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Saturday 4th July 2015
Venue: St Mary‘s Church, Church Lane, Garforth, LS25 1NR
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £8/£6 concession (see here for info)

The Borealis Saxophone Quartet is an award-winning chamber ensemble based in Manchester. The quartet formed in 2009 whilst all of the members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Rob Buckland. During their time at the RNCM the quartet received coaching from chamber music specialists including Matt Hunt, Raaf Hekkema, Tim Reynish and Andy Scott and performed in public masterclasses with Johan van der Linden and Peter Cropper.

Having given their debut performance at Bridgewater Hall, the quartet has continued to give regular performances at prestigious venues including Kings Place and St John’s Smith Square. In 2012 the quartet made their radio debut, performing Per Nørgård’s ‘Dansere om Jupiter’ as part of the BBC Proms festival, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

As well as giving regular recitals the quartet has enjoyed much competition success. In 2013 the quartet won the Trevor Wye Memorial Prize, the inaugural Apollo Saxophone Quartet/RNCM Saxophone Ensemble Prize, the June Emerson Launchpad Prize and were named the Christopher Rowland RNCM Chamber Ensemble of the Year. They were finalists in the 2012 RNCM Concerto Competition, the 2014 Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition, and most recently have been selected as Young Artists for the Park Lane Group Concert Series 2014/15.

Tuesday 30th June 2015
Garforth Working Men’s Club, 55 Barleyhill Road, LS25 1AU, 7:30pm
Tickets: £6/£4 concession (see here for info)

50 years ago this year marks the start of The Who's success as rock pioneers. Join us in celebrating their extensive catalogue of loud windmilling hits in a set that covers their early years right up until Keith Moon's passing.

The band for the night are made up of talented and experienced musicians that have performed on stages to big crowds across the country, and the attention to detail in this set will take you back to 1969 at the Isle of Wight festival, or the early days in 1964 at the Marquee Club in London. Mount your Vespas, and enjoy this incredible night.

Tuesday 7th July 2015
Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club, 55 Barleyhill Road, LS25 1AU
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5/£3 (concession - see here for info) (see here for info)

Garforth Arts Festival will be running an Open Mic Night at the Garforth Working Men’s Club again this year so if you would like to perform there are two ways to get involved:

1. You can submit a request ahead of the event via email to us at enquiries@garforthartsfestival.co.uk remembering to include your name and contact telephone number and a brief description of what you will be doing on stage. This can be anything that is artistic, creative and non-offensive, so music, spoken word and comedy are all in! If you’re not sure about what we will accept just get in touch. The deadline for submissions is Friday 19th June.

2. You can turn up on the night of the event with your instrument or whatever you need to perform however there will be limited space in the programme on the night so to ensure you get a slot please get in touch beforehand.

Please note that all attendees including performers who sign up before the event and performers who turn up on the night will need to purchase a ticket.

Thursday 2nd July 2015
Venue: St Mary‘s Church, Church Lane, Garforth, LS25 1NR
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: Adv. £7/£5 concession (see here for info)

The choir was first formed as the Micklefield Miners’ Male Voice Choir in 1955.

Micklefield (Peckfield) Colliery workers provided the inspiration for a choir. The Colliery manager was elected as president and the office manager the pianist. Their conductor, also from the office, came from a background as organist at the local Methodist Chapel.

There were thirty members who paid sixpence-a-week (old money). The music was funded by the National Coal Board. The choir disbanded in 1963 and reformed in 1985 with twenty members.

Musical Directors over the past 20 years include Malcom Mawson, Sam Knowles, and Patrick Lee, and at present the choir are enjoying the services of Geoff Trigg, who is also the president of Featherstone Male Voice Choir. Geoff is now deputy MD to Simon Burgess, an accomplished and experienced musician.

The choir mainstay through the past decade has been Mandy Jones our good-humoured, caring and talented accompanist (sometimes musical director), bringing joy to rehearsals and performances.

Their performance in the fantastic acoustics of St Mary’s Church, Garforth, is not to be missed!

Thursday 9th July 2015
Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club, 55 Barleyhill Road, LS25 1AU
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £7/£5 concession (see here for info)

The Tom Gee Band, in one form or another, have been together for five years. Their third EP ‘Better Things To Do’ was released in June 2013 and reached no. 2 on the iTunes Blues chart, accompanied by excellent reviews and even some awards!

