Buskers wanted for Harrogate festive market

Talented musicians are being sought to take part in one of the Harrogate District’s biggest festive events.

Solo artists and bands are being invited to play at this year’s Harrogate Christmas Market, which takes place at the bottom of Montpellier Hill from Thursday, November 27 to Sunday, November 30.

The busking area was introduced in 2013 and proved hugely popular, with many of the 40,000 visitors stopping to enjoy varied festive music.

The performers came from local schools, churches and charities, or existing ensembles who wanted the chance to play live for large crowds.

Marian Farrar of St Aidan’s High School, who is organizing the busking schedule, said: “Although Christmas is still a few months away, the Christmas Market is actually just a few weeks away.

“With the new school term well under way, now is the time for musicians to begin thinking about what they will be doing in the run-up to Christmas and to get these dates booked in. I’ve already been contacted by some of last year’s musicians who are keen to return, so anyone who wants to join us should get in touch as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out.”

The musicians who perform will be allocated a time slot, and will be welcome to perform more than once during the four days if they wish.

They can collect donations for their own funds or for other good causes; in 2013, performers supported charities including Follifoot Park Riding for the Disabled, Relate, and the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group.

Now in its third year, Harrogate Christmas Market is proving popular and the 200 spaces for traders have virtually sold out already.

The official Christmas Lights Switch-On will take place the week before, so with the help of festive tunes, Harrogate will be well and truly in the festive spirit.

Any musicians interested should email m.farrar@staidans.co.uk or visit www.HarrogateChristmasMarket.org.

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