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Harrogate Festival

2018 | Harrogate | home of summer

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Welcome Welcome to Harrogate International Festivals and your guide to the summer season this year. June and July are packed with over 80 events where you can experience great music, jazz and dancing in the mirrored Spiegeltent, take some time out end enjoy sensory bliss in our walk-in Sculpture on the Stray with the Luminarium from Architects of Air, or enjoy top notch food and a well-crafted cocktail or two in the Valley Gardens at our Long Table Dinner under the stars. Headliners this year include two-time Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominee Laura Mvula whilst giant of the crime genre; John Grisham visits the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival for the first time, interviewed by the inimitable Lee Child. Of course, there’s free events galore; from our Young Musicians in the Spiegeltent, to our Big Read events with Mari Hannah and watch out for the fabulous Fairey Band and their Acid Brass popping up over town, trumpeting the tunes of dance club anthems. For over 50 years, Harrogate International Festivals has been committed to supporting the development of artists and authors from their first performances to headline shows so don’t miss the opportunity to say ‘I saw them when….’ with our New Blood author panel and Young Musicians concerts throughout the summer. We recognise that those on the stages in the future will also need audiences, so check out our Library of Live programme offering free tickets to U18s to some of our classical concerts across the summer, plus a host of events for little ones at the Children’s Festival. We’re celebrating Bernstein and Tchaikovsky marking key anniversaries of the composers’ lives thanks to northern powerhouse, the Halle Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, whilst one of our very first Young Musicians Emma Johnson returns to Harrogate. With new commissions from Guest Curator; Ayanna Witter-Johnson and VOCES8 & Rachel Podger, 2018 ensures we celebrate composers old and new. Take time to choose events and experiences for your summer, because here lies one of our biggest Festivals yet. Enjoy! Sharon Canavar | Chief Executive | 3

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January - April


Harrogate International Sunday Series Chamber music concerts and coffee, in the magnificent surroundings of the Old Swan Hotel.

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival Bringing best-selling authors, influential politicians, journalists and stars of the stage and screen to share their stories.

June - July Children’s Festival History, science and art come alive with a programme of events featuring the UK’s finest entertainers, educators and authors. Spiegeltent A magical mirrored tent casts its spell over Harrogate with a smorgasbord of sensational acts under its exquisitely exotic canvas. Luminarium by Architects of Air An outdoor world of sensory bliss inspired by natural forms and Gothic architecture. These sculptures of light and colour take you through a maze of winding paths and inspiring domes. Harrogate Music Festival Featuring the best of international musical talent spanning classical, jazz and folk. The flagship festival for music. Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival World class, award-winning programme of events celebrating the very best in crime fiction.

HIF+ Berwins Salon North Three fascinating expert speakers are brought together to present one-off events exploring the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology. Musical Mums Free weekly music-making sessions where young parents and their babies can learn together, developing skills, confidence and positive bonds. Presented in partnership with NYMAZ. Global Villages Bringing live participatory performances of exciting and engaging world music to rural villages across the Harrogate District. HIF Presents A series of unique and innovative oneoff events running throughout the year.

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Pre-Festival Events Fri 15 June | 9.45am Sun 17 June | All Day Sun 17 June | 7.30pm Week 1: Fri 29 Sat 30 Sat 30 Sun 1

June | 7.30pm June – Sun 1 July June | 7.30pm July | 7.30pm

Week 2: Mon 2 Wed 4 Thu 5 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sat 7 Sun 8

July July July July July July July

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| The Big Write | 1940’s Day | John Wilson Orchestra

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Benoit Viellefon & His Hot Club Children’s Festival - Various Events Ayanna Witter-Johnson Gypsy Queens

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Binker & Moses DJ Graeme Park - Hacienda Long Table Dinner House of Burlesque & Silent Disco Tristan Covert Club Night Misha Mullov-Abbado

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Week 3: Tue 10 July | 7.30pm Wed 11 July | 7.30pm Thu 12 – Sun 15 July Thu 12 July | 8pm Fri 13 July | 11am Sat 14 July

| Oddsocks: The Tempest | Oddsocks: The Tempest | Luminarium by Architects of Air | Concert by Candlelight: VOCES8 with Rachel Podger | Young Musician: Louisa Staples | Fairey Band

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Week 4: Thu 19 – Sun 22 July Fri 20 July | 8pm

| Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival | Special Guest: John Grisham

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Week 5: Wed 25 Thu 26 Thu 26 Fri 27 Sun 29

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Young Musician: Meridiem Duo Berwins Salon North Emma Johnson with John Lenehan Laura Mvula Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder

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Look out for detailed programmes of Children’s and Spiegeltent Festivals! | 5

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St Wilfrid’s Church


Crown Hotel


Old Swan Hotel


Wesley Chapel


Royal Hall


Valley Gardens

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West Park Stray



Bus & Train Station

HIF Box Office

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Library of Live: Through our Library of Live scheme we are offering a limited number of free tickets for Under 18s and £5 tickets for 18-35 year olds to a wide range of events throughout the year.* This incentive is aimed at inspiring the next generation of audiences to attend live arts events and try something new.

