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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free, but must be booked in advance

Forced Entertainment: That Night Follows Day

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That Night Follows Day is a comical and poignant text by Tim Etchells, the Artistic Director of internationally renowned theatre company Forced Entertainment.

Written for an adult audience with performers aged 8 to 14, the work explores the ways in which adults’ words and actions shape and influence young people’s experience. Addressing the audience directly, a chorus of children explores and interrogates the range of advice, facts, truisms, white lies and excuses they hear from their elders.

In partnership with Compass Festival and Opera North, Forced Entertainment will create a rehearsed reading of the work. Age recommendation 16 +. Although the piece is performed by children it is for an adult audience as the text contains strong language.

‘One of Britain’s greatest theatre companies’ The Guardian

Part of Compass Festival 2014, taking all over Leeds City Centre between 13 - 23 November.

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

 
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Sun 23rd Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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John Smith

Autumn 2014

27th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: 12.50

John Smith

Synopsis

With support

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.

 

“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.

 
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Thu 27th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Giorgos Xylouris and Jim White

Autumn 2014

28th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Giorgos Xylouris and Jim White

Synopsis

Xylouris White is the collaboration between two masters of contemporary music: Jim White, founder of the internationally acclaimed trio Dirty Three, and Giorgos Xylouris (aka Psarogiorgis) the master lutenist who has been described as the future of Cretan music.

‘With his commanding stage presence, creative approach and curly hair, Xylouris is the Bob Dylan of Greek music’ Neoskosmos.com on Giorgos Xylouris

Xylouris White makes a compelling new blend of melody and rhythm - an exhilarating experience to watch. Having first played together in Melbourne, the duo has been on a wonderful journey across three continents. Although these new experiences have added many riches, neither has lost touch with the best of their diverse traditions.

‘ever-astounding’ Pitchfork on Jim White

The first album by Xylouris White will be released this Autumn.

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

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.

 
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Fri 28th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Scaling the Heights

Autumn 2014

4th - 6th Dec 2014

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Adult ticket: £8 to £31.50

Music: Scaling the Heights

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

Brahms’s D major Concerto is one of the peaks of the violin repertoire.  The rugged grandeur of the massive first movement gives way to the melting lyricism of the second, whilst the finale is flavoured with vigorous Hungarian folk rhythms, a tribute to the man for whom the work was written, the Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim.  Following in Joachim’s footsteps this evening is one of the most compelling young violinists on the concert platform today, Jack Liebeck.  The concert is completed by two masterworks of French orchestral tone painting – La Valse, Ravel’s tribute to the waltz, its touches of parody shot through with a surprising romanticism, and Debussy’s impressionistic evocation of the sea, La Mer.

Brahms | Violin Concerto

Debussy | La Mer

Ravel La Valse

Richard Farnes | Conductor

Jack Liebeck | Violin

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Thu 4th Dec Huddersfield Huddersfield Town Hall
Sat 6th Dec Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £6

Vocal Harmony: Interactive Family Performance

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Following the storming sell-out success of the Family Bluegrass and West African Music Interactive Performance, Vocal Harmony is our latest concert.

The morning not only features a performance from a professional a cappella vocal harmony group, the audience will also be given a chance to join in and sing along in a fun, relaxes environment.

‘A brilliant morning of music, dance and play… Opera North really went out of the way to make the event family friendly’ Yorkshire Tots

This morning concert is the ideal way to introduce young children to music, singing and professional performance.

Suitable for children of all ages and their parents/carers.

All children should be accompanied by an adult and all adults should be accompanied by a child!

‘I loved it’ Participant aged 5​

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

 
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Sat 6th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: A Joyous Christmas

Autumn 2014

11th Dec 2014

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 to £19

Music: A Joyous Christmas

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

The annual Dewsbury Christmas concert has become a popular fixture in the calendar in recent years, and with good reason: this special time of year has inspired many of the greatest composers to write some of their finest music.  This year, as well as enjoying music by Bach and Mendelssohn, you’ll bask in the glow of some exquisite arrangements of Christmas carols by the English composer John Rutter, whose own music is often strongly associated with the festive period.  You’ll also have the opportunity to add your voice to the Chorus of Opera North in favourite carols, ensuring that your Christmas season gets off to a truly joyous start.

