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Tariq Ali

Spoken Word/Talks

28 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tariq Ali

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Between Past and Future

‘Since the beginning of the Arab Spring there has been much talk of revolutions. Not from me. I’ve argued against the position that mass uprisings on their own constitute a revolution, i.e. a transfer of power from one social class … to another that leads to fundamental change’. Tariq Ali.

Acclaimed commentator, author and broadcaster Tariq Ali investigates the deep currents of change sweeping across the Eastern Mediterranean, from IS, Assad and the rise in old tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the role of the West. Acute analysis, provocative analogy and a lifetime of activism come together in this fascinating lecture.

Ali remains an outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower; an urbane, Oxford-educated polemicist. The Observer

Part of Liberty Lectures in association with the University of Leeds.

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Thu 28th May
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Casablanca

Film

30 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Casablanca

Synopsis

Released in 1942, Casablanca has only improved with age, remaining Hollywood’s quintessential evocation of love. This blockbuster has it all: silver screen royalty, quotable lines, and a heart-breaking love story.

...a rich, detailed screenplay studded with an indecent number of sparklingly quotable lines. It is a movie to play again, and again. The Daily Telegraph

The film is set in a highly fictionalised WWII Morocco, under the control of the French Vichy Regime, where desperate refugees plead for transit papers to escape the stucco-walled coastal city of Casablanca. There, nightclub owner Rick Blaine (the thrilling Humphrey Bogart) has his world shaken as his lost love (Ingrid Bergman) and her anti-Nazi rebel husband arrive.

With live piano to transport you back to the ‘40s on arrival.

Dir. Michael Curtiz; 1942; 103 mins; cert PG; USA

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Sat 30th May
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Heritage Blues Orchestra

Music

4 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Heritage Blues Orchestra

Synopsis

With support

Like fellow neo-traditionalists the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra draw their lifeblood from African-American musical traditions: from juke joint country blues to chain gang songs. Performing here as a quintet, their sound harnesses the grit of low-down Mississippi blues, urban R&B, gospel and bold New Orleans brass.

A welcome new sound bringing a sense of urgency to the Blues All About Jazz

Lead guitarist Junior Mack, singer/guitarist Bill Sims Jr and vocalist Chaney Sims perform classics from the likes of Son House, Muddy Waters and Leadbelly: all driven along by drummer Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith, and harmonica ace Vincent Butcher. An unmissable show!

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Thu 4th Jun
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Le Trio Joubran

Music

5 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Le Trio Joubran

Synopsis

A rare opportunity to catch the pre-eminent Palestinian oud trio, formed by three brothers – Samir, Wissam Adnan Joubran – perform with master percussionist Youssef Hbeisch. The Joubran brothers come from a family steeped in Palestine’s rich musical history. Their father, Hatem Mbadda Joubran, is a great oud maker, and their mother, Ibtisam Hanna Joubran, is an acclaimed singer.

a style that brings a new dimension to the traditional Arabic lute, thanks to the almost intuitive way they work together, and the emotional range of their improvisations. The Guardian

The brothers have a glittering international career. Their repertoire pays homage to their 4,000-year old instrument and takes inspiration from jazz and flamenco. Only hearing is believing these rich, subtle melodies and magnificent improvisations.

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Fri 5th Jun
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Çigdem Aslan: Mortissa

Folk

6 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Çigdem Aslan: Mortissa

Synopsis

With support

Just occasionally, a new artist emerges to throw old music styles into an intriguing contemporary perspective.

Turkish-Kurdish vocalist Çigdem Aslan has been described by The Guardian as ‘one of the best British-based discoveries of the year… [whose] success is down to her reworking old songs with a blend of delicate soulful vocals, subtle theatrics and a stage persona that could switch from stately to slinky and flirtatious.’

Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6

With her band, she sings Rebetiko - the bravely outspoken Greek urban folk blending Byzantine, Turkish and Balkan influences – bringing to life the smoky bars and cafes of 1920s Athens and Smyrna.

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Sat 6th Jun
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Reem Kelani

Music

11 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Reem Kelani

Synopsis

With support

British-Palestinian singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani returns to the Howard Assembly Room following a show-stopping sell-out performance in 2012. With repertoire that criss-crosses the Mediterranean, from Palestine and Syria, Egypt and Tunisia, Turkey and Spain, these are songs she not only sings, but truly inhabits.

…searingly beautiful. The Financial Times

A staggeringly powerful voice and joyful stage presence make for a live performance that is quite simply unforgettable.  The concert includes songs from her forthcoming album based on the music of great Egyptian composer Sayyid Darwish (1892 – 1925) accompanied by Bruno Heinen on piano.