Concessions: Concessions are available for Under 18s, students in full time education and those receiving unemployment benefits. Appropriate identification must be provided.*

Group Bookings: Parties of ten or more booking their tickets in one transaction for a single event receive a 5% discount on their tickets.*

Access Scheme: Here at Harrogate International Festivals we are committed to ensuring all customers can enjoy our events equally. To better serve our patrons who have specific access needs we have our Access Scheme. The list is free to join and once you qualify as a member you may be entitled to a complimentary ticket (excluding food) for a Personal Assistant/Carer. To become a member of this list please contact our Box Office or email

Free Events: Check out the full Spiegeltent programme to find out about the FREE Young Musician lunchtime concerts taking place throughout the week. *Tickets are subject to availability and appropriate identification may be requested. Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Festival Programme Book: The essential full colour souvenir programme with details, biographies and programme notes of all Festival events will be available at concerts for £5. Reserve your copy in advance for only £4 when you book your tickets at the Box Office. You will receive a programme voucher with your tickets to exchange for a Programme Book at your first event. | 7

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Architects of Air See page 22.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson See page 20.

Luminarium by Architects of Air by Alan Parkinson The West Park Stray will transform to a magical world of sensory bliss. From the Guggenheim in Spain, to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the monumental and interactive walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air designed by Alan Parkinson, have astounded audiences across the globe. Architects of Air has toured the luminaria since 1992 and visited 43 countries. The luminarium offers a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument to the beauty of light and colour, and where visitors can happily lose themselves.

VOCES8 See page 25.

Guest Curator: Ayanna Witter-Johnson What exactly is ‘the exception to the rule’? Our Guest Curator, Ayanna, is what. Soulful and captivating, the MOBOnominated singer-songwriter is a versatile jazz vocalist, composer and cellist. She has worked with symphony orchestras, big bands and quartets, while bringing the seemingly opposing worlds of classical and contemporary music together, with alternative R&B. Ayanna’s musical prowess gets her airplay on BBC Radio 1, thanks to her eclectic soul. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, she has played in Harlem NYC as well as working with the London and BBC Symphony Orchestras.

The installation awakens all the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages.

Who better then to curate the magic of the Spiegeltent, sparkling with diverse, alternative, life-affirming sights and sounds?

New Commissions Harrogate International Festivals has consistently thrived on innovation and 2018 is no different with two artists presenting newly commissioned pieces of music. VOCES8 and Rachel Podger

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Long Table Dinner See page 19.

Lee Child See page 27.

will perform Antiphon for the Angels composed by Owain Park in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of St Wilfrid’s Church, whilst Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Guest Curator at the Spiegeltent Festival, will perform a new commission penned especially for Harrogate. Long Table Dinner Dine under the stars, on one very long table, surrounded by the Victorian beauty of the Valley Gardens colonnade. Harrogate International Festivals announces the launch of its Long Table Dinner… Local Yorkshire Chef Stephanie Moon has teamed up with Harrogate International Festivals to present a culinary experience with a menu inspired by Yorkshire’s bountiful produce and the stunning garden surroundings of the Valley Gardens. This is one evening not to be missed…join us from 7pm and let us entertain you!

Laura Mvula See pages 32.

Lee Child Programming Chair – Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Lee Child takes the helm as the 2018 Programming Chair. “Two things to remember – first, the authors are here to see you, just as much as you’re here to see them. Don’t hesitate to walk right up and introduce yourselves. There’s nothing an author likes better than to meet a reader. And second – try someone new. Try a book you have never heard of. Pay attention to the writers just beginning their careers. Two or three of them will be back here twenty years from now as superstars. How cool it would be if Harrogate – and you personally – gave them their start.” Come along and simply soak up the atmosphere; visit the pop-up WHSmith bookshop and then enjoy a drink in the tents on the lawn of the Old Swan Hotel whilst rubbing shoulders with some of the the biggest names in crime fiction. Laura Mvula Headlining our Music Festival is two-time Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominee, Laura Mvula. One of just a handful of UK live performances in 2018, don’t miss the chance to see this critically acclaimed soul singer. | 9


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Throughout the year our HIF+ Programme delivers a wide range of projects and events including masterclasses, workshops and creative learning events to a wide and diverse audience.

Big Read Encouraging as many people as possible to read a classic work of crime fiction, increasing links across the region between libraries and reading groups, and inspiring new readers. This year’s book is James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider. This year’s Reader in Residence is acclaimed author Mari Hannah who is supporting the delivery of The Big Read.

Creative Thursday The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival’s creative course for aspiring writers, with tuition from industry professionals and real-life crime experts.

Big Write An exciting opportunity for young writers across the Harrogate District to participate in a giant day of writing at the iconic Royal Hall, working with literary partners Pobble. We look to celebrate the momentous World Cup year with special guest, Tom Palmer.

Musical Mums Free weekly music-making sessions where young parents and their babies can learn together, developing skills, confidence and positive bonds. Presented in partnership with NYMAZ.

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Louisa Staples

Meridiem Duo

Louisa Staples | violin with Boris Kusnezow | piano

Supported by The Dorothy Parkinson Memorial Award for Young British Musicians

Prokofiev Violin Sonata No.2 in D major Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor Ravel Violin Sonata No.2 in G major Waxman Carmen Fantasy

Sarah Miller | flute Elinor Nicholson | harp

Fri 13 July | Wesley Chapel | 11am

Louisa Staples was awarded a place at The Yehudi Menuhin School when she was just eight years-old. As a school girl, aged 15, she was shortlisted for the world-renowned Menuhin Competition. Born in 2000, Louisa was one of few Brits to compete in this ultimate showcase of the world’s brightest violin protégés. At 16, she became a 2016 BBC Young Musician finalist. The talented teen has already played in major venues including Wigmore Hall. Be inspired by this bright rising star as the international strings prodigy performs Prokofiev, Debussy and Ravel. Tickets: £10 Check out the full Spiegeltent programme to find out about the FREE Young Musician lunchtime concerts taking place throughout the week.

