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Mistaken for Strangers

Film

6 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mistaken for Strangers

Synopsis

‘…the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap’ - Pitchfork

Hailed by Michael Moore as ‘one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen’, Mistaken for Strangers is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger.

Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure.

Dir Tom Berninger; 2013; 75 mins; cert 15; USA

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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Fri 6th 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’

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.

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Sat 7th Nov
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Emily Portman Trio: Twilight Concert

Music

11 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Emily Portman Trio: Twilight Concert

Synopsis

 ‘A marvelous original work’ - The Observer on 2015 album Coracle

Emily Portman lures listeners into a complex and darkly surreal netherworld that ‘casts an entrancing spell’ (The Observer). Her ethereal voice combines with beguiling harmonies from Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton, and rich arrangements for harp, concertina, banjo, strings and saw.

This beauty meets a world of dark storytelling, cruel deeds and sordid city landscapes, partly inspired by traditional balladry and part by rich literary sources, from myth to the magical realism of novelist Angela Carter.

Duration 1 hour

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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Wed 11th Nov
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Folk

13 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Synopsis

'The duo's banjos produce such a rich palette of sounds that you'd swear a full string band was at work' - Songlines

Multiple Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck is possibly the best banjo player in the world, reinventing his instrument’s sound in a world-spanning career that has featured collaborations with Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, and Toumani Diabaté, among others.

His duo with Abigail Washburn makes magic from both traditional and original songs. Their music is steeped in languages of American music, combining the earthy sophistication of the old-time singer-songwriter, with an instrumental ingenuity that transcends its bluegrass roots. The fast-fingered interplay of the two creates an astonishing sonic landscape from an array of banjos, laced with warmth and playfulness.

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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Fri 13th Nov
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Brodsky Quartet

Classical

14 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brodsky Quartet

Synopsis

The Last Quartets: Beethoven and Shostakovich

Beethoven concluded his final quartet with enigmatic phrase ‘Must it Be? It must be!’. Since then, there have been numerous interpretations of his final motto both prosaic and profound by other composers. The only certainty gleaned from Beethoven’s phrase is that the words describe the essence of the music, and its stark, hymn-like and humble final movement.

Shostakovich's answer to Beethoven’s question in his own final quartet is both moving and intimate. If there is a season for all things, then this, Shostakovich's 15th quartet, lives in the intensity of mid-winter.

This specially conceived collaboration between the Brodsky Quartet and Opera North brings together these last quartets with beautifully atmospheric and restrained lighting that reflects and responds to the Brodsky’s exceptional interpretation of these jewel-like final works.

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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Sat 14th Nov
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Huun-Huur-Tu

World Music

21 November 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Huun-Huur-Tu

Synopsis

The legendary Tuvan throat-singing band Huun-Huur-Tu returns to the Howard Assembly Room as part of a very rare UK tour. Having almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to Tuvan over-tone or “throat-singing” techniques invented by nomadic hunter-herders of the Tuvan steppes and mountains, they have gone on to an incredibly rich career including collaborations with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Nina Nastasia and the Kronos Quartet.

Using traditional instruments, percussion and an array of vocal techniques, they create a world of sound that seems almost unbelievable, of harmony and otherworldly sound. While many of their themes are pastoral, this is no gentle folk music but fierce, heart-searing and incredibly direct. Unmissable.

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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Sat 21st Nov
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Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Music

23rd - 28 November 2015

London

Linbury Studio Theatre

Lulu - A Murder Ballad

Synopsis

Tickets on sale to Friends of Royal Opera House, General Booking will open on Tuesday 14 July.

The Tiger Lillies’ genre-defying brand of other-worldly vocals and unnerving performance style have carved them a unique niche in the cabaret and music theatre scene. After a sell-out run of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner at the Southbank Centre, the cult creators of the award-winning Shockheaded Peter now stage another adaptation of a macabre classic.

The character of Lulu is one of the great creations of 20th Century fiction, and one of its most disturbing. Her unbridled sex appeal, her youth, and her self-destructiveness combine to make her dangerous, unpredictable and tragic. With the men (and the women) who circle her, Lulu’s journey from street prostitute to the toast of Society and back again, is told as a hypnotic and kaleidoscopic dance of death. Journey with her from Berlin to Paris and finally to the dark London streets of Jack The Ripper.

The band’s flamboyant live performance is enhanced by large-scale virtual sets that create an immersive and richly atmospheric environment. Across 20 songs and interludes, the ballad of Lulu unfolds as an uncompromising musical and visual melodrama.

