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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.

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 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.

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 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.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.
Next Performances
Sun 12th Jul
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Opera Bingo

Family

18 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera Bingo

Synopsis

Opera North Youth Company present…Opera Bingo

Charge your glasses, cards at the ready... it's Bingo Life! Bingo NEVER stops...

Eyes down and play… look at the world around you, the people you see on the streets, in the corner of a room, sitting alone at a table. Do you know their names? Who’s deceiving whom? And what are the secret desires of Miss Leeds Twinkletoes 1963?

Based on Leeds city centre social observations, this brand new piece of music theatre invites the audience to take part in a highly irregular game of Bingo.

With over fifty members aged 13-19, the Opera North Youth Company have been meeting weekly with a team of professional artists since September to explore, devise and create Opera Bingo.

Please note seating for this performance is unreserved – immersive bingo table seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the night. The time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 30 minutes before.

The Opera North Youth Company is supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Bernarr Rainbow Trust.

Next Performances
Sat 18th Jul
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Norton

Saint Peter's Church

Orchestra of Opera North: Heavenly Sounds

Synopsis

Richard Farnes conducts the Orchestra of Opera North at Ryedale Festival, bringing to life Bartók’s unearthly Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Written in 1936, its powerful rhythms and amazing instrumental effects fuse to create a piece both haunting and profound. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is a grand orchestral work complete with sleighbells and solo soprano. This vibrant symphony is full of folk-like colour and glorious melodies and makes an ideal introduction to Mahler’s work. The finale, based on an exquisite song depicting a child’s vision of heaven, is sure to lift both body and soul.

Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Mahler Symphony No. 4

Conductor Richard Farnes
Soprano TBA

Next Performances
Fri 24th Jul
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Borodin Quartet

Classical

19 September 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Borodin Quartet

Synopsis

When four students assembled at the Moscow Conservatory to play string quartets one afternoon in 1945, they unknowingly set the foundations for what soon became one of the world’s finest chamber music ensembles. The Borodin Quartet ranks today among the great names in music-making, universally acclaimed for the richness of its sound, the profound insights of its interpretations and its enduring pursuit of artistic truth. The group’s current members are ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary year with a packed schedule of international performances, including its first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room.

Here we have not four individual players, but a single sixteen-stringed instrument of great virtuosity’ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerhard Rohde, October 2013

 

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 19th Sep
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Kiss Me, Kate

Musicals

24 Sep - 21 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate

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Cole Porter (1948)

New production

'Another Op'nin, Another Show' . Opera North's momentous 2015/16 kicks off to a dazzling start with a classic American musical comedy.

Set both on and off-stage during the production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, the plot revolves around the tangled love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham, his leading lady (but ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi, ingénue Lois Lane and her boyfriend Bill - not to mention a couple of gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show.  Studded with gems as various as 'So in Love', 'Wunderbar', 'Always True to You in My Fashion' and 'Too Darn Hot', Kiss Me, Kate is a deliciously witty confection graced by what is probably Cole Porter's richest, most accomplished theatrical score.

Opera North's new production is conducted by David Charles Abell, who has prepared a new critical edition of the score, and directed by Jo Davies, who is responsible for a string a recent Opera North successes, including RuddigoreCarousel and The Marriage of Figaro.  

There is surely no more enjoyable way to brush up your Shakespeare than with this show.     

Sung in English

Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera

Next Performances
Thu 24th Sep
Fri 25th Sep
Sat 3rd Oct
Wed 21st Oct
There are a total of 15 upcoming performances for this production
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The Barber of Seville

Opera

7 Oct - 19 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

The Barber of Seville

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Gioachino Rossini (1816)

Rosina is rich, beautiful and in love with a dashing young Count. However, her elderly guardian, Doctor Bartolo, has designs on her himself, and does everything he can to put obstacles in the way of their happiness. But with the help of the sharp-witted Figaro, true love finally triumphs.

