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Dame Fanny Waterman to step down from piano competition role

Dame Fanny Waterman Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of the country's most acclaimed music festival organisers is to step down from the competition she founded more than fifty years ago.

Dame Fanny Waterman is retiring from her role as chairman and artistic director of the Leeds International Piano Competition after next year's event. It comes as she approaches her 95th birthday. She said today she looks back with great pride at the international eminence the Competition has achieved.

Find out how to attend Mrs Christmas' lunch

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on with less than two weeks to go until the big day. For some people, though, loneliness means the festive season is a tough time of the year. But one woman in South Yorkshire has made it her mission to make sure that everyone has someone to celebrate with as Emily Kerr reports

Mrs Christmas still has places left for this year's lunch which is taking place in Sheffield on Wednesday 17th December. If you would like to attend, or you know of someone who would like to go, please send an email with your contact details to and we will pass them on to Mrs Christmas.

Eric Morecambe back in place thanks to Yorkshire sculptor

The statue of Eric Morecambe, which was damaged in October when it was wrenched from its plinth, is back in place tonight thanks to the Yorkshire sculptor who first made it. The bronze likeness was lifted back into place by crane this morning, after the act of vandalism forced its removal from the sea front in the Lancashire resort which bears his name. Damon Green reports.

Cops put freeze on festive crime with musical message

Three police community support officers in Huddersfield have come up with a rather unusual crime prevention message for the festive period.

The officers decided to capitalise on the success of Disney's hit film Frozen and recorded a version of their own - hoping to inform people about keeping their homes and belongings safe over the next few weeks.

Two of the enterprising officers and some youngsters involved in the video came into Calendar's studio, but first let's take a look at their festive musical message.


Former busker donates song proceeds to homeless charity

A singer from Leeds is donating all the proceedings of her latest single to Shelter - because of what she witnessed while busking on the streets.

Hannah Trigwell has moved on a bit since then - attracting millions of views on Youtube for her music and touring in Europe over the summer, but she wants to raise awareness of how lonely this time of year can be for people in need of a home.

Here is her song:

Festive treats at Leeds Town Hall

Leeds Town Hall is all set to host an eclectic programme of live music, film screenings and family events this December to get you into the Christmas spirit!

Leeds Town Hall at night Credit: Leeds City Council

Musical highlights include a performance of Handel’s Messiah (13 Dec) by Leeds’ own Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and a gospel flavoured concert by Inspiration Choir and the Orchestra of Opera North (14 Dec).

Come prepared to sing festive carols at the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts accompanied by the well-loved Rothwell Temperance Brass Band (18 Dec) or enjoy an afternoon of waltzes, marches and polkas performed by the very talented Orchestra of Opera North at the Viennese Whirl (28 Dec).

Film crackers include the heart-warming It's a Wonderful Life (21 Dec), the 1988 Christmas-themed action movie Die Hard (22 Dec) and family favourites Home Alone (22 Dec), Elf (23 Dec) and The Wizard of Oz (23 Dec).

Plus The Nutcracker and The Snowman is a double-bill of classic musical stories for children with the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, accompanied by a live orchestra! (21 Dec).

Another festive family highlight is Frozen Sing-Along (22 Dec, 23 Dec).

Musical cops hope to put festive freeze on criminals

Musical PSCOs in West Yorkshire are aiming to put a festive freeze on criminals after covering a hit song from the Disney film Frozen for a crime prevention video.

Officers from the Kirklees Central NPT hit the high notes for their rendition of hit song ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen which they’ve refashioned into advice on how to stay safe and a warning about drink driving.

The song was written, sung and recorded by PCSO Jon Arey, PCSO Paul Simpkins and PCSO Morgan Cockcroft in their own time and using their own video equipment.

Sergeant Zaheer Abbas assisted the officers in pulling the project together with partners and others to get it ready for its festive debut.

"I am really proud of the lads efforts in using their talents to create a video that will hopefully entertain, amuse and also inform in equal measures.

"The choice of the Frozen song was unanimous with the team due to its catchy lyrics, immense popularity and appeal to all ages.

"Reworking the lyrics has resulted in a crime prevention take on the smash hit song which puts the message across in a fun yet informative manner. "Officers and staff have been working alongside a number of schools and community youth groups in order to make this video.

"We want to thank everyone involved for helping us pull the project together including Huddersfield University who provided assistance by allowing the team to use their recording studio to capture the singing and also provided technical advice.

"We are also particularly grateful to the Children of Spring Grove Junior School Huddersfield and their sign language choir."

– Insp Jon Dunkerley, Kirklees NPT

The video can be viewed on YouTube

Daughter of murdered teacher says memorial fund is fitting tribute

One of the daughters of Ann Maguire, the teacher murdered at her school in Leeds, has been speaking to Calendar about the Arts Education Fund set up in honour of her mum.

Kerry Maguire says she hopes the fund aimed at helping young people fulfil their ambitions in music, drama, language and dance, will be a fitting legacy for her.

Almost £45,000 has been raised from public donations. A panel including Ann Maguire's family are now inviting applications from young people and community groups - grants are expected to be awarded in March next year.

The first grant of £1,500 has already been given out to Leeds-based Yorkshire Dance which champions the development of dance in Yorkshire. The Leeds Community Foundation. which is administering the fund, hopes that by giving this early grant it will show the kind of projects that could benefit.

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