A concert by three rising stars, a piano recital and a vintage shopping experience - there's something for everyone in Darlington and the North-East this weekend.

Here's our pick of the events taken from our new What's On section - and don't forget you can find hundreds more at:

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Lucy Ward in concert at the Arc, in Stockton

What? Womenfolk concert

Where? Arc, Stockton.

When? Saturday, 8pm.

According to Mojo Magazine, musician Lucy Ward is "Brit folk’s most vibrant and forthright new talent".

The Sunday Herald called Emma Sweeney’s debut album Pangea "a terrific calling card from a rising star".

And respected folk magazine fRoots described Emily Portman’s work as "eerily magnificent, bizarre and wonderful".

All three have gained a reputation on the contemporary folk scene for bringing fresh, original new insights into traditional music, breathing new life into ancient tales and exploring the darker underbelly of folklore. Tickets on 01642-525199.

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Step back in time in York

What? York Does Vintage.

Where? The Merchant Adventurers Hall, York.

When? Saturday, 10:30am-4:30pm.

Step back in time and enjoy a unique shopping experience. Hand-picked vintage stallholders offer a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience.

Each one brings their quality, affordable vintage clothing, jewellery and kitchenalia to this hugely popular event.

Bargain hunters will love browsing through rail after rail of fabulous one-off vintage finds.

As well as the vintage stalls, you can also expect a mini vintage day out - with a vintage tearoom, serving afternoon tea on dainty china, vintage-inspired workshops, a pop up beauty parlour - armed with rouge and heated rollers - ready to transform you into a vintage starlet, live music and much, much.

And all for £1. 


What?  Hello Darkness exhibition.

Where? mima, Middlesbrough.

When? opens today and runs until April 4.

An exhibition featuring the thought-provoking ceramic sculptures and a sound installation developed by Markus Karstiess during his year-long Lipman residency in Newcastle University’s Fine Art department. Markus Karstiess uses ancient ceramic techniques to create unconventional installations. 


What? Darlington Piano Society presents John Paul Ekins.

Where? Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington.

When? Sunday, 3pm.

Darlington Piano Society  begins the second half of its 2013-14 season with a recital by the young British pianist, John Paul Ekins, in a programme of pieces by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Britten and Beethoven.

John Paul graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2009 and has continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, whilst building his career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in the UK and overseas.

He was selected for the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and was the only successful pianist in Making Music’s Young Concert Artists Competition 2012.

Full details of the recital can be found at dpiano.co.uk, 01325-388406.


What? Julian Lloyd Webber.

Where? Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond.

When? Sunday, 7:30pm.

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Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, appearing in Richmond this weekend

Julian Lloyd Webber is one of the finest musicians of his generation. He is in great demand throughout the world enjoying one of the most creative and successful careers in Classical music today.

Together with his wife, fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, they present a brand-new concert featuring world premiere performances of duets for two cellos with piano as well as featuring music from the great composers across the classical spectrum from Vivaldi to Arvo, Bach to Saint-Saëns, and many more.

Appearing alongside Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber will be pianist Pam Chowhan. to accompany them. 01748-825252.