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Important Dates

2019

 7th-10th May 2019 - The Speech and Drama section of the Wharfedale Festival will take place at either The Craiglands Hotel, Cowpasture Road or The Kings Hall, Station Road, Ilkley.

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

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

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

 

To celebrate the 70th festival in 1976 Robert Lantaff prepared a short history up to that date. A number of interesting events and developments have occurred since then which are well worth reporting and have therefore been included in this update (1996). Since the historical background obviously remains the same, I have merely included the original text with suitable amendments and additions.

In this series of articles, "I" refers to Robert Lantaff and the original copyright remains with him. These articles are repeated for anyone interested in the history of the Wharfedale Festival.

COUNTRY DANCES & SINGING GAMES


From 1921 to 1931 there was a flourishing section in which local schools and groups regularly competed. So successful was this activity that a separate festival under the auspices of the Wharfedale was held in 1930 and 1931.

The most famous adjudicator during this period was Cecil Sharp, whose visit in 1924 turned out to be his final public appearance, his death occurring a few weeks later. On the occasion of his previous visit in 1923, the Wednesday evening session was concluded with a sing-song ....

'Mr Sharp earnestly desires that everyone present will join heartily in the singing of the following folk songs: O No John, The Keeper, The Cuckoo and the Nightingale,
The Crystal Spring, Dashing away with the Smoothing Iron,
and The Keys of Canterbury'.


The country dances presented by competitors included:-


The Ribbon Dance, The Black Nag, Rufty Tufty. and Yorkshire Straight Sword Dance.
 

Robert Lantaff (C) 1976 & 1996

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