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Little Voices

Family

11 Jan - 11 Apr 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices

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Opera North Early Years Programme

Suitable for 0 - 4 years

Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.

Led by a professional singer, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.

I love bringing my child to Little Voices; the space is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It is brilliant that we have the chance to sing with a professional vocal artist. Coming to the sessions have given me more confidence to sing with my child at home

Session dates
Mon 11, Mon 18, Mon 25 Jan; Mon 1, Mon 22, Mon 29 Feb; Mon 7, Mon 14, Mon 21 Mar; Mon 11 Apr 2015

Time: 10.15 - 11.00am
Price: £5/child

Resource Pack

A useful tool to help you sing at home with your child is available to participants

Little Voices

Next Performances
Mon 22nd Feb
Mon 29th Feb
Mon 7th Mar
Mon 14th Mar
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Andrea Chénier

Opera

19 Jan - 19 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Andrea Chénier

Synopsis

Umberto Giordano (1896)

New production

The dramatic plot of Andrea Chénier is inspired by the tragic story of the Romantic poet guillotined during the French Revolution. Giordano was a contemporary of Puccini and his most popular opera is a tragic and thrilling historical drama charting the love rivalry between the poet Chénier and the servant Gérard for the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the Revolution, Chénier offers her protection and provokes the revenge of the now-powerful Gérard.

Annabel Arden’s new production explores the chaos of revolution and examines the role of the artist in a time of social and political turmoil. Giordano’s stirring opera offers the tenor a leading and impressive role and is coloured with tunes associated with the French Revolution. This opera has always been warmly embraced by audiences for its open-hearted emotionalism and ardent dramatic lyricism. It is a truly passionate opera that is not to be missed!

Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Supported by a generous gift from Terry and Liz Bramall

The Music

Next Performances
Sat 20th Feb
Wed 24th Feb
Sat 5th Mar
Wed 9th Mar
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Andrea Chénier | Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

23 Jan - 19 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Andrea Chénier | Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Umberto Giordano's passionate Italian opera...

Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 23 Jan; Tue 2, Sat 20, Wed 24 Feb

Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Sat 5 Mar

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Wed 9, Sat 12 Mar

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Sat 19 Mar

All pre-show talks run from 6.30 - 7.00pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Opera North's series of pre-performance talks are generously supported by the Friends of Opera North
 

Next Performances
Sat 20th Feb
Wed 24th Feb
Sat 5th Mar
Wed 9th Mar
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Così fan tutte

Opera

3 Feb - 18 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Così fan tutte

Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1790)

It starts with a casual bet. The wily old cynic Don Alfonso wagers that the fiancées of two young men, complacent in their romantic notions of love, won’t stay faithful for a minute if put to the test. It sounds harmless enough and, anyway, the lovers are entirely sure of themselves. But cruelty is inherent in this game of love and chance.

Mozart created some of his most dazzlingly beautiful music for Così fan tutte and with unsparing accuracy, truthfulness and sparkling humour he explores the themes of trust and deception, and loyalty and desire in romantic relationships.

Director Tim Albery has had a long and distinguished association with Opera North over the last 30 years, from his groundbreaking production of The Trojans in the 1980s to his recent five-star (The Observer) production of The Coronation of Poppea (2014).

Go to this production: there are lots of good Cosìs, but this is in a class apart.

The Spectator

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 3 hours

Supported by the Friends of Opera North

The Music

Next Performances
Wed 10th Feb
Sat 13th Feb
Thu 18th Feb
Fri 26th Feb
There are a total of 10 upcoming performances for this production
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Così fan tutte | Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

10 Feb - 18 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Così fan tutte | Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Mozart's sublime opera buffa...

Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 10, Sat 13, Thu 18, Fri 26 Feb

Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Wed 2, Fri 4 Mar

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Tue 8, Fri 11 Mar

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wed 16, Fri 18 Mar

All pre-show talks run from 6.00 - 6.30pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Opera North's series of pre-performance talks are generously supported by the Friends of Opera North

Next Performances
Sat 13th Feb
Thu 18th Feb
Fri 26th Feb
Wed 2nd Mar
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Escher Quartet

Classical

11 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Escher Quartet

Synopsis

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Formed in 2005 in New York, the quartet quickly caught the attention of key musical figures worldwide and has subsequently built on its success, becoming a BBC New Generation Artist, making its BBC Proms debut at Cadogan Hall in 2012 and becoming a regular guest at Wigmore Hall.

