Information and contact details for local arts and similar organisations

5 TOWNS MUSICAL THEATRE SOCIETY

Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2015, the society presents an annual pantomime and a musical cabaret, both in Normanton, where it can trace its roots back to an 'am dram' society formed by members of the town's Catholic and Methodist churches.

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ACKWORTH CONCERT SOCIETY

With the stated aim to "catch top quality musicians just before they become famous", the society has brought many soon-to-be-big names of the classical music world to perform in the village, first at St Cuthbert's Church, more recently at the Ackworth School Meeting House.

Information: 07960 960992

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ARTWALK WAKEFIELD

Consortium of venues, groups and artists which organises the bi-monthly Wakefield Artwalk, a go-as-you-please Wednesday evening event in which works of art are displayed in venues of all kinds across the city centre.

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BEAM

Organisation dedicated to increasing awareness of arts in the public realm, creating links between art professionals and the public, and celebrating the role of art in contributing to economic and social well-being. One of the main organisers of the annual Wakefield Lit Fest.

Information: 01924 215550

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BLACK HORSE POETS

Group of poets who meet monthly at the pub of the same name on Westgate, Wakefield, to share works, inspiration, mutual support and (gentle!) criticism. Founded in 1998, the group also stages public poetry readings and workshops.

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CARLETON THEATRE GROUP

Pontefract-based amateur dramatics group which performed its first play as long ago as 1946. Stages a range of productions throughout the year, usually three plays and a Christmas pantomime, at Carleton Community Centre.

Information and box office: 01977 700052

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CASTLEFORD CHORAL SOCIETY

Mixed voice choir which performs three public concerts each year plus invitation and charity events. Originally established in 1932 by members of several singing classes run by Lily Travis, then known as Castleford Choral Union.

Secretary: 01977 641867

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CASTLEFORD HERITAGE TRUST

Established in 2000, the trust aims to preserve and promote the town's community and cultural heritage. Bought Queen's Mill, where Allinson's flour was once produced, in 2013 and is working to convert it into an arts, heritage and business centre.

Information: 01977 556741

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CASTLEFORD MALE VOICE CHOIR

Formed in 1926 by members from several church choirs, Castleford Male Voice Choir has since performed in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Sheffield Arena, York Minster and Leeds Town Hall. It is also heavily involved in charity fundraising.

Secretary: 01977 702350

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CRIGGLESTONE THEATRE COMPANY

Amateur dramatics and musical theatre group, established more than 50 years ago. Stages two productions each year and has well-established and highly-regarded junior section, 'Kids from Crigg', who also take part in their own productions.

Information and bookings: 07927 685010

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ENCORE THEATRE COMPANY

The company can trace its roots to the Featherstone & District Amateur Musical & Dramatic Society, founded in 1943, and specialises in musicals and an annual pantomime. Shows are usually staged at the Phoenix Theatre, Castleford.

Information: 01977 301548

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EPIPHANY GALLERY

Small Wakefield gallery exhibiting, promoting and selling work by established and up-and-coming Yorkshire artists. Displays are regularly updated and the gallery is a fixture on the six-times-yearly Wakefield Art Walk.

01924 376784

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FEATHERSTONE MALE VOICE CHOIR

Several TV appearances, two albums and concerts in the USA, Canada and France are among the achievements of the choir, which was established in 1963 and currently numbers some 60 members. Sponsored by Shearings Holidays.

Secretary: 07773 600150

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HANDS ON ARTS

Loose collective of people in Wakefield and district who are passionate about the arts, working with musicians, actors and writers with the aim of creating a mutually-supportive network. Have produced plays, staged musical events and made films.

Information: Jim Wilson 07966 163910

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HOLYGROUND RECORDS

With a good claim to be Britain's first independent record label, Wakefield-based Holyground was a prime mover in the folk and psychedelic movements of the late 60s and early 70s. Produced Bill Nelson's first recordings and continues with new material and reissues.

