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Important Dates


16th August 2019 - Closing date for the Piano Festival section of the Wharfedale Festival section.

8th September 2019 - Closing date for entries into The Dance Championship.

15th-17th October 2019 - The Piano Festival will take place in the Christchurch Sanctuary on The Grove.

2nd-3rd, 9th-10th November 2019 - The Wharfedale Festival's Dance Championship including our heat of Miss Dance 2019 to be held in Guiseley Theatre, Guiseley.


Results from the first day of the 2018 Speech & Drama Festival, held in the Saxon Room at Criaglands.

9.30am: Class 1. Verse Speaking, Year 2 and under
1. Elsie Farrar
2. Daniella Pinkney
3. Dougie Hartley

10.45am: Class 5. Verse Speaking Year 6
1. Emily Hughes
2. Kaynat Qaisar
3. Millie Ryder

12 noon: Class 37. Sight Reading ,Year 6 and under
1. Millie Ryder
2. Sadie Tidswell

1.30pm: Class 27. Prepared Prose Reading, Year 5
1. Bella McDonald
2. Jemima Crebbin
3= Lucia Spilker, Elena Davies Sokol

3pm: Class 16. Duologue, Year 10 and under
1. Scarlett Watson & Mollie Metheringham
2. Oliver Briscombe & Nia Peedell
3. Thomas Wood & Thomas Jackson

3.40: Class 11. Humorous Verse, No age limit
1. Rohan Green
2= Scarlett Farr, Melina Shillito
3. Saffie Killick

5.15pm: Class 20 A. Solo Characterisation Year 6 & under
1. Darcey Hutchinson
2. Millie Ryder
3. Bethan Lewindon

Class 20 B. Solo Characterisation Years 7-9
1. Layla Chapman
2. Rohan Green
3= Oliver Briscombe, Isabella Withy

7.30pm: Class 14. Recite a poem of your own creation, any subject. Year 11 & under
1. Darcey Hutchinson

7.30pm: Class 15. Recite a poem of your own creation, any subject. No age limit.
1. Richard Barter

7. 45pm: Class 39. Sight Reading, no age limit
1. Barbara Kelly
2. Tegan Horsfall

8.15pm: Class 19. Choral Speaking, no age limit (VOGUE PLAYERS TROPHY)
1. The Troubadours


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Festival Secretaries

General Secretary
Mrs Patricia Dibb
01943 865180


Speech & Drama Secretaries
Mrs Julie James
01943 433444

Mrs Elizabeth Whiteley
01943 830780

Piano Festival Secretary

Piano Festival Secretary

Mrs Evelyn van Terheyden
11, Oaklands,
Westwood Drive,
Ilkley. LS29 9RE

Telephone: 01943 600470
Mobile: 07951 533653


Piano Festival

Dance Championship


Mrs Ivy Wailes
Highfield House
184 Walton Park
Harrogate HG3 1RJ

Telephone: 01423 870616
Mobile: 07503150502 


Dance Championship

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