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THE COLE PORTER SONGBOOK: Sarah Fox & James Burton


Despite appalling weather conditions the concert played to a capacity audience and while the weather outside may have been dreadful the atmosphere in the theatre was one of warm contentment.  More normally associated with large scale concerts with the Halle Orchestra, this was a far more intimate affair and the tone was definitely informal with the audience invited to participate in some of the numbers as Sarah Fox showed that she was very clearly at ease on “home ground”. The night was very much a celebration of Cole Porter’s incredible song writing talent and the duo’s undoubted enthusiasm for his music as seen in a programme which included many of his best known pieces as well as some lesser known numbers. However, even in the most popular hits there were one or two surprises as the duo have clearly taken considerable time to ensure that they put their own stamp upon them, which led to some very interesting re-interpretations of Cole Porter classics: “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” being an ideal example where a change of tone and focus led to a completely different feel for the piece turning it into a extremely plaintive love song showcasing wonderfully Sarah Fox’s exceptional voice. Similarly there was a very unique interpretation of “Night and Day” by James Burton. The rapport between the two musicians was clearly evident and this in turn clearly allowed them to take risks with interpretation and phrasing, such as in the delightful version of “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and the tender “Miss Otis Regrets”. Some of the lesser known pieces also produced some real flashes of joy, such as in “Where Would You Get Your Coat?”  and “The Tale of the Oyster” while “Mrs Lowsborough-Goodby” not only highlighted Cole Porter’s skillful wordplay but also gave a chance for some comic acting! A real highlight, again demonstrating both skills, was the wonderful performance of “The Physician” whose tongue twisting lyrics were a tour de force, particularly with a rag-time accompaniment. This truly was an evening to relish, on so many levels. Excellent music paired with stunning performances and some of the cleverest lyrics from the last century – little wonder that the only way to sum it up is to say that “It’s de-lovely”.


Settle Amateur Operatic Society Junior Section will recommence on Monday evenings at the Old Court House on Station Road at 6.15. The group is open to 7-18 year olds and is currently rehearsing for its production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Victoria Hall on 26 & 27 March. All welcome.


A huge thank you to everyone who attended the event at Settle Rugby Club on 10 January in memory of Kirsten and helped to raise £1060 for Lynch Syndrome. Special thanks to to The Moonbeams and Angie Da Silva for the night of great music.


The group meets at 1.30pm from Millennium Gardens near Booths car park in Settle. For out of town walks the group meets as usual to leave at 1.30pm and share cars. Settle based walks last 60-90 mins either in the Settle-Giggleswick area or further afield. On Wednesday 28 January there’ll be an out of town walk around around Rathmell. Our strolls are free easy and gentle, aimed at people trying to get fitter, or recovering from operations or illnesses, or not wanting to go as far as they might have done on the past. The saunter is designed specially for those who’d like 20-30 minutes fresh air and stretch their legs with no pressure to go further or faster. Just a good pair of shoes or boots and weatherproof clothing is needed. For more details contact North Craven Strollers on 01729 824537 or


Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line are running a walk on 24 January taking in two dales and three viaducts. This is an 11 mile moderately strenuous walk departing from Dent at 10.16am and ending at Ribblehead. On 31 January there will be an 11 mile moderately strenuous walk from Long Preston to Settle leaving Long Preston at 9.45am. Booking in advance is not but it is essential to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink and to be correctly equipped. For further details contact


After a brief break the Victoria Hall new season commences with the return of the Swing Commanders on 25th January. Europe’s number one Western Swing quintet, The Swing Commanders, guarantee a superb evening of Western and Forties Swing classics recreating the cream of music from a bygone era. On 31 January you are invited to come along and spend an evening with Burns Come and enjoy a Burns Night Supper, with haggis, neeps and tatties, tea, coffee and shortbread, and songs and poems performed by Bill Adair, one of Scotland’s finest singer/songwriters  and  acapella harmony group. Pandora’s Handbag. For details and tickets contact 01729 825718


Please note that there has been a change of plan to this month’s club and the event is not as shown on the website. The club will meet on 24 January at Settle Social Club at 8.30pm for a singaround with floor singers and musicians. All welcome.


The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show will conduct their next film showing at Victoria Hall on 28 January at 7.45. Admission is £5. The film is “The Lunchbox” and is in Hindi and English with subtitles and tells the story of love over a mixed up lunch delivery.


The next meeting will take place at Townhead Court on 28th January   2pm. The speaker will be Hannah Wilson and her topic is
`Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park’. Members are reminded to bring their £12 annual subscription . Visitors welcome at cost of £3.


There will be a craft workshop on 30 January for those wishing to start an art journal. The course costs £45, including all materials and will cover basic techniques for creating an art journal. For details contact Jaki on or ring 07875699172.


The next meeting will take place at 2 pm on Wednesday 4 February when the speaker will be Susie Hart, who has set up craft workshops in Tanzania to provide employment for disabled people who would otherwise be shunned. Please bring any donations of craft materials, buttons, etc. (but not knitting wool) for use in these workshops. The competition is for a piece of jewellery. Please note that this meeting will be at St. John’s Hall.


The scouts are organising a table top sale at the drill hall on 7 February. The event is being arranged to raise funds to assist with the project to improve accessibility to the hall. Anyone wishing to book a stall at this event should contact 07454346509.


There are two musical events lined up for February at Poppies tea rooms. The first on February 7th sees the return of local group The Moonbeams. The gang are happy to return to Poppies to show off their new album ‘Watching Wildlife’, recently featured on Radio Leeds. The second on February 28th  is the debut of singer/songwriter Becky Mills at Poppies. For details contact 07932 182293


Looking ahead this year’s Ingleton folk festival fund raising weekend will take place on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th February.  On the Friday evening, from about 7pm, there will be an open Session/Singaround in the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Main St. Ingleton. All welcome and there’s no admission charge! On the Saturday, two “Hiring Fairs” will take place. The first one from 12 Noon ’til 6pm in the Wheatsheaf Hotel and the second one in the Ex-Servicemen’s Club from 7pm ’til Midnight. Again, these are free admission. Guests appearing in both “Fairs” include: FiddLyn Man Doris, The 3 Jayz, Peter Taylor, The Well Dressed Gentlemen, Jack Pybus, Didikai, Bandersnatch, Karin Grandal-Park & Rosie Clegg, The Ginjammers, Zeke Deighton, Brillig, Strings & Swings, Lowtown Blues, Celia Ketchell, Martin Francis & Paul Morris, Dogwatch, Amy Rose Atkinson, Bill Adair, Nick Brooker, Errol & Lesley Kirkpatrick, Dogwood Rose, and a host of unaccompanied Singers to keep you entertained during the PA changeovers! All welcome.



Engineer Theatre Collective will be visiting on 3 February to peform “Run” at 7.30pm. The story follows four investment bank interns chasing a career in the city and is is inspired by the true story of Moritz Erhardt, a 21 year old intern who died after working 72 hours straight at his post in London. Suitable for 14+.  For ticket details contact 01729 893180.

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