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2003
 

(pr)

 

7 November

 

The Bay, Headingley, Leeds

 

Sonnet Lumière
With David Smith, guitar.
 

 
2004
 

(pr)

 

1 February

 

The Bay, Headingley, Leeds

 

Where the ‘Art is
 

 

(pr)

 

28 March

 

Weetwood, Leeds

 

Where the ‘Art is
 

 

(pr)

 

3 April

 

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

 

“My pretty dear Penny”: a life of four seasons (full version)
With Ad Hoc Baroque
For the Friends of the Leeds Art Collections, at the opening of the Maids and Mistresses exhibition, and in the presence of Lord Halifax
 

(pu)

 

1 May

 

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

 

“My pretty dear Penny”: a life of four seasons (short version)
In conjunction with the Maids and Mistresses exhibition
 

(pu)

 

4 July

 

Friends’ Meeting House, Rawdon, Leeds

 

The Glorious Fourth
With David Smith (guitar) and David Robertson
 

(pu)

 

15 July

 

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

 

Frances, “the Good Shepheardess” (full version)
In conjunction with the Maids and Mistresses exhibition
 

(pu)

 

24 July

 

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

 

Frances, “the Good Shepheardess” (short version)
With Eleanor Rastall
In conjunction with the Maids and Mistresses exhibition
 

(pr)

 

16 September

 

Leeds Metropolitan University

 

Hang About! The waiting experience
For a conference on the Why Are We Waiting? Project
 

(pu)

 

26 October

 

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

 

Life with Aunt Emily (full version)
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and Stephen Muir (tenor)
In conjunction with the Maids and Mistresses exhibition
 

(pu)

 

30 October

 

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

 

Life with Aunt Emily (short version)
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano)
In conjunction with the Maids and Mistresses exhibition
 

(pr)

 

11 November

 

Foresight Centre, Liverpool University

 

Hang About! The waiting experience

 

For the 17th UK Marketing Services Conference
 

2005
 

(pu)

 

8 May

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

VE Day (two performances)
With David Robertson
 

(pr)

 

9 July

 

Nostell Priory

 

Noel Coward: P&O 1930 (full version)
With Philip Smith (baritone) and Graham Coatman (piano)
For the Friends of Nostell Priory
 

(pu)

 

28 and 29 August

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Lady Louisa Entertains (eight performances)
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and Graham Coatman (piano)
 

(pu)

 

16 September

 

Holy Angels, Hoar Cross, Staffordshire

 

Life with Aunt Emily (full version)
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and Stephen Muir (tenor)
 

(pu)

 

28 September

 

St Columba’s Church, Headingley, Leeds

 

One-Night Stanza
Poems for autumn, with items by local poets
 

(pu)

 

2 October

 

Manor House, Ilkley

 

The Tinder-Box
For the Ilkley Festival Fringe
With a specially-commissioned video installation by artist and set-designer Will Holt
 

(pu)

 

10 October

 

Bewdley Baptist Church

 

The Beautiful Place – Bewdley in Fashion and Flood
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano): included a commissioned arrangement of the Bewdley Carol by Joseph Atkins.
 

(pu)

 

25 and 26 November

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Lady Louisa Entertains (eight performances)
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano)
 

2006
 

(pu)

 

11 July

 

International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds

 

Gawain, the (Almost) Perfect Knight
With Jonathan Bynoe (minstrel)
 

(pr)

 

19 August

 

Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Wetherby

 

Poems of love, celebration and growing old disgracefully
For a special birthday
 

(pu)

 

26, 27 and 28 August

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Adelina Patti, Queen of Song (six performances)
With Katherine Williamson (soprano) and Graham Coatman (piano)
For the Portraiture Weekend
 

(pu)

 

9 September

 

Headingley Community Centre, Leeds

 

Headingley Wrap
For Celebrate Headingley, including work by local poets
 

(pu)

 

1 October

 

Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe

 

Gawain, the (Almost) Perfect Knight
With Alan Radford (minstrel)
 

(pr)

 

17 October

 

Hull

 

Noel Coward, P & O 1930 (short version)
With Philip Smith (baritone) and Graham Coatman (piano)
For Hull Literary and Philosophical Society
 

(pu)

 

9 December

 

Temple Newsam House, Leeds

 

A Victorian Christmas
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and Stephen Muir (tenor)
For the Leeds Art Collections Fund
 

(pu)

 

10 December

 

St Wilfrid’s Church, Harrogate

 

