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LoveDeath: Music and Words

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.

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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.
 

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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.

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Moishe’s Bagel

Jazz and Film

17 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Moishe’s Bagel

Synopsis

Dir. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930, Soviet Union, 54 min, Cert PG

Moishe’s Bagel’s adrenaline-charged blend of Eastern European and jazz inflected klezmer music makes a fantastic live score for Mikhail Kalatozov’s remarkable 1930 Soviet propaganda silent film Salt for Svanetia.

Kalatozov’s visually striking and, at times, disturbing film originally promoted Soviet measures to modernise the isolated Svan people of the Caucasus Mountains in north-west Georgia and is a dramatic combination of history and socialist realism.

The evening will feature a full set from the band followed by the film and score after the interval. Moishe’s Bagel is Phil Alexander (keyboards), Greg Lawson (violin), Mario Caribe (bass) Pete Garnett (accordion), and Guy Nicolson (percussion).

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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Sam Lee

Folk

12 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sam Lee

Synopsis

With support from The Brothers Gillespie

The Fade in Time

The Fade in Time is the stunning second album from singer and intrepid traditional song-collector Sam Lee. Drawn from his travels around the UK to seek out ancient songs, his though is very much 21st century music. His distinctive croon, that drops words gently into the air, reaches out to original arrangements and eclectic influences including Japanese court music and Tajikistani wedding marches.

The Daily Mirror described the album as ‘stunning rearrangements of traditional songs feature ravishing instrumentation, archive samples and incisive, spirit-awakening vocal performances from Lee himself.’

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.​

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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African Drumming Workshop

Family

12 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

African Drumming Workshop

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Catch a rhythm and learn the basics to African drumming. Join us for an energetic and upbeat workshop making music and creating rhythms.

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Colin Stetson

Jazz

11 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Colin Stetson

Synopsis

With support from Juffage

Colin Stetson spent a decade in San Francisco and Brooklyn honing his formidable talents as a horn player, working with Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, David Byrne and Bon Iver. He also made his name in the film world composing for Rust and Bone and 12 Years A Slave

His utterly unique voice as a solo performer, principally on saxophones and clarinets, produces a rich cinematic soundscape that moves in the experimental border areas of rock, jazz and music for film. His intense technical prowess matched by his exhilarating and emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter.

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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John Lill

Classical

10 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Lill

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The great British pianist makes a welcome return visit to the Howard Assembly Room with a programme dominated by a composer with whose music he has a deep and lasting affinity: Ludwig van Beethoven. Here he plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 Moonlight and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor Op. 111, together with pieces by Chopin and Schumann.

John Lill is arguably Britain's most well known pianist, having first come to international attention when he won the coveted Tchaikovsky Award in Moscow in 1970. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday with a highly acclaimed complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle at London's Cadogan Hall and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Beethoven Sonata in C# minor, Op. 27 No.2 'Moonlight'
Schumann Fantasy in C, Op. 17
Interval
Chopin Nocturne, Op. 48 No.1
  Polonaise in F# minor, Op. 44 
Beethoven Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

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.​

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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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss, Brahms

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Juanjo Mena, Conductor
Alberto Menéndez Escribano, Horn

We are delighted to welcome the BBC Philharmonic to the Kirklees Season under its Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in a programme of works by three generations of Austro-German masters. 

Franz Strauss was renowned as a virtuoso horn player, and his son Richard composed his First Horn Concerto with the hope that his father would give the premiere. In the event, the technical demands of this wonderfully fresh work, rich in melody, were deemed too risky by Strauss senior, who was by then in his sixties.

Schubert’s genial Sixth Symphony owes much to the example of Haydn, while BrahmsThird Symphony is a work of striking contrasts. The allegretto third movement, laced with melancholy, is a favourite for many, and it is followed by a tautly dramatic finale which eventually relaxes into a quiet ending that glows like sunshine through Autumn haze.

Schubert Symphony No.6
Strauss Horn Concerto No.1
Brahms Symphony No.3 
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Inside the Ring

Opera

29 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside the Ring

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On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

In anticipation of Opera North’s presentation of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, join Conductor Tim Burke on a musical exploration of this masterpiece.

Perfect for those unfamiliar with the Ring, ahead of the cycle you'll get to discover the story and the score, learn about the orchestral instruments, and uncover how music is used to heighten drama and tension on stage.

Loosely based on stories from Norse sagas and German Nibelungenlied, Wagner’s four-opera cycle contains some of the most powerful, emotionally charged music ever written for an orchestra. In 2016, Opera North will perform its acclaimed production of the full cycle in five cities across the UK, and this taster session is a great way to get involved before you see the show.

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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The Shee

Folk

27 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Shee

Synopsis

With Support from Fuzzy Jones

Continuum: Celebrating 10 Years

Multi instrumentalists and festival favourites The Shee celebrate the 10-year milestone in their action- packed career with a dazzling new live show commissioned from some of the greatest names in UK folk music: Kathryn Tickell, Karine Polwart, Andy Cutting, Brian Finnegan and Martin Simpson.

An unmissable evening of original folk music is the result. The Shee’s accordionist, Amy Thatcher, says: ‘We can’t quite believe our luck: we’re getting some of the most influential musicians and composers on the current British folk scene to write original music for us. It’s going to be an incredible experience.’

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.​

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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Broken Flowers

Film

26 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Broken Flowers

Synopsis

Dir. Jim Jarmusch, U.S.A/France 2005, 106 mins, Cert 15

Shown in honour of Ethiopian composer and musician Mulatu Astatke, whose music threads through the score, Broken Flowers is ‘a lugubrious, lenient, sweetly acted comedy about male middle-age’ (The Guardian).

Bill Murray's understated style is a perfect match for Jim Jarmusch's minimalist storytelling, creating comedy that is both deadpan and heart-lifting. The film tells the story of the resolutely single Don, who has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don yet again resigns himself to being alone. However, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives a mysterious pink letter…

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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