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Important Dates


1st March 2019 - Closing date for entries into the 2019 Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts Speech and Drama section.


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.

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.


Rotating PianoPiano Solo Year 4 & under The Winner received the £30 Grove Bookshop Award

  1. Clara Nattress
  2. Xanthe Gutch; Millie Follows
  3. Betsy Riley;Poppy Newton


Piano Solo Novice Year 6 & under

  1. Saoirse Carey
  2. Clara Nattress
  3. Millie Trevett


Piano Trio Year 6 & under

  1. Millie Trevett Alex Gregory & William Hunt
  2. Anna Powell Anna Wallace & Tabby Hartley

3     Clara Nattress Hugo Murray & Heidi Johnston; Betsy Riley Grace & Isobel Manning


Piano Duet Year 6 & under

  1. Clara Nattress & Hugo Murray
  2. Anna Wallace & Grace...

Rotating piano

The Cavendish Trophy for the pianist showing the most artistic interpretation in their performance.
 Winner: Uma Schuth -given by Cavendish Pianos of Bolton Abbey (who also provided the grand piano) and presented here by Adam Cox of that company.

The Blanche Woollin Award for the most promising singer under 18.
Winner: Thomas Ashby presented by Blanche Woollin.

The Mawson Memorial Plate for the most promising pianist under 18.
Winner: Matthew Parry – Presented by Adjudicator Marilynne Davies.

The Marion Little Award for the most promising singer under 12.

Music Bar 

1.    Uma Schuth Year 8 Grammar School at Leeds (Cavendish Trophy for the pianist showing the...

Piano and Song FestivalThe Piano & Song section of the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts is now held seperately from May's Speech and Drama Festival and November's Dance Championship and this will take place during October annually and will be held at Christchurch Sanctuary, The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW.

Please note this section of the Wharfedale Festival will also include the Senior Vocal Classes from 2017.

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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 & Song Festival Organiser

Piano & Song Festival Organiser

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

Telephone: 01943 600470
Mobile: 07951 533653


Piano & Song 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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Duke of York Community Award

The Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts has been awarded the Duke of York Community Initiative Award for our work with Special Educational Needs children/young people.

The Duke of York Community Initiative Award