Wed 25 July | St Wilfrid’s Church | 11am

Andy Scott Paquito Charles Rochester-Young Song of the Lark Joseph Jongen Danse lente, Op.56 Bernard Andrès Narthex Astor Piazzolla Histoire du Tango, 1. Bordel 1900 Andy Scott Sonata for Flute and Harp Traditional Danny Boy Sarah Miller and Elinor Nicholson met whilst studying at the Royal Northern College and formed the Meridiem Duo in 2013. During their time at RNCM the duo received regular chamber music coaching from specialists. Since then, the duo has performed recitals across the country delighting audiences with the wide range of repertoire available for this instrumentation. Tickets: £10 | 11

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The Big Write in association with Ashville College

Fri 15 June | 9.45 - 11.45am | The Royal Hall home of interaction

As part of the Festivals outreach and education programme, the Big Write has become a much-anticipated part of many school’s diaries. This free morning of writing, open to Primary Schools across the District, seeks to inspire children’s love for literacy and to help make writing ridiculously exciting!

children can’t help but be inspired with the power of reading and writing. Suitable for school Years 4 and 5, Primary Schools across the district are being invited to bring along a class and to join the Festival for a morning which will really get those creative juices flowing.

With writing sessions led by world class educators Pobble and our special guest author Tom Palmer, Supercharge children’s excitement for writing and make sure your school is taking part; it’s a day not to miss. To register your interest or to sign-up, please contact the Festivals Office on 01423 562303. | 13

1940’s Day Sun 17 June | Valley Gardens | All Day home of family

For those who love all things 1940s and a fabulous family day out. In the safe hands of Major Swing & Kitty…introducing… The Harrogate Band: Maria Manchester: Echo 42 Big Band: Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus: Tea Dances: Dance Lessons & much more… Vintage Clothes & Memorabilia Stalls: Military & Vintage Vehicle Display Bars: Street Food Vans: Cake Stall: Cocktails: Bouncy Castle: Children’s Rides

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John Wilson Orchestra:

Can’t Help Singing Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Sun 17 June | Royal Hall | 7.30pm Kim Criswell - Soloist

Lights, camera, action! It can only be the John Wilson Orchestra. Prepare for an explosion of glamour, as the hills come alive in technicolour brilliance. Famed for their breath-taking verve, with some of the best wind and brass players on the planet, it’s no wonder the orchestra’s celebrated Hollywood-themed concerts at the Proms are broadcast to millions. From Judy Garland to Julie Andrews, Doris Day to Barbara Streisand, the orchestra will perform songs from iconic stars of stage and screen. Hits include You Made Me Love You, Stormy Weather, and There’s No Business Like Show Business. Be swept up in the romance, sass, swaggering brass and swooning strings.

Tickets: £49, £46, £42, £38, £35. Boxes: £98, £135

*Meet the stars! Join John Wilson, his orchestra and special guests for an exclusive post-show reception for just £5. Tickets must be bought in advance, only available with purchase of a full concert ticket. | 15

Saturday 30 June Rainbow Factory: Little Red Riding Hood

9:00am – 9:45am | Ages 2-10 Step inside this favourite fairy tale for a fun-packed, interactive, storytelling adventure.

Made With Music

10am – 10.35am | Ages 0-5 A unique introduction to music for babies and children, have fun singing songs, exploring instruments and listening to live music.

Junk Orchestra

11.00am – 11.25am or 11.30 am– 11.55am 12.00pm – 12.25pm or 12.30pm – 12.55pm Ages 5+ Please choose your preferred time. A super-sonic recycled collection of re-invented objects rescued from the urban sprawl, there’s an instrument to suit everyone!

Suitcase Stories

1.00pm – 1.45pm | Ages 3-7 One suitcase can tell a thousand stories of fisherman, fairies, feasts and beasts and take children on a remarkable journey around the world.

History’s Maid: Secrets, Spies and Espionage

2.00pm – 2.45pm | Ages 10+ Hear tales of secret agents during World War Two, learn about daring missions with amazing training and see some of the gadgets that they used.

History’s Maid Sword School

3.00pm – 3.45pm | Ages 7+ Meet our intrepid medieval characters as they show you how to arm a knight as well as all the skills you would need to protect a castle or slay a dragon.  

Tickets: £5 for Children and Adults for all events. Please note children under 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.

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Sunday 1 July Rainbow Factory: The Gruffalo

9:00am – 9:45am | Ages 2-10 Children will love the chance to step into their own story, inspired by magical modern classic, who’s the scariest creature in the wood.

Made With Music

10am – 10.45am | Ages 0-5 A unique introduction to music for babies and children, have fun singing songs, exploring instruments and listening to live music.

