Welcome to the 40th Wetherby Festival
13 – 22 October 2017
In this anniversary year we’ve packed more than 30 events into ten days of Festival. We have literature and the spoken word – from dramatist and screenwriter Annie Nutter, authors Justin Hill, Richard Newman and Ian Hamilton to legendary broadcaster Andy Kershaw – comedy inspired by music, politics and intimations of mortality from leading stand-ups Kieran Hodgson, Ayesha Hazarika, Paul Sinha and Mitch Benn, and, above all, music. Just take your pick – internationally-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden is our Artist in Residence, appearing as soloist with the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, directing a master class and then giving a solo recital that promises to be un-missable.
There’s a wealth of music from local and regional groups with welcome returns to the Festival of St Aidan’s Swing Band and the Wetherby Silver Band plus large-scale barbershop from Spirit of Harmony, folk rock and bluegrass from The Paul Mirfin Band, St James’ Choir blending sacred and secular, an Elvis Dinner Dance marking the 40th anniversary of his passing and performances by Wetherby’s Light Music Singers and Musical Theatre Group. And then there’s our Ceilidh with noted band FiddlersWreck.
While a lot happens in the evenings, don’t overlook performances during the day. We’ve a programme of short Lunchtime Concerts throughout the week, with food available, perfect for the lunch break. And on two days you can go straight on from the concert to stimulating talks by distinguished writers.
Though the Festival concentrates on the performing arts, we’ve not neglected the visual arts, with a fascinating presentation from wildlife photographer John Gardner and the Wetherby Camera Club‘s Annual Exhibition. And there’s an exciting exhibition Five Art at the Festival’s Box Office from 2-21 October.
Alongside all this are the social events – the ever-popular guided walks, a Medieval Combat which are all FREE, and an old Festival favourite, the Call My Wine Bluff evening.
So, we hope, something for all. We’d love to see more young people enjoying the Festival and to help make this possible we are offering bargain price tickets at many events. And this year, you can order tickets online as well as by post and at our Box Office at 45 High Street, Wetherby which is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 2pm from 2-21 October.