Things to do

The most wonderful time of the year may have been and gone but don't despair as Yorkshire is kicking off the new year as it means to go on with an abundance of great things to see and do.

Harrogate International Sunday Series: Louis Schwizgebel, Harrogate

The Harrogate International Sunday Series returns once again to the Swan Hotel for a series of Sunday Morning Chamber Concerts. Opening the 2019 series is the incredibly talented pianist, Louis Schwizgebel. Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as an “insightful musician” by the New York Times.

Second prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, Schwizgebel was invited to become a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist in 2013. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2014 with an electrifying televised performance of Prokofiev’s First Concerto and continues to perform regularly both in recital and with orchestras across the globe. Schwizgebel’s elegant programme of Schubert and Chopin, featuring the favoured 24 Préludes – one in each major and minor key – is sure to be a crowd-pleasing opener to this series.

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Leeds

A mixed programme featuring a glorious feast of dance and jazz-inspired music. Darius Milhaud, although French, was infatuated by the music of Brazil and his Scaramouche for soprano saxophone and orchestra and hilarious Le boeuf sur le toit (The bull on the roof) are laced with the rhythms and tunes of that country. Villa-Lobos contributes to the evening with his Fantasia, a ‘swinging little piece’ for soprano saxophone, while two pieces from Debussy bring a sensuous mood and Stravinsky breaks open a paint-box of orchestral colours.

In a night of uplifting music, the Royal Northern Sinfonia will be joined by rising-star Jess Gillam. Recently seen stealing the show at this year’s Last Night of the Proms, Jess became the first saxophonist to be signed to Decca Classics after catching the public’s eye during the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition. An amazingly dynamic artist.

When All is Quiet: Kaiser Chiefs in Conversation with York Art Gallery, York

Kaiser Chiefs explore the boundaries between art and music this winter in a unique and experimental exhibition. Using their position as pop musicians as a starting point, Kaiser Chiefs have chosen to rethink sound as a medium, inviting visitors to join them in exploring the edges between music, art, creation and performance. 

The exhibition includes works by internationally regarded sound artists, a “set list” of songs in response to works from York Art Gallery’s collection and a silent gig - using light and colour and projected lyrics to create an immersive environment that offers visitors a reconfigured experience of a live music show. 

Redcar and Cleveland's Winter Walking Festival, Various Locations

Join the annual Winter Walking Festival, with walks across Redcar and Cleveland for all abilities. The perfect way to discover beauty spots of the area and learn new routes with experienced guides.

All though the festival are hoping for some mild winter weather British weather can be temperamental so prepare for some snow, rain and strong winds! Please be prepared and dress appropriately - you will need waterproof clothing, comfy walking boots or shoes, bottles of water and food (for the walks where this is indicated).