Alan Windram: One Button Benny

11am – 11.45am | Ages 3-6 Join Alan Windram as he tells the story of One Button Benny, a robot with an emergency button on his tummy which he has never pressed, until now…

Craig Bradley: That Poetry Bloke

12.00pm – 12.45pm | Ages 7-11 A creative workshop combining poetry, music, imagination and comedy, encouraging lots of audience participation and fun.

Kate Wiseman

1.00pm – 1.45pm | Ages 7-12 Kate’s books about Blaggard’s School for Tomorrow’s Tyrants are going down a storm, find out if you could cut the mustard at the world’s best school for trainee criminal masterminds.

Hilary Robinson

2.00pm – 2.55pm | Ages 6-11 Hilary Robinson, best known for Mixed Up Fairy Tales and Where The Poppies Now Grow, shares the first series of books to help younger children engage with the World War 1 centenary.

The Fun Science Show

3.00pm – 3.45pm | Ages 5+ With fireballs, explosions, whooshes and smoke, Professor Boffin will teach exciting concepts using everyday objects in this fun science show. | 17

Music Over The Waters tells how the provision of music at the Spa eventually led to the creation of the Harrogate International Festival in 1966, then continuing to describe the successful growth of Harrogate International Festivals over fifty years up to 2016. The book also shows the close relationship between the prosperity of the Spa and the provision of music, so that the decline of the Spa also witnessed the decline of municipal music until a point in the mid-1960’s when the Spa closed, and municipal music all but disappeared. This encouraged private citizens to develop a thriving Concert Society and, a few years later, an International Festival of Arts and Sciences which over fifty years later is still thriving, though with a content and structure suited to modern times. Music Over The Waters also shows how the Harrogate International Festivals have influenced other bodies associated with music, because from its establishment, the Festivals played a significant role in the community life of the Harrogate District. It is to further this role that all proceeds from the sale of this book have been dedicated to Harrogate International Festivals. Music Over The Waters by Malcolm G. Neesam is available to purchase from Harrogate International Festivals. 18 | Box Office 01423 562 303 | Booking Fees Apply

Long Table Dinner Thu 5 July | Valley Gardens | 7pm home of food

Dine under the stars, on one very long table, surrounded by the Victorian beauty of the Valley Gardens colonnade. Harrogate International Festivals announces the launch of its Long Table Dinner… Local Yorkshire Chef Stephanie Moon has teamed up with Harrogate International Festivals to present a culinary experience Harrogate has never seen before. The menu, inspired by Yorkshire’s bountiful produce and the stunning garden surroundings of the Valley Gardens, is one not to be missed… Join us from 7pm and let us entertain you!

Tickets: £70 per person: includes, an arrival cocktail, canapes in the gardens, bespoke three course meal…all in the splendour of the Valley Gardens. *vegetarian option available and all other dietary requirements can be catered for. Please call the box office for more information.

Canapés & Cocktails on Arrival *** Artisan Breads & Spelt Salt Crackers *** Garden Patch Vegetables Smoked Aubergine Dip, Butternut & Toasted Rye, Beetroot, Parmesan *** Yorkshire Lamb Roast Loin & Slow Braised Shoulder Pommes Anna with Thyme & Garlic, Carrot & Star Anise Purée, Broccoli Stems, Fleurie Jus *** Yorkshire Strawberries & Rose Meringue, Lemon Crème | 19

Ayanna Witter-Johnson Guest Curator The essence of Harrogate International Festivals is celebrating the best established and emerging artists from across the globe and I’m so delighted to be involved. This year I’ve chosen to program some extraordinary musicians at various stages of their careers who bring creativity, true innovation, incredible musicianship and joy to their audiences. I myself look forward to performing at the Festivals again with new music and the world premiere of a special commission.

Benoit Viellefon & His Hot Club Fri 29 June | 7.30pm | Tickets: £12

Monsieur Viellefon escorts you on a velvet evening of swing and jazz. Step back through time to the infamous Parisian cafes and nightclubs of the 1930s and 40s. Boasting the finest musicians on the London jazz scene, this ensemble is in demand across Europe. An evening of sultry sounds, Hollywood elegance and a little ooh la la.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Sat 30 June | 7.30pm | Tickets: £10 Soulful and captivating, the MOBO-nominated singersongwriter is a versatile jazz vocalist, composer and cellist. She has worked with symphony orchestras, big bands and quartets, while bringing the seemingly opposing worlds of classical and contemporary music together, with alternative R&B.

Gypsy Queens

Sun 1 July | 7.30pm | Tickets: £20 A-list entertainers, the Gypsy Queens, head to Harrogate with their trademark dynamic, energetic charm for what promises to be a sell-out show. Drawing from a repertoire of classic hits, and famed for their riotously entertaining performances, experience this truly irrepressible musical force in the electrifyingly intimate setting of the Spiegeltent.

Binker & Moses

Mon 2 July | 7.30pm | Tickets: £10 Drum-and-sax duo Binker Golding and Moses Boyd received Best Jazz Act at the MOBO Awards for their 2015 LP Dem Ones. The pair have been accused of leading the charge of a jazz revolution - hailed as part of a new type of jazz in the UK – creating sounds that work on dance floors and festivals as well as jazz clubs. 20 | Box Office 01423 562 303 | Booking Fees Apply

Graeme Park

Wed 4 July | 7.30pm | Tickets: £20 Graeme Park was one of the DJ’s responsible for the legendary Hacienda in Manchester, at the heart of the cultural boom of Cool Britannia in the late 80s and early 90s, headed by bands like Happy Mondays and Stone Roses. Join us for a Q&A and exclusive House DJ set from Graeme Park, making it the perfect night for music obsessives to rave their hearts out to.

