Lunchtime Classical Recital: Ensemble Chamäleon @ Otley Courthouse
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Ensemble Chamäleon was founded in 2017 as a split off from the Chamäleon Flute Ensemble by flautists Laura Kox and Jennifer Shepherd. It is a flexible ensemble including at least 1 flautist and any other instrumentalists as required for any particular programme.

This lunchtime recital will feature the pair as a duo, performing their programme „Bach and Beyond“ on various flutes.

Peggy Seeger and Family An Evening of Song and Conversation @ Otley Courthouse
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Peggy Seeger and Family An Evening of Song and Conversation @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Peggy Seeger – singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, muse – is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Now in her 80s, her performances, charisma and wit remain undiminished. Join Peggy and sons for a memorable evening featuring some of her and Ewan MacColl’s most treasured songs, readings from her highly acclaimed memoir ‘The First Time Ever’ and plenty of relaxed family banter.

“Peggy may be folk royalty, but there’s nothing either reverent or nostalgic about this joyous and intimate performance” The Guardian

“Glorious” The Times

“Truly joyous” Morning Star

“An effortlessly intimate affair” The Scotsman

“A memorable warm and charming evening of great music, family humour and grace.” Irish World

It’s Different for Girls @ Otley Courthouse
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
It's Different for Girls @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Hull. 1965. Five young women from Hull decide to start a girl band. Within months they are touring the local pubs and clubs and are soon asked to play for the US Troops in Germany. Leaving behind their jobs as cleaners, dental assistants and waitresses, the teenagers embark on their journey to ‘freedom’. However, it’s soon clear the troops are more interested in the length of their skirts rather than their talent. If these girls want success they will have to bite their tongues and learn to live with it- ‘it’s a man’s world’.

It’s Different for Girls is a brand-new musical inspired by Hull’s own 1960s girl band, Mandy & The Girlfriends, that documents the journey of five young women as they challenge the music industry and prove that they are not just ‘good for girls’.

Celtic Fiddle Festival @ Otley Courthouse
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Celtic Fiddle Festival @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Called “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Capercaillie’s own Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicolas Quemener from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humour for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace.

Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Irish fiddler whose formidable career includes the seminal Irish groups The Bothy Band and Patrick Street. Christian Lemaître honed his remarkable skills playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at festou-noz (night dances) throughout Brittany, the Celtic region of France. He is a founding member of the group Kornog. Charlie McKerron, the newest member, is one of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, having toured the world with Capercaillie amongst his many other projects.

Four albums and numerous international tours later, the ensemble is now one of the most popular on the Celtic circuit. This is sure to be a sell-out event so get your tickets quick.

Lunchtime Classical Recital: Simeon Walker @ Otley Courthouse
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Following a decade working as a musician, UK-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene in his own right, following the release of his EP Preface (2016) and his debut full length album Mono (November 2017). Following this, 2018 has seen him complete a successful 8-date European Tour; receive significant radio airplay across BBC Radio 3, 6 Music, World Service & BBC Introducing shows nationwide; and performed at Latitude Festival – all whilst collaborating with other musicians and artists and working on a follow up album.

With three consecutive Official Piano Day playlist features and numerous glowing reviews from across the music world, Walker’s calm, introspective piano instrumentals invite the listener to find stillness and beauty as much in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves, as musical stories are woven with each tender, intimate performance.

King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys @ Otley Courthouse
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

2018 sees King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys celebrate a remarkable 30 years on the road. More than the greatest jump, jive and swing band on the planet, they’ve become an institution. In their three decades, the band have delivered nearly 6500 performances in 21 countries, played on 36 radio shows and made 73 television appearances. Rough, tough and always rocking, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys have appeared at festivals, in concert and at clubs throughout the UK and Europe.

The band has also performed alongside B.B. King, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Ray Charles, and toured with the actual Blues Brothers Band – the one from the movie! Along the way, the band have recorded 11 albums for Big Bear Records, all distributed worldwide physically and online.

Back by popular demand the boys are back to deliver another sell-out performance which will have you dancing in the aisles.

Christmas Lights Switch On 2018 @ Otley Market Place
Nov 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Britain’s Got Talent star Jamie Lee Harrison to kick off Otley’s Christmas season in style as the loveable Geordie folk singer switches on the 2018 Christmas Lights alongside Mayor Cllr Mary Vickers and Carnival Queen Lily Cullen. Jamie will be performing just before the big finale, while other acts appearing include Prince Henry’s Emeli Mumford, who will be performing her charity single Dear Santa in aid of Save The Children, and the Otley Brass Band.

Jane Siberry @ Otley Courthouse
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Jane Siberry @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Iconic and enigmatic; Jane Siberry is one of the world’s most unique and gifted singer/songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, her work has spanned 3 decades, with the release of 14 studio albums and performances on concert stages around the world. Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success and the follow up albums The Walking, Bound by Beauty, When I Was a Boy and her signature song Calling All Angels cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists. Jane’s recent albums Ulysses’ Purse and Angels Bend Closer have been released to rapturous acclaim and she will be performing tracks from this alongside her classics. A Canadian native, Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success by k.d Lang on her renditions of Love is Everything, Haint It Funny and a stunning rendering of The Valley. This is guaranteed to be a very special evening with Jane performing some of her most beautiful music.

Handel’s Messiah @ Otley Parish Church
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Otley Choral Society with their sister choir the Ilkley Choral Society will be performing this popular work alongside the excellent Yorkshire Chamber Ensemble and soloists from the Royal Northern College.
Otley Parish Church, 7.30pm, £15 for adults, free for students and children. Available from Brown’s Gallery.
See brownsgallery.co.uk for tickets

Animals and Friends @ Otley Courthouse
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Animals and Friends @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Featuring from the original Animals – John Steel & Mick Gallagher (The Blockheads) Danny Handley and Roberto Ruiz. In 1964 a wave of new energetic rock and roll swept over the youth of the world. On the crest of this wave was The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and of course The Animals. From the banks of the River Tyne came the North East’s offering; a brand of rhythm n blues that the whole world seemed to grasp greedily.

The Animals were the second British band to top the American charts after The Beatles with the now multi-million selling and legendary anthem, ‘House of the Rising Sun’. The band subsequently achieved over twenty global Top Ten hit records, many of which gained the Number One slot in various parts of the world.

2012 marked founder member John Steel’s 55th year as a performing musician. Animals & Friends recent ‘Prehistoric’ album features recordings of the songs that so inspired John Steel and Eric Burdon as they grew up on Tyneside.

Though the band has changed, the songs remain eternal… alongside covers of Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker classics, they ensure that the nostalgic element comes with an enjoyably abrasive edge.