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Victorian Music Festival and Tour - Amy Woodforde-Finden

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If you love history and music, then this festival will be right up your street (or should I say mine!). I am helping to host a music festival in my village, Hampsthwaite, to celebrate the work of a famed Victorian composer, Amy Woodforde-Finden, who has connections to the village.

St Thomas à Becket Parish Church in Hampsthwaite will host the two-day event to mark the recognition of Amy Woodforde-Finden having been buried in the churchyard, with a marble monument in the church created by sculptor George Wade. Amy, who was born in Chile, died in 1919.

As well as two concerts featuring her music on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8, the event will include a guided tour of ‘Amy’s Hampsthwaite’. The tour will include where her stepson, Eric, resided and the historical buildings & people around at that time. We take the steps that Amy herself would have taken when visiting the village, whilst learning the history of that time.

MUSIC FESTIVAL at the church starts at 7.30pm

A spokesperson for the event said:

> “Amy Woodforde-Finden’s success was particularly remarkable in the context of a male-dominated society, where women had no right to vote.“Amy is best known for her set of Indian Love Lyrics. Her Kashmiri Song proved an instant and lasting hit and became one of the highest selling pieces of sheet music ever published at the time!“Amy’s music perfectly captured the mood and morals of the time, and in recent years, her works have enjoyed a new appreciation, due to a revival and interest in neglected female composers.”

The opening night will feature renowned soloist Patricia Hammond, who will travel from London to perform a song recital of Amy’s music. Patricia, who specialises in women composers of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, will be accompanied by the church’s director of music and mastermind of the inaugural festival, Thomas Flessenkaemper.

On the Saturday evening, members of the church will be joined by those from across the benefice of Felliscliffe, Killinghall and Birstwith, as well as local schoolchildren and musicians from the wider area.

They will perform a selection of pieces including Amy’s Pagoda of Flowers, which organisers believe is being recorded for the first time.

Tickets are available from the festival website - https://hfkb.co.uk/festival/ at £12 for each concert or £20 for both. Concessions are £10 and children under 18 go free.

For more information, watch the promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=g8sZwFc6Juo&feature=youtu.be

Hackfall, History & Photography Stroll

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Come join us for an enjoyable walk around Hackfall woods.

This ancient woodland has been restored to its former glory and boasts original features such as grottos and glades, rustic temples and waterfalls, as well as carpets of bluebell in spring and an impressive number of woodland birds.

Situated on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hackfall covers 47 hectares (nearly 120 acres) of ancient semi-natural woodland within a steep, rocky gorge of the River Ure.

It is 29km (18 miles) from Harrogate, 9.7km (six miles) north-west of Ripon, 4.8km (three miles) from Masham, and on the doorstep of the village of Grewelthorpe.

Scares-borough Evening Murders & Ghost Walk!

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By popular demand, we have scheduled another Ghost Tour of Knaresborough!

Explore the Ghosts and Killers of Knaresborough.
A fearful and uneasy walk as we hear about the history of killings (individual and serial) and tales of ghostly agitation on the gloomy streets and alleyways of old Knaresborough town.

Wrap up well and bring a TORCH as the route is unlit in places and a bit spooky.

Mostly on pavements and mostly on level paths, you can bring your dog on a lead.

At the end, you are welcome to join us in The Crown Inn, Weatherspoons for a drink before you head off home.

PARKING: Note that it is free parking at Conyngham Hall after six o'clock.

We ask for a donation of only £2 to be paid on the evening. This will go to Mind.

When you RSVP for this ghost walk, you accept that you remain responsible for your own safety at all times. Please respect other attendees and be mindful of the safety of others.

Parlour Games - The Height of Sophistication - Party Fun!

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Six teams of six (we will sort out who is in what team on the night) will compete in such games as the flappy fish race, pub names, 5 truths and 1 lie, paper cup head to head, some quizzy stuff and other sophisticated challenges involving wine and ping pong balls.

It may include human "Hungry Hungry Hippos" if I can get some skateboards, so fancy frocks and high heels are not recommended. (Gina is on the case!)

Numbers limited to 36. Cost £5.50

Bring your own wine and snacks. Be prepared to get giddy.



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