House of Burlesque & Silent Disco

Thu 5 July | 7.30pm | Silent Disco | 10pm Tickets: £20 (includes entry to Silent Disco) and £10 (Silent Disco only)

Bold, brazen burlesque! The acclaimed and award-winning House of Burlesque return to Harrogate after two consecutive years of sell-out shows. The Queen of provocateurs, Miss Tempest Rose, promises to titillate and tantalize in a rip-roaring evening full of high-end glamour, joyful satire and creative cabaret. Destined to appeal to anyone who likes their entertainment smart, funny and sexy, or who is just looking for some much needed fun. Throw caution to the wind, then boogie the night away post-show; grab a pair of headphones and dance in a Silent Disco.


Fri 6 July | 7.30pm | Tickets: £10 Prepare for some truly uplifting grooves from the Dutch fivepiece Tristan. Playing feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, they’re known for their tight, punchy arrangements, featuring funky rhythm guitars. All this underpins singer Evelyn Kallansee’s stunningly beautiful vocals.

Save The Date for a Covert Club Night on Saturday 7 July!

Misha Mullov-Abbado

Sun 8 July | 3pm | Tickets: £10 Winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler jazz prize, this in-demand bass player, composer and band leader was a 2017 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. His impressive debut album, New Ansonia, was hailed for its luxurious ballads and punchy swing, and picked as one of the Telegraph’s Best Jazz Albums of 2015. He’s performed at Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club. Catch him in Harrogate. All events are unreserved and will take place in the Spiegeltent, situated on Crescent Gardens. The venue bar will be open for all events, serving food and drinks. Check out the full Spiegeltent programme to find out about the FREE Young Musician lunchtime concerts taking place throughout the week. | 21

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Luminarium by Architects of Air West Park Stray | Thu 12 July | 1 – 7pm | Sat 14 July | 12 – 8pm |

Fri 13 July | 1 – 7pm Sun 15 July | 12 – 6pm

The Stray transforms into a magical world of sensory bliss. Enter the luminarium and be amazed! Inspired by natural forms and Gothic architecture, these sculptures of light and colour take you through a maze of winding paths and inspiring domes. Visitors remove their shoes before entering an airlock. Once inside you are free to follow a map and explore the installation. Or, simply find a cocooning pod, sit and lie back and enjoy the ambience, enhanced by the subtle sounds of immersive soundscape. Be moved to a sense of wonder! Please note: This installation is accessible for wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, with a minimum of 1 adult for up to 4 children. Shoes and possessions are left in the reception area at the owner’s risk. Tickets: Adults: £5, Children 3-18: £4, Children under 2: FREE For full information, please visit our website Times subject to change. Supported by | 23

Oddsocks: The Tempest Tue 10 & Wed 11 July | RHS Garden Harlow Carr | 7.30pm Friends’ Priority Entry | 7pm

Only this madcap thespian troupe could pull off Shakespeare in space. Yes! The Tempest goes out of this world in Oddsocks’ Sci-Fi musical adaptation of the tragi-comedy. Bonkers and brilliant. Space explorer Prospero is marooned in a galaxy far, far away with a host of madcap aliens. Wanting revenge on his enemies, the Space Cowboys, he conjures up The Force to bring them to him. This Rocket Man will have his day! Crash landing in a meteor storm this is one Space Oddity to beat. Prepare for launch and pack a picnic in the glorious setting of RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. Take one small step for man, one giant leap for Shakespeare! Tickets: Adults: £17, Children 7-18: £10, Children under 7: £3 Family Ticket: £48 (2 Adults & 2 Children)*

*please note, a family ticket cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Concert by Candlelight: VOCES8 with Rachel Podger Thu 12 July | St Wilfrid’s Church | 8pm Pre-Concert Talk | 7pm

Angels have inspired flights of brilliance for millennia from musicians, poets and writers. Expect some divine intervention as the impeccable British vocal ensemble VOCES8 unite with Rachel Podger, the ‘queen of the Baroque violin’. Podger’s serene and beguiling playing is an angelic guiding voice as VOCES8

sing choral masterpieces, including a new commission by Owain Park. This innovative, and meditative programme, will transform the space and acoustics of St Wilfrid’s, for a truly illuminating experience. A little bit of heaven falls to earth. Programme to include works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov. Tickets: £24 (Unreserved) Pre-Concert Talk: FREE, tickets must be booked in advance, only available with the purchase of a full concert ticket. | 25

Fairey Band Acid Brass

Sat 14 July | Outdoor | Free Event

Acid Brass! Welcome to the world of classic house anthems played by a traditional brass band. As music genres go they are about as far apart as rock and roll and opera, but brass and acid house share links through their social and political roots. The sound will blow your socks off! Popping up around Harrogate!

Tickets: FREE Event

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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 19-22 July 2018 | Harrogate | home of crime

“The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is the best in the world – and I know, because I’ve done all of them” - Lee Child, Author

Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Box Office: 01423 562 303 Harrogate International Festivals is a registered charity no. 244861.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Creative Thursday

Write What You Know

Thu 19 July | 9am – 5.30pm | £99 Join us for a creative course for aspiring writers, with tuition from industry professionals and real-life crime experts.

