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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 piano imageReport on the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts: 111th Festival of Piano and Song held at Christchurch Ilkley, October 19 -21, 2017

We were delighted to welcome the President of the Federation of National and International Festivals, Mrs Margaret Venables, to join us for our Festival opening, accompanied by Mr Aubrey Venables, Chair of Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire region. Seated amidst a sea of small performers, they were able to enjoy piano duets and trios and a selection of young vocal solos before the day ended with solo piano recitals from more experienced performers.

The Friday started with...

rotating piano imageCongratulations go to the Winners of the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts, 111th Festival of Piano and Song October 2017!

Winners of Special Awards

  • The Cavendish Trophy awarded to the pianist showing the most artistic interpretation
  • Presented to Yuan Xu by Adam Cox of Cavendish Pianos
  • The HSBC Rosebowl and Steeton Male Voice Choir Award for outstanding singing
  • Presented to Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos by Sir James Hill (WFPA Vice President)
  • The Ilkley Parish Council Trophy for the best singer of Songs from the Shows
  • Presented to Thomas Dennill by Councillor Stephen Butler, Chair IPC

rotating piano imageCongratulations go to the Winners of the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts, 111th Festival of Piano and Song October 2017!

Winners of Voice Classes

V1:  Non-competitive

V2: 1) Freddie McCutcheon; 2) Lily Sadler; 3) Sophia Rose

V3: 1) Mary Attwood

V4: 1) Mary Attwood; 2= Jemima McDonald; William McCutcheon; 3) Eve Allen

V5: 1) William McCutcheon; 2= Mary Attwood; Eve Allen

V7:  1) Thomas Dennill; 2= Flossie Attwood; Hattie Attwood 3= Leonora Lord-Cloke; Charity Clifford

V9: 1) Flossie Attwood; 2) Charlotte Dear; 3) Thomas Dennill

V10:1) Hattie Attwood; 2) Flossie Attwood

rotating piano imageCongratulations go to the Winners of the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts, 111th Festival of Piano and Song October 2017!

P1: non competitive

P2: 1) Jasmin Rhodes; 2) Sienna Raphael; 3) Betsy Riley

P3: 1) Poppy Newton; 2) Olivia Patchett; 3) Xanthe Gutch

P4: 1) Eva Conybeare; 2) Poppy Newton; 3= Ana Ruddy; Freddie Raphael

P5: 1) Xanthe Gutch; 2) Hugo Murray

P6 (Duet): 1) Jemima Crebbin & Tabby Hartley; 2) Clara Nattress & Hugo Murray; 3= Ellie Fishwick & Martha Jackson; Olivia Patchett & Alex Waterhouse

P7 (Piano Trio):  1) Betsy Riley,

Dr Vivian Pike

Educated at Sheffield University and the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied singing, piano and violin. Vivien has been a General Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals for 30 years with much experience in solo singing and choirs. A Churchill Fellowship in 2001 enabled her to research the cultural and educational influences on the high standard of solo and choral singing in Sweden, Finland and Estonia, leading to adjudicating and teaching in Latvia, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Austria, New Zealand, Ireland and for the World Choir Games.  She was awarded a doctorate in...

The inaugural October Festival of Piano and Song, held recently at Christchurch on the Grove, demonstrated the considerable wealth of talent in the Yorkshire and N. Lincolnshire area.

Those lucky enough to be able to experience this very enjoyable event were treated to some exceptional performances in both piano and singing from musicians aged from below 8 to 18 years, with many winning multiple awards.

In her closing speech, the Adjudicator, Marilynne Davies, made reference to having enjoyed a festival where performers were offered warm support by both their peers and the organisers, adding that she felt that...

Rotating Piano•    The Margaret Kitching and Ashbrook Trophy for the most Promising pianist under 12
    Callum Whitton
•    The Marion Little Award for the most Promising Singer under 12
    William McCutcheon
•    The Blanche Woollin Award for the most Promising Singer under 18
    Thomas Ashby
•    The AA Tuners’ and Restorers’ Trophy for the Best Overall Piano Performance
    Emma Johnston
•    The Cavendish Trophy for the Pianist showing the most Artistic Interpretation
    Uma Scuth
•    The Mawson Memorial Plate for the most Promising Pianist under 18
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General Secretary
Mrs Patricia Dibb
01943 865180


Speech & Drama Secretaries
Mrs Julie James
01943 433444

Mrs Elizabeth Whiteley
01943 830780

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Piano & Song Festival Organiser

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

Telephone: 01943 600470
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Mrs Ivy Wailes
Highfield House
184 Walton Park
Harrogate HG3 1RJ

Telephone: 01423 870616
Mobile: 07503150502 


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