal palace, hear its turbulent history and see parts not open to the public. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


13th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Henry VIII Trail - Follow in the footsteps of this obese, diseased & constipated Monarch on his state visit to York and see the havoc he wrought on the monasteries and hospitals. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk

13th April
2012

Gary Grace – Songs from Hollywood.

Gary Grace returns to the Centre with his "Songs from Hollywood" show. This includes songs associated with the glamour and romance of some of Hollywood's greatest films and singers. With a hefty nod to MGM and to the Broadway musicals that transferred to the big screen, this is a night of real music and cinematic nostalgia. Don't miss it! 8.00 pm



Galtres Centre
Easingwold
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13th April
2012

Benny Graham, Chuck Fleming & Bert Draycott in Concert.

Reeth Memorial Hall

13/14th April
2012

York International Postcard Expo 2012 - Probably the largest specialist annual postcard collectors fair in Britain, now in its twenty-second year. Over 110 dealers regularly attend, coming from all over Britain & abroad (France, Germany, Canada, Cyprus and Belgium last year), and attracting about 1000-1500 collectors over the two days, again from all over the UK and overseas. Almost all the dealers - sell and buy - pre-1930 cards, and two or three specialise in modern cards. Friday 11.00 am - 7.00 pm; Saturday - 10.00 am - 5.00 pm. Telephone 01347 822722 or 01268 743222 for details


York Racecourse
Main Stands

York International
Postcard Expo


14th April
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Poultry Keepers Workshop with White Barn Poultry.

This hands-on course is designed for both new and experienced poultry keepers and covers all aspects of poultry care including:

Positioning your poultry house correctly
Poultry house maintenance
Daily and weekly cleaning
Feeding and drinking
Health care, hands on
Egg laying
Seasonal care
Final questions

Runs from 09.30 am to 12 noon.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens


14th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'The Bloody Execution Tour'.

See turrets where heads were impaled on spikes; hear of Dick Turpin's last hours, public hangings, floggings, brandings and duckings. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk

14th April
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Drawing Form.

Inspired by Baldwin’s exploratory drawings – using natural forms and cloud formations to generate large, bold, sculptural drawings with tutor Fiona Fitzgerald.

10.30 am – 3.00 pm

York Art Gallery

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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14th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Mediaeval Stained Glass - An expert guided tour of the finest mediaeval stained glass of York's parish churches, some in quiet backwaters of the City. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk



14th April
2012

Double Duo - Double Conversations for Oud & Percussion.

Individual, inventive and energetic Khyam Allami is a London based artist of Iraqi descent. His passion for music has led him on a remarkable journey from child violinist in Damascus to rock drummer in London to the stage of the BBC Proms.

Making Tracks will enable Allami to develop new work especially for this tour based on a ‘double duo’ idea, working with highly respected Palestinian oud player Ahmad Al-Khatib, extraordinary percussionist Youssef Hbeisch (as seen with Trio Joubran), as well as Italian frame drummaster Andrea Piccioni.



National Centre
for Early Music



14th April
2012

'Titanic The Musical'.

On the 14th April 1912 the passenger liner Titanic hit an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic.

Exactly 100 years later, York Musical Theatre Company presents a concert performance of the Tony Award winning Titanic The Musical, which follows the stories of the people on board, from the triumphant moment of setting sail to the final tragedy.

The company received great critical acclaim in 2004 for Titanic’s UK premiere at the York Theatre Royal. Join members of that original cast with full chorus and orchestra for an unforgettable evening.



York Theatre Royal



14th April
2012

'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'.

A comedy show about love in all it's many forms, starring Kevin Tomlinson and guests. Featuring sketches, improvisation, storytelling and stand up.

Romantic love. Platonic love. A love for a hobby. Or a love for one's pet. The love of money. Or the love of a God. You name it, this comedy show explores it.

Come along and join in the fun! Kevin Tomlinson is now recognised as one of the UK's leading comic improvisers. His career took off in 1999, when he performed alongside the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Since then his improvisation shows have toured the world to great critical acclaim.



York Theatre Royal

14th April
2012

Sowerby Music present Martin Roscoe.

Beethoven ‘Pathetique’ and 'Appassionata’ plus Schumann ‘Scenes of Childhood’ and Debussy ‘Children's Corner’ – one of the great British pianists.

