Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The BBC Ten Pieces Project - Inspire a new piece

The Federation of Festivals has sent out the following information about the above project, but time is of the essence. Deadline 10th February.

Dear Members,
As BBC Ten Pieces moves into its third project phase, they need your help to inspire a new commission!
The open call asks for inspirational words from the young people of Britain – all you need to do in your groups, workshops, lessons, even at your festivals, is have any interested young people complete the attached literacy exercise.
You can give one worksheet to each pupil, or return one sheet with a number of responses to each question on it, if you are working in a group.
Once done, send this back to tenpieces@bbc.co.uk by February 10th. When all the responses have been collected, the Ten Pieces composer will select words and phrases to be included in the piece, and you will receive a Ten Pieces certificate signed by the composer to celebrate your contribution to the piece!
Have fun with this, and let us know how you get on!
With warm wishes,
Festivals House

Friday, 3 February 2017

Ripon Cathedral Concert Society

The Cathedral Concert Society is once again generously supporting the Festival's Young Musician Competition  with an offer of free tickets for this year's finalists.

We are very happy to support their excellent programme, which, on Monday 13th February features the Magnard Wind Ensemble.

The Ensemble will exploit the space and rich acoustic of Ripon Cathedral to create a very different world with music spanning four centuries. They will play a series of solo pieces and ensembles for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn – a concert of veiled nachtmusik and invocations of Greek mythology – beware the god Pan. It brings together five young dynamic wind players to explore the range and beauty of their instruments in the setting of the Cathedral with music by Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Messiaen, Britten, Barber and Waley-Cohen.  


Concert Tickets
Individual tickets costing £15 (£5 for students and free for under 18s) are available from the Society's web site www.riponconcerts.co.ukthe Little Ripon Bookshop (tel 01765 606689), Harrogate Theatre either on line at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or from their box office (01423 502116). Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the concert 

Pre-concert dinner

Once again, the Old Deanery Hotel will be serving a special two course dinner at 6pm for concert goers - braised chicken, sauté of salami, new potatoes, shallot and spinach followed by rhubarb pavlov
 tea/coffee - costing £12 per head. If you wish to make a reservation, please contact the hotel by telephoning 01765 600 003.

Other events coming up
TOMORROW!! 4 Feb 7.30 pm:  Paulinus Singers - Eternal Voices and supper - St Johns Church, Sharow
6 Feb 1.00 pm:  Arturas Chamber Ensemble from Orchestra of Opera North - Wesley Chapel, Harrogate
17 Feb 7.30 pm:  Leeds International Piano Competition - Paul Lewis (piano) - Leeds Town Hall
18 Feb 7.30 pm:  Leeds Leider - Ian Bostridge (baritone) & Joseph Middleton - Schubert Winterreise - Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD
19 Feb 11.00 am:  Harrogate International Festival - Julian Bliss (clarinet) & Robert Bottriell (piano) - Old Swan Hotel
4 Mar 7.30 pm  St Cecilia Orchestra Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sibelius and Haydn - Holy Trinity Church, Ripon
6 Mar 1.00 pm:  Roderick Williams (baritone) and Iain Burnside Schubert Die Schone Mullerin - Wesley Chapel, Harrogate
12 Mar 11.00 am:    Harrogate International Festival - Heath String Quartet - Old Swan Hotel

You can access these concerts by going to the Society's website, www.riponconcerts.co.uk Click on the particular concert you are interested in, and this will take you to the place where you can obtain full detail and tickets. 
Don't forget that The Competitive Festival kicks off this year on Friday 3rd March at Harrogate High School in their splendid new facilities. The Programme is now with the printers! Check out our website for further details at www.hcfmsd.co.uk and follow us on Twitter at #HCFMSD
We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The 2017 Programme is at the printers

The Programme is being printed and should be available for purchase from around 12th February from

  Music House, 18 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DB.

Alternatively you could send a B5 or A4 Stamped and Self Addressed Envelope along with a cheque for £2 (made payable to HCFMSD) to Linda Wilson.  See comments on postage at bottom of this entry.
Linda's contact details are:
  Linda Wilson
  2 Walton Gardens,
  Thorp Arch,
  Wetherby LS23 7FU

  e-mail lindawilson36@aol.com
  Tel: 01937 842955
  Mob: 0752 293 8878.

All correspondents who entered performers have been sent their personal schedules.  If you have not received yours please contact the person who made your entry, or if you made the entry, then please contact me at starlingnest@gmail.com

Good luck to all competitors


Derek Starling
Voluntary Organiser


We don't yet have a copy of the programme, but last year's of a similar size seems to weigh slightly under 100 grams on my analogue scales.  This is a bit tricky as 100g is the cut off point for regular stamps. 

Choose your postage remembering that B5 envelopes (the smallest that will take the programme) can use regular stamps if under 100gm whereas A4 and B5 (heavier than 100g) require Large Letter Stamps.  Insufficient postage will require a minimum £1.50 fee and a trip to the sorting office.   I'd probably go safe and use Large Letter.  The Royal Mail price finder is here http://www.royalmail.com/price-finder.