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Doric String Quartet

Classical

12 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Doric String Quartet

Synopsis

With Andreas Haefliger

The Doric Quartet was described by Gramophone Magazine in 2010 as being ‘one of the finest young string quartets’ in the world. Since then their style has continued to mature through insightful interpretations and sparkling playing. The Quartet is particularly lauded for their portrayal of the works of Haydn. Here they play his String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1 in G Major, followed by Britten’s Second String Quartet in C Op. 36.

‘The way they blend the sound is flawless in every dynamic, in every colour, and in every style, there is a unity which makes the music making seem so effortless’ Bachtrack

They are joined by the ‘serene, consummately lyrical’ (International Record Review) pianist Andreas Haefliger for an unmissable rendition of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet.

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. 

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

 

Next Performances
Thu 12th Feb
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Flamenco Twilight

World Music

14 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flamenco Twilight

Synopsis

Flamenco Twilight is performed in conjuction with the film Blood Wedding

Fall in love with Spain on Valentine’s Day in a two-part evening of flamenco music and dance on film. The Howard Assembly Room transforms into an intimate flamenco bar for the early evening with a glorious hour of vocals and guitar from Seville born singer Chico Pere and guitarist Glenn Sharp.

‘…flamenco at it’s finest’ Folkworld.com

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Flamenco Twilight and Blood Wedding on Sat 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Sat 14th Feb
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Blood Wedding

Film

14 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Blood Wedding

Synopsis

Blood Wedding is screened in conjunction with Flamenco Twilight.

Carlos Saura’s flamenco dance film masterpiece completes our Spanish evening. The film captures the rehearsal of a dance piece based on Federico García Lorca's play. A treat for lovers of Spanish music and dance, the evening accompanies Opera North’s production of La vida breve.

The film will be introduced by Duncan Wheeler, Associate Professor in Spanish Studies.

Dir Carlos Saura; 1981; Spain; Cert U; 68mins

Make an evening of it! Enjoy seeing both Flamenco Twilight and Blood Wedding on Sat 14 February for just £7.50. Offer not available online, please call 0844 848 2727.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

 

Next Performances
Sat 14th Feb
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Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Folk

17 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Synopsis

With support

 

World-renowned Northumbrian piping virtuoso Kathryn Tickell is joined by her new band The Side, a super group of musicians featuring Amy Thatcher on accordion and clog dancing, Ruth Wall on harps and Louisa Tuck on cello.  

‘Britain’s most celebrated traditional musician and the world’s foremost virtuoso on the Northumbrian pipes... I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape.’ The Times

Deeply rooted in the history of Northumbria, their music takes inspiration from traditional songs and the landscape itself. The result is a tour de force of rich textures, stark lines and stunning musicianship. The new blend of pipes and strings reaffirms Tickell’s place at the forefront of contemporary British folk music.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Tue 17th Feb
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A Beautiful Death

Spoken Word/Talks

18 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Beautiful Death

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To coincide with Opera North’s revival of Christopher Alden’s acclaimed production of La vida breve, leading thinkers and artists explore the relationship between violence and its artistic representation in film, opera and the visual arts. This fascinating afternoon of talks and discussion includes speakers Professor Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at Leeds University, and the Director of La vida breve, Christopher Alden.

“Pollock draws on psychoanalysis and deconstruction to explore searingly insightful and important  questions of sexuality and cultural difference.” Foreword Reviews

A Beautiful Death is a wonderful complement to La vida breve (a highlight of Opera North's award-winning Eight Little Greats season in 2004) which is performed in a double-bill with Gianni Schicchi at Leeds Grand Theatre in February.

Presented by DARE in association with the University of Leeds

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Wed 18th Feb
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La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi

Opera

18 Feb - 24 March 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

La vida breve & Gianni Schicchi

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Presented as a double bill

La vida breve

Manuel de Falla (1913)

From the composer of the orchestral showpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the popular ballet The Three-Cornered Hat comes this irresistibly exuberant opera that sets violently passionate emotions amid the colourful sights and sounds of Granada.

