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Wetherby Festival cancelled

 

 

It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the Wetherby Arts Festival scheduled for October 2020.

 

We plan to be back in October 2021 with a week-long Festival!

 

Orchestral concerts, literary lunches, live comedy, theatre, tribute acts, dance and cinema have all had to be cancelled this year, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Social distancing rules are unlikely to be relaxed by October.   Large gatherings are impossible.  The economics of small audiences defeats logic.

 

Wetherby Festival is not alone.  Cameron Mackintosh has cancelled all his West End shows until well into next year.  Festivals and theatres around the world, likewise.

 

Robert Haskins, Festival Chairman, deeply regrets the cancellation, but he says it is not the first time we have missed a year.  Robert took over in 2016.  “Before my time, Festivals were often held every other year,”  he said, “So it’s not too abnormal.”   He went on to say, “I have been talking to Festival organisers throughout the UK and Europe.  All are facing the same threats, but all are full of ideas.”

 

“The pandemic is encouraging us all into new ways of working.  We have been holding popular virtual fortnightly quizzes through the Lock-down.  We have set up a YouTube channel for Virtual Events and we hope to mount normal events during the year when safe to do so.  We are also working with ‘Leeds Inspired’ to develop some dance events with young children.  Many of our artists, including the poet Roger McGough, have promised to return in October 2021.”

For further details please email publicity@wetherby.festival.co.uk

Images from 2019 Festival…

Charlotte Rowan,  violinist…

Former politician and Minister, Alan Johnson, joined ‘Queen of Feel-good Fiction’, Milly Johnson, for a convivial lunch, and signed their books. More..

We danced the night away with acclaimed accordionist Neil Barron.  More..

The last concert directed by Martin Binks before his death, with the amazing performance of Bruch’s violin concerto with Charlotte Rowan. More…

Our artist in residence was joined by pianist Charlotte Stevenson for a programme ranging from the baroque to the 20th century with music by Vitali, Mendelssohn, Bartok, Milhaud and Szymanowski among others. More…

Lively performances were given by the group Aspects of Opera in a sell-out evening. More…

Five lunchtime concerts through the week at St James’ church.  Great music performed by singers, instrumentalists and on the organ.  More…

Brilliant wildlife photographer (and former Team GB javelin thrower) Tesni Ward talked about her beautiful photography and the importance of nature conservation. More…

Sheffielder Tom Wrigglesworth (of BBC Radio 4  Hang Ups fame) was joined in this double bill by Sean McLoughlin, described by  Time Out as ‘the best comedian you haven’t heard of’.  Well you have now.  More…

A selection of pop classics and songs from the musicals such as La La Land and Les Misérables  from this popular Wetherby group was really appreciated. More…

Terrific close harmony singing from a lively group of men whose focus is on pleasing audiences, raising money for charity and enjoying themselves. More…

Badapple Theatre went ballisticus maximus with a contemporary take on the Romans in this novel comedy with songs and music. More...

Our popular local band presented an exciting programme of traditional and modern brass music.  More…

‘The best tribute band in the UK’ Abba Revival lived up to its name with an evening  of faithful choreography, spectacular costumes and excellent musicianship. More..

Neil Delamere, one of Ireland’s most popular entertainers, was a hilarious comedian.  He was joined by Maisie Adam, Comedy Newcomer winner at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, who was ‘incredibly watchable.  More...

You may not know this…
The Festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to aid us at the box office or helping at events.  If this interests you, please see the Volunteer page.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of:
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Wetherby Town Council

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council
(Wetherby, Harewood and Alwoodley Councillors)

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council
(Wetherby, Harewood and Alwoodley Councillors)

We would also like to thank Morrisons Supermarket, the Rotary Club of Wetherby & District and, of course, our many volunteers for their invaluable support.