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HORBURY SINGERS

Formerly known as Horbury Ladies Choir, Horbury Singers is still a female voice choir which performs regular charity fundraising concerts and works to promote the enjoyment and benefits of singing in its local community.

Secretary: 01924 862138

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KIPPAX AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY

Performing since 1959, KAOS is acknowledged as one of the top 'am dram' organisations in West Yorkshire. Stages a multi-date pantomime and musical show each year, plus occasional other productions, usually at the Castleford Phoenix Theatre.

Secretary: 0113 287 2129

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PHILOPHOBIA MUSIC

Established in 2008, this Wakefield record label has bands from the city and across West Yorkshire on its roster. Specialises in lo-fi, indie and alt rock including Piskie Sits, The Grand, The Spills, Mi Mye, Protectors, Buen Chico, Imp and the Ainsley Band.

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PONTEFRACT CHORAL SOCIETY

Performing four concerts per year in and around Pontefract, comprising both sacred and secular music, the choir has been in existence since 1874. Currently numbers more than 50 members with ages ranging from 16 to 80.

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PONTEFRACT PRESS

Publishing organisation, focused on helping indivduals and communities to bring their ideas to life and to publish their own stories. Specialises in the 'eight minute book' and 'book in a day'. Also publishes works of selected local poets. Emerged from former Yorkshire Art Circus.

Information: 01977 793121

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RHUBARB BOMB

Long-running Wakefield district indie music and culture fanzine, the first issue was published in 2007. One of the prime movers behind the annual Long Division music festival.

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ROUTE PUBLISHING

Pontefract-based publishing house which grew out of the former Yorkshire Art Circus. Specialises in Northern England authors, both established and newcomers. Ian Clayton, David Waddington and Adrian 'Ada' Wilson are among writers on the Route roster.

Information: 01977 793442

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RODILLIAN SINGERS

Having grown from a group of former Rothwell Grammar School pupils in 1964, this multiple award-winning female voice choir has in recent years performed alongside Katherine Jenkins, Jonathan Ansell and Russell Watson, as well as throughout the UK and Europe.

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ST AUSTIN'S CHOIR

Based at St Austin's Catholic Church, Wakefield, the choir exists principally to sing at church services but also performs public concerts and at private functions and weddings. Sung at St Peter's, in Rome, in 2012 and at Notre Dame, Paris, in 2014.

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ST AUSTIN'S PLAYERS

Amateur dramatic group set up in 1991 for a one-off fundraising event and still going strong 25 years later! Musicals and pantomimes are the society's speciality, staged in the well-appointed St Austin's Theatre, Wakefield.

01924 216629

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ST GILES PANTOMIME SOCIETY

Established in 1949 by the vicar of the Pontefract church from which it takes its name, the society has staged a pantomime in Pontefract Town Hall every year since. Prolific professional pantomime writer Norman Robbins was an early member.

Enquiries and box office: 07563 952832

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ST PETER'S CONSORT

Small mixed voice chamber choir, established in 1983, performing both sacred and secular music mainly in churches around the district. As well as local venues, has sung in Paris, Bruges and Ghent, as well as York Minster, Westminster Abbey and Coventry Cathedral.

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SHARLSTON MALE VOICE CHOIR

The choir has been staging concerts for more than a century from its base in a former mining village. Choral standards to songs from the shows are among its wide-ranging repertoire.

01924 251082

SKELMANTHORPE MALE VOICE CHOIR

Long-established choir, formed and notionally based in the village, near Huddersfield, after which it is named but with many members from, plus concerts in, Wakefield. Regular competition winners and have performed with Black Dyke band every Christmas since 1967.

Information: 01924 277865

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SOMEWHERETO_

Wakefield district branch of national organisation dedicated to finding spaces for young artists to display their work, whether visual art, performance or music. May be in established arts venues or more unusual spaces.

