Festive surprises at the Royal Hall …and children go free!
12 Nov 2019
A firm favourite in Harrogate’s Christmas calendar is the annual gala concert at the Royal Hall given by the world-famous Brighouse and Rastrick band. This year the band have some festive surprises up their sleeve when they make their welcome return for ‘Fanfare for Christmas’ at the Royal Hall on Saturday 21 December with two performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
The renowned band are well known for their superlative musicianship and will be filling the magnificent Royal Hall with their magical arrangements of the Christmas classics and music from the movies. They are joined by the singers of Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society, joining forces for some beautiful Christmas carols, as well as a unique medley of music from one of the Gilbert and Sullivan favourites, The Mikado. The choir will also be singing music from a more modern stage musical, Showboat, joining with the band for Gordon Langford’s ‘Christmas Fantasy’ as well as singing some classic Christmas choral music by the likes of John Rutter, Peter Warlock, and David Wilcocks.
This year’s matinee and evening concerts have the added local ingredient of an appearance from Harrogate’s own Tewit Youth Band, coming up on stage in the second half to join their musical heroes. The Junior band will performing in the matinee performance with the Intermediate band taking part in the evening concert.
There is a real family feel to the Royal Hall Christmas Concerts this year – tickets for children under 16 are free if accompanied by a paying adult, and the audience will be get a chance to join with the choir and band in two Christmas carols.
The two Royal Hall concerts on Saturday December 21 at the Royal Hall are at 2.30pm and 7.30pm Tickets are £16.50 (free for children under 16) with the usual concessions including free tickets for carers. They can be booked in person at the Harrogate Theatre Box Office, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF, by calling 01423 502 116 or onlineat www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk
Knaresborough Lions support as G&S classic comic opera staged at Frazer Theatre
18 Mar 2019
Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society have received the support and backing of the Knaresborough Lions as they bring their latest magical production, ‘Iolanthe’, to the Frazer Theatre this May.
One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular comic-operas, with the emphasis firmly on the comical, Iolanthe is being staged from Thursday 9 May to Saturday 11 May with performances at 7.30pm each evening and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. It’s a first for Harrogate G&S and they have received the support of the Knaresborough Lions in publicising the show throughout the town.
Described as a ‘magical musical fantasy’, Iolanthe is Gilbert & Sullivan at their sublime and satirical best. The world of politics and the world of fairy-tales collide in this funny and irreverent send-up of parliament, set to some of the most beautiful music ever written by Sir Arthur Sullivan. The excellent cast includes former Welsh National Opera baritone, Donald Stephenson, (Lord Mountarrarat) as well as (pictured) Liz Kelley as the Fairy Queen, and Philip Jennings as the Lord Chancellor.
Also pictured, coming under the spell of the Fairy Queen are Knaresborough Lions members, (l to r) Alan Gilbert, Carole Reid, Alwyn Davies, Amanda George, Bob Godsell (Lions’ President) and Pam Godsell. The Lions is a voluntary group which serves the communities of Knaresborough, Nidderdale and Pateley Bridge. It supports local charities, projects and individuals in need, using funds raised from putting on the Great Knaresborough Bed Race and the Feva Beer Festival, as well as many other activities.
Says Bob Godsell, President of Knaresborough Lions, “We are delighted to work in partnership with the Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society and to welcome them to Knaresborough. The Lions will be supporting the society by helping to publicise the show, while HGSS in turn are using the production as an opportunity to publicise the Knaresborough Lions and raise funds for the causes they support.”
Tickets for the show are £12 , available online at www.frazertheatre.co.uk/events, from Pear Records, 24 High St, Knaresborough or by calling 01765 676561 or 07788 875526.
Junior brass players relishing the chance to play with musical heroes
13 Nov 2018
Harrogate’s Tewit Youth and Junior Bands are relishing the opportunity to play with their musical heroes when the Brighouse & Rastrick return to the Royal Hall on Saturday December 22nd for ‘Fanfare for Christmas’ their ever popular annual Christmas concerts.
After getting a taste of playing with the champions last year, this year the Junior Band will get the chance to come on stage during the afternoon matinee performance, while the older Tewit Intermediate Band will join with the undisputed Brass Band masters for the 7.30pm performance.
The Junior and Intermediate bands are two of four groups in the Tewit Youth Band organisation which also includes a Senior and a Training Band with ages ranging from 17 right down to 6 years old. Tewit Junior Band are under the baton of MD Allan Briggs, while the Intermediate Band will be conducted by MD Martin Hall.
Andy Merckel of the Tewit Youth Band said, "We are really delighted to have been invited to such a popular Christmas concert and for the band to be able to play on the same stage as the amazing Brighouse and Rastrick Band is such a brilliant experience.
“They are all practising extra hard and really looking forward to, what should be a fabulous occasion!”
This year’s ‘Fanfare for Christmas’ Concerts at 2.30pm and 7.30pm promise to be a dazzling tour de force of popular Christmas favourites and some new additions.
The Brighouse and Rastrick Band has attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur. In recent years they have worked with artists and actors such as Gareth Malone and Simon Callow to produce new Christmas albums, bringing fresh and often spectacular Christmas arrangements to the Harrogate stage.
Once again the award winning band will team up with the Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society and among the highlights will be a selection of Christmas movie and musical favourites for band and choir as well as some beautiful Christmas carol arrangements - and as always a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan (music from 'Iolanthe' accompanied by the band) and as always some community carol singing to get in the Christmas mood.
There is a real family feel to the Royal Hall Christmas Concerts this year and as a special offer, tickets are free for all accompanied children under 16.
Fanfare for Christmas is staged at the Royal Hall on Saturday December 22 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm . Tickets at £16.50 with concessions (and those free children’s tickets!) can be booked in person at the Harrogate Theatre Box Office, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF, by calling 01423 502 116 or online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk
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