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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

The Necks and James McVinnie: The Secret Life of Organs

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Music by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Philip Glass and The Necks performed on Leeds Town Hall’s organ.

Exceptional performers The Necks and James McVinnie explore the secret sounds of Leeds Town Hall’s magnificent organ.

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Each of the trio’s improvised sets is "a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown” (The Guardian), making every performance a unique and spellbinding experience. Part of their 30th anniversary season, this concert brings pianist Chris Abrahams out from behind the piano as the trio explore the powerful, intricate and varied sonorities of Leeds’ colossal organ.

Previously Assistant Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, James McVinnie is fast becoming the country’s leading performer of new organ music.

As a member of the Bedroom Community label collective, his boundless approach has led him to collaborate with some of the world’s leading artists including Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Bryce Dessner (The National).

James will play a specially commissioned score by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher/Warp Records) which echoes the fast, cut-up beats and synth lines for which he is so well known, interlaced with expansive classical influences. The programme will also include two of Philip Glass’s most emblematic organ pieces which are rarely heard live on instruments of this scale.

Produced by No-Nation. Promoted in association with the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Room 237 and Recon.

Next Performances
Wed 6th Apr
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The Ring Cycle: Open Rehearsal

Opera

8 - 9 Apr 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Ring Cycle: Open Rehearsal

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Get an inside look as Opera North gears up for its full Ring cycle by Richard Wagner. A rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the rehearsal process for Das Rheingold ​with ace conductor and Opera North’s Music Director, Richard Farnes. This is a chance to experience the power of a magnificent 109-piece orchestra up close and in all its Romantic glory and see our stellar cast perform ahead of opening night.

With an introduction by Richard Farnes and Orchestra Director Phil Boughton.

Extra date added due to popular demand: Friday 8 April (limited availability).
Saturday 9 April is sold out.
 

Next Performances
Fri 8th Apr
Sat 9th Apr
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LoveDeath: Music and Words

Opera and Classical

9 Apr 2016

Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

LoveDeath: Music and Words

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Musicians and singers from Opera North perform music and words from Bill Viola and Richard Wagner in the beautiful, intimate surroundings of the Chapel.

Curated and directed by Matthew Sharp, and produced by Opera North, the evening takes inspiration from Wagner's operas Tristan and Isolde and the Ring, and celebrates the current exhibition at YSP by Bill Viola and Opera North's Ring cycle, which begins in Leeds in April 2016.

Next Performances
Sat 9th Apr
Sat 9th Apr
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The Ring Cycle

Opera

23 Apr - 10 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Ring Cycle

Synopsis

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner (1876)

Wagner's epic masterpiece: unforgettable music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North is placed at the heart of a concert staging that makes Wagner’s narrative enthralling for both experienced Wagnerians and newcomers alike.

The culminative power of The Ring Cycle is all the more palpable when experienced in such a concentrated burst, offering the rare opportunity for total immersion in this unique, all-encompassing music drama.

The Ring Cycle is conducted by Richard Farnes, one of today’s leading interpreters of Wagner. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music is translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford, bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception.

A company of top British and international singers includes Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz,  Mati Turi and Michael Weinius.

Please note that tickets for The Ring Cycle will be sold as full cycles per venue in the first instance. Single tickets may become available at a later date.

Next Performances
Sat 23rd Apr
Sat 30th Apr
Sat 14th May
Sat 21st May
There are a total of 24 upcoming performances for this production
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Pleasure

Opera

28 Apr - 14 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Pleasure

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World Premiere

New date added in Leeds due to popular demand: Saturday 30 April. 

Val (Lesley Garrett) works the toilets in “Pleasure”, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England. For years, she’s been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante. She is much-loved but viewed as an enigma. Why is she still there? Why does she never leave? When a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of a passionate and violent night…

Born in Liverpool in 1988, composer Mark Simpson won BBC Young Musician of the Year as a clarinettist in 2006 and also, that same year, received the accolade of BBC Young Composer of the year – the only individual to have won both competitions. In 2010 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award. With a growing catalogue of works to his credit, his orchestral scores A Mirror-Fragment and Threads (both 2008) as well as sparks (2012) have all been well received.

