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Frazey Ford

Autumn 2014

21 November 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Frazey Ford

Synopsis

from The Be Good Tanyas
Support: Sophia Marshall of The Havenots

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

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Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano

Autumn 2014

20 November 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

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

Run time: 1 hr 30 mins approx (no interval)

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Ben Frost: AURORA

Autumn 2014

15 November 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ben Frost: AURORA

Synopsis

Supported by Basic House

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  | Strobe and smoke effects will be used during this performance.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before.

Feature: ‘Tis Always Better Up North

Ben Frost is not the only artist to have been inspired by The Northern Lights. Read more...

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Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

Autumn 2014

14 November 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

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CANCELLED We are sorry to announce that the band has cancelled this performance due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have booked tickets and paid by card, the Box office will automatically refund your card; if you paid by cheque or cash, a cheque will be sent to you in the course of the next four weeks. If you have any queries, please call the Box office on 0844 848 2720.
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg - The Golden Age Revived

Synopsis

Immorality Tales 

Emma Kirkby, the grande dame of Early Music, makes her Howard Assembly Room debut with a glorious selection of songs focussing on the heroines of the classical world, accompanied by lutenist Jakob Lindberg.

From Purcell’s Dido’s Lament to Dowland’s When Phoebus First Did Daphne Love, these are songs about the women of epic and myth. The recital is completed by Monteverdi’s exquisite Lamento d’Arianna, in tribute to Opera North’s new production of The Coronation of Poppea.

“Kirkby embellishes every note with a grace, lightness and sparkle which other sopranos in careers half as long have already lost”Classic FM

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Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Extended Circle

Autumn 2014

8 November 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble: Extended Circle

Synopsis

The slowly turning, luminous music of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen has, without fanfare developed a staggering depth of meaning and confidence. His quartet with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and long-term associate Jarle Vespestad, has matured into a group whose interactions draw their strength from restraint.

‘For a modern take on the European jazz tradition, this quartet is hard to beat.’ The Arts Desk

The material for this one-off UK date ranges from gospel-influenced pieces and glowing group improvisation, to the Norwegian traditional I Know A Castle In Heaven. Drawn mainly from his latest ECM album, its striking ‘Nordic-Caribbean-Gospel-Impressionist-Bluesy touch’ is reminiscent of his much-lauded debut album.

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Music: Storming of the Heart

Autumn 2014

6 November 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Music: Storming of the Heart

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North

In the first of two consecutive appearances in this year’s Kirklees Season, Opera North’s Music Director conducts three groundbreaking works.  The music of the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók is especially close to Richard Farnes’s heart.  Premièred in 1939, Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto is widely regarded as one of the greatest orchestral works of the 20th century: rhapsodic, mysterious and superbly scored, it is extraordinarily atmospheric.  Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is famous for its ferocious rhythmic drive – Wagner wrote of it ‘All tumult, all yearning, and storming of the heart’ and dubbed it ‘the apotheosis of the dance’.  Wagner’s own overture to his opera The Flying Dutchman – his first true masterpiece – opens the concert, and is a taste of things to come: Opera North will give complete performances of the opera in the summer of 2015.

Wagner | Der fliegende Holländer Overture

Bartók | Violin Concerto No.2                                    

Beethoven | Symphony No.7 in A

Richard Farnes | Conductor

Ning Feng | Violin

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

What The World Needs Now...The Music of Burt Bacharach

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Orchestra of Opera North
Conducted by Richard Balcombe

What The World Needs Now…The Music of Burt Bacharach celebrates the sound of symphonic pop from one of the 20th century’s most prolific and popular musicians, exploring the diversity and complexity of the music of Burt Bacharach.

As well as his extensive chart successes with the likes of Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Herb Albert and many others, Burt Bacharach has composed extensively for the big screen and the Broadway Stage, and is the recipient of three Academy and seven Grammy Awards.

With brand new symphonic orchestrations, a quartet of star vocalists and a programme including; Anyone who had a Heart, Close to You, What’s New Pussycat?, Walk On By, Alfie and many more.

Presented by GRB Concerts

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Night of the Hunter: Halloween at Opera North

Autumn 2014

31 October 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Night of the Hunter: Halloween at Opera North

Synopsis

Inspired by German expressionist films of the 1920s, Night of the Hunter is shot in black and white, with striking shadows and distored perspectives. Walter Schumann’s soundtrack is an integral part of the film’s eerie atmosphere. The chilling story that follows Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), a serial-killer who styles himself as a preacher man to gain the trust of a family on the Ohio River. The children escape by boat, but Powell hunts them relentlessly, believing they know the location of a robbery haul.

A classic tale of innocence versus evil, Night of the Hunter is perfect viewing for Halloween.

Dir Charles Laughton; 93 mins; USA; 1955; Cert 12

Introduced by Bridget Bennett, Professor in American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds.

‘A gripping, complex chiller.’ The Guardian

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Strauss: Enoch Arden - Op. 38 a melodrama (1897)

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Music by Richard Strauss
Words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Enoch Arden tells the heart-rending story of a shipwrecked sailor who returns home after many years to find that the world, and his loved ones, have long given him up for dead. A true melodrama; Strauss’ music digs deep into the psychological turmoil of Enoch, his wife Annie, and Philip, their shared childhood friend.

Famously recorded by Claude Rains and Glenn Gould, here the piece’s wonderfully dynamic relationship between spoken voice and piano is brought to life by music theatre actor Dale Rapley, and Opera North’s Head of Music, Martin Pickard, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ birth.

‘Tennyson’s small epic… so tear-jerking, is a verbal treasure’ BBC Music Magazine

This immersive storytelling will last for approximately one hour. For your enjoyment, the seating will be cabaret style.

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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Family: The Gruffalo

Autumn 2014

26 October 2014

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Family: The Gruffalo

Synopsis

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Join us as we venture into the deep dark wood with the acclaimed animated films based on the books The Gruffalo and its delightful successor The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  This enchanting double bill is shown on the big screen accompanied live by the Royal Northern Sinfonia.  Rene Aubrey’s beautiful scores make for a perfect introduction to the orchestra, so this performance is the ideal opportunity to introduce the delights of live orchestral music to younger family members and friends.  Now, can the cunning and resourceful little mouse outsmart that hungry Gruffalo? …

René Aubrey The Gruffalo live orchestra and film | The Gruffalo’s Child live orchestra and film

Terry Davies | Conductor

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15
 
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Untold Scandal

Autumn 2014

24 October 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Untold Scandal

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Immorality Tales

Writer/Director EJ-Yong relocates the action of De Laclos’ classic French novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, to 18th Century Korea.  A beautiful noblewoman bets her womanising cousin that he can’t seduce a virtuous young woman.  This drama of immorality, eroticism and betrayal unfolds against delicate landscapes.  

Revealing the moral hypocrisy behind the exquisitely observed etiquette of courtly society, Untold Scandal finds the essence of the original story in a rendition that combines sly wit and understated intensity.

“…a viciously purring Korean comedy of sexual conquest” New York Times

Dir EJ-Yong; 2003, Cert 18, 124 mins; with English subtitles

This film accompanies Opera North’s new production of The Coronation of Poppea.

Introduction by Paul Cooke, Centenary Chair in World Cinemas at the University of Leeds.

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