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Plus a taster event in May

Events– Days 1 to 11
Order of events from 27th June to 7th July 2007

The Playground Party
Featuring: Courtney Pine, Kate Rusby, the James Taylor Quartet, Eliza Carthy and the Ratcatchers, Cara Robinson and much more

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Welcome to the 3rd annual Garforth Arts Festival 2007

This year’s festival is our most exciting and ambitious programme so far with a dazzling mix of events featuring some of the finest artists in the world.

Festival highlights include a sensational line up for our final event ‘The Playground Party’ on Saturday 7th July which features: Courtney Pine, Kate Rusby, James Taylor Quartet and Eliza Carthy. Classical music can be enjoyed at this year’s festival with a recital by the world renowned Brodsky Quartet, in the beautiful setting of St.Mary’s Church. We are also delighted to welcome one of Yorkshire’s finest brass bands, Brighouse and Rastrick, as well The North Stars Steel Orchestra.

Hundreds of school children will write new poems inspired by a creative writing challenge, ‘Go forth Garforth’, led by poet Ian McMillan, who will take to the stage with his orchestra for his ‘Sharp Stories’.

In addition to this, we are delighted to announce new commissions, including a new piece for the youth ensemble, Garforth Jazz Rock Band, written by Sean Hargreaves. With exhibitions, workshops and masterclass sessions, as well as performances from some of the best local artists and musicians, the 2007 festival promises to be a very special one.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival.

Dave Evans (Festival Director)

The team
Festival Director: Dave Evans
Festival Administrator: Liz Coombs
Educational Programme: Dave Evans, Marie Coleman
Sponsorship/Funding: Dave Evans, Aileen Larsen
Festival Committee: (above plus) Wendy Griffiths, Jean Lumb, Jane Lambert,
Mick Whittle, John Murphy, Claire Wagstaff, Ian Garforth (Chair)
Technical Assistance: John Fowles, Mike Cookson
Press &Media: John Fowles, Anthony Hicks
Ticket Sales: Jane Hewison
Box Office : Garforth Bookshop
Online Ticket Sales: www.digyorkshire.com
Brochure and web design: Bluetree Create Ltd
Brochure Print: Resource Print Ltd
Production: Logistik

Big thanks to all of the young people, their parents, and staff from all of the schools involved and also to the volunteers who make the festival happen. For more information about the Garforth Arts Festival, please contact the festival office on 0113 336 8619 or email info@garforthartsfestival.co.uk
Taster Event
3 brass bands featuring guest soloist alan morrison

On Saturday 12th May, 3 community bands, The Kippax Band, Garforth Brass, and Garforth Jubilee Brass Band, will all come together in a fantastic celebration of brass band music. The evening will also feature our special guest cornet soloist, Alan Morrison. Alan will perform with all 3 bands in their featured sets, as well as with a piano accompanist.

Garforth Arts Festival 2007 has commissioned a series of master class workshops whereby Alan Morrison has worked with each of the 3 bands prior to the concert on May the 12th. Alan Morrison is the Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the world famous Brighouse & Rastrick Band having previously served the band as Principal Cornet player for a number of years. Previous to that he spent many years with Grimethorpe Colliery Band in a similar position.

He continues to be in great demand as a soloist, conductor and adjudicator all over the world. You can find out much more detail on Alan and his recordings by visiting his website at: http://www.justbrass.co.uk/alanmorrison where you can also purchase his CDs and video on-line.

Saturday 12th May Garforth Community College Main Hall
£7.50 (£5)
Ticket hotline: 07982 215613
Email: tickets@garforthartsfestival.co.uk
TICKETS available for this event online from www.digyorkshire.com

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Tickets for all events will be made available to Friends of the Garforth Arts Festival one week prior to the official launch date.
If you are interested in becoming a friend of the festival please click here for our form.

Discounts and Concessions
Where concession rates are advertised, these apply to: senior citizens, children under 16, NUS students, and anyone receiving unemployment or disability benefit (upon proof of entitlement).
For 'The Playgrount Party' on July 7th, a limited number of discounted tickets at £8.50 will be made available to local residents. For full details, contact the festival box office or phone the hotline on 07982 215613

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