St. Oswald's Church
Sowerby
Thirsk

Sowerby Music


15th April
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 - Thrumpton Hall and Papplewick Pumping Station (Nottinghamshire).

Papplewick is Britain’s best preserved working Victorian Water Pumping Station. It has its original steam engines of 1884 set in a profusion of stained glass windows, elaborately decorated columns and polished mahogany. Here we shall have coffee or tea and biscuits before a private guided tour. This will be followed by lunch in Nottingham.

Thrumpton Hall is a private Jacobean gem, rarely open to the public. The house includes a priest hole and Byron memorabilia. We shall have a private guided tour led by a family member and opportunity to explore the lovely gardens. We shall be served afternoon tea and biscuits in one of the reception rooms in the house before departure.




Yorkwalk


15th April
2012

Harrogate International Sunday Series presents - Paul Watkins, cello with Huw Watkins, piano.

Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career both as a conductor and one of Britain’s foremost and best loved cellists, demonstrated in the six concerto appearances at the BBC Proms on his resume. Watkins’ lyrical programme includes Beethoven’s sonata that marks the transition into the romantic string chamber repertoire, a Mendelssohn sonata that pays homage to the Bach Chorale and the Suite Italienne based on Stravinsky’s neo-classical ballet Pulcinella. Performing with his brother, composer and pianist Huw Watkins, the duo bring our 2012 Sunday Series to a triumphant close.

Beethoven Sonata in C Major Op. 102 No. 1

Stravinsky Suite Italienne

Mendelssohn Sonata in D Major Op. 58

…Watkins delivers some of the most accomplished cello playing to be heard in Britain today.’ Evening Standard.

11.00 am



The Old Swan Hotel
Harrogate

Harrogate International Sunday Series


16th April
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Willow Weaving with Rachel Carter.

We are thrilled to have Chelsea exhibitor Rachel Carter here for 2 x half day’s willow weaving workshops. She will show you how to make a willow obelisk and it is just the time of the year to learn as they are ideal for training annual climbers such as sweet peas, runner beans or any other climber. The class is designed for beginners and you should be able to make two obelisks to take home in the time available.

Morning Workshop 09.30 am to 12.30 pm, afternoon Workshop 1.30 - 4.00 pm.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens



16th April
2012

'Doubt' - This Pulitzer prize-winning play is a brilliant and powerful drama, set in a Catholic school.

It tells the story of Sister Aloysius who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects a charismatic priest of sexually abusing a student.

Faced with the prospect of charging the priest with unproven allegations which could destroy his career as well as her own, Sister Aloysius tries to enlist help from the boy's mother and from an idealistic young nun who finds her faith severely challenged.

An eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences. A gripping mystery...TIME OUT.



York Theatre Royal



16-21st April
2012

'Yes, Prime Minister' - 'Best New Comedy’ Whats On Stage; 'The audience loved it. A hit.' Daily Mail.

The original writers of the classic BBC TV series, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn have reunited for this anniversary production and now the Prime Minister Jim Hacker played by Graham Seed (Nigel Pargetter- The Archers) and his Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby played by Michael Simkins (Mamma Mia, Above Suspicion) are back in this hilarious new play.

In a world of spin, BlackBerrys and ‘sexed up’ dossiers, the PM is staring disaster in the face. The country is on the brink of financial meltdown and the Government’s only apparent salvation comes from a morally dubious deal with the Foreign Minister of Kumranistan. Will Jim Hacker and his team of advisors be able to rescue the country from the edge?

’Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey are back in truly vintage form. As politically sharp and blissfully funny as ever’ Daily Telegraph



York Theatre Royal


17th April
2012

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

Lecture Programme 2011/12 - tonight - Details to be announced later - A joint lecture with the University of York Senior Common Room, King's Manor.

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

Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Philosophical Society



17/18th April
2012

'Karen's Weg' - This captivating play tells the life story of the Jewish Kindertransport survivor and poet, Karen Gershon.

Based on Karen’s words and poems and also inspired by music the drama moves from Germany to Britain and beyond in a diaspora renewed.

A new play by the award winning writer of 'Exchanges in Bialystok' Vanessa Rosenthal.



York Theatre Royal


18th April
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Curators Talks.

Gordon Baldwin.