The quartet plays Mendelssohn Op. 81 Andante and Scherzo, Bartók String Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, No. 1.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.​

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 11th Feb
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Asian Dub Foundation

Film and Music

12 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Asian Dub Foundation

Synopsis

Live Soundtrack: La Haine

Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz, France 1995, 96 mins. Cert 15. In French with English subtitles

Asian Dub Foundation perform a live score for one of the most provocative, raw and relevant films made about urban youth, Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine. The film charts a day in the life of three characters in the Paris suburbs struggling against hopelessness and urban blight.

Asian Dub Foundation’s righteous mixture of punk, dub reggae, rap and clench-fist political commitment has taken them everywhere from a landmark performance on the troubled Bridgewater estate in London to David Bowie’s Meltdown Festival and venues all over the world. Epic and mould-breaking, don’t miss this emotional rollercoaster ride of music and film.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.​

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 12th Feb
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Classic FM - Classic Romance

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Tobias Ringborg, Conductor/Violin
Anne-Marie Minhall, Presenter

There has been no greater source of inspiration for composers throughout the ages than the joys and sorrows of romantic love. In this very special Valentine’s Day concert we celebrate love in all its aspects – from the thrill of falling into it to the heartbreak of losing it.

And there is surely nothing more romantic than serenading the object of your heart’s desire with a full-size symphony orchestra live in the room, playing some of the most beautiful and passionate music ever written!

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
Mozart Overture, Così fan tutte 
Rodgers Ballet Music, Carousel & Overture, South Pacific
Delius Walk to the Paradise Garden
Stenhammar Two Sentimental Romances Op.28
Elgar ‘Nimrod’, Enigma Variations 
Wagner Prelude & Liebestod, Tristan und Isolde
Richard Strauss Waltzes, Der Rosenkavalier
Bernstein Dances, On the Town

Next Performances
Sun 14th Feb
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Twilight: Brief Encounter

Music

14 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Twilight: Brief Encounter

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From high romance to heartbreak, this twilight concert features music for solo violin and piano evoking the wonder and agony of true love.

Violinist Thomas Greed and pianist Anthony Kraus perform a selection of heart-stirring and achingly romantic music, hand-picked to complement the music of Brief Encounter.

Dvorak Romance op.11
Rachmaninov Morceaux de salon Op. 10
  No.1 Nocturne in A minor
Fauré Berceuse op.16

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both the film Brief Encounter and this Twilight concert on Sunday 14 February for £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sun 14th Feb
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Brief Encounter

Film

14 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brief Encounter

Synopsis

Dir David Lean, 1945, 86 minutes, UK

In a railway station café, housewife Laura Jesson meets doctor Alec Harvey. Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, although they know that their love is impossible…

One of the great love stories of all time, David Lean’s atmospheric and understated drama brings to life a time and society in which convention ruled supreme, all played out against Rachmaninoff’s swoopingly romantic Piano Concerto No 2.

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Twilight: Brief Encounter and Brief Encounter on Sunday 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sun 14th Feb
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L’elisir d’amore

Opera

17 Feb - 17 Mar 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

L’elisir d’amore

Synopsis

Gaetano Donizetti (1832)

Enjoy this sunny 1950s-style production of Donizetti’s light-hearted and moving comedy about the naive Nemorino besotted with the beautiful bar owner Adina. She torments him with her indifference and attaches herself to the experienced charmer Belcore. In desperation, Nemorino seeks the help of Dr. Dulcamara’s miraculous ‘love potion’. Is this the reason for Nemorino’s sudden popularity with every girl in the village? Will he gain Adina’s love before it’s too late?

Fresh and funny, the opera includes one of the best-loved of tenor arias, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. The cast is headed by four singers who’ve each made a strong impression in recent Opera North productions: Gabriela Iştoc and Duncan Rock as, respectively, Mimì and Marcello in La Bohème (2014); Jung Soo Yun, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth (2014); and Richard Burkhard in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro (2015).

Complete with a hot-air balloon and Vespas, this uplifting production will definitely leave you wanting more.

a Fellini-esque vision of scooters, cappuccino machines and champagne fountains, set on a sun-washed hotel terrace overlooking the sea... like revisiting a perfect holiday spot...

