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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.


Wharfedale Festival Speech & Drama 2017 Results.

P1: An Original Poem Year 4 & under: 1st Nour Javed (Katy Trophy); 2nd George Hyde; 3rdScarlett Ferguson

P2: An Original Poem Year 7 & under: 1st Sarah Carr (Thorpe Trophy); 2nd Oliver Moscrop; 3rd Tilly Harney

P3: An Original Poem Year 4 & under: Jenna Zamir (Fledgling Cup)

P7: An Original Poem, no age limit: 1st Joan M Harris; 2nd Angela Cunningham; 3rd John Webster

P8: Dialect: Kevin Flaherty

P 9: Poem in a Traditional Form, Year 11 & under: Eliza Richardson

P 10: Poem in a Traditional Form, no age limit: 1st...

BBC Radio Leeds Poetry Cup (For the Most Outstanding Poem in the Open Classes) : Angela Cunningham


The Mary Kilduff Plate (For the Most Outstanding Verse Speaker): Romany Branston


The YTV Trophy (For the Most Outstanding Festival Performance in Speech and Drama): Jamie Lynch


The Cooperative Cup (For the Most Outstanding Collaborative Performance): Upstage Academy Intermediates


The Denis Sharp Bursary (For a Residential Drama Course): Chloe Denny


The Edith Atkinson Trophy (for the most promising Verse Speaker) went to Henry Titchmarsh

Class 56 Barbershop: 1st White Rose Chorus, 2nd Ring True, 3rd LS19 Quartet


Class 53: Junior Choirs year 6 and under: 1st Moorfield School, 2nd QEGS Lower School Choir, 3rd St Walburga’s RC Primary


Class 37: Junior Ensemble: 1st Giggleswick Junior Samba Band, 2nd Giggleswick Junior Chamber Group, 3rd Giggleswick Junior Orchestra

Class 40: Young Musician Solo Year 6 and under: 1st Thomas Reeson, 2nd Ben Kelt Joint 3rd Lucy Laycock, Madeleine Evans


Class 20: Memorised Prose Year 3: 1st Hattie Nolan, 2nd Lucinda Leeming, 3rd Heidi Wood

Class 26A: Public Speaking: 1st Dhruv Patil 2nd Eesa Ashfaq, Ione Wardell, 3rd Zachariah Ashfaq

Class 26B: Public Speaking: 1st Jamie Lynch, 2nd Ubayd Rehman, 3rd Ella Grech-Cini

Class 27: Prepared Talk no age limit: 1st Jamie Lynch

Class 28: Sight Reading no age limit: 1st Alex Roach, 2nd Dhruv Patil,   3rd Lydia Huby

Class 29: Prepared Bible Reading: 1st Lydia Huby, 2nd Jamie Lynch

Class 31: Choral Speaking year 11 and under: 1st Upstage Academy Intermediates, 2nd Upstage...

Class 1A: Verse Speaking Year 2: 1st Georgie Hughes, 2nd Freddie Brosnan, 3rd Amy Rivers

Class 1B: Verse Speaking Year 2: 1st Erin Canning, 2nd Arthur Joli, 3rd Ellis Belford

Class 3: Verse Speaking Year 4: 1st Phoebe Roe, 2nd Jemima McDonald, 3rd William McCutcheon

Class 5: Verse Speaking Year 6: 1st Henry Titchmarsh, 2nd Abigail Hopkins-Russell, 3rd Freya Ellis

Class 15: Solo Characterisation Year 9 and Under: 1st Rohan Green, 2nd Chloe Denny, 3rd Alfie Davies

Class 16: Solo Characterisation Year 11 and Under: 1st Constance Richards, 2nd Megan Malcolm, 3rd Zara Bayliss

Class 2A: Verse Speaking Year 3: 1st Suki Hutchinson, 2nd Isla Hutchinson, 3rd Teegan Harrison

Class 2:  Verse Speaking Year 3: 1st Harry Schmidt, 2nd Jake Robinson, 3rd Sam Woodward

Class 4: Verse Speaking Year 5: 1st Emily Hughes, 2nd Aiya Agustin, 3rd Lucy Cooke

Class 6: Verse Speaking Year 7: 1st Romany Branston, 2nd Alex Roach

Class 7: Verse Speaking Novice: 1st Aleena Mahmood, 2nd Rehan Ali, 3rd Ayaan Adil

Class 8: Verse Speaking Year 11 and under: 1st Romany Branston

Class 9: Verse Speaking no age limit: 1st Romany Branston


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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