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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

To open the season in Dewsbury we are delighted to welcome one of the world’s leading pianists/conductors, Howard Shelley.  This peerless musician has recorded all of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra with the Orchestra of Opera North to international critical acclaim. In this concert he plays and conducts from the keyboard the last and most impressive of Beethoven’s piano concertos, the ‘Emperor’. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is one of the pinnacles of Russian orchestral music.The recurrence of the fateful opening motif suggests an autobiographical aspect to the work, but this shouldn’t obscure Tchaikovsky’s mastery of symphonic form, especially in the 20-minute long opening movement.  The Fourth is a symphony supercharged with emotion, and in the intimate setting of Dewsbury Town Hall it promises to be a shattering experience.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Howard Shelley, Piano / Conductor

Next Performances
Thu 15th Oct
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tigran Hamasyan & Yerevan State Chamber Choir

Synopsis

No support

Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and the 8 strong Yerevan State Chamber Choir perform a unique exploration of their nation's music, as Tigran's flowing improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his homeland. Although still in his twenties, Tigran is already a solo recording artist for Verve/Universal, Nonesuch and ECM and has been highly praised by piano luminaries Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau for his dazzling virtuosity.

Tigran and the remarkable choir perform music he has arranged by seven famous Armenian composers including composer Komitas Vardapet, who is well known to admirers of performances by Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble.

'Hamasyan stands out because he has something important and urgent to say' Daily Telegraph

This concert is available on the autumn multi-buy Save 20%. To take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Not available online.

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 16th Oct
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Closely Watched Trains

Film

17 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Closely Watched Trains

Synopsis

At a village railway station in Czechoslovakia during the German occupation, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity.  Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, he embarks on his own personal drama of sexual awakening, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater.

Wry, tender and understatedly dramatic, Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.

The film will be introduced by James Wilson, Teaching Fellow in Russian and Language Studies at University of Leeds. 

DARE international film series, in association with University of Leeds.

Czechoslovakia; 1966; 93 mins; Cert 15; In Czech with English subtitles. Bluray; Dir Jiří Menzel.

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 17th Oct
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Jenůfa

Opera

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

Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes


Inside Opera: Jenůfa   

A special pre-performance event in which we explore the origins and creation of Janáček's first great opera.

 Sat 24 Oct, 6.00 - 6.45pm 

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book or to find out more

Pre-show talks

Mon 26, Wed 28 Oct; Wed 4, Wed 11, Wed 18 Nov
6.15 - 6.45pm

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Click here to book or to find out more


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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Bassekou Kouyate: Sings the Blues

World Music

23 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bassekou Kouyate: Sings the Blues

Synopsis

"Kouyate holds something that could rival the electric guitar" - The Quietus

 

On his way home from the USA, Howard Assembly Room favourite Bassekou Kouyate stops off in Leeds for a special blues-inflected set, inspired by his travels.

This project is paired with music from his much-lauded new album, Ba Power – a striking, career defining record marked by mesmerising songs, razor-sharp riffs and full throttle emotions. Bassekou’s band, Ngoni Ba, has turned up the volume significantly and Bassekou’s masterful ngoni playing has achieved a new level of intensity.

Early booking is highly recommended.

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 23rd Oct
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Inside Opera: Jenůfa

Spoken Word/Talks

24 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: Jenůfa

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Join us for a special panel discussion of Opera North's production of Janacek's beautiful and harrowing opera with members of the cast and creative team.

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Sat 24 Oct 6.00pm – 6.45pm

Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

Next Performances
Sat 24th Oct
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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 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 24th Oct
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Paddington Bear’s First Concert

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Join the world’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru. In London he meets The Browns, Mr Gruber and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn, Rossini and even Ástor Piazzolla.  This delightful musical story is an extended version of the original written by Paddington’s creator Michael Bond and has original music by Herbert Chappell.  Narrated by John Suchet and accompanied live by the Royal Northern Sinfonia, this is an ideal opportunity to introduce the delights of live orchestral music to younger family members and friends.

Please note, there is no screening.

John Suchet, Narrator

Paddington Bear
Composer Herbert Chappell
Story Michael Bond
Image: Paddington Bear © P&Co Ltd/SC 2014

Next Performances
Sun 25th Oct
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Jenůfa: Pre-show talks

Spoken Word/Talks

26 Oct - 18 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Jenůfa: Pre-show talks

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Join us for an inside insight into Janáček's first great opera before the performance with guest speaker Sarah Estill, soprano and member of the Chorus of Opera North.

Leeds Grand Theatre
Mon 26 Oct
Wed 28 Oct

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Wed 4 Nov

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wed 11 Nov

Nottingham Theatre Royal
Wed 18 Nov

All talks run from 6.15 - 6.45pm

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
Mon 26th Oct
Wed 28th Oct
Wed 4th Nov
Wed 11th Nov
There are a total of 5 upcoming performances for this production
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The Tiger Lillies: Love For Sale

Music

27 Oct - 20 November 2015

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

The Tiger Lillies: Love For Sale

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The Songs of Cole Porter including 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy', 'Love For Sale' and 'Miss Otis Regrets'.

Following the huge success of Lulu: A Murder Ballad, Opera North and The Tiger Lillies embark on a new adventure into the words and music of Cole Porter, one of America’s all-time great songwriters. From High Society to Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s musicals are always emotional roller-coasters, but under their surfaces lie beautiful, tender and often mysterious romantic trysts. In the hands of The Tiger Lillies the darkness and wonder of these songs comes to the surface, for an evening of delight, despair and delirium.

Commissioned and produced by Opera North Projects.

'The Tiger Lillies create the most haunting and hypnotic of soundtracks with the sparsest resources'
- The Independent on Lulu: A Murder Ballad, 5 stars

'They are completely peerless' - Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand

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 27th Oct
Sat 31st Oct
Fri 20th Nov
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Musical Rumpus: Lyrebird

Family

29 October 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Musical Rumpus: Lyrebird

Synopsis

The music is wonderful... the performance is perfect for little ones.’ - Audience member

A Spitalfields Music production

Musical Rumpus is an interactive, multisensory experience especially for pre-school children.

Before words and music existed, sound blossomed into beautiful loops and patterns and sang the world into being. Inspired by the Australian lyrebird – an animal that can mimic any sound and make it into song – award-winning Spitalfields Music presents an enchanting adventure in music, written by Zoë Palmer and composer Soosan Lolavar.

As the story unfolds in a space full of sounds and colours, you and your child can discover making music together.

Suitable for ages 0-2½

Running time: 50 minutes

Max. 2 adults per child

Supported by Arts Council England, Dunard Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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 29th Oct
Thu 29th 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 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 Nov
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