Turkeys and Trifles
Part of a concert by Vocalis, in aid of the Lamplighters
 

2007
 

(pr)

 

28 January

 

Weetwood, Leeds

 

Where the ‘Art is
 

(pu)

 

19 February

 

Yorkshire College of Speech and Drama, Headingley, Leeds

 

Home, Sweet Home
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and William Petter (tenor)
In aid of Wheatfields Hospice, Headingley, Leeds
 

(pr)

 

15 March

 

Harrogate (Harrogate Wives’ Fellowship)

 

Where the ‘Art is
 

(pr)

 

17 March

 

New Hall, Cambridge

 

Excelsior!
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and William Petter (tenor)
 

(pu)

 

6-9 April

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Mr Jackson’s Easter Mystery (twelve performances)
 

(pu)

 

29 July

 

Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

 

Noel Coward: P&O 1930 (short version)
With Tom Featherstone (tenor) and Graham Coatman (piano)
For the Aboyne and Deeside Festival
 

(pu)

 

26 and 27 August

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Wilberforce and White: a musical encounter (four performances)
John White’s musical concerts in Harewood House early in the 19th century included one attended by the great slavery-abolitionist William Wilberforce …
With Jane Troughton (soprano), James Dargan (baritone and violin) and Graham Coatman (piano)
 

(pu)

 

7 September

 

Yorkshire College of Music and Drama, Headingley, Leeds

 

Noel Coward: P&O 1930 (short version), in aid of the Headingley Development Trust.
With Tom Featherstone (tenor) and Graham Coatman (piano)
 

(pu)

 

21, 23, 25 and 28 October

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Story-telling sessions
 

(pr)

 

22 November

 

Nostell Priory

 

Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Nostell Priory
 

(pu)

 

25-26 November

 

Harewood House

 

Snapdragon: Mr Jackson’s Christmas Party (six performances)
 

(pu)

 

3 December

 

Harewood House

 

Snapdragon: Mr Jackson’s Christmas Party (three performances)
 

(pr)

 

5 December

 

Horsforth, Leeds

 

Turkeys and Trifles
 

(pr)

 

9 December

 

Harewood Village Hall

 

Turkeys and Trifles
With Arif Javid (actor/magician)
 

2008
 

(pr)

 

26 January

 

Titchwell, Norfolk

 

“Imagination all compact”: or, A Stage of Mind
A specially-commissioned exploration, in words and music, of the relationship between acting and reality. For a conference of psychiatrists
 

(pr)

 

9 March

 

Headingley, Leeds

 

Trio Lit opened the launch party for the Headingley Literature Festival
 

(pu)

 

15-16 March

 

Yorkshire College of Music and Drama

 

Guest appearances in the Theatre of the Dales staging of I Was a Stranger, Peter Spafford’s radio play about the life of Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia, who lived in Cyril Ransome’s house in Far Headingley and died there in 1879
 

(pr)

 

22 March

 

Headingley, Leeds

 

Poetry reading for a birthday party.
 

(pu)

 

23-24 March

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Jigs and Jellies: Mr Penry plans a party
Below-stairs family entertainment, with Eleanor Rastall (soprano)
 

(pr)

 

26 April

 

Harrogate

 

This is not your Life (but your sisters’ warped view of it …)
An unusual presentation of leaked material for a 60th birthday party!
 

(pu)

 

9 May

 

Yorkshire College of Music and Drama

 

Where the ‘Art is
A new version, with an open-mike session after the interval, in aid of Wheatfields Hospice
 

(pu)

 

11 July

 

St Giles’ Church, Cripplegate, London

 

Father and Son: The Miltons of Bread Street
A celebration of the relations between the poet John Milton and his composer father, both of whom are buried in the church.
With Concert Bites
 

(pu)

 

11-15 August

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Tales from Harewood: storytelling with guest appearance by Swordplay director Richard Brighton
 

(pu)

 

24 and 25 August

 

Harewood House, Leeds

 

Entertainment for the Work and Play exhibition. With the Leeds Waits
 

(pu)

 

12 September

 

Yorkshire College of Music and Drama

 

Just a Second! with an open-mike session
Launch of the local Celebrate Headingley festival
 

(pu)

 

13-14 September

 

Dagmar Wood, Grosvenor Road, Headingley, Leeds

 

Guest appearances in the Theatre of the Dales revival of I Was a Stranger by Peter Spafford
 

(pu)

 

10 October

 

Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds University

 