Concert includes:

J. S. Bach | Christmas Oratorio Part I

Hess | Christmas Overture

Mendelssohn | Christus

Shaw | How Far is it to Bethlehem

arr. Rutter | The Twelve Days of Christmas | Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

Once in Royal David’s City
O Little Town of Bethlehem

Anthony Kraus | Conductor          

Chorus of Opera North

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Thu 11th Dec Dewsbury Dewsbury Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Chloë Hanslip & Danny Driver: Visions of Russia

Synopsis

Following on from Natalie Clein’s sell out solo recital, Visions of Russia is the next in the series of special concerts taking place within projected ‘rooms’ on-stage at the Howard Assembly Room. Here, the ‘radiantly sympathetic’ (Julian Haylock, Sinfinimusic) violinist Chloë Hanslip is joined by internationally renowned pianist Danny Driver.

“An outstanding compelling partnership” Gramophone Magazine

The pair focus on two giants of Russian music - Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev, whose music spans the turn of the 20th Century. This intensely emotional programme includes Prokofiev’s austere and thrilling Sonata op 80, and sections of Rachmaninov’s supremely expressive Études Tableaux op. 39.

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

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.

 
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Fri 12th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Bulgarian Voices Angelite

Autumn 2014

13th Dec 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Bulgarian Voices Angelite

Synopsis

Voices

This wonderful group of 20 strong singers is a true phenomenon.  The all-female ensemble was formed from the ashes of the Bulgarian State Television Choir, and nominated for a Grammy in 1999.

Their style of singing and ornamentation is incredibly distinctive and inspired by centuries of tradition.  Blending classical and folk music in a programme for Christmas time, the choir’s sound is both mystical and muscular as “throaty sounds course above low drone notes and wide-open harmonies, the ensemble’s performances provide one of the most unique and compelling experiences in music”. (LA Times)

“Angelite is an amazing example of vocal virtuosity” The Scotsman

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

 
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Sat 13th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £10 - £20

Music: Inspiration concert - Jesus, You are Him

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A gospel flavoured concert from your epic Inspiration.

Inspiration and the Orchestra of Opera North present: Jesus, You Are Him

The massed voices of Inspiration and The Orchestra of Opera North will once again thrill you with their extremely popular Christmas extravaganza.

This year we are exploring the exciting world of gospel, with brand new arrangements of familiar Christmas works together with some new songs, both home grown and also from some of the world's greatest gospel arrangers.

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Sun 14th Dec Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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Tallis Scholars

Autumn 2014

18th Dec 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £22.50

Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

Voices 

The Tallis Scholars make a welcome return to the Howard Assembly Room after a four year absence. Leading exponents of early sacred music for over 40 years, this superb a cappella ensemble, founded and conducted by Peter Phillips, continues to delight with their beautifully pure tone and exquisite harmonies.

Performing an inspired programme of English Renaissance music focusing on composer William Byrd, the ensemble performs a festive and moving concert for the Christmas period.

'...the sound coming from the Tallis Scholars almost surpassed the humanly possible...' - The Telegraph

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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Thu 18th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Christmas at Twilight

Autumn 2014

19th Dec 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Christmas at Twilight

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Voices

Take a break from gift wrapping and non-stop Slade, for an early evening injection of Christmas gladness and good cheer. Celebrating the spirit of midwinter festivities through the centuries, exceptional cellist Matthew Sharp, a cappella vocal trio Voice, and a group of musicians draw together Medieval harmonies, festive folk songs and carols for a unique Christmas concert.

‘An extraordinary cellist – virtuosic, charismatic, brimming with verve and poetry’ The Times on Matthew Sharp

In a holly-decked, candle-lit Howard Assembly Room, the spirits of Christmas past and present are invoked, through a wonderful array of music – from Tchaikovsky to Tavener - for the season.

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

 
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Fri 19th Dec Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: The Nutcracker & The Snowman

Autumn 2014

21st Dec 2014

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £16 - £25

Music: The Nutcracker & The Snowman

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Orchestra of Opera North

Delight your family this Christmas with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children accompanied by a live orchestra.

With the enchanted animated film The Snowman shown on a big screen, orchestral forces inject tingle-down-the-spine magic into Walking in the Air - the soundtrack to every child's Christmas.

The perfect way to begin the exciting build-up to Christmas Day.

Tim Lihoreau | narrator
Neil Thomson | conductor

Next Performances
Sun 21st Dec Leeds Leeds Town Hall
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