12.30 pm

York Art Gallery

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
Opens as pdf file


18th April
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens.

Today - Get Gardening Week RHS as part of this week we are offering free entry to all visitors between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

18th April
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse

19th April
2012

Tutored Wine Tastings - Spain & Portugal.

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
opens pdf file



19th April
2012

'Phoenix Rising' - D.H. Lawrence - Son & Lover.

1928, Ille de Port-Cros, Var, France. D. H. Lawrence is a very ill man. In a series of animated snap-shots, Lawrence presents the personalities and events which shaped his early life.

A portrait emerges of a man able to view his life with a mixture of pathos and good humour – not the serious persona implied in his writings nor the puritan sage of his biographers. Phoenix Rising is a colourful portrait of an extraordinary artist at full throttle!

A powerful, brilliant, entertaining and utterly compelling, one man tour de force! …one actor, a table, a chair, a few books and one enormous imaginative talent! Talk Festival.



York Theatre Royal

19th April
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller.

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

19th April
2012

York Barbican presents - Bombay Bicycle Club in Concert.

Having just finished their sold out, UK album tour Bombay Bicycle have announced their debut appearance at the York Barbican in April.

Since the release of their first album, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, the indie rock band have risen in popularity, supporting acts such as The Young Knives, appearing at Reading and Leeds Festivals and winning NME’s Best New Band award in 2010.

More recently, Bombay Bicycle Club performed DJ sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals in August this year. Their third album, A Different Kind of Fix, was released at the same time, and reached number 6 in the charts, with hit songs including Shuffle and Lights Out, Words Gone. A sold out tour followed, suggesting their new April 2012 tour is not to be missed.




York Barbican

19th April
2012

Ripon Races - Ripon Racecourse commonly known as the Garden Racecourse is suitably located in one of the country’s most beautiful and quaint cities. With the market town being one of the oldest cities in England it is a great place to visit.

Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse known widely for its picturesque surroundings was fittingly presented with the Gold Rose Award by the Yorkshire in Bloom; the county’s regional body representing the national Britain in Bloom campaign.



Ripon Racecourse



20th April
2012

'Hot' - Get ready for the new sizzling cabaret theatrical sensation, HOT.

Damsel Sophie has teamed up with Alex Wright (Belt Up Theatre, The Flannagan Collective) to create a smouldering new piece of cabaret that explores self-love, donkeys and proper important theatre.

Set to tour Australia and UK don't miss HOT at the York Theatre Royal studio in April.

Comedy-cabaret performer Damsel Sophie was winner of the Adelaide Fringe best cabaret award 2011.

Triumphant’ Time Out London



York Theatre Royal

20th April
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - 'The Life Cycle of Stars' by Mark Dawson. 8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society


20th April
2012

Prodigal Theatre presents 'Caruso and The Monkey House Trial' by Will Steers. With Ignacio Jarquin as the legendary tenor.

Celebrity. Scandal. Monkeys. Opera!

When legendary Tenor Enrico Caruso is accused of pinching women's bottoms at the Central Park Zoo in New York, it's not his reputation but his whole career that's at stake.

With text drawn from contemporary newspaper accounts, the audience plays the jury and must pass judgement: guilty or not guilty?

Prodigal's opera hero returns in a new collaboration with Andrew G Marshall. Featuring live singing from Puccini and Verdi.


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre




21st April
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



21st April
2012

'Isis & Hecate' - Teetering between the sharply hilarious and the devastatingly provocative, this pair of rollercoaster performances combines mythology, fairytale, playground rhyme, and the things people get up to in their pursuit of love, happiness and enlightenment.

Xanthe Gresham reveals herself to be the fool of the world, she delves deep into Isis and Osiris, the Egyptian tale of love versus murder, rape and betrayal, and brings Hecate, the great goddess of blackness and beginnings back onto the dance floor.



York Theatre Royal

21st April
2012

Thirsk Races 2012 - Opening Meeing.

Thirsk Racecourse

21st April
2012

Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club presents - Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts + Mic & Susie Darling

Kirkby Fleetham
Village Hall

Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club

21/22nd April
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Introduction to Hooky Rag Rugs.

Please note: This is a one day course - the same course content will occur on both days.