You and the Night and the Music … and Poetry Too A ‘quirky blend’ of jazz songs and poetry to celebrate Light Night Leeds, with Louise Gibbs (vocals) and Jonathan Gee (piano) in a Late Night Concert for National Poetry Week
 

(pr)
 

 

20 October
 

 

Entertainment for a birthday party
 

(pu)

 

28 and 30 October

 

In the Gallery of Harewood House, Leeds

 

Junket and Gingerbread: Stories of life Below Stairs through the eyes of Elizabeth Peach, Head Kitchen Maid: at 12:00, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm, with Jane Oakshott of Trio Literati
 

(pr)

 

1-3 December

 
 

Trio Lit are joined by Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and William Petter (tenor) in their successful seasonal entertainment Emily’s Christmas: a Victorian celebration on successive evenings in Manchester, Hull and Headingley (Leeds)
 

2009
 

(pr)

 

15 March

 

Performance at the launching of the Headingley Literature Festival

 

(LitFest 2009)
 

(pu)

 

19 March

 

Yorkshire College of Music and Drama

 

Virtual Aires at the Headingley LitFest, to celebrate the Leeds-based poetry magazine Aireings and its transfer to the Internet. The first performance in a series on writers who lived in Headingley.
 

(pu)

 

25 March

 

Café Lento, North Lane, Headingley, Leeds

 

Richard’s performance of ‘Meeting Yoko Ono’ by John Jones, for the story-telling evening On the Edge at the Headingley LitFest.
 

(pr)

 

9 May

 

Entertainment for a birthday party.
 

(pu)

 

17 June

 

Yorkshire College of Music and Drama

 

The Music of Middle Earth: Trio Literati join The Leeds Waits in a performance of texts by J R R Tolkien and music for the world that he created. The second event in the series on Headingley writers.
 

(pu)

 

23 July

 

At the Aboyne and Deeside Festival

 

Following their blockbuster performance of P&O 1930 at the 2007 Festival, Trio Literati invite you to Come into the garden ... for a musical entertainment based on the forgotten genius of Sir Arthur Somervell, "the English Schumann" - composer, educator and thoroughly Victorian gentleman: with Bryan White (baritone) and Daniel Gordon (piano).
 

(pr)

 

25 August 2009

 

Cairn Hotel, Harrogate, 8 p.m.

 

A Stage of Mind for Growing Old Disgracefully
     Maggie is joined by Lyn Thornton and Jason Scott in a program of poems, sketches and jazz classics.
 

(pu)

 

Saturday 12 September 2009

for Celebrate Headingley

 

Cocktails and Coffee Spoons T.S. Eliot and others
7.30pm, Yorkshire College of Music and Drama, Headingley.
... and cats, too! Trio Literati continue their series “They lived in Headingley”.
 

(pu)

 

17 October 2009

 

Orpington

 

Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and William Petter (tenor) join Trio Literati in an afternoon of Victorian songs and readings.
 

(pr)

 

28 October 2009

 

at St Columba’s Church, Headingley, 8 pm

 

Seasonal poetry readings and music, with William Rastall
 

(pr)

 

29 and 30 October 2009

 

at Harewood House, Leeds

 

Maggie and Jane in Twilight Tales, a series of family stories from the Harewood garden.
 

(pu)

 

12 November 2009

 

at the Square Chapel, Halifax, 8 p.m.

 

You and the Night and the Music
Trio Literati again join the jazz singer Louise Gibbs and pianist Jonathan Gee in their blend of jazz songs and poetry about the night, darkness, and the arts.
 

(pu)

 

4 December 2009

 

Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire, 7.30pm.

 

Turkeys and Trifles, a new version of our ever-popular Christmas entertainment.
 

(pu)

 

17 December 2009

 

at Temple Newsam House

 

Emily’s Christmas, with Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and William Petter (tenor)
 

2010
 

(pu)

 

21 March

 

at the Headingley LitFest

 

Performance of the last section of Noel Coward’s P&O 1930 in a program of poetry readings.
 

(pr)

 

17 April

 

Dramatised biography for a 60th birthday party.
 

(pu)

 

9-15 August daily

 

at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

 

Five in a Bar: Jazz songs and Beat-era poetry at the Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. With Louise Gibbs and Jonathan Gee. Sell-out status awarded.
 

(pu)

 

27 September

 

at the Hexham Abbey Festival

 

Five in a Bar: Jazz songs and Beat-era poetry at Hexham Abbey. With Louise Gibbs and Jonathan Gee.
 

