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Festival events
Saturday June 26

David Nelson and Roger Scaife (piano duo)

Lunchtime Recital

Heptonstall Parish Church (bus service 591 and E)


£5 (£4)

Regular contributors to the Festival returning with an all-new programme of outstanding pieces by Debussy, Mendelssohn and Dvorak.

Survival of the Coolest

William Pryor

Artsmill, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge



Great great grandson of Charles Darwin, grandson of Gwen Raverat, sixties Dadaist, beat poet and heroin addict friend of Alex Trocchi and Syd Barrett, William Pryor reads from his book The Survival of the Coolest, from his grandmother’s classic Period Piece and from the collection of letters he has just edited: Virginia Woolf and the Raverats.


‘Royd Wordsmiths Among the Flowers

St John’s Centre, Churchbank Lane, Cragg Vale (bus service C)

5.00pm (to 7.00pm approx)

£4 (£3); £1 under 16s

As part of Cragg Vale’s Traditional Village Flower Festival, Mytholmroyd poet Tony Langham and storyteller Pete Keal present an early evening session of Contemporary Verse ... Traditional Stories ... Mesmerising Words. Afternoon teas will be available before the event.


Canalside Gallery, Machpelah Works, Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge

7.00pm (to 11.00pm approx)

£4.50 (£3)

Another chance to witness the cutting edge audio visual experience that is Electronica-fest. Over four hours you will witness an eclectic mix of electronic-based performances, accentuated with live moving imagery. A Theatre of Sound and Vision by the canal.

Jazz Excursions

David Nelson (solo piano)

Heptonstall Parish Church


£7 (£5)

Although jazz and classical influences are high up in the mix, David Nelson’s compositions reflect his love and enthusiasm for what is loosely termed ‘World Music’. These new pieces for solo piano move eclectically from North African beats or bluesy lyricism to Latin grooves and rich gospel-like harmonies through diverse and intriguing global routes. For this concert, which follows a highly successful debut at Square Chapel last year, David is also joined by guests including Adrian Sykes (flute, tablas), Ed Oxley (didgeridoo), Jenny Hoy (marimba, percussion), Peadar Long (saxophones), Dominic Moore (acoustic guitar) and Jenny Myhill-Molloy (double bass).

Yussef Ahmed & MY5.0

Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge


£9 (£6)

Yussef has been able to bridge the gap between literature and music with his own unique genres of word and sound. His uniqueness as a performer stems from his ability to captivate an audience through a stunning delivery of his perceptive and often wry lyrics. His music is modern and funky.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival