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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.


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
  • The Blanche Woollin Award for the most promising singer under 18 years
  • Presented to Evangeline Barnby by Sir James Hill
  • The Henry Gill Trophy for the most promising singer under25 years of age
  • Presented to Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos by Sir James Hill
  • The Mawson Memorial Trophy awarded to the most promising pianist under 18 years
  • Presented to Krish Desha –Beerachee by Sir James Hill


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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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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