2011
 

(pu)

 

8 January

 

Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART)

 

Trio Lit’s program at the opening of HEART, Bennett Road, Leeds LS6 3HN, of local poetry, a poetry performance workshop and an open-mic session.
 

(pu)

 

25 March

 

at the HEART café, Headingley

 

Cocktail in the Cafe or Where the 'Art Is.
 

(pr)

 

28 April

 

Sowerby Bridge

 

Poems, readings and songs on Afternoon Tea for the Brontë Group of the WI.
 

(pu)

 

10 July

 

at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds University

 

The Music of Middle Earth, with the Leeds Waits.
 

(pu)

 

9-15 August daily

 

at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

 

Five in a Bar: Jazz songs and Beat-era poetry,
with Louise Gibbs and Jonathan Gee.
 

(pu)

 

7-8 November

 

in Headingley cafes - LS6 (7th), and JAM and Cafe Lento (8th)

 

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood
 

(pu)

 

9 November

 

at The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL

 

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood
 

(pr)

 

12 November

 

for a private lunch at Monk Fryston

 

Turkeys and Trifles
 

2012
 

(pu)

 

18 February

 

HEART Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN

 

Jane and Maggie join Theatre of the Dales in Literary Lovers
 

(pu)

 

18 March

New Headingley Club, Leeds  LS6 3BGL

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood at the Headingley Literature Festival
 

(pu)

 

20 May

 

Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds

 

On the Idle Hill of Summer, with Benjamin Hulett (tenor) and Christopher Glynn (piano):
a new take on A E Housman, with letters, criticisms, and some unknown works of AEH including an hilarious spoof opera libretto.
 

(pu)

 

23 June

 

Parish Hall, Caldbeck, Cumbria

 

84 Charing Cross Road and Under Milk Wood: joint production of TrioLit and Theatre of the Dales.
 

(pr)

 

4 July

 

Private performance, Headingley, Leeds

 

84 Charing Cross Road: TrioLit and Theatre of the Dales.
 

(pu)

 

5 September

 

at The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL
and at Full Circle, Kirkstall Road

 

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood
 

(pr)

 

28 September

 

Private performance in Headingley

 

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood
 

(pu)

 

16 October

 

on East Leeds FM, 8.15 pm

 

On the Idle Hill of Summer: see /www.elfm.co.uk
 

(pu)

 

16-18 October

 

Harewood House, nr Leeds

 

Jane and Maggie do some storytelling in half term week, with magician Arif Javid.
See Twilight Tales and Harewood's Haunted Way at www.harewood.org
 

(pu)

 

18 November

 

at the Walton Festival, Waterton Hall Hotel, Walton, nr Wakefield

 

Tea and Fancies, with Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and Graham Coatman (piano)
 

2013
 

(pu)

 

19 February

 

on East Leeds FM, 8.15 pm

 

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood: see www.elfm.co.uk
 

(pu)

 

22 March

 

New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael's Road,
Leeds LS6 3BG

 

Straight from the Heart at the 2013 Headingley Literature Festival. Stuart Fortey's play specially written for TrioLit to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
 

(pr)

 

6 April

 

Weetwood Hall, Leeds LS16 5PS.

 

On the Idle Hill of Summer (short version), at a conference of the International Association of Music Libraries: with Bryan White (baritone) and Daniel Gordon (piano).
 

(pu)

 

19 June

 

Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth

 

On the Idle Hill of Summer, at the Market Bosworth Festival: with Bryan White (baritone) and Daniel Gordon (piano). See www.bosworthfestival.co.uk/joomla/
 

(pu)

 

18 October

 

Riversmeet Craft Cafe, 102 Leeds Road, Methley, Leeds, LS26 9EP

 

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, with Theatre of the Dales
 

(pu)

 

19 October

 

Friends' Meeting House, Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6HU

 

Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, with Theatre of the Dales
 

(pu)

 

Wednesday 13 November 2013

8 pm

HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN

 

Scenes from Noel Coward's P&O 1930, as part of the Travellers' Tales series
 

2014

(pu)

 

Tuesday 14 January

8 pm

on East Leeds FM

 

Noel Coward’s P&O 1930 (short version): http://www.elfm.co.uk/listen-again/ltwm-trio-literati/
 

(pu)

 

15 March

7.30 pm

at the New Headingley Club

 

Now sleeps the crimson petal:  a rich garland of poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, given as part of the Headingley Literature Festival: with Christopher Knight (baritone) and Graham Coatman (piano).
 

