Bridging the Ancient With the New

Kirkstall Festival

The Annual Kirkstall Festival is held in the beautiful picturesque grounds of the ancient 12th century Kirkstall Abbey.


This year’s festival was something of a family affair. Performing separately and over three hours apart was my brother’s twelve-year-old granddaughter, solo artist Jessica and my fourteen year grandson with the band Paradise Street. 

Jessica Solo

Jessica is well established in the area as a solo singer and has raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes.

Battle of the bandsMy Grandson’s band was selected by a panel of professionals within the music industry to perform live in the Battle of the Bands contest.



Unfortunately, it was difficult to photograph the whole band without including part of the front row audience, whose rude lack of interest here would indicate they were waiting for a different teenage band!

For one so young, Jessica has remarkable singing talent. And although the band didn’t win, for fifteen minutes led by their singer Becky, they gave us a brilliant performance that showcased their collective talents.

“Make the best use of what’s in your power and take the rest as it happens.” ~ Epictetus (circa 55—135 AD)

There were numerous stage sets erected around the grounds, but this particular one was sponsored by The Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park!

Article posted in response to the Photo Challenge Bridge 

7 thoughts on “Bridging the Ancient With the New

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  2. emn

    Thank you for sharing your talented family, as well as the Kirkstall Festival. Your photos continue to take me with you when you are out and about.

    The ancient is so interesting and beautiful. Where I live we don’t have that structural history and the sharp contrast of modern life lived among the ancient structures. Green with envy!

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    1. Thank you very much Ethel. I think I appreciate my heritage more than I ever did since I starting sharing. I’ve had a couple of historical days out during the last week or so and will share those when I get a little more spare time!


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