Tuneful and vivacious, Rossini’s score contains one irresistibly catchy number after another, ranging from the fireworks of Figaro’s ‘Largo al factotum’ to the seductive beauty of the Count’s ‘Ecco, ridente’.

Giles Havergal’s handsome period production delivers pure enjoyment with bags of style. This revival features three exceptionally engaging young singers in Nicholas Watts (Count), Katie Bray (Rosina) and Gavan Ring (Figaro). They are joined by one of the UK’s most distinguished operatic basses, Alastair Miles, as Basilio, and this classic production wouldn’t be complete without the comic genius of Eric Roberts as Bartolo.

Sung in English

Next Performances
Wed 7th Oct
Sat 17th Oct
Fri 23rd Oct
Tue 27th Oct
There are a total of 11 upcoming performances for this production
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Jenůfa

Autumn 2015

22 Oct - 18 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Jenůfa

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Leoš Janáček (1904)

This intense story of love, jealousy and sacrifice is by turns harrowing, heart-wrenching and starkly tragic.  It took Janáček ten years to complete his first great opera, and in the final year of its composition he witnessed his own daughter’s painful illness and early death.  His soul-piercing score is laced with the suffering caused by this event.

Tom Cairns returns to direct a production acclaimed for its beautifully simple staging and sheer emotional power.  A world-class cast includes Susan Bickley (Waltraute, Götterdämmerung) as the Kostelnička and Elizabeth Sikora (Salud’s Grandmother, La vida breve) as Grandmother Buryjkova.  In the title role is the Swedish soprano Ylva Kihlberg, who gave a memorably powerful performance as Emilia Marty in The Makropolus Case for the Company in 2012. 

 

Sung in English with English titles

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Oct
Sat 24th Oct
Mon 26th Oct
Wed 28th Oct
There are a total of 7 upcoming performances for this production
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Vox Luminis

Classical

24 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vox Luminis

Synopsis

Purcell: Night and Day

Vox Luminis, founded in 2004, is a Gramophone Award winning, first-class European ensemble specialising in 16th – 18th century vocal music that are particularly noted for its seamless blend of exceptional individual voices, exquisite tuning and clarity of sound.

For this Autumnal concert, the programme centres on the sublime songs of English composer Henry Purcell. Turning a traditional liturgy of the hours on its head, a beautifully chosen selection of sacred and secular songs begins in the evening, and ends with the uplifting brightness of morning. The programme is completed with pieces by John Blow and Matthew Locke.

 

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 24th Oct
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Freddy Kempf

Classical

4 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Freddy Kempf

Synopsis

Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. A first-class musician, Kempf has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

'Kempf shaped lines with delicacy and insight, yet it was the balance with an impetuous Beethovian fire that lifted the performance of the third concerto on to a higher level' - The Guardian

Marking a long-awaited return to the Howard Assembly Room following his 2011 concert, early booking is highly recommended.

'The delicacy of his touch was almost excruciating… His right-hand twinkled like a music box… The subtle, refined tenderness of Kempf’s musicianship keeps you leaning in… Kempf has the ability to turn his hand to every mood and style necessary.' - Time Out

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 4th Nov
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Kate Royal & Joseph Middleton

Classical

7 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kate Royal & Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

In collaboration with Leeds Lieder

If there was ever a more obviously fitting adjective to describe young British soprano Kate Royal, one suspects it would be “regal” as she has the sort of luminously lyric voice that comes from the same realm as Renée Fleming or Felicity Lott.

As part of Leeds Lieder Plus, she is joined by the organisation’s new Artistic Director, pianist Joseph Middleton in a programme that includes Mahler’s tender and direct Rückert Lieder, based on poems by Friedrich Rückert of whom Mahler wrote ‘I could not compose anything but Rückert – this is lyric poetry from the source, all else is lyric poetry of a derivative kind’

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 7th Nov
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