The Guardian

Sung in Italian with English titles
Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Next Performances
Wed 17th Feb
Fri 19th Feb
Thu 25th Feb
Sat 27th Feb
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Lucy Crowe and Joseph Middleton

Classical

18 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lucy Crowe and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

In collaboration with Leeds Lieder

Soprano Lucy Crowe has built her enviable international reputation singing baroque opera and she begins tonight's recital with four songs by the superb word-painter Henry Purcell, arranged by another great man of the theatre, Benjamin Britten.

Joining forces with pianist Joseph Middleton, the programme includes gems by John Ireland, a selection of Britten's folk songs and William Walton's settings of Edith Sitwell. 

Henry Purcell (arr. Britten) Lord, what is man?
O Solitude
I Attempt from Love's Sickness to Fly
Alleluia
Michael Head Over the Rim of the Moon
John Ireland The Trellis
My True Love Hath my Heart

When I am Dead, My Dearest
If There Were Dreams to Sell
Earth's Call
William Walton Daphne
Through Guilded Trellises
Old Sir Faulk
Benjamin Britten A selection of Folksongs

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.​

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 18th Feb
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Circlesong

Family

20 - 21 Feb 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Circlesong

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Opera North Youth Chorus and the Sage Gateshead Quay Voices join forces for the first time to perform Bob Chilcott’s Circlesong, based on Native American writings.  Circlesong follows the life cycle from birth and childhood through adulthood and middle age to death. Tribal rhythmic sections are contrasted with tender, simple melodies and glorious climactic moments, all performed by the two choirs and a percussion ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Next Performances
Sat 20th Feb
Sun 21st Feb
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Best from the West End

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Roderick Dunk, Conductor

The glitz and glamour of the musicals arrives in Leeds as Yorkshire's very own symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North deliver toe-tapping show tunes and heart-searing melodies from Broadway.

Bursting with some of the biggest hits – and biggest stars - from the West End, the evening features songs from some of longest-standing, most-cherished shows of all time including Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and The Lion King. All within the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall, there’s no need to go to London – because we’ve already reserved the best seats for you.

Soloists include:

Robyn North
(The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Les Misérables)
Sally Ann Triplett
(Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Cats, Anything Goes)
Michael Xavier
(Mamma Mia!, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera)
Scott Davies
(The Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Cats, Brigadoon)

Next Performances
Sun 21st Feb
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Broken Flowers

Film

26 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Broken Flowers

Synopsis

Dir. Jim Jarmusch, U.S.A/France 2005, 106 mins, Cert 15

Shown in honour of Ethiopian composer and musician Mulatu Astatke, whose music threads through the score, Broken Flowers is ‘a lugubrious, lenient, sweetly acted comedy about male middle-age’ (The Guardian).

Bill Murray's understated style is a perfect match for Jim Jarmusch's minimalist storytelling, creating comedy that is both deadpan and heart-lifting. The film tells the story of the resolutely single Don, who has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don yet again resigns himself to being alone. However, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives a mysterious pink letter…

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 26th Feb
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The Shee

Folk

27 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Shee

Synopsis

With Support

Continuum: Celebrating 10 Years

Multi instrumentalists and festival favourites The Shee celebrate the 10-year milestone in their action- packed career with a dazzling new live show commissioned from some of the greatest names in UK folk music: Kathryn Tickell, Karine Polwart, Andy Cutting, Brian Finnegan and Martin Simpson.

An unmissable evening of original folk music is the result. The Shee’s accordionist, Amy Thatcher, says: ‘We can’t quite believe our luck: we’re getting some of the most influential musicians and composers on the current British folk scene to write original music for us. It’s going to be an incredible experience.’

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.​

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sat 27th Feb
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Inside the Ring

Opera

29 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside the Ring

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On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

In anticipation of Opera North’s presentation of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, join Conductor Tim Burke on a musical exploration of this masterpiece.

Perfect for those unfamiliar with the Ring, ahead of the cycle you'll get to discover the story and the score, learn about the orchestral instruments, and uncover how music is used to heighten drama and tension on stage.

Loosely based on stories from Norse sagas and German Nibelungenlied, Wagner’s four-opera cycle contains some of the most powerful, emotionally charged music ever written for an orchestra. In 2016, Opera North will perform its acclaimed production of the full cycle in five cities across the UK, and this taster session is a great way to get involved before you see the show.