Their debut album 'Swapping Stories' was released at an album launch in the HiFi Club, Leeds in April 2014 and reached No.4 in the iTunes Blues Chart.

They have toured the UK & Ireland twice and have played at many great venues and festivals such as the O2 Arena, the 100 Club, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Hebden Bridge Blues Festival in May 2014.

Tom Gee Band were also nominated in the Young Artist category of the British Blues Awards 2014!



Capacity are a new young jazz band who burst onto the Leeds music scene in 2013. They have performed at many venues around the Leeds area and have established a sizeable local fan-base. They’ve organized and sold out charity fundraising events for local causes, raising plenty of money in the process.

They’ve recently recorded their first EP which has gained a lot of interest with the fans and they’re to planning to record and release a music video in the near future.



Mixolydia are a young jazz big band whose musical talent and commitment belies their age. Rehearsing regularly, their dedication to music shows through their confident performances. Recently performing at Leeds Town Hall to a packed conference audience, this band has a bright future ahead of them.

Monday 6th July 2015
Venue: ChapelFM, York Road, LS14 6JB, 7:30pm
Tickets: Tickets: Pay what you can – booking is still necessary as there is a limited capacity at the venue – tickets can be booked here: http://www.elfm.co.uk/microsite/chapel/

Lullaby - The Singing Bowl is a contemporary musical exploration of the night sounds interspersed with lullabies from India. Sound artist Duncan Chapman working with a collection of night sounds from different parts of the globe creates a unique soundscape that forms the perfect foil for the soothing Indian lullabies explored by vocalist Supriya Nagarajan. The show creates a restful and tranquil immersive music experience for the audiences.

“Soothing , meditative, peaceful “ – audience member 6th March at the Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield.

About Manasamitra
Manasamitra creates exciting and innovative arts experiences rooted in India and inspired by contemporary society and artistic practice. Manasamitra transforms spaces through the arts by working with practitioners, participants and audiences for a unique shared experience. If you would like more information about Manasamitra please visit their website at: www.manasamitra.com

Wednesday 8th July 2015
Venue: Garforth Academy
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £7/£5 concession (see here for info)

When ANC activist Rusty Bernstein was arrested and tried alongside Nelson Mandela, the life of the family changed forever. Their ‘privileged’ white existence was replaced by flight and exile. ‘Sing Freedom’ is his daughter Frances’ story of her parent’s involvement in the struggle against apartheid. As well as her own memories, the story draws on her father Rusty Bernstein’s memoirs (Memory Against Forgetting) and her mother Hilda Bernstein’s account of the Rivonia Trial and the family’s escape (The World That Was Ours).

This story is told by Frances herself and will be accompanied by her choir Free Range Choir performing some of the emotive songs that helped to sustain the movement against apartheid.

The second part of the night will be music from Zimbe! Come, sing the songs of Africa! by Alexander L’Estrange, performed by community choir Harmony, children from Green Lane primary school, and Ubunye. This is a work which forges links between adult choirs and massed children’s choirs, placing singing at the heart of the community as it always has been in Africa. And, since jazz grew out of blues which itself sprang from the mouths of African people, what better accompaniment for these songs than a jazz quintet? Zimbe! is at times touching and moving, at other times funky and grooving and all of the time incredibly uplifting both for performers and audiences alike.

'absolutely brilliant' … 'songs were extremely beautiful, powerful and moving' ... ' a compelling and emotional story with some great music'

Sunday 5th July 2015
Venue: St Mary‘s Church, Church Lane, Garforth, LS25 1NR
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £7/£5 concession (see here for info)

Garforth has had a brass band since Victorian times and Garforth Brass keeps this tradition alive and well. The current band had its first rehearsal on 9th January 2005. Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength winning the Yorkshire area Championships 3rd Section in 2009 and coming 5th in the 2nd Section Area Contest in Yorkshire in March 2010.

This concert will be a fantastic opportunity to hear these talented musicians perform in the wonderfully enigmatic setting of St Mary’s Church, in keeping with their deep local roots. Don’t miss out on this intimate performance.