(pu)

 

23 April

 

Headingley Library, Leeds LS6 3HG

 

The Bard’s Big Birthday With singer-lutenist Helen Atkinson
 

(pu)

 

16 May

 

HEART, Leeds LS6 3HN

 

What? An Idea! in the Headingley Festival of Ideas. With poet Linda Marshall, bass-baritone Philip Wilcox and pianist John Longstaff
 

(pu)

 

11 June

 

Caldbeck Village Community Centre, Cumbria

 

Now sleeps the crimson petal: our exploration of Tennyson’s work, with Philip Wilcox (bass-baritone) and Graham Coatman (piano).
 

(pu)

 

21 June

 

Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, Yorkshire.

 

Now sleeps the crimson petal: our exploration of Tennyson’s work, with Philip Wilcox (bass-baritone) and Graham Coatman (piano).
 

(pu)

 

12 October

 

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington, New Zealand

 

Sonnet Lumiere: Jane and Richard performed our Shakespeare show (formerly The Bard's Big Birthday), with Pepe Becker (soprano) and Don King (lute).
 

2015

(pu)

 

17 February

 

In “Love the Words” on East Leeds FM.

 

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal: A broadcast of our exploration of Tennyson’s life and poetry. Archived at http://www.elfm.co.uk/.
 

(pu)

 

Friday 13 March

New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael's Road, Leeds, LS6 3BG

Censored! Our new entertainment for the 2015 Headingley Literature Festival
 

(pu)

 

Thursday 26 March

Ralph Thoresby High School, Leeds

Censored! A short performance in association with a debate, “Artistic Expression should never be Censored”, as a Headingley LitFest event
 

(pu)

 

Thursday 23 April

The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL

Sonnet Lumiere: Our celebration of Shakespeare, based on his sonnets and other works: with soprano Eleanor Rastall and lutenist Gill Knowles
 

(pu)

 

Saturday 11 July

The Quaker Meeting House, Rawdon, Leeds

Sonnet Lumiere: Repeat performance, with singer-lutenist Helen Atkinson, in aid of Amnesty International
 

(pu)

 

Saturday 31 October at 7.30 pm.

Part of a study day on Clare’s life and work: Clothworkers’ Concert Hall, Leeds University

John Clare (1793-1864), the “peasant poet": A presentation of Clare’s poetry and music, with Eleanor Rastall (soprano), Gina Le Faux (fiddle) and Jonathan Drummond (piano).
 

(pu)

 

Tuesday 17 November

“Love the Words” on Chapel FM

Sonnet Lumiere     William Shakespeare’s sonnets and other writings
See http://www.elfm.co.uk/
 

2016

(pu)

 

Saturday 12 March

New Headingley Club, LS6 3BG

Enclos’d! John Clare, poet (1793-1864) in the Headingley Literature Festival.
With Eleanor Rastall (soprano) and Jonathan Drummond (piano)
 

(pu)

 

Wednesday 4 May

The Old Crown, Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria CA7 8JG

Two Bards in the Bar     Sonnets and scenes by William Shakespeare, and the Holiday Memories of Dylan Thomas. With the musical duo the Retrolettes
 

(pu)

 

Wednesday 11 May

Shadwell Independent Library & Arts Centre, Shadwell LS17 8HL

Sonnet Lumiere     Shakespeare in Sonnet and Song. With singer-lutenist Helen Atkinson.
 

(pu)

 

Friday 9th September and Saturday 10th September (six performances)

St John's Church, Briggate, Leeds, during the Heritage Open Days

Sonnet Lumiere     - shortened version of our Shakespeare celebration
 

(pu)

 

23 October

The Quaker Meeting House, Rawdon, Leeds

Sandshoes and Sonnets    Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas (Holiday Memory), with music by The Retrolettes
 

(pr)

 

4 November

Devonshire Hall, The University of Leeds

Entertainment for the Ransome-Grant Literary Club
 

(pu)

 

6 November

Meanwood Institute, Green Road, Meanwood, Leeds 6

Two Bards by the Beck    Shakespeare, and Dylan Thomas (Holiday Memory), with music by The Retrolettes.
 

(pr)

 

12 December

Durkar, near Wakefield

Turkeys and Trifles    a Christmas celebration for the WI
 

2017

(pu)

 

11 March

St Michael’s Parish Hall, Leeds LS6 3AW, for Headingley Litfest 2017

Just So: the exceedingly good writings of Mr Kipling    Poems and other writings by Rudyard Kipling, together with songs from the period performed by Eleanor Rastall and Jonathan Drummond
 

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