La vida breve is an all or nothing tragedy of a woman who loves too much a worthless man who strings her along, knowing all the while that he is to marry another girl.   The atmosphere is heavy with Spanish fatalism, heightened by the influence of Andalusian folk song, lightened by Spanish dance rhythms, and the action is ferociously intense. 

Christopher Alden’s production was one of the highlights of Opera North’s groundbreaking, award-winning Eight Little Greats season in 2004, and was extravagantly praised by Germaine Greer on BBC2’s Newsnight Review:

‘It’s a staggering work and it was staggeringly presented and performed.  If you see nothing else this year, and you give a damn, see La vida breve.  Go to Salford, Nottingham, go wherever you can and see it.’  

Sung in Spanish with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Gianni Schicchi 

Giacomo Puccini (1918)

New production

After the dark, suicidal angst of La vida breve, Gianni Schicchi is the perfect companion piece – a satyr play played out around the death-bed of a rich man.  The scheming relatives who vie for a chunk of his fortune are all too recognizable types, revealing the greed and avarice which lies just below the thin veneer of their family loyalties.

Puccini’s only outright comedy is based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno, and Christopher Alden’s new production locates the action in the early Renaissance, at a time when medieval cobwebs were blown away by the fresh air of radical new thinking and creative innovation.  The production also nods slyly in the direction of the timeless themes which Puccini exploits to brilliantly farcical effect – after all, those scheming relatives may bear an uncanny resemblance to our own family members!

With its vivid characterization and the spontaneity of its musical invention, Gianni Schicchi is a comic masterpiece in miniature, and features one of Puccini’s best-loved arias, ‘O mio babbino caro’.

Sung in Italian with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 1 hour

Double bill lasts approximately 2 hours 30 mins


Free pre-show talks 

Fri 20, Wed 25 & Sat 28 February and Tue 3, Thu 12 & Tue 24 March from 6.00-6.30pm. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.

Next Performances
Wed 18th Feb
Fri 20th Feb
Wed 25th Feb
Sat 28th Feb
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Angela Hewitt

Classical

19 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Angela Hewitt

Synopsis

Bach, Beethoven and Liszt

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt is particularly known for her thoughtful and commanding playing of JS Bach. In a nod to his 330th anniversary Hewitt performs his Partita No. 5 in G Major BWV829.

‘Marvellous. The variety and beauty of tone alone make compelling listening, bringing contrasts, clarity and warmth to Bach’s intellectual marvels‘ The Times

The evening is completed by Beethoven’s tender Les Adieux Sonata No.2 in E Flat Major Op. 8a and Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième année, Italie and Après une Lecture du Dante. Perhaps less well known as part of her repertoire, Hewitt’s interpretation of Liszt has been described as ‘exquisite in its subtlety’ and ‘admirable in its lucidity’ by The Guardian.

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

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Thu 19th Feb
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John Smith

Autumn 2014

21 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Smith

Synopsis

Sat 27 November 2014 gig postponed and rescheduled to Sat 21 February 2015

November date postponed by the artist due the extension of his North American tour. We are pleased to have secured a new date of Sat 21 February 2015 at 7.45pm. If you have tickets for the original Sat 27 November date, they have been automatically transferred to the new date.

For existing ticket holders (who bought their tickets prior to Tue 7 October 2014)

If you would like to come on the new date: no action is required – just come with your current ticket/s on Sat 21 February instead.

If you would like a refund you must send back your tickets by Mon 15 December 2014: please send your ticket/s back to the Box Office and they will arrange your refund. If you paid in cash, by cheque or Theatre tokens, your refund will be issued as a cheque. This will take 2-3 weeks.