Information: 07552 888276

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THE ART HOUSE

The Art House, on Drury Lane, Wakefield, provides studios, support and exhibition space for artists, with particular emphasis on catering for those with disabilities. Recently expanded into the former library buildings alongside its purpose-built studios.

Information: 01924 312000

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TICKETY-BOO THEATRE COMPANY

Established in 2009, this Pontefract-based amateur dramatics company aims to produce collaborative works of theatre to entertain and educate those on both sides of the curtain. As well as stage shows, it also stages murder mystery events.

Information: 01977 799740

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TOPSY TURVY THEATRE

Castleford-based company writing and staging puppet-based productions in schools and theatres, combining entertainment with education for children aged three to seven years old. Also provides tailor-made workshops for schools and other organisations.

Information and bookings: 07544 012524

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WAKEFIELD ALLIANCE FOR VOLUNTARY ARTS

Umbrella group for leisure and voluntary arts and creative organisations across the Wakefield Metropolitan District. Covers groups from photography clubs to choirs, theatre societies to informal craft groups, raising awareness and promoting their activities.

Information: 01924 383733

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WAKEFIELD AOS CHORUS

Formerly Wakefield Amateur Operatic Society, WAOS Chorus stages spring and autumn shows each year, usually at Theatre Royal Wakefield, featuring light opera and songs from the shows, alongside guest singers or musicians.

Information: 01924 277865

WAKEFIELD COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR

The choir is rooted in the gospel singing tradition but performs material from right across the musical spectrum. Takes part in public concerts as well as private bookings and has raised much money for Hands of Hope, a charity working with children in Haiti.

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WAKEFIELD CONCERT SOCIETY

The society has been staging clasical concerts since 1964, when it was founded as Horbury Concert Society. Provides monthly concerts from autumn through to early spring in its current venue, the Jubilee Hall at Wakefield Girls' High School.

Information: 01924 371546

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WAKEFIELD FESTIVAL CHORUS

This medium-sized mixed voice choir performs both major choral works and and lighter music in concerts around the district. It was established in 1977 as part of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations and regularly sings alongside other choirs.

Secretary: 01924 476721

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WAKEFIELD GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY

Amateur operatic society performing full-scale production of one of the 14 G&S operas each year, at St Austin's Theatre, plus various other performances, with members travelling from across West Yorkshire to take part. Established in 1983.

Information: 01977 611441

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WAKEFIELD JAZZ

Since it was established by Alec and Faith Sykes in 1987, Wakefield Jazz has brought some of the leading lights of UK and world jazz to perform on a makeshift stage at Wakefield Sports Club, on Eastmoor Road. An intimate venue with a unique atmosphere.

Information: 01977 680542

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WAKEFIELD LITTLE THEATRE

Award-winning amateur company which stages productions at the Theatre Royal Wakefield. Also organises the Wakefield Drama Festival, which brings together 'am dram' groups from across the north to perform in the city each spring.

Information: 01924 894409

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WAKEFIELD MUSIC COLLECTIVE

The group behind a range of live music events in the city, principally the annual Clarence Park Festival but also brass band concerts in the same park, young band showcases and KT's Wakefield City Rhythm and Blues Festival.

Information: 01924 695060

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WAKEFIELD WEST RIDING THEATRE COMPANY

Musical theatre company performing two professional standard shows each year at the Theatre Royal Wakefield (where it staged the first live production for 30 years in 1983). Established in 1955 as the West Riding County Officers' Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Information: 01924 378081

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YEW TREE YOUTH THEATRE

Wakefield-based theatre group giving young people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to perform, to learn skills and to develop at their own pace. Holds workshops in venues across city, with more than 200 attending one of ten sessions each week.

Information: 01924 277844

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YORKSHIRE PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

Since it was established in 1952 by former teachers and pupils of Thornes House School, Wakefield, the one-time Thornesian Guild of Singers has developed into one of the leading choirs in Yorkshire. Stages concerts in Wakefield Cathedral and works with Leeds College of Music.

Concert treasurer: 01924 324501

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