Fri 20 Jul | 3.30pm | Tickets £11 Discover how real-life experience influences crime fiction with Stella Duffy, Candice Fox, Khurrum Rahan and Matt Wesolowski, Cath Staincliffe delves into their fascinating global back stories as chair.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and Festival Opening Party Thu 19 July | 8pm | Tickets £17 As six shortlisted authors vie for crime writing’s most wanted accolade, Host Mark Lawson will reveal who won it for the best whodunnit as well as honouring an icon of the genre with the Outstanding Contribution accolade.

Special Guest: Denise Mina

Special Guests: Linwood Barclay & Laura Lippman Fri 20 Jul | 5pm | Tickets £14 Acclaimed novelist Laura Lippman and international bestseller Linwood Barclay began their careers in the newspaper trade, enjoy the ride with this double act sure to hit the headlines.

Fri 20 Jul | 9am | Tickets £14 Celebrating 20 years since her award winning debut, Denise Mina Scotland’s crime writing supernova, will be interviewed by Stav Sherez; expect the exceptional from these two sassy and socially-engaged minds.

Dead Good Reader Awards

I Used To Do This For A Living

Special Guest: John Grisham

Fri 20 Jul | 10.30am | Tickets £11 Working at the coal face of real life crime offers a rich mine of story-telling gold, discover the remarkable CVs of Alafair Burke, Karen Cleveland, Chris Morgan Jones and Joseph Finder, chaired by Charles Cummings.

Fri 20 Jul | 8pm | Tickets £18 Hold on to your hats, your seats and steady that pint of Theakston’s, in Harrogate for the first time is giant of the genre John Grisham interviewed by Lee Child. Please note this event takes place at the Royal Hall.

That’s Where My Heart Is

Richard Osman’s Room 101 Of Crime

Fri 20 Jul | 12pm | Tickets £11 From the cities of Bradford and Cambridge to Lagos in Nigeria, A.A Dhand, Leye Adenle, Luca Vest and Susie Steiner reveal the power of place, often an active participant in their books, chaired by Peter Robinson.

Fri 20 Jul | 10pm | Tickets £11 Star of Pointless Richard Osman teams up with Martyn Waites, Laura Lippman and Mark Billingham to discuss the tics, tropes and tiresome clichés of crime fiction that really cheese them off!

Wherever I Lay My Hat Is Home

Special Guests: Nicci French

Fri 20 Jul | 2pm | Tickets £11 Explore the enduring appeal of the iconic ‘noble loner’ from an orphan raised as a trained assassin to a disgraced New York Reporter with Gregg Hurwitz, Parker Bilal, Tim Weaver, Rod Reynolds and Laura Wilson as chair.

Sat 21 Jul | 9am | Tickets £14 Married murderously good crime-writing couple Nicci Gerrard and Sean French talk to journalist Sam Baker about a partnership in life and crime that has produced utterly additive novels.

Fri 20 Jul | 6.30pm | Tickets £12 Join Dead Good for drinks as they present the Dead Good Reader Awards as voted for by you, all attendees walk away with a bag full of brilliant crime novels.

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19-22 July 2018Johnson | Harrogate | Emma | clarinet home of crime with John Lenehan | piano It Happened Twenty Years Ago… Or A Hundred Sat 21 Jul | 10.30am | Tickets £11 Five masters of the past, Joe Kanon, Antonia Hodgson, Simon Mayo and S. J. Parris travel through time with chair Andrew Taylor to uncover the endearing appeal of historical crime fiction.

New Blood Sat 21 Jul | 12pm | Tickets £11 Get ready for the next BIG thing as Val McDermid introduces her pick of the debut crime writers to watch, hot new talents Dervla McTiernan, C J Tudor, Stuart Turton and Will Dean.

Readers’ Book Group

Author Murder Mystery Dinner Sat 21 Jul | 6.15pm | Tickets £32 Programming Chair Lee Child writes the script for this year’s Murder Mystery Dinner, take a seat at one brilliant author’s table and see if you can unravel the delightfully devious puzzle.

Special Guest: Don Winslow Sat 21 Jul | 8.30pm | Tickets £14 Dubbed ‘America’s leading crime writer’ be wowed by Don Winslow earning the best reviews of his career, interviewed by Daphne Wright otherwise known as NJ Cooper.

Late Night Quiz

Sat 21 Jul | 1pm | Tickets FREE Join Reader-in-Residence Mari Hannah to investigate James Patterson’s Along Came A Spider, this year’s classic Big Read Title.

Sat 21 Jul | 10pm | Tickets £11 It’s THE quiz with Mark Billingham and Val McDermid, both veterans of quiz-land from The Chase to University Challenge, remember it’s the winning that counts!

What Happened Next?

Frozen Lands

Sat 21 Jul | 2pm | Tickets £11 Alumni of Val McDermid’s New Blood panel from years’ past, Lee Mcilvanney, Kate Rhodes, Eva Dolan and Abir Mukherjee talk to Lee Child about how it went with their second and subsequent books.

Sun 22 Jul | 10am | Tickets £11 Discover why cold climates inspire such gory thrillers with Yrsa Siguroardottir, Samual Bjork and Ann Cleeves with Steph McGovern keeping everyone warm as chair.