Back by popular demand! Expert York-based rag rug artists Louisa and Lewis Creed guide you through starting your own hooky rag rug. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn from the masters! 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

York Castle Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
Opens as pdf file

21/22nd April
2012

Dragon Family Fun Trail - Calling all dragon hunters! St George needs your help to find all the mini dastardly dragons before they distress the damsels. Your dragon hunting skills will be rewarded with a small prize. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm


Cliffords Tower

21/22nd April
2012

Spinning, Weaving and Knitting - Cleveland Fibre Arts demonstrating all weekend, taking wool from the sheep and demonstrating the processes taken to make it into a jumper! All in a day!

Ryedale Folk Museum


21/22nd April
2012

Medieval St George's Weekend.

Make way for the pageant of St George. Join the Medieval soldiers and nobles celebrate St George's day with military drill, mounted skill at arms and a pageant in his honour at 12 noon & 3.00 pm.

See the mysterious knight himself, mounted in shining armour as he faces his famous foe, the dragon in a play to entertain all the medieval citizens and soldiers. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Richmond Castle

21-23rd April
2012

Pickering Walking Festival - details to be confirmed.

The 2011 Festival was described thus -

Over the weekend of Friday 8 to Sunday 10 April, Pickering held its second walking festival. We welcomed 105 individual walkers this year, who joined us on fourteen different walks. There were 167 bookings for walks, even more than last year, as so many more people decided to spend the whole weekend here. This year, we had a definite "Boots and Steam" theme, with most walks using our fabulous North Yorks Moors Railway on Saturday and Sunday, along with others making use of a mini-bus to explore more remote areas of the moors.

On Friday afternoon, walkers had the choice of two walks. The first was an interesting guided town walk with a very knowledgeable local town guide. The second was a circular walk from Pickering to look at the industrial history alongside the railway, but we also saw a profusion of wild flowers - daffodils, wood sorrel, wood anemone, primrose, cowslip, early dog violet, and the rarer sweet violet.

On Saturday, there was a choice of six walks, from a challenging 15 mile linear walk from Goathland to Pickering, to a 2.5 mile special interest walk looking at the forgotten railways south of Pickering. Also on offer was a circular walk from Pickering, exploring the footpaths in the wider area around the town. Others enjoyed a walk from Newtondale Halt to Levisham Station, with a National Park Ranger when they had the opportunity to see and hear how Levisham Estate is managed. They were also lucky enough to see two adders, basking in the sunshine. Some walkers chose to walk from Rosedale Abbey to the Lion Inn, where they had the opportunity to learn about the local historic ironstone industry and ecology of the area. Others chose to take their cameras and let the mini bus take the strain.

Sunday offered a choice of five more walks. The most challenging was a 14 mile circular walk from Pickering, taking in Cawthorne Roman Camp and the spectacular Newtondale, with a North Yorkshire County Council Ranger. Some chose a walk from the Hole of Horcum, where they explored high moorland and gentle wooded valleys, and maybe even saw evidence of the argument the giant Wade had with his wife Bella! Others enjoyed a picturesque linear walk from Levisham Station back to Pickering. Those who wanted a more relaxing day chose between the traditional circular route of the famous Farndale daffodil trail, and a stroll along Stephenson's original horse-drawn railway line from Goathland to Grosmont where they had the opportunity to learn about the local wild life.

On Saturday evening, over 100 people, walkers and local residents from Pickering, joined us in the Memorial Hall for an evening's entertainment with talented local folk and acoustic singers and musicians, and helped us raise £375 for St Catherine's Hospice. All of the performers, some professional, gave their time freely to help us raise this money and give us all a fantastic evening.





Pickering Walking Festival

21st & 28th April
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Creating Form.

Sculptural form in clay and mixed media, inspired by the work of Gordon Baldwin with tutor Fiona Fitzgerald

10.00 am – 1.00 pm

York Art Gallery

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
Opens as pdf file



22nd April
2012

Jonathan Gee & Larry Bartley.

The contemporary swing and feel produced by these musicians is consummate and seemingly effortless.

Jonathan Gee is one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists and has been quietly building a reputation as a musician who can adapt and play in any form of music. Recent collaborations include young British trumpet star Jay Phelps and US saxophone legend Pharaoh Sanders, and he appeared with Tony Kofi at the NCEM.

Larry Bartley’s deep resonant sound has been an integral part of many groups led by the likes of Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph, Andy Sheppard and Soweto Kinch.