If you have any queries, please contact the Box Office:

Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office:
Open 10.00am to 8pm Monday to Saturday
46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
0844 848 2727 (calls charged at local rate) *on performance nights, the Box Office will be busier from 6-7.30pm.
Email: boxoffice@leedsgrandtheatre.com

We share your disappointment that this event has had to be rescheduled and we hope we can welcome you back to the Howard Assembly Room soon.

Synopsis

John Smith has had an incredible year (culminating in a sell out show at Union Chapel in London) touring his most recent album Great Lakes. He is a dazzling and inventive guitarist and possessor of an unforgettable honeyed gravel growl of a voice that belies his age.

John Smith is a firm favourite at the Howard Assembly Room having first performed in the venue supporting Iron and Wine in 2010.

With support: details tbc

“He possesses a common name but a rare talent”  The Independent

“His performance was an object lesson in how taste and imagination always outweigh mere musical virtuosity…unexpected and daring” - The Sunday Times

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 21st Feb
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Ólafur Arnalds

Winter 2015

27 February 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ólafur Arnalds

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With support

Over the years, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds has gained a huge following for his unique blend of lush strings and piano, juxtaposed with edgier loops and beats. His most recent album Now I am Winter, evokes the atmospheres of winter nights and crisp snowy hills. It weaves its spell slowly, over its course.

'an exemplary suite of Icelandic music, blending American minimalist techniques with European sensibilities' The Independent

Moving between ambient electronica to pop, his tracks have been widely featured in film and TV – fans of The Hunger Games will recognise Ólafur’s song Allt Varð Hljótt, a track he penned for the film’s score and soundtrack.

Next Performances
Fri 27th Feb
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Classic FM at the Movies

Orchestral

1 March 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Classic FM at the Movies

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Some of the best-loved – and some of the best – orchestral music of the 20th and 21st centuries has been composed for the silver screen.  This season’s Classic FM at the Movies programme pays tributes to such masters of the genre as Danny Elfman and Howard Shore, as well as celebrating the enormous contribution that the great classical composers have made to so many of our favourite films.  This concert is the perfect way to share with all the family the power and the glory of wonderful orchestral music played live – so do book soon for what is bound to be one of the most popular dates in the season!

Concert includes:

Richard Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra [2001: A Space Odyssey]

Wagner | Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries [Apocalypse Now]

Danny Elfman | Batman: Suite

Mahler | Symphony no.5: Adagietto [Death in Venice, Lorenzo’s Oil]

Howard Shore | The Lord of the Rings: Suite

Dukas | The Sorcerer’s Apprentice [Fantasia]

Oliver von Dohnányi | Conductor

Nick Bailey | Presenter

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 

Next Performances
Sun 1st Mar
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Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

Classical

5 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

Synopsis

A diverse programme from two of the world’s leading artists in song. Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is in high demand from international orchestras and opera houses. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear her in a more intimate setting. She is accompanied by distinguished pianist Roger Vignoles.

“Pokupić is a serious, gifted practitioner of this endangered art form…fluidly and charmingly performed.” Opera News Magazine

The duo delights in a programme that includes Mahler’s heart-breaking Rückert Leider, Finzi’s wonderful Shakespeare Songs: O Mistress Mine, Come Away Death and pieces by Wolf and Hahn.

"... with Roger Vignoles at the piano, extraordinary things can happen" The Times

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Thu 5th Mar
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The White Ribbon

Film

6 March 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The White Ribbon

Synopsis

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or award-winning film is a spellbinding tale of bigotry and brutality set in a north German village immediately before the outbreak of the First World War.

‘Haneke's films always feel, once the credits have rolled, unstoppable. This one surely is. The Guardian

Shot in austere monochrome, The White Ribbon is as tense as a thriller and as unsettling as a horror film. The film shines a light onto an unjust social system that is morally and physically disintegrating, though no one is prepared to confront it.

Dir Michael Haneke; Austria/Germany 2009; in German with English subtitles; 144 mins; Cert 15

The White Ribbon will be introduced by Rachel Green from the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Next Performances
Fri 6th Mar
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