The Truth Behind The Crime

Sun 22 Jul | 11.30am | Tickets £14 Best-selling author of the Poirot, Zailer and Waterhouse novels, Sophie Hannah, talks about her career and cracking the Christie code with Steve Mosby.

Sat 21 Jul | 3.30pm | Tickets £11 They may seem straight out of a movie plot but Mel McGrath keeps it real, uncovering the true events that inspired Dirk Kurbjuweit, Erin Kelly, Chris Brookmyre and criminal defence barrister Imran Mahmood.

Special Guests: Val McDermid and Dame Professor Sue Black

Special Guest: Sophie Hannah

All events take place at the Old Swan Hotel

Sat 21 Jul | 5pm | Tickets £14 Val McDermid is one of the most admired crime authors at work and, as DNA and forensics have transformed detection, forensic anthropologist Dame Professor Sue Black provides authenticity as her go to expert. | 29

Emma Johnson | clarinet with John Lenehan | piano Thu 26 July | Royal Hall | 7.30pm C. Schumann Romances Brahms Clarinet Sonata No.2 in E Flat, Op.120 Rossini Introduction Theme and Variations Bernstein Sonata for Clarinet Stravinsky Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo Bernstein Riffs Copland Nocturne Bernstein Scenes from West Side Story An alumni of Harrogate International Festivals’ Young Musician series in the 80s, Emma went on to global success. Since winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 17 she has gone on to become one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, having sold over half a million albums worldwide. The classical chart-topping musician returns to the Festival that discovered her to celebrate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, including music from the iconic West Side Story. Tickets: £21 (Unreserved Cabaret Style)

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Berwins Salon North The Crown Hotel | Harrogate | 7.30pm ‘Top 100 Things to do in the World’ - GQ Magazine

Narrate | Thu 21 June Professor Mark Maslin, comedian and broadcaster Viv Groskop and anthropologist Jason Hickel to lead a conversation about the fascinating ways we tell the story of us.

Celebrate | Thu 26 July Celebrate music and the movies with TV presenter, journalist and screenwriter Rick Edwards, editor-at-large of the New Scientist Dr. Michael Brooks, executive producer of Classic FM Jenny Nelson and Professor at the London College of Music Simon Zagorski-Thomas.

Illuminate | Thu 13 Sept Explore wonder, creativity and why it matters, with Chief Executive of the Arts Council and author Darren Henley OBE, author of A New Map of Wonders, Caspar Henderson and neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow.

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Laura Mvula Fri 27 July | Royal Hall | 7.30pm She’s the soul singer and two-time Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominee, with a public endorsement from Prince. Her album The Dreaming Room features collaborations with legend, Nile Rodgers. Her debut album, Sing to the Moon, was released in 2013 and garnered multiple award nominations and critical acclaim. Discussing her follow-up, 2016 album The Dreaming Room, the UK Guardian described how Mvula “pulls the listener along with her through the most serpentine songs: however, winding their routes, the melodies are almost always beautiful; however much the musical scenery shifts, it is always striking.” Support Act to be announced Tickets: £32, £30, £28, £26, £24. Boxes: £64, £86

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Festival Finale:

Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder Sun 29 July | Royal Hall | 7.30pm

Schubert Tchaikovsky Dvořák

Symphony No.8 ‘Unfinished’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 Symphony No.7

Sir Mark Elder – Conductor Henning Kraggerud – Violin Leading British conductor, Sir Mark Elder, has steered the Hallé since 2000, cementing its reputation for artistic excellence, before which he was famously Music Director of English National Opera. He has worked with the world’s leading symphony orchestras, features on TV, and has appeared annually at the BBC Proms for many years. In 2017, he joined an elite few when he was awarded the Companion of Honour. The programme includes a celebration of Tchaikovsky on the 125th anniversary of the great composer’s death. This special night, featuring violinist Henning Kraggerud, known for his deep natural musicianship, promises an unforgettable Festival Finale. Tickets: £40, £38, £35, £30, £28. Boxes: £80, £110 

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Friends of the Festivals Support the Festivals, book ahead, gain exclusive access and discover something special.

From just ÂŁ30 a year you can become a Friend of the Festivals, meet likeminded people and help safeguard the future of our charity. Becoming a Friend of the Festivals is one of the best ways to enjoy all that Harrogate International Festivals has to offer, from big name stars, to intimate concerts, to hidden gems. Your support comes with benefits, including priority booking for some of our Festivals, early access to unreserved seats at events, access to exclusive Friends lounges and much more.

As a registered charity with no core funding, when you join you’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you helped support our on-going effort to bring world-class literature, music and performing arts to Yorkshire. For more information about the Friends of the Festivals or to start your membership call us on 01423 562303 or visit our website

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Help Us To Plant Our Future Dedicate a tree on the stray.

