19 May 2015
Howard Assembly Room
Described by the Guardian as ‘perhaps the best live band in the country’, Lau combine the talents of accordion virtuoso Martin Green, guitarist/singer Kris Drever and nimble fiddler Aiden O’Rourke. For a decade they have been stretching folk music's boundaries and exploring new musical territory. 2012’s Race The Loser album was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and featured in many critics best of year lists.
‘Lau continue to imbue the British folk scene with colourful, thought-provoking and highly original sounds’ Folk Radio
***** The Guardian Albums of the Year **** MOJO **** Observer
**** Songlines **** The Morning Star ******** UNCUT 8/10
22 May 2015
Huddersfield Town Hall
Brahms struggled mightily to compose his First Symphony, so weighed down was he by the expectation that he was Beethoven’s natural successor. His Second Symphony came much more quickly and is a far more relaxed work than the heroic First.
Brahms jokingly wrote to his publisher that the Second Symphony ‘is so melancholy that you’ll be unable to bear it’, but it is a joke that contains a germ of truth, for although this is a predominantly warm and lyrical work, it is shot through with moments of agitation and melancholy before reaching its triumphant conclusion.
The prodigiously talented Guy Johnston makes a welcome return to the Kirklees Season for the first time in four years in one of the great Romantic cello concertos, and the concert opens with a perennial favourite, Tchaikovsky’s lovely Serenade for Strings.
Tchaikovsky | Serenade for Strings
Saint-Saëns | Cello Concerto No.1
Brahms | Symphony No.2 in D
Andrew Gourlay | Conductor
Guy Johnston | Cello
27 Jun - 11 July 2015
Touring 5 theatres
Having performed all four instalments of the Ring cycle in successive years, Opera North continues its Wagnerian voyage with the work that the composer himself regarded as the true beginning of his career as a musical dramatist.
Perhaps one reason for this assessment is that the myth of the Dutchman, doomed to wander the seas eternally unless he finds redemption through a woman’s faithful love, treats of themes that were to recur throughout the rest of Wagner’s career. From this material, he constructed a thrillingly taut music drama that grips from the first storm-tossed notes of the famous overture, to the work’s resplendent final moments of transfiguration.
Like Opera North’s highly acclaimed Ring, The Flying Dutchman will be presented in a concert staging by Peter Mumford, and conducted by the Company’s Music Director Richard Farnes. The principal singers all made their mark in the Opera North Ring: Béla Perencz (Wotan) and Alwyn Mellor (Sieglinde) in Die Walküre, and Mats Almgren (Fafner) and Mati Turi (title role) in Siegfried.
Sung in German with English titles
Performance lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with no interval
Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund
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