Philly soul veterans The Stylistics to open autumn tour at York Barbican on Oct 29

The Stylistics : In harmony at York Barbican and Nidd Hall Hotel this autumn

PHILADELPHIA soul stalwarts The Stylistics will bookend this autumn’s 25-date UK Greatest Hits Tour with North Yorkshire concerts: York Barbican on October 29 and Nidd Hall Hotel, Nidd, near Harrogate, on December 2.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday at, and (for Nidd Hall).

At present playing a sold-out American tour, The Stylistics line up with original members Airrion Love and Herb Murrell alongside Barrington ‘Bo’ Henderson and Jason Sharp.

Competing to be on the set list will be such harmonious highs as 1975 UK number one Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love), I’m Stone In Love With You, You Make Me Feel Brand New, Let’s Put It All Together, You Are Everything, Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart), Betcha By Golly, Wow, Sing Baby Sing, Break Up To Make Up and You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart).

Formed in Philadelphia in 1968 from two groups, The Percussions and The Monarchs, under the guidance of their English teacher Beverly Hamilton, The Stylistics recorded their first song, You’re A Big Girl Now, at Virtue Recording Studio, Philadelphia, written by guitarist Robert “Doc” Douglas and road manager Marty Bryant.

The Stylistics: The very definition of Philly soul

Veteran producer Tom Bell produced the group’s self-titled debut album, featuring Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart), You Are Everything and Betcha By Golly, Wow, among no fewer than six singles. Their second album, the aptly named Round Two, arrived in October 1972, as Russell Thompkins Jr, James Smith, James Dunn, Murrell and Love became the Philly group.

Murrell and Love, friends since junior high school, keep The Stylistics’ Seventies’ institution alive after a career of seven gold albums, five gold singles, two double gold singles, eight platinum albums, one double platinum album, four Platinum singles and a 1974 Grammy nomination for You Make Me Feel Brand New.

In 1994, The Stylistics were given a plaque on the Walk Of Fame in Center City, Philadelphia. Ten years later, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

Their autumn itinerary includes further Yorkshire shows at The Dome, Doncaster, on November 25 and St George’s Hall, Bradford, on November 28. Box office: Doncaster,; Bradford, 01274 432000 or

The Stylistics last played York Barbican on November 27 2022 on a 27-date autumn visit.

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Ghost stories of the week, part one: Dyad Productions in Christmas Gothic, Theatre@41, Monkgate, tonight (27/11/2022), 7.30pm

FROM the creators of I, Elizabeth, A Room Of One’s Own, Female Gothic and Austen’s Women comes a dark celebration of Christmas, adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan.

Come in from the cold and embrace the Christmas spirit as a spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the chilling depths of the bleak, wintry gloom at this time of feasts and festivities, visits and visitations, ghosts and more ghosts. Box office:

A Dickens or three of a scary night: James Swanton in his Ghost Stories For Christmas

Ghost Stories For Christmas, part two: James Swanton, York Medical Society, Stonegate, York, select dates from November 29 to December 20, 7pm

YORK’S gothic ghost storyteller supreme, James Swanton, presents his most ambitious Dickensian schedule yet, with 12 shows back home and around 20 more around the country, transferring to London’s Charles Dickens Museum in the run-up to Christmas.

Ghost Stories For Christmas is made up of Swanton’s hour-long solo renditions of A Christmas Carol (eight performances) and the lesser-known The Chimes and The Haunted Man (two nights each). Box office: 01904 623568 or

The Stylistics: Soul power at York Barbican

Good for the soul show of the week: The Stylistics, York Barbican, tonight (27/11/2022), 7.30pm

SOULFUL Philadelphia harmony veterans The Stylistics “can’t wait to be back in the UK, performing all our hits, bringing back great memories and having a great evening with you all” on their 27-date tour.

In the line-up will be founder members Arrion Love and Herb Murrell, complemented by  ‘Bo’ Henderson and Jason Sharp, as the 2004 inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame sing I’m Stone In Love With You,  You Make Me Feel Brand New, Let’s Put It All Together, You Are Everything et al. Box office:

Robert Hollingworth: Director for University of York Choir & Baroque Ensemble’s concert at Central Hall. Picture: Frances Marshall

Christmas concert of the week: Long, Long Ago, Messe de Minuit pour Noel, University of York Choir & Baroque Ensemble, Central Hall, University of York, Wednesday, 7.30pm

UNIVERSITY of York Choir & Baroque Ensemble are joined by The 24 for a Christmas concert of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit for voices, strings and flutes, Howells’ four jazz-inflected Carol Anthems and Bo Holten’s First Snow.

