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Important Dates


1st March 2020 - Closing date for Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition.

28th & 29th April 2020 - Speech and Drama Classes at the Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley

30th April 2020 - Choirs and Music Classes at the Kings Hall, Ilkley

30th April 2020 - Council Evening Concert at the Winter Gardens, Ilkley

1st May 2020 - Primary Schools "Big Sing" at Westville House School, Middleton

15th August 2020 - Closing Date for entries to the Piano Classes

13th -15th October 2020 - Piano Classes at Christchurch Sanctuary, The Grove

16th October 2020 - Piano Classes Celebration Concert

The Piano & Song section of the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts is now held seperately from May's Speech and Drama Festival and November's Dance Championship and takes place during October each year and will be held at Christchurch Sanctuary, The Grove, Ilkley, LS29 9LW.
The Adjudicator in 2018 is Caroline Clemmow.

Well done to all the competitors who took part in this year's Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts, Piano & Song Section. Congratulations go to the class winners who are listed below.  

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Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts - Spinning piano logoThe busy Festival week opened at Christchurch in Ilkley with a non competitive piano class for children up to the age of eight. All twenty arrived displaying an amazing lack of nerves at being faced with a wonderful Steinway piano, generously provided, yet again, by Adam Cox of Cavendish Pianos at Bolton Abbey. Adjudicator Caroline Clemmow, much praised throughout by parents for her advice to the performers, praised their confidence and told them to think about using “louds and softs” in their performances.

The day continued with a mixture of piano classes from solo performances to duets and trios,

Wharfedale Vocal Syllabus

V1    Yr 4 & under Non Competitive
Performers will receive a short written report & Certificate but no marks or places will be awarded.
    Lazy Sunday Afternoon or The Smuggler Men from ABRSM Prep Test or Food or Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer from Trinity Syllabus

V2    Yr 4 & under  
    Any song from the ABRSM Grade 1 List C or Trinity Grade 1 Group A
           (ABRSM & TRINITY 2018 Syllabus)

V3    Yr 5 & under  
    A Grade 1 or 2 Song from ABRSM list A or B, or Trinity Group B

V4    Yr...

Wharfedale Piano Syllabus

Prices of books were taken from in Feb 2018 and all books listed below were available at that time

P1    Yr 3 & under non competitive
Own Choice   Performers will receive a short written report and a certificate but marks or places will not be awarded.

P2    Yr 4 & under
    Own Choice from Alfred’s Recital Book Level 1B Pub. Alfred £6.95

P3    Yr 5 & under
Own Choice from Step It Up Grades 0-1 (excluding 2 duets at end of book)  Faber £5.99

P4    Yr 6  & under
    Own Choice from ABRSM 2017-2018 Grade 1
            List A...

Wharfedale Festival Piano and Song rotating piano imageThe adjudicator for the 2018 Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts Piano and Song section is Caroline Clemmow.Caroline Clemmow, Adjudicator 2018

Caroline has a rich and varied musical background. As a violinist she led the Kent Youth Orchestra and was subsequently awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes. While performing concertos and solo recitals, Caroline derives particular pleasure from the field of chamber music, covering an extremely wide repertoire. She has participated in many London concerts, given numerous broadcasts and played in major festivals.

An important part of her work is the celebrated piano duo...

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Piano & Song Syllabus 2018

Closing date for entries was 17th August 2018 (Piano & Song Festival) and has now passed, thank you.


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Festival Secretaries

General Secretary
Mrs Patricia Dibb
01943 865180


Speech & Drama Secretaries
Mrs Julie James
01943 433444

Mrs Elizabeth Whiteley
01943 830780

Piano Festival Secretary

Piano Festival Secretary

Mrs Evelyn van Terheyden
11, Oaklands,
Westwood Drive,
Ilkley. LS29 9RE

Telephone: 01943 600470
Mobile: 07951 533653


Piano Festival

Dance Championship


Mrs Ivy Wailes
Highfield House
184 Walton Park
Harrogate HG3 1RJ

Telephone: 01423 870616
Mobile: 07503150502 


Dance Championship

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