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Shipley-born Ian Smith describes himself as a workaholic. One minute he is editing books for the European Commission; the next he is in Malaysia or Hungary working with them on anti-counterfeit and food safety issues.

In among this, he returns to his first love, artistic director of the world famous International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival .

Ian founded the three-week long International Gilbert & Sullivan in Buxton in 1994 and today, in its 20th year, the festival sells more than 25,000 tickets to people who travel from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

This year, Ian has gone one step further by announcing CLASSICFest which comes to Harrogate from August 21-27.

Ian’s professional Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will be performing two of the best-loved G & S shows – HMS Pinafore and The Mikado.

The Harrogate Theatre will host five operetta and musical theatre performances and there will be a spectacular Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Harrogate International.

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In conjunction with CLASSICfest, we are offering one lucky reader two tickets for every show in the festival worth £330 in total.

To be in with a chance of winning, email with your name, address and telephone number by noon, Monday, June 17 with the answer to the following question:

In which year was the first performance of HMS Pinafore?

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