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Important Dates


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

9.30am: Class 2. Verse Speaking, Year 3
1. Alexander Marsden
2= Evelyn Kennedy, Poppy Watmough
3= Georgie Hughes, Freddie McCutcheon, Amber Khan

11am: Class 17. Choral Speaking, Year 6 & under
1. Ghyll Royd School

11.20am: Class 7. Verse Speaking- Novice, Years 3 – 6 (open to EAL pupils)
1. Safa Ali
2. Tanya Safeer
3. Huriyah Arub

1.30pm: Class28. Prepared Prose Reading, Year 6
1. Emily Hughes
2. Thomas Holder
3.Alfie Sanderson

3.30pm: Class 6. Verse Speaking, Year 7
1. Alexander Roach
2. Sasha Crabtree

3.45pm: Class 38. Sight Reading, Year 11 & under
1. Reece Garea-Jennings
2. Alexander Roach

4pm: Class 40. Prepared Bible Reading, no age limit
1. Richard Barter

5pm: Class 45. Musical Theatre , Year 7 & under
1. Performance Drama School Juniors, Menston

5.15pm: Class 29. Prepared Prose Reading, Year 7 & over
1. Sasha Crabtree
2. Rohan Green
3= Isabel Hudson, Reece Garea-Jennings

5.45pm: Class 9. Verse Speaking, no age limit
1. Romany Branston
2. Richard Barter
3. David G Smith

6.15pm: Class 22. Solo Characterisation, no age limit
1. Richard Barter
2. Tegan Horsfall
3. Emily Briscombe

7.10pm: Class 30. Prepared Prose Reading, no age limit
1. Barbara Kelly
2. Richard Barter

7.25: Class 10. Sonnet, no age limit (WAYMAN SONNET BOWL)
1. Richard Barter

7.30: Class 12. ‘Poet Laureate’, no age limit
1. Romany Branston
2. Richard Barter
3. David G Smith


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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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