Gondoliers opera opens festival of music at the Methodist Church

Filey's Methodist Church has excellent acoustics.
Filey's Methodist Church has excellent acoustics.

The witty Gilbert and Sullivan opera the Gondoliers is set to be one of the highlights of the Filey Festival of Music.

The masterpiece will open the nine-day festival, which will provide a wide range of musical acts from 28 May to 5 June.

The Gondoliers is to be sung and acted by West Yorkshire Savoyards, appearing costumed to provide an unforgettable spectacle.

Over the period of the festival gifted performers from Yorkshire will treat audiences to performances by individuals, groups and choirs, marking the 10th anniversary of the festival, held in Filey’s Methodist Church.

Gerald Ingham, chairman of the organising committee, said: “The church with its excellent acoustics,comfortable seating and first class facilities, provides a top class town centre venue.

“We are grateful to local businesses for their support in advertising in our programme and also to Filey Town Council and the Filey Lions who continue to give us their support in recognition of the value the festival brings to the community.”

There are midday and evening concerts and light lunches are served most days.

Tickets are £3 at lunchtime and £6 for the evenings except for The Gondoliers and The Last Night of the Proms when the charge will be £7. Tickets enquiries and booking can be made with Mrs Betty Wright on 01723 516664.

Festival dates:

Saturday 28 May, 7pm: The Gondoliers by the West Yorkshire Savoyards.

Sunday 29 May: 2pm Songs of Praise at Filey bandstand. 6pm: Filey Festival Singers at the church.

Monday 30 May: 12.30pm: Filey singer Anna Shaw. 7.30pm: York City Gospel Choir.

Tuesday 31 May: 12.30m: Festival’s Director of Music Michael O’Brien will present songs from the shows of Howard Keel, 7.30pm: Classical music from the Vale of York Ensemble.

Wednesday 1 June : 12.30pm: Local favourites, Filey Fishermans Choir. 7.30pm: David Nicholson and guests.

Thursday 2 June: 12.30pm: The Chanton Choir. 7,30pm: David Remblance will give his Buddy Holly tribute.

Friday 3 June: 12.30pm:, Frankie Dean’s Dixieland Show Band, 7.30pm: Hull Ladies Choir,

Saturday 4 June: No mid-day concert. 7.30pm: Roger Maughan and Friends take a stroll along Easy Street.

Sunday 5 June: The West Yorkshire Police Band is on duty twice - at 2pm playing at Filey’s bandstand and at 7pm in the church for the Last Night of the Proms.