Artist in Residence:
Alex Wilson, Arcadi Volodos & Alan Bennett, Toby Faber, Sir Willard White, A Masterclass with Dame Fanny Waterman DBE, Norman Lebrecht, Australian Youth Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder. Christopher Brookmyre, Karin Slaughter, Jeffery Deaver, Jeff Lindsay, Crime Programming Chair:
Stuart MacBride. HIF commissioned work:
Richard Jacques, Alex Wilson.
Paloma Faith, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, John Wilson’s first appearance, Abdullah Ibrahim, Lord Robert Winston, Soweto Kinch, András Schiff, Alastair Campbell, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Sir Michael Parkinson, Guest Curators: Clare Teal and Soweto Kinch. Artist in Residence: Aquarelle Guitar Quartet. Lee Child, Martina Cole, Dennis Lehane, Howard Marks, Crime Programming Chair: Dreda Say Mitchell. Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival and the Harrogate Children’s Festival established. HIF Commissioned work: Soweto Kinch.
Harrogate International Festivals removed from the Arts Council National Portfolio, resulting in no long-term funding.
Noriko Ogawa, Curtis Stigers, Bellowhead, Melvyn Tan, Nile Rodgers, John Wilson Orchestra, Penguin Café, Sophie Raworth, Craig Charles, Eliza Carthy. Guest Curator: Dennis Rollins. John Connolly, Kate Mosse, Ian Rankin, Peter James, Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo, Crime Programming Chair: Mark Billingham. The Festival Big Screen with Movies on Montpellier is launched and the Spiegeltent is introduced to Harrogate. HIF Commissioned work: Dennis Rollins.
We celebrated a decade of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival with Crime Programming Chair: Val McDermid, Ruth Rendell, Jeanette Winterson OBE, Peter James, Ian Rankin OBE, Lee Child and Sarah Millican. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Craig Charles, Mikhail Rudy, Lesley Garrett CBE, Michael Palin CBE, Richard & Judy, Sir Tim Rice, Joanne Harris MBE, Stuart Maconie, Brenda Blethyn, Lesley Garrett, Jacqui Dankworth, Lianne La Havas, Guest Curator: Zoe Rahman. Harrogate History Festival established & Salon North introduced to Harrogate audiences. HIF Commissioned work: Zoe Rahman.
JK Rowling OBE holds her only worldwide event to launch The Silkworm under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Artist in Residence: James Rhodes, Guest Curator: Gabby Young. Harrogate Festival Orchestra reborn. Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kate Adie OBE and Frank Gardner OBE. Val McDermid, Lynda La Plante CBE, John Harvey, Mark Billingham, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker, Crime Programming Chair: Steve Mosby. HIF Commissioned work: Tavener, Gabby Young.
Matt Haig, Michael Morpurgo, Gregory Porter, Polyphony Foundation, Alfred Brendel, Alan Johnson, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jenny Éclair, Bill Oddie, Noddy Holder, Armonico Consort and Mahan Esfahani. Eddie Izzard, M.C Beaton, Sara Paretsky, Lisa Gardner, Arnaldur Indridason, Crime Programming Chair: Ann Cleeves. The Big Write is established working with schools across the region to improve literacy levels.
Van Morrison, Gypsy Queens, James Naughtie, Peter James, Stephen Isserlis, Black Dyke Band, John Wilson Orchestra, Guest Curator: Sir Willard White, Jay Phelps. Linwood Barclay, Martina Cole, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Gerald Seymour, Crime Programming Chair: Peter James. HIF Commissioned work: Howard Skempton, Jay Phelps. We lit the town on fire with Cie Carabosse. TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a celebratory event to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Festival.
Future 50 Appeal launched aiming to raise £1m to safeguard the future of the Festivals.
Cemented Harrogate as one of the country’s leading literary destinations with Paula Hawkins and Dan Brown holding UK exclusive launches of their new books here in Harrogate. Agatha Christie exhibition. Kamus Quartet, Sir Bryn Terfel, John Wilson, Oz and Armonico Drink to Music, Sir Chris Bonnington, Peter Snow. Ian McMcillan, Gould Piano Trio, Alex Mendham, Victoria Hislop, Sophie Kinsella. Arne Darl, Joseph Finder, Dennis Lehane, Peter May, Kathy Reich, Crime Programming Chair: Elly Griffiths. HIF Commissioned work: Gareth Williams.
Luminarium by Architects of Air took Harrogate by storm. We stepped into take over the running of the community event 1940’s day to ensure it’s future within the town. Laura Mvula, The Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder, Fairey Band, Emma Johnson MBE, VOCES8, Graeme Park, Guest Curator: Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Jo Swinson, Gill Simms, Dr Jane Hawking, David Starkey, Nick Hewer. John Grisham, Don Winslow, Lindwood Barclay, Denise Mina, Nicci French and Crime Programming Chair: Lee Child. HIF Commissioned work: Ayanna Witter-Johnson.
We celebrated the foundations of Harrogate with #Harrogate 1571, brought the moon within reach with Museum of the Moon, and brought colour to our town by being UCI Fairies. Carnival, Casino Royale in Concert with The Hallé Orchestra, Eric Lu, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Graeme Park, House of Burlesque, Venki Ramakrishnan, Philippa Perry, David Cameron, Jamie Barlett. Ian Rankin, Harlan Coban, James Patterson, Val McDermid, Nicola Sturgeon, M.C Beaton, Jed Mercurio, Crime Programming Chair: Mari Hannah. HIF Commissioned work: James Bawn and Eddie Roberts lighting installation, James Bawn Harrogate 1571.