Harrogate International Festivals provides you with the opportunity to dedicate a tree and give your friends and family a gift that will last a lifetime. 50 trees commemorating the heritage of the Festival have been planted along Slingsby Walk on the picturesque Harrogate Stray. We are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to dedicate one of these trees, and give your friends and family an incredible gift that will last a lifetime. Dedicating a tree is the perfect way celebrate a special event, establish a ‘family tree’ or to remember a loved one. For more information, or to dedicate a tree please contact Lizzie on 01423 562303, or email | 35


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Come to one of our concerts 20 October 2018 Royal Hall Magic of Mozart (incl Requiem) 8 December 2018 Royal Hall Handel – Messiah 15 December 2018 - HCC Harrogate Christmas Concert 23 March 2019 Royal Hall Haydn – Creation 8 June 2019 Ripon Cathedral Summer Concert


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How to Book home of festivals By Phone: Online: In Person:

01423 562 303 Harrogate International Festivals, 32 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1DB

Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm Payment: Harrogate International Festivals Box Office accepts all major credit/ debit cards (except American Express), cash and cheques. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Harrogate International Festivals’. Booking Fee: Please note that all transactions are subject to a £1.75 booking fee. Programme Changes: Harrogate International Festivals reserve the right to make alterations to the programme as become necessary including event cancellations. Ticket Delivery: If required, we will endeavour to post all tickets out within 2 working days of making a booking. Tickets will be posted by Second Class Post at a cost of £1.50. Tickets can also be left at the relevant Box Office for collection. Please bring along the order number and any proof of eligibility for any discounted tickets/ concessions. Tickets on the door: Subject to availability tickets will be available to purchase on the door of all events one hour prior to the show starting. Be aware events can sell out in advance. Early booking is recommended. Booking fees still apply. Refunds: The Box Office cannot refund money or exchange tickets except in the case of an event cancellation. Harrogate International Festivals will not store your credit or debit card details and payments will be taken on a per transaction basis, as indicated by the card holder via phone or Latecomers: Out of courtesy to both performers and audiences, latecomers to performances will not be admitted until a suitable break, which may not be until the first interval. Photography: The use of mobile phones, cameras and audio/visual recorders is strictly prohibited. Gift Vouchers: An online gift voucher can be purchased for any amount up to £1000. When purchasing a gift voucher it is possible to send it to yourself or directly to a recipients email address. You can also specify the date that the Gift Voucher will be emailed to the recipient (within 12 months of the purchase date). Festival Programme Book: The essential full colour souvenir programme with details, biographies and programme notes of all Festival events will be available at concerts for £5. Reserve your copy in advance for only £4 when you book your tickets at the Box Office. You will receive a programme voucher with your tickets to exchange for a Programme Book at your first event. Please note, full terms and conditions can be viewed on our website, alongside our privacy policy. 44 | Box Office 01423 562 303 | Booking Fees Apply


home of festivals Royal Hall Ripon Road | Harrogate | HG1 2RD

Wesley Chapel Seating plan

Wesley Chapel Oxford Street | Harrogate | HG1 1PP


St Wilfrid’s Church Duchy Road | Harrogate | HG1 2EY The Old Swan Hotel Swan Road | Harrogate | HG1 2SR







The Crown Hotel Crown Place | Harrogate | HG1 2RZ RHS Garden Harlow Carr Crag Lane | Harrogate | HG3 1QB

Royal Hall Seating plan

Victoria Shopping Centre Victoria Ave | Harrogate | HG1 1AE


Valley Gardens Harrogate | HG1 2SZ

Royal Hall Bag Policy: Please note that bags larger than an A4 piece of paper are not permitted into the venue. One bag per patron – no rucksacks. This is a policy of the Royal Hall. For more information about this venue go to organisers/our-venues/royal-hall


Luminarium by Architects of Air West Park Stray | Harrogate | HG1 1LB




Spiegeltent Crescent Gardens Harrogate | HG1 2SG

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About Us home of festivals

Harrogate International Festivals is the flagship arts Festival for the North of England. A charitable organisation, our passion and ambition maintains our position as an arts organisation delivering Festivals of national importance and dramatically increasing the cultural opportunities for Harrogate and the wider region. Patron HRH The Prince of Wales Honorary President Dame Fanny Waterman DBE Vice Presidents Lady Solti Mrs Frainy Ardeshir Lesley Garrett CBE Malcolm Neesam Peter Blackburn CBE David Haxby Christine Woods Festival Staff Team Sharon Canavar Chief Executive Charlotte Woods Music & Education Manager Helen Donkin Literature Festivals Manager Lizzie Brewster Development Manager Natalie Dalkiran Literature Festivals Co-ordinator Mary Malloy Music & Education Co-ordinator Beth Walker Events & Marketing Assistant Ruth Moody Financial Controller Kathy Sanderson Financial Assistant Gemma Rowland Operations Manager (Mat leave) Cover artwork designed by Graeme Bandeira All information is correct at the time of going to print.

Board of Trustees Fiona Movley Chairman Matthew Osbourne Honorary Treasurer Sofia Cann Jenny Harris Craig Ratcliffe Susan Rumfitt David Salter Kate Spencer Observer Stan Lumley (Councillor, Harrogate Borough Council) Support Services Tim Garbutt Events Conrad Davies Creative Tyneside Pianos Harrogate Convention Centre Cause UK Kate Robey Consultancy Charlotte Graham Photography Mike Whorley Photography Forrest Pianos Thanks With special thanks to all our volunteers without whom the Festival could not happen. Harrogate International Festival Ltd 32 Cheltenham Parade I Harrogate North Yorkshire I HG1 1DB 01423 562303 Registered Charity No. 244861. Company Registration: 858029

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2018 Summer Event Guide  
2018 Summer Event Guide