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Another successful Festival!

Well done to all of the performers who took part in the Festival this year! The Boyes Gala Concert will be at 6.30pm on Saturday 11th March at the Pavilion. Admission: Children free; Adults £6.
A message from Dave Bradley, Chairman:
There has been a lovely atmosphere at the Festival this year. Although it is a competition, there have been many examples of young people working as a team and several examples of schools helping other schools. Audiences have been very generous with their applause and all competitors have been supported and given positive advice from four very different but excellent professional adjudicators. Individuals and groups have achieved some very high standards in music ensembles,drama, verse speaking, choral speaking, solo instrumental pieces, duets and choirs. All ages have been included in the Festival from nursery to people of the third age!
This is my third year as Chairman and this has been my happiest and most rewarding year. One of the adjudicators described the Eskdale Festival of Arts as ‘the jewel in the crown’ of festivals.It has been fantastic to see so many participants leaving classes with big smiles on their faces and some of the performances have been stunning as well as mesmerising – fantastic.
I’m just pleased that the Festival can offer a platform for talent to be celebrated in our community.
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This weekend at the Eskdale Festival!

It’s looking a little rainy in Whitby, so why not pop down to the Pavilion for a musical weekend! Tomorrow  (Saturday 4th March) is the band competition, in which various bands from the local area and further afield will be participating. And on Sunday, there is a jazz lunch in the Pavilion cafe at 12.30.

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Eskdale Festival AGM

The Eskdale Festival AGM will take place on Thursday 30th June at 7.15pm at Hawsker Methodist Chapel.

Anyone interested in having a say or hearing more about how the Eskdale Festival is organised and run is welcome.

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Workshops with Storyteller Fran O’Boyle

The “Spoken Word” competition of the Eskdale Festival of the Arts 2016 will be kick-started by professional storyteller Fran O’Boyle when he works with secondary and primary students on Tuesday March 1st at Eskdale School. Fran has worked as a storyteller for many years and frequently does workshops in schools and appears at a variety of literary and folk events throughout the country.

He is based in Shropshire but has strong links with Antrim. Most of his stories have their origins in Saxon, Norse and Irish myths and legends. He also has a treasure chest of his own stories!

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Tremendous local support for the Eskdale Festival

Planning for the Eskdale Festival of the Arts 2016 is well underway and Chairman, Dave Bradley, is delighted with the support local people have offered.

The Whitby and District Rotary Club have offered three £50 prizes for competitors of primary school age in the solo vocal, instrumental and piano classes. Three further awards are presented to secondary age students by the Festival Committee for best performance, commitment to the Festival and the now well-established “Musician of the Year” Award. Over one thousand pounds has been raised through sponsorship from twelve local companies and organisations and a further eight businesses have provided raffle prizes. Musicport continues to support the Festival and a number of initiatives are  being considered in partnership with the Whitby Music Centre. Even more local people have offered to act as stewards at the Festival in March and Dave described the support by the local community as “overwhelming”.

This year, the Festival Committee have arranged for a professional storyteller, Fran O’Boyle, to run some workshops at Eskdale School on Tuesday March 1st. The morning sessions will cater for students in the 11-14 age range and students in Years 5 and 6 have been invited from local primary schools for the afternoon sessions. These workshops will herald the Festival’s “Spoken Word Competition” which begins on Wednesday and Thursday the 2nd and 3rd of March. Primary schools are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

 

The Festival includes a Jazz Lunch on Sunday 6th March, a band competition on Saturday 12th March and the Boyes Gala Concert on the same evening where the six awards described above will be presented.

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Exciting developments for the 2016 festival…

Last year we broadened our festival by including a Big Band Competition on the final Saturday and working in collaboration with Musicport so that some of our ablest young musicians could work with professional musicians. This year we intend develop these initiatives even further and we also hope to develop some drama and storytelling workshops as part of the festival.

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2016 Festival Syllabus now available

The syllabus for the festival in March 2016 is now available. Please click here to view it, or email eskdalefestival@gmail.com to request a copy.