Chairman of Eskdale Festival ‘excited’ for next year

Ella Smith, Rachel Russell and Rosa Byatt-Goodall from Caedmon College performed a flute trio at Eskdale Festival . 8 March 2017. w171001e Picture: Ceri Oakes
Ella Smith, Rachel Russell and Rosa Byatt-Goodall from Caedmon College performed a flute trio at Eskdale Festival . 8 March 2017. w171001e Picture: Ceri Oakes

Planning for next year’s Eskdale Festival of the Arts in Whitby is under way - and chairman Dave Bradley is very excited about the future.

“We had a very successful festival in 2017 with lots of local schools taking part and several schools from Scarborough and Ryedale,” Mr Bradley told the Whitby Gazette.

“Our National Choir Day in April attracted 14 adult choirs from across the north of England (the largest number so far) and the standard of singing was exceptional.

“Next year, we are looking to introduce reading classes for senior citizens and some non-competitive improvised dance classes for young people.

“We are also using one venue over more days than usual, so that we can attract larger audience numbers during the competition days.

“The Whitby Pavilion staff do a fantastic job for us every year and I am determined that we will continue to promote the arts in these wonderful buildings.”

The festival will begin on Saturday March 3 with a Big Band Competition.

This will be followed by speech and drama competitions on March 6 and 7.

Other dates are the Secondary Music competitions on March 8 & 9; Primary Music competitions on March 12, 13 and 14.

The annual Gala Concert will be held on Saturday March 17 at 6.30pm at Whitby Pavilion. The National Choir Day will be held on Saturday April 7 in the Northern Lights Suite.

Members of the public are welcome to offer up other suggestions or improvements at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday July 20 at 7.30pm in Hawsker Methodist Church.

It is believed that the first festival was held in 1903.