Yorkshire nostalgia: Music from the 1970s

Harrogate.  26th April 1974

Home-made mediaeval musical instruments will be amongst those being played by a group of Harrogate children taking part in a Youth Week being staged at Harrogate Theatre nex month.

Pupils of the Western County Primary School, Harrogate, will be playing music of centuries ago in a concert on May 8.

They will play on old style instruments including several crumhorns - medieval wind instruments which look like inverted walking sticks made by music teacher Mr. John Whone.

Mr. Christopher Bostock, Director of Harrogate Theatre for Youth, who is organising the even, said: "It is intended that by giving young people the opportunity to use the theatre for their own enterprises they will be able to recognise the rolie it can play in society."

Picture shows Crumhorn players who will be taking part in Harrogate Youth Theatre Week which starts on Saturday.  From (left to right) they are:  Julie Newport (11), Linda Cawthorne (10), Michelle Fisher (10) and at the rear Susan Gill (10).
Harrogate. 26th April 1974 Home-made mediaeval musical instruments will be amongst those being played by a group of Harrogate children taking part in a Youth Week being staged at Harrogate Theatre nex month. Pupils of the Western County Primary School, Harrogate, will be playing music of centuries ago in a concert on May 8. They will play on old style instruments including several crumhorns - medieval wind instruments which look like inverted walking sticks made by music teacher Mr. John Whone. Mr. Christopher Bostock, Director of Harrogate Theatre for Youth, who is organising the even, said: "It is intended that by giving young people the opportunity to use the theatre for their own enterprises they will be able to recognise the rolie it can play in society." Picture shows Crumhorn players who will be taking part in Harrogate Youth Theatre Week which starts on Saturday. From (left to right) they are: Julie Newport (11), Linda Cawthorne (10), Michelle Fisher (10) and at the rear Susan Gill (10).
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Our weekly trawl through our picture archive this week has a musical bent. The first picture, above, hails from Harrogate and is dated April 26, 1974.

The caption reads: “Home-made mediaeval musical instruments will be amongst those being played by a group of Harrogate children taking part in a Youth Week being staged at Harrogate Theatre next month.

Harrogate.  28th January 1973

WHEN the headmaster of his school suggested that pupils might be given guitar lessons, Christopher Riley, nine, decided to make his own.

"I was amazed when he produced one and I was even more amazed when it actually made a sound like a guitar," said Christopher's father, Mr. George Riley, of Dale Close, Hampsthwaite, near Harrogate.

Christopher is seen in this Yorkshire Post picture with the instrument, made of wood which he found in his father's garage.

"It was some veneered wood left over from a porch I've been building," said Mr. Riley.

"Christopher drew out the shape and took it round to a neighbour, Mr Maurice Fuguill, of Dale Close, for some help.  At first I thought it was just a little toy, but it has become much more."

Harrogate. 28th January 1973 WHEN the headmaster of his school suggested that pupils might be given guitar lessons, Christopher Riley, nine, decided to make his own. "I was amazed when he produced one and I was even more amazed when it actually made a sound like a guitar," said Christopher's father, Mr. George Riley, of Dale Close, Hampsthwaite, near Harrogate. Christopher is seen in this Yorkshire Post picture with the instrument, made of wood which he found in his father's garage. "It was some veneered wood left over from a porch I've been building," said Mr. Riley. "Christopher drew out the shape and took it round to a neighbour, Mr Maurice Fuguill, of Dale Close, for some help. At first I thought it was just a little toy, but it has become much more."

“Pupils of the Western County Primary School, Harrogate, will be playing music of centuries ago in a concert on May 8. They will play on old style instruments including several crumhorns - medieval wind instruments which look like inverted walking sticks made by music teacher Mr John Whone. Mr Christopher Bostock, Director of Harrogate Theatre for Youth, who is organising the even, said: ‘It is intended that by giving young people the opportunity to use the theatre for their own enterprises they will be able to recognise the role it can play in society.’”

The picture shows from left to right: Julie Newport, 11, Linda Cawthorne ,10, Michelle Fisher ,10, and at the rear Susan Gill ,10.

The second picture, also from Harrogate, was taken on January 28, 1973 shows nine-year-old Christopher Riley, who made his own guitar. It was some veneered wood left over from a porch I’ve been building, Christopher drew out the shape and took it round to a neighbour, Mr Maurice Fuguill, of Dale Close, for some help. At first I thought it was just a little toy, but it has become much more.”

Christopher first got the idea of building a guitar after the headteacher at his school suggested he start taking lessons.

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