Sandy Still

Rod Hall

Allen Miller

Jim Jack


News: 2012

May 2012:  Forthcoming Gigs - 2012

2nd June - Buck Hotel, Reeth

Fourum will be appearing as part of the Swaledale Festival this year on the Saturday afternoon from  2.30pm  - 3.30pm approx.  Tickets cost £8.

22nd June - Hummersknott Academy, Darlington

To celebrate their 40th anniversary Fourum return to the school where the group was formed  in 1972. Tickets cost £7 (to include a drink at the interval) and are available from  the school. Proceeds will be shared between The Bob Hattersley Memorial Fund and a school charity fund. Bob’s maps, which are becoming collectors’ items, will also be on display.

21st September - Georgian Theatre, Richmond

Tickets are going well for our special 40th Anniversary Concert at one of our favourite venues. This promises to be a REALLY special evening.

June 2012:  40th Anniversary concert a great success

A packed house at Hummersknott Academy enjoyed a great night’s entertainment by Fourum to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Fourum’s existence in the school where it all began in February of 1972. Fourum sang for over 2 hours, with their usual variety of songs - Tyneside, Scottish, modern and humourous folk songs, as well as their own unique Dales songs. Comments made by the audience to the group at the interval and at the end of the concert show that their music was well-received. Many thanks to all who made the evening one to remember! Some photos from the evening, including a video of the group singing The Blaydon Races, have been added to our photos page.

August 2012:  Update on The Book

All the text for the book (Title: A Dales Collection) is now complete. The Book itself will be in three parts, following the CD set, and the songs will be in the same order as on the CD.  The words of each song will be prefaced by background text and a number of photos/colour illustrations to accompany the lyrics.


We have been fortunate to be able to add  some fascinating research and illustration work by Sally Zaranko  to the project.  Sally lives near Richmond and has known our music for a number of years.  She has already completed impressively detailed work on Part One and is halfway through part two!


Initially working only on illustrations and layout, Sally was spurred on to do additional research on the background to the stories and has come up with new background material (words and pictures) which adds further colour to the songs and extends and emphasises the importance of the research initially undertaken by Bob and Allen. 


A further addition to the collection planned for next year will be a separate volume of the songs scored for piano and guitar, which is being worked on by Catherine Jack, a music graduate of York University.  We see this as being particularly useful for schools and choirs.


August 2012:  Exhibition of Bob’s Maps

Followers of FOURUM will also know of Bob Hattersley's gift of being able to translate the research on the history and legends of the area into the form of historical illustrated maps.  The Georgian Theatre in Richmond has kindly agreed to allow the full collection of 25 maps to be exhibited at the theatre through most of September. The exhibition will be open to the public free of charge from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays from 7th September until 25th September.  Copies of the prints will be able to be ordered at the exhibition, again with profit from the sales being donated to Kidney Cancer Research.  We are also looking to be able to show these maps on this website after the exhibition closes.

October 5th - Concert at Hummersknott Academy Darlington

After the last sell-out concert at Hummersknott Academy in June of this year, the Darlington Townswomens’ Guilds are organising a concert of their own, using the same venue. It is rather fitting that, in our 40th year as a group, we should perform for the same organisation that gave us our 1st ever opportunity to sing together - on February 22nd 1972. Then it was held at the Darlington Library to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Central Townswomens’ Guild. Fourum (albeit with no name then) learned 11 songs that were current in the folk world at that time. It never occurred to us that we would be asked for an encore, so when it happened we had nothing left and had to repeat the first song! Forty years on, our repertoire is a little wider and many of the songs we will be singing will be our own unique songs of the Yorkshire Dales. As with all our concerts, these will be interspersed with our favourite Tyneside, Scottish and modern songs.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £7.00 each (to include a drink at the interval) and will be available at the door. If you would like to purchase tickets online they will be ready to pick up on the night.

Proceeds will be going to Kidney Cancer Research.

September 2012:  Sellout Georgian Theatre concert a great success!

Fourum played to a most appreciative full house at the Georgian theatre on September 21st. The evening was made extra special by the sight of ITV film crews, there to record the whole concert, in addition to individual and group interviews before, during and after the performance, in preparation for an appearance by Fourum on the next series of The Dales, due to air in the spring of 2013. The crews have been following Fourum for the past month, filming the group in various locations as they prepared for this concert and reminisced about the unique contribution of the late Bob Hattersley.

In addition to the film crews, the audience were treated to a special collection of photographs and illustrations to accompany the Dales songs of Allen Miller. These were collected and shown by Sally Zaranko and provided a glimpse of the sort of illustrations that will be used in our forthcoming book.

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