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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains - Support: Petit Fantôme and Babe

Synopsis

Since the release of their hugely popular breakthrough album E Volo Love, Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains have come a long way.  Their most recent music, while remaining true to their signature sunny harmonies, is at times a more shadowy electronic affair.

According to Frànçois, Piano Ombre translates as calm down shadow, 'which refers to me trying to tame the shadows.' The result retains his love of a great pop tune, mixing it with elegant French chanson, West African rhythms and a more confident darker edge.

On Piano Ombre

“…confident and packed full of elevating song structures, Piano Ombre is an album many will find euphorically addictive.” Drowned in Sound

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 14th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Ben Frost: AURORA

Autumn 2014

15th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Ben Frost: AURORA

Synopsis

Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, he formed the Bedroom Community record label in 2003. Frost’s own music is varied, he welds structured sound to immersive melody.

With 2014 release A U R O R A, he strips away piano and strings in favour of a world of fiercely synthetic shapes, live manipulation of electronics, guitar noise and drumbeats firing in all directions. Live he commands the stage, judging the perfect moment to send down his next lightning bolt.  

“A brutal yet glorious release that doubles up as an unbending overture to fervour and force” The Line of Best Fit

In association with Room 237

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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Sat 15th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

Autumn 2014

20th Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

Synopsis

Abdullah Ibrahim returns to Leeds for a special concert to celebrate his 80th year. Casting his own atmospheric spell of heart-stopping melodies and delicately propulsive grooves, Ibrahim plays music from across his vast musical landscape of knowledge and technique.

The legendary South African pianist and composer occupies a central position in his country's music history as an exile from apartheid and politicised pioneer of Township and Cape Jazz.

There’s nothing in music quite like the atmosphere of an Abdullah Ibrahim concert.

"…the humble high priest of international jazz" - 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.

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Thu 20th Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Frazey Ford

Autumn 2014

21st Nov 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £20

Frazey Ford

Synopsis

from The Be Good Tanyas
With support

One of the defining features of The Be Good Tanyas is the distinctive vocal style of Frazey Ford. David Honigmann said in the Financial Times ‘as a lead singer, Frazey is posed halway between folk and soul, paying simultaneous obeisance to Bob Dylan and Otis Redding.’

Her influences run near the surface – you can hear in her songs the combination of soul and folk that fuelled artists like Donny Hathaway and Joni Mitchell – but the stories of her new album Indian Ocean are all her own.

'Frazey Ford's warm voice is instantly recognizable to any fan of her former group, The Be Good Tanyas. But unlike that trio and its folksy air, Ford's solo work has more of a smoky, soulful mood'Washington Post

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 21st Nov Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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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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Tickets available from 12 noon on Tue 26 August

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

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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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