Duration 1 hour

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Mon 29th Feb
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss, Brahms

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Juanjo Mena, Conductor
Alberto Menéndez Escribano, Horn

We are delighted to welcome the BBC Philharmonic to the Kirklees Season under its Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in a programme of works by three generations of Austro-German masters. 

Franz Strauss was renowned as a virtuoso horn player, and his son Richard composed his First Horn Concerto with the hope that his father would give the premiere. In the event, the technical demands of this wonderfully fresh work, rich in melody, were deemed too risky by Strauss senior, who was by then in his sixties.

Schubert’s genial Sixth Symphony owes much to the example of Haydn, while BrahmsThird Symphony is a work of striking contrasts. The allegretto third movement, laced with melancholy, is a favourite for many, and it is followed by a tautly dramatic finale which eventually relaxes into a quiet ending that glows like sunshine through Autumn haze.

Schubert Symphony No.6
Strauss Horn Concerto No.1
Brahms Symphony No.3 
Next Performances
Fri 4th Mar
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John Lill

Classical

10 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Lill

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The great British pianist makes a welcome return visit to the Howard Assembly Room with a programme dominated by a composer with whose music he has a deep and lasting affinity: Ludwig van Beethoven. Here he plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 Moonlight and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor Op. 111, together with pieces by Chopin and Schumann.

John Lill is arguably Britain's most well known pianist, having first come to international attention when he won the coveted Tchaikovsky Award in Moscow in 1970. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday with a highly acclaimed complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle at London's Cadogan Hall and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Beethoven Sonata in C# minor, Op. 27 No.2 'Moonlight'
Schumann Fantasy in C, Op. 17
Interval
Chopin Nocturne, Op. 48 No.1
  Polonaise in F# minor, Op. 44 
Beethoven Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.​

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 10th Mar
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Colin Stetson

Jazz

11 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Colin Stetson

Synopsis

With support

Colin Stetson spent a decade in San Francisco and Brooklyn honing his formidable talents as a horn player, working with Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, David Byrne and Bon Iver. He also made his name in the film world composing for Rust and Bone and 12 Years A Slave

His utterly unique voice as a solo performer, principally on saxophones and clarinets, produces a rich cinematic soundscape that moves in the experimental border areas of rock, jazz and music for film. His intense technical prowess matched by his exhilarating and emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 11th Mar
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African Drumming Workshop

Family

12 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

African Drumming Workshop

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Catch a rhythm and learn the basics to African drumming. Join us for an energetic and upbeat workshop making music and creating rhythms.

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Sat 12th Mar
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Sam Lee

Folk

12 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sam Lee

Synopsis

With support

The Fade in Time

The Fade in Time is the stunning second album from singer and intrepid traditional song-collector Sam Lee. Drawn from his travels around the UK to seek out ancient songs, his though is very much 21st century music. His distinctive croon, that drops words gently into the air, reaches out to original arrangements and eclectic influences including Japanese court music and Tajikistani wedding marches.

The Daily Mirror described the album as ‘stunning rearrangements of traditional songs feature ravishing instrumentation, archive samples and incisive, spirit-awakening vocal performances from Lee himself.’

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.​

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

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Sat 12th Mar
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Moishe’s Bagel

Jazz and Film

17 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Moishe’s Bagel

Synopsis

Dir. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930, Soviet Union, 54 min, Cert PG

Moishe’s Bagel’s adrenaline-charged blend of Eastern European and jazz inflected klezmer music makes a fantastic live score for Mikhail Kalatozov’s remarkable 1930 Soviet propaganda silent film Salt for Svanetia.

Kalatozov’s visually striking and, at times, disturbing film originally promoted Soviet measures to modernise the isolated Svan people of the Caucasus Mountains in north-west Georgia and is a dramatic combination of history and socialist realism.

The evening will feature a full set from the band followed by the film and score after the interval. Moishe’s Bagel is Phil Alexander (keyboards), Greg Lawson (violin), Mario Caribe (bass) Pete Garnett (accordion), and Guy Nicolson (percussion).

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 17th Mar
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

The Necks and James McVinnie: The Secret Life of Organs

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Music by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Philip Glass and The Necks performed on Leeds Town Hall’s organ.

Exceptional performers The Necks and James McVinnie explore the secret sounds of Leeds Town Hall’s magnificent organ.