Due to popularity max. 2 tickets per booking.

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Thu 11th Jun
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Hisham Matar

Spoken Word/Talks

12 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hisham Matar

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The Temptations of the Sea

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo. His father, a political dissident, was kidnapped from Cairo in 1990 and remains among Libya’s ‘disappeared’. 

Matar suffuses Nuri’s education in love and loss with an erotic frisson and fragile grace that lend the book an inner radiance The Independent

As part of the Mediterranean series, he reads from his novels Anatomy of a Disappearance and Man Booker Prize-nominated In the Country of Men. Interlacing fiction, autobiography and reflection he explores what it is to be a wanderer and the nature of displacement. Live music weaves through this specially conceived talk.

Part of Liberty Lectures in association with the University of Leeds.

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Fri 12th Jun
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Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap

Music

13 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap

Synopsis

With support

Nine years after Lookaftering, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan performs songs from her new LP, a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what she is adamant will be her final album. Vashti re-emerged after 30 years in the wilderness with the 2000 re-release of her 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day (a bona fide cult-classic that made number 53 in The Observer Music Monthly’s Top 100 British Albums of All Time). Her new songs reveal an artist at her peak, masterfully marrying content and form to sparkling effect.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.
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Sat 13th Jun
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The Flying Dutchman

Opera

27 Jun - 11 July 2015

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Flying Dutchman

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Richard Wagner 1843

Having performed all four instalments of the Ring cycle in successive years, Opera North continues its Wagnerian voyage with the work that the composer himself regarded as the true beginning of his career as a musical dramatist.

Perhaps one reason for this assessment is that the myth of the Dutchman, doomed to wander the seas eternally unless he finds redemption through a woman’s faithful love, treats of themes that were to recur throughout the rest of Wagner’s career. From this material, he constructed a thrillingly taut music drama that grips from the first storm-tossed notes of the famous overture, to the work’s resplendent final moments of transfiguration.

Like Opera North’s highly acclaimed Ring, The Flying Dutchman will be presented in a concert staging by Peter Mumford, and conducted by the Company’s Music Director Richard Farnes. The principal singers all made their mark in the Opera North Ring: Béla Perencz (Wotan) and Alwyn Mellor (Sieglinde) in Die Walküre, and Mats Almgren (Fafner) and Mati Turi (title role) in Siegfried.

Sung in German with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with no interval

Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund

Next Performances
Sat 27th Jun
Tue 30th Jun
Fri 3rd Jul
Sun 5th Jul
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Sacred Sounds

Music

1 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sacred Sounds

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More then 877,000 Indian soldiers, many of them Punjabi Sikhs, fought in WWI. Their involvement has only recently been fully acknowledged in remembrance of the Great War. Inspired by the discovery of a single photograph held by the British Library, this special concert uncovers the music the soldiers took with them to the camp and battlefield.

Interspersed by readings of Sikh soldiers’ letters, the concert explores the songs of the Great War, from ‘Shabads’, sacred Sikh hymns sung before battle, to a mother’s lament for a departing son. With Keertan Rehal, Kirpal Singh Panesar, Christella Litras and band.

Produced by Alchemy in association with SAA UK and The Network of Sikh Organisations.

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Wed 1st Jul
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tell me what yo’ singin’ for: Soul of Calypso

Synopsis

A concert of calypsos celebrating the pioneer of Caribbean music in 1950s Britain: Edric Connor. Connor collected, catalogued and recorded Trinidadian music, as well as being an acclaimed singer, broadcaster and actor in his own right. The evening features calypsos and Trinidadian folk music from his songbooks, performed by Nigel Wong and Simone Sauphanor, who both played with Edric.

In the second half, the electrified beats of Trinidad’s most popular contemporary musical form, Soca ‘the soul of calypso’, bring us bang up to date and are performed by Sheldon Blackman and members of the legendary Breakfast Band.

Produced by the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

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Fri 3rd Jul
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The Selfish Giant

Family

12 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Selfish Giant

Synopsis

Opera North’s Children Chorus present a new semi-staged production of The Selfish Giant, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, with music by Handel.

Join the 80 strong Children’s Chorus for the music loved tale of the giant who builds a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the world out.

Graeme Danby (Policeman in Opera North’s 2013 Albert Herring) plays the giant, Justin Doyle conducts and James Hurley directs.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

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Next Performances
Sun 12th Jul
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