Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas at Kirklees Town Halls

Christmas events at Kirklees Town Halls include Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, Kate Rusby, The Rat Pack at Christmas. Orchestra of Opera North's The Snowman and Other Tales, Viennese Whirl and the Christmas Concert:


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Celebrate Christmas at your Town Halls...

Christmas Tree
It's the most wonderful time of year!
Christmas at Kirklees Town Halls is full of your festive favourite concerts, shows and performances for all of the family.
Celebrate Christmas with Kirklees Town Halls...

Christmas Highlights...

Huddersfield Town Hall
Following the hugely popular 25th anniversary Christmas tour, renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show “Carols & Capers”.

Huddersfield Town Hall
Kate Rusby’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. Famously down to earth, for over twenty years Kate’s engaging personality and sharp Yorkshire wit have further endeared her to concert goers everywhere. And it is in her special Christmas concerts that all these elements combine to exquisite effect. Warm and inviting, spicy and sparkly she and her marvellous band – joined as ever by a sublime brass quintet – embody the sounds and joyous spirit of the best Christmases ever! Book early tickets are selling fast!

"Purveyors of Cool" swing into town this Christmas with The Greatest Music of the 20th Century Wonderful memories of classic Las Vegas Frank Sinatra-Dean Martin-Sammy Davis  Every song a winner - Come Fly with Me, Volare, That’s Amore, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Sway, Mack The Knife and many more of your "Cool Yule" favourites.

Kirklees Concert Season is packed full of festive delights this year include Orchestra of Opera North’s The Snow Man and Other Tales plus the ever popular Viennese Whirl at Huddersfield Town Hall and Dewsbury’s annual Christmas Concert. Plus our lunchtime concerts are a feast of Christmas music! 

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Cleckheaton Writers Group 28 November, NaNoWriMo and Creative Scene What's On newsletter - November

The Cleckheaton Writers Group (CWG) met last night at Cleckheaton Library where Neil and I were in attendance, Sarah, Kathy and Mandy having passed on their apologies.

As we were the only attendees, we discussed our recent NaNoWriMo experiences and I shared a section of my current WIP and Neil shared the beginning of his as these were what we were working on as part of the challenge.  Neil thought that the two chapters I shared worked well together and that it was more obvious how the characters were connected with this new chapter, he also spotted some of the subtle hints that I had planted to foreshadow events and show other links.

Neil's story entitled 'Cubby hole' was a great beginning as it set up plenty of intrigue and questions about the characters, for example I wanted to know what the father had done for the family to need to move away.  It also had some very atmospheric sentences, in the beginning with dancing leaves and juxtaposition of the ivy on the house signifying warmth when the main character felt foreboding when looking at.  Hoping that Neil shares more of this and gets a few more words under his belt before the end of November.

I reminded Neil that some of his work needs to be sent to Mandy for consideration for the anthology (all members please) and then we discussed some upcoming competitions, some mentioned in the Writers Magazine that I had brought along.

We then discussed the CWG Christmas Do and the two suggested dates are Monday the 12th (which Kathy and Mandy can make) or the 19th which Neil and I prefer - could all members please let me know as soon as possible which is the best for them so that we can organise this as December is not far away.

The next CWG meeting will be on Monday 8 January.

There are plenty of Creative Scene local arts events coming up in West Yorkshire this November and December:

The latest news and events from Creative Scene...

Art Tea People
Welcome to the November edition of What’s On
              Stay indoors and have a little bit of what you fancy - we'll be in the pub with Not Too Tame as they return to The Local with Tuckshop a new fun-filled night to enjoy over a drink and a packet of crisps, various venues from 26 November - 1 December.


Lights Switch Ons
Flame Oz will be performing at the following Lights Switch Ons.

Tuesday 29 November - Birstall
Wednesday 30 November - Dewsbury
Not Too Tame, the award winning company that brought you the sell-out Early Doors last year, are back and invite you to have a little bit of what you fancy at their Tuckshop

Tuckshop is an evening which offers a pick'N'mix of stories and characters that will have you howling and crying from one moment to the next!

With fresh live music, mischief, mayhem and bags of retro sweets.
Venues and Dates: 
The Navigation Tavern, Mirfield - Weds 30 Nov
The Old Turk, Dewsbury - Thu 1 Dec
Times: 7:30pm start, 7pm doors
Tickets: £4
Age: 18+

“Their words bounce and weave, dropping in hilarious one-liners or heart wrenching pathos”
Broadway Baby
The Faculty: The Academy Workshops
For artists and practitioners who want to ramp up their practice
Few places still remaining... don't miss out.
The Academy is a series of workshops supported by Creative SceneSuper Slow Way and Heart of Glass, and developed and delivered by LeftCoast, with leading experts in their fields.

Still to come in November and December
Crowdfunding the Arts
Do you know your Kickstarter from your Indigogo, or your Brickstarter from your Crowdfunder?

The Theatre Game
A guide through the complicated world of performing arts practice - exploring touring & tour booking, producing, theatre based, non traditional & street performance.
Creative Ownership
Explores your relationship with Intellectual Property, what are you generating, how can you protect it, license it, and how to develop your own contract.

Workshops are open to all creative practitioners, and free places and priority booking will be given to people from these Creative People and Places areas.

All workshops take place in Blackpool and Wyre. Creative Scene can provide a number of travel bursaries. To apply for a travel bursary please email
Batley Sings Again! With Opera North
We’re supporting FREE new singing sessions at Central Methodist Church, Batley.
Led by Opera North’s singer Sarah Ogden and accompanied by Jenny Martins on piano, sessions are fun and open to Over 55s, of all abilities. These sessions will give you a taste, ahead of regular sessions starting in the new year.

Venue: Brimer Hall. Central Methodist Church, Batley
Dates: Monday 5 December & Monday 12 December
Times: 2pm - 3:30pm
Tickets: FREE - no need to book, just turn up.
Age: Over 55
For more information contact Hayley at Opera North
 or 01132233623
All kinds of people are involved in making the arts and cultural scene thrive in North Kirklees. They’re commissioning new projects. They’re visiting events, theatre and festivals around the country to bring great new things to our area. They’re finding new venues – pubs, clubs, train stations – in which to present plays, films and exhibitions, and they are encouraging work colleagues, friends and neighbours to join in.

Making a Scene is their journey and the stories are compiled by photographer and writer Len Grant.
This month on the blog you can visit artist Andy Plant's workshop and see how the Momentum Wheel - a commission for HeckmondLIGHT 2016 - is coming along. Andy uses his engineering skills to create amazing sculptures and automata, and combined with some special fire effects from pa-BOOM and digital electrickery from impossible, this year’s spectacular Illuminations and countdown is set to be West Yorkshire’s must see switch-on.

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