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Each of the trio’s improvised sets is "a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown” (The Guardian), making every performance a unique and spellbinding experience. Part of their 30th anniversary season, this concert brings pianist Chris Abrahams out from behind the piano as the trio explore the powerful, intricate and varied sonorities of Leeds’ colossal organ.

Previously Assistant Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, James McVinnie is fast becoming the country’s leading performer of new organ music.

As a member of the Bedroom Community label collective, his boundless approach has led him to collaborate with some of the world’s leading artists including Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Bryce Dessner (The National).

James will play a specially commissioned score by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher/Warp Records) which echoes the fast, cut-up beats and synth lines for which he is so well known, interlaced with expansive classical influences. The programme will also include two of Philip Glass’s most emblematic organ pieces which are rarely heard live on instruments of this scale.

Produced by No-Nation. Promoted in association with the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Room 237 and Recon.

Next Performances
Wed 6th Apr
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The Ring Cycle: Open Rehearsal

Opera

8 - 9 Apr 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Ring Cycle: Open Rehearsal

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Get an inside look as Opera North gears up for its full Ring cycle by Richard Wagner. A rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the rehearsal process for Das Rheingold ​with ace conductor and Opera North’s Music Director, Richard Farnes. This is a chance to experience the power of a magnificent 109-piece orchestra up close and in all its Romantic glory and see our stellar cast perform ahead of opening night.

With an introduction by Richard Farnes and Orchestra Director Phil Boughton.

Extra date added due to popular demand: Friday 8 April (limited availability).
Saturday 9 April is sold out.
 

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Fri 8th Apr
Sat 9th Apr
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LoveDeath: Music and Words

Opera and Classical

9 Apr 2016

Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

LoveDeath: Music and Words

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Musicians and singers from Opera North perform music and words from Bill Viola and Richard Wagner in the beautiful, intimate surroundings of the Chapel.

Curated and directed by Matthew Sharp, and produced by Opera North, the evening takes inspiration from Wagner's operas Tristan and Isolde and the Ring, and celebrates the current exhibition at YSP by Bill Viola and Opera North's Ring cycle, which begins in Leeds in April 2016.

Next Performances
Sat 9th Apr
Sat 9th Apr
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The Ring Cycle

Opera

23 Apr - 10 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Ring Cycle

Synopsis

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner (1876)

Wagner's epic masterpiece: unforgettable music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North is placed at the heart of a concert staging that makes Wagner’s narrative enthralling for both experienced Wagnerians and newcomers alike.

The culminative power of The Ring Cycle is all the more palpable when experienced in such a concentrated burst, offering the rare opportunity for total immersion in this unique, all-encompassing music drama.

The Ring Cycle is conducted by Richard Farnes, one of today’s leading interpreters of Wagner. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music is translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford, bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception.

A company of top British and international singers includes Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz,  Mati Turi and Michael Weinius.

Please note that tickets for The Ring Cycle will be sold as full cycles per venue in the first instance. Single tickets may become available at a later date.

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Apr
Sat 30th Apr
Sat 14th May
Sat 21st May
There are a total of 24 upcoming performances for this production
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Pleasure

Opera

28 Apr - 14 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Pleasure

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World Premiere

New date added in Leeds due to popular demand: Saturday 30 April. 

Val (Lesley Garrett) works the toilets in “Pleasure”, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England. For years, she’s been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante. She is much-loved but viewed as an enigma. Why is she still there? Why does she never leave? When a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of a passionate and violent night…

Born in Liverpool in 1988, composer Mark Simpson won BBC Young Musician of the Year as a clarinettist in 2006 and also, that same year, received the accolade of BBC Young Composer of the year – the only individual to have won both competitions. In 2010 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award. With a growing catalogue of works to his credit, his orchestral scores A Mirror-Fragment and Threads (both 2008) as well as sparks (2012) have all been well received.

Pleasure sees Simpson turn to opera for the first time, collaborating once again with librettist Melanie Challenger. Highly sought after, and admired by peers, critics and audiences alike, Challenger’s works includes a stunning selection of poetry and prose including the award-winning non-fiction book On Extinction. The duo recently received critical praise for their contribution to the Manchester International Festival, The Immortal, which was performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

Pleasure marks the third collaborative project by Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Royal Opera House, giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.​

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, the Emerald Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Next Performances
Thu 28th Apr
Fri 29th Apr
Sat 30th Apr
Wed 4th May
There are a total of 8 upcoming performances for this production
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Courtney Pine

Jazz and Howard Assembly Room

4 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Courtney Pine

Synopsis

Song (the Ballad Book)

Featuring Zoe Rahman

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

With his latest project, drawn from his 16th studio album, the great British jazz musician Courtney Pine plays the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career. 