Director Robert Hollingworth also will be donning his dressing gown for a reading of Dylan Thomas’s magical A Child’s Christmas In Wales. “All in all, it’s a strange alchemic mix but we know it works!” he says. “Trust us – and come and have your first mince pie of the season.” Box office:

Bad to the bone: Michael Lambourne’s ABBAnazar in Harrogate Theatre’s Aladdin. Picture: Karl Andre

Yorkshire welcome back of the week: Aladdin, Harrogate Theatre, until January 15 2023

MICHAEL Lambourne, the booming-voiced thespian who needs no introduction to York Theatre Royal audiences, can probably be heard all the way from York when he plays the evil ABBAnazar in his Harrogate Theatre pantomime debut.

Lambourne joins daft lad Tim Stedman’s Wishee Washee and fellow Harrogate panto returnees Christina Harris(Princess Jasmine), Colin Kiyani (Aladdin) and Howard Chadwick, back on spa-town dame duty, as Widow Twankey, for the first time since Snow White in 2019. Ebony Feare’s Genie and Stephanie Costi’s Pandora the Panda are the new faces in Marcus Romer’s cast. Box office: 01423 502116 or

From CBeebies to York Theatre Royal: Maddie Moate’s Tinkerbell in All New Adventures Of Peter Pan

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CBEEBIES favourite Maddie Moate and three stars of last year’s Cinderella – Faye Campbell, Paul Hawkyard and Robin Simpson – fly into action for York Theatre Royal’s third collaboration with Evolution Productions.

Moate plays naughty fairy Tinkerbell, Campbell, Elizabeth Darling, Hawkyard, Captain Hook and Simpson, Mrs Smee, joined by Jason Battersby’s Peter Pan and Jonny Weldon’s pirate Starkey in creative director Juliet Forster’s production, scripted by Evolution’s Paul Hendy. Look out for acrobats Mohammed Iddi, Karina Ngade and Mbaraka Omari too. Box office: 01904 623568 or

Jools Holland: Returning to York Barbican with Vic Reeves as his specual guest

Jools et Jim show: Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, with Vic Reeves, York Barbican, Thursday, 7.30pm

ON the back of notching the 30th anniversary of his Later…With Jools Holland shows on BBC Two, the boogie-wooogie piano man joins up with fellow Squeeze alumnus Gilson Lavis, vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall and his exuberant big band.

The special-guest star turn goes to comedian, artist and chart-topping all-round performer Vic Reeves (aka Jim Moir), Holland’s Leeds-born podcast partner on Jools & Jim’s Joyride, fresh from his Yorkshire Rocks & Dinghy Fights exhibition at RedHouse Originals, Harrogate. Box office:

Long wait: Diversity bring Supernova to York in…2024

Looking and booking ahead: Diversity: Supernova, York Barbican, March 7 and 8 2024

LONDON street dance troupe Diversity’s 66-date Supernova tour to 40 cities and towns in 2023-2024 will take in a return to York.

Winners of the third series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, Ashley Banjo’s dancers will be switching to the Grand Opera House from York Barbican, where they presented Connected, a show full of playful, comedic routines with powerful statements on human connectivity, in April this spring. Box office: 0844 871 7615 or

Betcha by golly wow, The Stylistics are on their way to York Barbican in November

The Stylistics: “We can’t wait to be back in the UK”

PHILADELPHIA soul veterans The Stylistics will play York Barbican on November 27 on their 27-date autumn tour.

Further Yorkshire dates will follow at Halifax Victoria Theatre on November 29 and Sheffield City on November 30, each starting at 7.30pm.

The Stylistics will tour with founder members Airrion Love and Herb Murrell, both 72, alongside ‘Bo’ Henderson and Jason Sharp.

“We can’t wait to back in the UK performing all our hits, bringing back great memories and having a great evening with you all,” they say.

Formed in 1968 with a line-up of Russell Thompkins Jr, Love, Murrell, James Smith and James Dunn, they notched Seventies’ hits with such harmonious highs as I’m Stone In Love With You, You Make Me Feel Brand New, Let’s Put It All Together, Betcha By Golly Wow, Break Up To Make Up, You’ll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart) and You Are Everything.

Tickets for the October 28 to December 2 tour go on sale at 9am on Friday on 0844 888 9991 or at For York,; Sheffield,; Halifax,

The Stylistics, the statistics

Seven Gold albums; five Gold singles; two Double Gold singles; eight Platinum albums; one Double Platinum album; four Platinum singles; Grammy nomination in 1974 for You Make Me Feel Brand New; plaque on Walk Of Fame, Center City, Philadelphia, 1994; inductees into Vocal Group Hall Of Fame, May 2004.