Age advisory 16+

Opera North gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation for Lulu: A Murder Ballad

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Mon 23rd Nov
Tue 24th Nov
Wed 25th Nov
Thu 26th Nov
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Orchestra of Opera North: Sibelius, Dvořák

Orchestral

26 November 2015

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Sibelius, Dvořák

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Both Sibelius and Dvořák were deeply attuned to the folk culture of their native lands, Finland and Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) respectively.  Dvořák wrote that ‘Love, God, Country’ were in his mind as he worked on his Seventh Symphony, yet there was something more personal too: the recent deaths of his mother and eldest child cast a shadow over the work.  Yet tragedy is counter pointed by lyrical warmth and a determined sense that life’s adversities may be overcome.  The stirring opening of the Sibelius’ Karelia Suite is one of the most instantly recognisable passages in all classical music and is matched by the wonderfully uplifting march with which the work concludes.  Figures from Finnish legend take centre stage in two further works: the impetuous youth Lemminkäinen and Luonnotar, the Spirit of Nature and Mother of the Seas. The Orchestra is joined by soprano Lee Bisset in Autumn Evening and in Luonnotar, a work that has the other-worldly quality of ancient incantation.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

David Angus, Conductor
Lee Bisset, Soprano

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Thu 26th Nov
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mozart Unwrapped: National Opera Studio 2015

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Great moments from three of Mozart’s finest operas, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan Tutte and Don Giovanni are brought together in this exploration of the relationship between words and music in Mozart’s work.  Focussing on the operas he wrote with the extraordinary librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, the concert is performed by great singers of the next generation from the National Opera Studio, with sparkling direction by Giles Havergal.

The concert is conducted by Aleksander Marković, with members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

"Having recently made the transition from Baritone to Tenor my year at the NOS provided an invaluable opportunity to study new repertoire in detail with top class coaches. It also helped me to establish informal links with the major opera companies and gave me a fantastic platform from which to launch my career.

The Opera North showcase was certainly one of the highlights of my year at the NOS. Working intensively on a set of scenes with a world-class director & conductor (not to mention the superb Orchestra of Opera North!) closely replicates the experience of a production at a major company and inspires you to raise your game to their consistently high standards
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- David Butt Philip, National Opera Studio graduate (2012), who makes his debut with Opera North in Jenůfa this Autumn.

The National Opera Studio residency is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.

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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Sat 28th Nov
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Mark Padmore & Simon Lepper

Classical

3 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mark Padmore & Simon Lepper

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Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wolf

British tenor Mark Padmore makes a welcome return to Leeds following his 2010 performance of Dichterliebe, with another of Schumann’s great songs, this time set to poet Heinrich Heine: Liederkreis Op. 24. Written in 1840, Schumann’s ‘year of song’, Liederkreis is a meditation of lost love and longing.

The evening journeys though the great Lieder composers, in which Padmore also brings his ‘startling purity of tone’ (The Guardian) and clarion way with words, to selections of songs by Schubert, Wolf and more.

For this concert Mark Padmore is accompanied by celebrated pianist Simon Lepper who has been described by Opera Magazine as ‘one of the most gifted and enterprising accompanists of his generation’. 

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 3rd Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: Lutosławski, Mahler

Orchestral

3rd - 5 December 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Lutosławski, Mahler

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Huddersfield concert part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Richard Farnes’ illustrious 12-year term as Music Director of Opera North concludes in the summer of 2016 with complete cycles of Wagner’s Ring up and down the country.  Richard has conducted the Orchestra in several memorable concerts in the Kirklees Season over the years, and this evening promises to be an extra-special occasion.  The Concerto for Orchestra by the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski was premièred in 1954 and, like Bartók’s earlier work of the same title, is a remarkable demonstration of the virtuosity of the modern symphony orchestra. It’s a perfect piece with which to celebrate the creative partnership of Farnes and the Orchestra of Opera North.  Mahler’s First Symphony is full of vivid orchestral scene-painting, from the glorious opening sunrise from which the work derives its nickname, ‘Titan’, to a fittingly triumphant conclusion.

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

Richard Farnes, Conductor

Huddersfield Town Hall
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General on sale from Monday 27 July.

Leeds Town Hall
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Thu 3rd Dec
Sat 5th Dec
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Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

World Music

4 December 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

Synopsis

remarkable...an elegant, gently exquisite set’ - The Guardian ****

It’s been an amazing couple of years for Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita as they have gathered awards and praise for their debut album of ‘heavenly music…intricately realised’ (Songlines). The harps of West Africa and Wales and the two nations’ bardic traditions, expressed through song and verse, create music that is coherent, relevant and entirely new.

The sky is the limit for this fearless pair of skilful musicians whose infectious onstage chemistry defies categorisation and continues to merge the boundaries between the genres of classical, world, folk and traditional music.

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.

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Fri 4th Dec
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