Pleasure sees Simpson turn to opera for the first time, collaborating once again with librettist Melanie Challenger. Highly sought after, and admired by peers, critics and audiences alike, Challenger’s works includes a stunning selection of poetry and prose including the award-winning non-fiction book On Extinction. The duo recently received critical praise for their contribution to the Manchester International Festival, The Immortal, which was performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

Pleasure marks the third collaborative project by Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Royal Opera House, giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.​

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, the Emerald Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Next Performances
Thu 28th Apr
Fri 29th Apr
Sat 30th Apr
Wed 4th May
There are a total of 8 upcoming performances for this production
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Courtney Pine

Jazz and Howard Assembly Room

4 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Courtney Pine

Synopsis

Song (the Ballad Book)

Featuring Zoe Rahman

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

With his latest project, drawn from his 16th studio album, the great British jazz musician Courtney Pine plays the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career. 

He takes to the stage playing bass clarinet, drawing magic from its ‘low-register purrs and ship’s-timber creakings, lustrous mid-tones and whistling upper range’. (The Guardian).

He is accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman, whose subtle and highly individual collaboration is the perfect pairing for this celebration of timeless ballads.

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 May
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Teddy Thompson

Classical and Folk

12 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Teddy Thompson

Synopsis

with Kelly Jones & Sunny Ozell

On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, Teddy Thompson and American singer Kelly Jones give audiences engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart. Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly first sang together at LA's Club Largo in 2011.

The songs that they’ve written since, capture complex emotions with simple honesty. You can hear the give and take, the dynamics, the beguiling imperfections, the deep human soul of performances. After their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall, Teddy and Kelly are looking forward to their first national tour together.

An opening set from American singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell, is followed by Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones' "glorious country-edged duets that have the easy charm of the Everly Brothers" (The Guardian).

 

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 12th May
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Kronos Quartet

Classical

17 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kronos Quartet

Synopsis

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

Over 40 years San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has revolutionised the musical potential of the string quartet; innovating, collaborating and commissioning music from every corner of the globe.

In their first ever performance in Leeds, they play a trademark programme of exciting new music. The programme includes Terry Riley’s One Earth, One People, One Love, the world premiere of a new piece by Martin Green of Lau, commissioned by Kronos after they saw him in Lau-Land, works by Laurie Anderson and Komitas, and arrangements including The Who’s Baba O’Riley.

It’s an honour to have the Kronos at the Howard Assembly Room for the most intimate date of their short national tour.

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 17th May
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Inside Opera Special: The Ring

Spoken Word/Talks

26 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera Special: The Ring

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Explore Wagner’s Ring and Opera North’s acclaimed concert staging of the complete cycle in the company of special guest speakers and members of the company and creative team.

Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance

Next Performances
Thu 26th May
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Laraaji

World Music and Howard Assembly Room

27 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Laraaji

Synopsis

Day of Radiance

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

Laraaji is a pioneering New Age musician and composer based in New York City. He performs his Brian Eno produced 1980 classic Ambient 3: Day of Radiance live on stage to coincide with the record's recent reissue on Glitterbeat Records.

Laraaji began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, where Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album. An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, hammered rhythms and sound treatments, Day of Radiance pushed open many musical doors, mining the ethereal spiritualism of late 70’s New Age music, the harmonic and rhythmic repetitions of minimalism and traditional sounds from India and Javan gamelan. The reissue follows two All Saints/Warp retrospectives Celestial Music 1970–2011 and Two Sides of Laraaji

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 27th May
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Into the Woods

Musicals

2 - 25 Jun 2016

Leeds

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Into the Woods

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Stephen Sondheim (1987)

Be careful what you wish for …..

In Sondheim’s classic musical, well-known fairy tale characters collide, but for Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Red Riding Hood, together with a childless baker and his wife, Happily Ever After turns out to be far from the end of the story. Whilst all the elements are there - a slipper as pure as gold, hair as yellow as corn, magic beans and of course the curse of a witch - this is no conventional fairy tale. The familiar find themselves in very unfamiliar circumstances in this darkly comic tale.

A recent movie hit starring Meryl Streep, Sondheim’s revered wit and intelligence unite Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse in their first major collaboration. Featuring the Chorus of Opera North and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director, James Brining, prepare for a performance that is far more than Once Upon A Time….   

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes


A co-production between Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse

INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED
on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York
Next Performances
Thu 2nd Jun
Fri 3rd Jun
Sat 4th Jun
Mon 6th Jun
There are a total of 20 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Mahler Symphony no.8

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Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

David Hill, Conductor 

Lee Bisset, Soprano
Katherine Broderick, Soprano
Kate Valentine, Soprano
Sarah Castle, Mezzo-soprano
Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-soprano
Peter Wedd, Tenor
Michael Druiett, Bass
Andrew Foster Williams, Baritone

Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Bradford Catholic Youth Choir

Next Performances
Sat 4th Jun
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