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Woodthorpe Family Fun Day
12:00 PM12:00

Woodthorpe Family Fun Day

The Woodthorpe York Community Group, is a group of volunteers with the aim of improving the Woodthorpe area by:

· Promoting a positive community spirit, creating an aura of well being

· Generate funds and resources to enable the group to further its objectives · Work in partnership with other individuals and organisations to improve the area

· Explore opportunities to support identifiable sections of the community

· Distribute relevant information appropriately.

We are organising our first summer event to be held on the Woodthorpe Green on the 13th August 2016. Between 12.00 and 18.00

We are inviting several local businesses, volunteer groups and families to participate in the event. We have organised a stage, PA System, Generators and already booked 2 bands, The Entertainment Company and The Grand Ole Yuke of York with more to be added.

Local businesses are not being charged to participate, however any proceeds that are donated by stall holders and made by the Woodthorpe Community Group will be donated to the St. Leonard’s Hospice

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Thirsk Picnic In the Park- 11 Years of Picnics!
12:00 PM12:00

Thirsk Picnic In the Park- 11 Years of Picnics!

This year’s picnic on Saturday July 9, in aid of Action Medical Research features two fantastic tribute acts, Paul Bacon as The Ultimate Elton with The Rocket Band, plus Ultimate Bowie with a supporting act, Katerina Rea Trio. Once again the spacious parkland at Thirsk Hall will provide a perfect back drop of 10 acres overlooking Thirsk Race Course.

The Ultimate Elton, not only looks like his idol, but sounds like him too. Paul Bacon as Elton John does both!  Paul’s performances often feature some of Elton’s actual clothes, bought from his ‘Out the Closet’ sales. The Ultimate Elton will entertain you with songs such as Your Song, Candle in the Wind, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Sacrifice and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. He can also change the pace and get people on the dance floor with classics like Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing, The Bitch is Back and Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.

Ultimate Bowie has some 20+ years experience as a professional musician, working in bands as lead guitarist/vocalist and also as a solo performer, Ed Blaneyput together the definitive tribute to David Bowie, one of his greatest influences throughout his career.  You should prepare to be transported across 40 years of Bowie, from Spaceboy to Superstar, by Ed‘s Ultimate Bowie. Precise attention to detail has been taken under Ed’s musical direction of his seven piece band through to the costumes he wears to recreate Bowie in spectacular style.

With support act The Katerina Rea Trio.  From an early age Katerina Rea discovered that she had a natural singing voice with a range that matched some of the great singers like Aretha Franklin, Billy Holliday and having such an ability to cover any style of singing from Jazz, Soul, Funk and commercial chart material.  Her trio is made up of Johnny Murphy on keyboards who has among many live appearances been resident Piano Bar man on the QE2.  Accompanied on Double Bass by Neil Harland who has played with many great jazz, soul and funk and folk artists including Katherine Tickell, Smoove and Turrell and Above and Beyond’s 2016 World tour.

Viking Productions are once again providing the bigger and better stage, lighting and sound management, and the evening will be presented by Judie McCourt.

This year tickets can be booked online at the website Adult tickets £24 normal price; Young Person 12-16 years£16 normal price; children age 11 or under go free (accompanied by an adult). Tickets also available from Thirsk Tourist Information Centre tel 01845 522755, Zillah Bell Gallery tel 01845 522479, CB Furnishings branches in Thirsk 01845 525575 & Northallerton 01609 772916 & Calverts Rug Shop, Thirsk tel 01845 521644 – credit card payments taken

You can bring your own deckchairs, blanket, and table, and be surrounded by the party atmosphere at Thirsk Hall.  Food will be available on site and there will be a Pimms Bar. No BBQ’s or Dogs allowed at this event.  The concert will end with a spectacular firework finale.  For further information visit and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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 A Double First For York Choir
7:30 PM19:30

A Double First For York Choir

On 11 June 2016 York Musical Society (YMS) will mark its 140th anniversary with two ‘firsts’. For the first time, the choir will be singing in the York Barbican, instead of in its traditional home of York Minster. And YMS will for the first time perform Carmina Burana, a work which celebrates the joys of spring, love and drinking.

Carmina Burana is an iconic scenic cantata for mixed choir, children’s choir and three soloists. YMS will perform it in the composer’s own arrangement for two pianos and a team of six percussionists. Between them, the percussionists will manage tubular bells, a hand drum, a snare drum, a bass drum, timpani, a gong, antique cymbals, four crash and suspended cymbals, three glockenspiels, a xylophone, castanets, a rattle, sleighbells… and a triangle.

The music was written in the 1930s by German composer Carl Orff as a setting for a group of medieval poems, many of which are believed to have been written by wandering scholars. It has been popular since it was first performed in 1937 and will be well known to many, not least from its use in films including Excalibur, Speed, and The Doors.

Conductor David Pipe says:

Carmina Burana is an exciting work full of passion, lively melodies, rhythm and fun. Hearing a live performance from such a large chorus is a rare opportunity, the vitality of which just cannot be matched by a recording. We’re looking forward to performing it in the ideal setting of the Barbican.

The programme will also include two works by Brahms, Gypsy Songs (Ziegeunerlieder) and Sacred Song (Geistliches Lied), for which a fourth soloist will join the choir.

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Mozart and Da Ponte
2:00 PM14:00

Mozart and Da Ponte

Guest speaker James Murray explores Mozart’s collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte in the three great operas Cosi Fan Tutti, La Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. They are central to the repertoire today but wereonce perceived as revolutionary and dangerous.

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