Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Saturday 15th July

The Greatest Songs of Summer . . . Ever!

David Nelson (jazz piano); Ruby Wood (voice)

Heptonstall Parish Church

1.00pm (to 2.15pm approx)

£5 (£4); £1 for full-time students and under-16s

A celebration of summer songs from Cole Porter to the Beatles, from Ella Fitzgerald to Nina Simone. David and Ruby supported Dennis Rollins at the 2005 Festival to great acclaim, and have gone from strength to strength since then.

George Alagiah

'Us and Them' - a response to the Third World

Picture House, New Road, Hebden Bridge

4.00pm (to 5.45pm approx)

£10 (£9)

George Alagiah is co-presenter of BBCTV's Six O'clock News. Before going behind the studio desk he was one of the BBC's leading foreign correspondents, recognised for his reporting on some of the most signi•cant events of the last decade. He is a specialist on Africa and the developing world. A journalist before he joined the BBC in 1989, he still contributes regularly to a wide range of national newspapers, and he is the author of A Passage to Africa, his account of his African experiences.

George Alagiah is Patron of the Fairtrade Association. His talk will mainly be about his experiences in Africa, and interviewing such prominent figures as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

It will be followed by a Q&A session.


Piano recital by Martin Sturfält

Heptonstall Parish Church

8.00pm (to 10.00pm approx)

£9 (£7); £2 for full-time students and under-16s

Having provided one of the highlights of the 2004 Festival, Martin Sturfält returns with a programme of Viennese-inspired pieces. Hailing from Katrineholm in Sweden, he studied with Ronan O'Hora and Paul Roberts, and has gone on to take first prize at numerous piano competitions and to perform extensively throughout Europe. His awesome brilliance is only matched by his entertaining and witty commentaries on the works performed.

Tonight's programme includes works by Beethoven, Chopin, Nin, Stenhammar and Ravel.


written by Jim Burke; performed by Nick Nuttgens

Artsmill, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge

8.30pm (to 9.30pm approx)

£8 (£6)

Bestiary, Hebden Bridge-based Jim Burke's one-person play, was first broadcast on Radio 4 in 2003, then adapted for the stage last year. It consists of three interlinked monologues, each delivered by a famous animal in history. There's the Biblical whale which swallowed Jonah; the 'Hartlepool monkey' which was hanged as a French spy during the Napoleonic Wars; and the Sputnik dog, Laika, which was fatally launched into space in 1957.

An entertaining and accessible look at human behaviour through the prism of the experiences of these three animals.


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