‘Gee is a compelling pianist, and his albums outstanding, his incisive improvisatory style is capable of packing a wealth of rhythmic and harmonic ideas into a single phrase’ Time Out



National Centre
for Early Music


23rd April
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Willow Weaving with Rachel Carter.

We are thrilled to have Chelsea exhibitor Rachel Carter here for 2 x half day's willow weaving workshops. She will show you how to make a willow obelisk and it is just the time of the year to learn as they are ideal for training annual climbers such as sweet peas, runner beans or any other climber. The class is designed for beginners and you should be able to make two obelisks to take home in the time available.

Morning Workshop 09.30 am to 12.30 pm, afternoon Workshop 1.30 - 4.00 pm.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

23rd April
2011

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - An Introduction to Crewel Embroidery.

Take inspiration from the Castle Museums’ wonderful collection of Crewel Embroidery. Join qualified tutor Nicola Hulme from ‘The Silver Thimble’ craft workshop, who will show you how to stitch a lovely Jacobean Flower design to take away. Learn a variety of interesting and traditional stitches using Appleton’s crewel wool and linen twill. Perfect for beginners and improvers. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

York Castle Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
Opens as pdf file


23rd April
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club on Tour present - The Hut People.

Champions of the standing ovation, Sam Pirt (The Pack, 422) and Gary Hammond (The Beautiful South) are gaining a reputation as one of the most entertaining and unusual folk acts around, attracting rapturous feedback from audiences, promoters and critics alike.

They perform a high-octane blend of self-penned tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, engagingly executed by Gary’s dazzling array of exotic percussion and Sam’s driving accordion and occasional foot drumming and step dancing. It’s an unlikely instrumental combination, but one that works brilliantly, thanks to their combination of musical virtuosity with exuberant good humour, spontaneity and a total commitment to getting listeners involved.



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

23rd April
2012

Pontefract Races

Pontefract Racecourse



24th April
2012

The Hut People.

Champions of the standing ovation, Sam Pirt (The Pack, 422) and Gary Hammond (The Beautiful South) are gaining a reputation as one of the most entertaining and unusual folk acts around.

They perform a high-octane blend of self-penned tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, engagingly executed by Gary’s dazzling array of exotic percussion and Sam’s driving accordion and occasional foot drumming and step dancing.

It’s an unlikely instrumental combination, but one that works brilliantly, thanks to their combination of musical virtuosity with exuberant good humour, spontaneity and a total commitment to getting listeners involved.

‘A bewildering array of percussion and accordionfired compositions … truly infectious!’ BBC Radio 2



National Centre
for Early Music



24-28th April
2012

'Lillies on the Land' - A truly remarkable and sparkling piece of theatre which celebrates an extraordinary episode in Britain’s history – the Women’s Land Army of World War II.

This delightful and often deeply touching play charts the personal journeys of four women who sign up to become Land Girls, determined to work endless, backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the war effort.

Based on hundreds of letters from and interviews with the original Land Girls along with songs from the period, Lilies on the Land is a revealing, funny, wonderfully moving and utterly captivating portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest, unsung heroes. Simply unmissable, this is theatre at its most memorable.



York Theatre Royal


25th April
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Garden Walk with Vanessa Cook.

This is an opportunity to tour the garden and vegetable plot with its creator Vanessa Cook and learn about its development and maintenance with particular reference to the plants that are at their best in each particular month. It is a great opportunity to have some expert advice and the tours are tailored to the needs and interest of each group.

Runs from 10.00 am to 12 noon.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

25th April
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 (Venus, Mars and Saturn just rising), star clusters, and galaxies.



Knavesmire

York Astronomical Society

25th April
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse


25-28th April
2012

1812 Theatre Company presents 'Born In The Gardens' By Peter Nichols. Directed by Richard Noakes.

Maud lives in a dilapidated mock-Tudor house with her son Mo, an antiquarian bookseller and trad-jazz enthusiast who accompanies records on his drumkit and encourages Maud's eccentricities such as the war she wages on hordes of (imaginary) mites which infest her life.

Maud's other children, Hedley and Queenie, arrive for their father's funeral.

They try to persuade Maud to go to a modern duplex in London and Mo to join Queenie in California, but both prefer to remain where they are.

Not all of us,” Mo says, "want freedom. Captivity has its points as well."


7.30 pm

Helmsley Arts Centre


26th April
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

To coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop. Tonights' Mystery Play will include a modern interpretation of the Mystery Plays.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk

26th April
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse

26-29th April
2012

2012 Harrogate Spring Flower Show - The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is regarded by many as the start of the UK's gardening show season. Flower Halls 1 & 2 are home to over 100 of the country's leading horticultural nurseries, all exhibiting and competing for The Premier Award and NEHS Trophy for Best-in-Show. All the nurserymen are experts in their field and are happy to offer specialist advice.
A huge range of gardening accessories on sale: summerhouses, statues, a ceramic pot, gardening tools...we've got the lot! Much of the Showground is hard-surfaced and over 70% of the Show is under cover, either in fully ramped and floored marquees or in the two permanent exhibition halls. A grand day out…whatever the weather



9.30 am -
5.30 pm
The Great Yorkshire Showground,
Harrogate
Flower Show



26th April -
19th May
2012

'blue/orange' - Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play and The Evening Standard Best Play of the Year.

In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator.

blue/orange is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a failing NHS.

Exuberant… Penhall has the gift of making serious points in a comic manner and of conveying moral indignation without preaching...Stinging satire’ The Guardian

Provocative, blackly funny...taut with thought-provoking ambiguity’ Independent



York Theatre Royal




28th April
2012

Reunion of Escapers & Evaders – Escape Lines Memorial Society.

Annual Re-union for members of Allied aircrew who bailed out over enemy territory and evaded capture to return to their own side, or who escaped from enemy Prisoner of War camps to make a Home Run back to Britain. Also civilians of the occupied countries who helped them on their way - members of the Resistance, Safe House Keepers etc.

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




28th April
2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - "The Baedeker Raids".

“The Baedeker Raids” – A 70th Anniversary Lecture with Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork and a Guest Speaker.

YAM is the largest original RAF Bomber Command Station open to the public, this year being the 70th Anniversary of the commencement of operations with 77 Squadron. Halifax bombers of No. 77 Squadron RAF were the first to be stationed here in 1942, followed by the only two Free French Heavy Bomber Squadrons of the Second World War 346 Guyenne and 347 Tunisie. This was the only base to be operated by French personnel – a close history which continues to this day.

The collection at YAM includes the famous Halifax Bomber and Mosquito Nightfighter plus aircraft from the early 1900's through both World Wars and the Battle of Britain right up to the jet-age with examples of Meteor; Javelin; Lightning; Harrier and Tornado.


Yorkshire Air Museum
York

28th April
2012

The Chapter House Choir present - An American in Spring with Catherine Griffiths Mezzo-soprano

American choral works of the 20th and 21st century. Eric Whitacre’s Sleep was recently performed by a ‘virtual’ choir of 2000 singers in 58 countries.

Copland In the Beginning

Barber Agnus Dei

Whitacre Sleep

Whitacre i thank You God for most this amazing day

Randall Thompson Alleluia

Arr. Moses Hogan We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace

Arr. Robert Shaw My God is a Rock

Commences 7.30 pm




The Chapter House
York Minster

Chapter House Choir

28th April
2012

Lokananta - The gamelan of the gods.

An all night shadow puppet play with traditional and new music, performed by gamelan groups from across Britain.

How did the music begin?

With the clash of weapons and the roar of the war gong, songs sung in faux madness, and a devine set of gongs and chimes that sound without musicians.

An all night wayang kulit (shadow puppet play) never previously performed, weaving together myth, legend and folktales about music from the island of Java.... and the story of the Gamelan in the West.

Running through the night from 7.30pm to 3.00 am in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, with food and drink available until late.




University of York

28th April
2012

Ripon Races - Ripon Racecourse commonly known as the Garden Racecourse is suitably located in one of the country's most beautiful and quaint cities. With the market town being one of the oldest cities in England it is a great place to visit.

Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse known widely for its picturesque surroundings was fittingly presented with the Gold Rose Award by the Yorkshire in Bloom; the county's regional body representing the national Britain in Bloom campaign.



Ripon Racecourse

29th April
2012

Wetherby Races - Yorkshire's premier National Hunt Racecourse presents Family Day

Wetherby Racecourse

 

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