He takes to the stage playing bass clarinet, drawing magic from its ‘low-register purrs and ship’s-timber creakings, lustrous mid-tones and whistling upper range’. (The Guardian).

He is accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman, whose subtle and highly individual collaboration is the perfect pairing for this celebration of timeless ballads.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Wed 4th May
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Teddy Thompson

Classical and Folk

12 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Teddy Thompson

Synopsis

with Kelly Jones & Sunny Ozell

On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, Teddy Thompson and American singer Kelly Jones give audiences engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart. Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly first sang together at LA's Club Largo in 2011.

The songs that they’ve written since, capture complex emotions with simple honesty. You can hear the give and take, the dynamics, the beguiling imperfections, the deep human soul of performances. After their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall, Teddy and Kelly are looking forward to their first national tour together.

An opening set from American singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell, is followed by Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones' "glorious country-edged duets that have the easy charm of the Everly Brothers" (The Guardian).

 

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 12th May
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Kronos Quartet

Classical

17 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kronos Quartet

Synopsis

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

Over 40 years San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has revolutionised the musical potential of the string quartet; innovating, collaborating and commissioning music from every corner of the globe.

In their first ever performance in Leeds, they play a trademark programme of exciting new music. The programme includes Terry Riley’s One Earth, One People, One Love, the world premiere of a new piece by Martin Green of Lau, commissioned by Kronos after they saw him in Lau-Land, works by Laurie Anderson and Komitas, and arrangements including The Who’s Baba O’Riley.

It’s an honour to have the Kronos at the Howard Assembly Room for the most intimate date of their short national tour.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Tue 17th May
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Inside Opera Special: The Ring

Spoken Word/Talks

26 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera Special: The Ring

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Explore Wagner’s Ring and Opera North’s acclaimed concert staging of the complete cycle in the company of special guest speakers and members of the company and creative team.

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Next Performances
Thu 26th May
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Laraaji

World Music and Howard Assembly Room

27 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Laraaji

Synopsis

Day of Radiance

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

Laraaji is a pioneering New Age musician and composer based in New York City. He performs his Brian Eno produced 1980 classic Ambient 3: Day of Radiance live on stage to coincide with the record's recent reissue on Glitterbeat Records.

Laraaji began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, where Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album. An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, hammered rhythms and sound treatments, Day of Radiance pushed open many musical doors, mining the ethereal spiritualism of late 70’s New Age music, the harmonic and rhythmic repetitions of minimalism and traditional sounds from India and Javan gamelan. The reissue follows two All Saints/Warp retrospectives Celestial Music 1970–2011 and Two Sides of Laraaji

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 27th May
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Into the Woods

Musicals

2 - 25 Jun 2016

Leeds

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Into the Woods

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Stephen Sondheim (1987)

Be careful what you wish for …..

In Sondheim’s classic musical, well-known fairy tale characters collide, but for Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Red Riding Hood, together with a childless baker and his wife, Happily Ever After turns out to be far from the end of the story. Whilst all the elements are there - a slipper as pure as gold, hair as yellow as corn, magic beans and of course the curse of a witch - this is no conventional fairy tale. The familiar find themselves in very unfamiliar circumstances in this darkly comic tale.

A recent movie hit starring Meryl Streep, Sondheim’s revered wit and intelligence unite Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse in their first major collaboration. Featuring the Chorus of Opera North and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director, James Brining, prepare for a performance that is far more than Once Upon A Time….   

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes


A co-production between Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse

INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED
on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York
Next Performances
Thu 2nd Jun
Fri 3rd Jun
Sat 4th Jun
Mon 6th Jun
There are a total of 20 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Mahler Symphony no.8

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Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

David Hill, Conductor 

Lee Bisset, Soprano
Katherine Broderick, Soprano
Kate Valentine, Soprano
Sarah Castle, Mezzo-soprano
Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-soprano
Peter Wedd, Tenor
Michael Druiett, Bass
Andrew Foster Williams, Baritone

Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Bradford Catholic Youth Choir

Next Performances
Sat 4th Jun
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