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Vieux Farka Touré

World Music

4 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vieux Farka Touré

Synopsis

The globe-trotting and genre-bending Vieux Farka Touré crafts Malian blues in the rich Songhai tradition of his late father, famed guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Vieux draws on haunting Saharan rhythms and traditional Malian melodies and infuses them with his own global influences to create an irresistible Afropop sound all his own.

Vieux Farka Touré’s live performances are known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma.  With his trio he plays music from new album Touristes and his back catalogue.

 

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Chassol

Jazz and Film

1 Feb 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Chassol

Synopsis

French pianist, composer and filmmaker Christophe Chassol plays an adaptation of his dazzling fourth album Big Sun. Dynamic and life-enhancing, his live score interweaves with the sounds, colours and voices of his film about his parents’ homeland Martinique.

Adored by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, Chassol has leapt into the greater public consciousness following performances at James Lavelle’s Meltdown and the London Jazz Festival. Often likened to Woodkid, his performance fuses visuals and rhythmic motifs into a stunning filmic/musical whole.

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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Cheikh Lô

World Music

30 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cheikh Lô

Synopsis

The voice of Senegal’s Cheikh Lô is unique, cosmopolitan and graceful. One of the giants and greatest mavericks of West African music, his music fuses his unmistakeably soulful voice with funk, mbalax (a form of Senegalese dance music) and other West African styles. 

Starting out as a drummer 40 years ago with musicians like Papa Wemba, he later started playing the guitar and incorporating influences of reggae and funk into his own style. This incredibly rare UK performance sees Cheikh Lô perform music from his newly released album Balbalou (Chapter Two).

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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Gothic Voices

Music

29 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Gothic Voices

Synopsis

New Light on an Ancient World

'A Feather on the Breath of God…' The wonderfully evocative phrase from Abbess Hildegard of Bingen is a fine description of the sound world that the British Early Music ensemble Gothic Voices inhabits. For over thirty years, their unaccompanied close medieval harmonies have been world renowned for their excellence, refinement and spirituality.

This program New Light on an Ancient World combines music by the great medieval composer and visionary Hildegard of Bingen herself, with pieces by Machaut and Dufay and contemporary composer Andrew Keeling.

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 take advantage of this offer please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

One of the delights of a performance by the Royal Northern Sinfonia is the palpable joy in their music-making. Stravinsky’s neoclassical Concerto in D was composed in Hollywood in 1946, and its exciting rhythmic character later inspired Jerome Robbins to choreograph it in his ballet The Cage.

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante is a distillation of his genius: from the grace and poise of the opening movement, to the deep sadness of the central andante, to the high-spirited fun of the finale.

Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ Symphony is so called because in the last movement the musicians leave the stage by turns, leaving just two violins to finish the work. This was perhaps a not so subtle hint to Haydn’s patron Prince Esterházy that it was time to pack up his summer residence and head home so that his musicians could be reunited with their families. 

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K364
Stravinsky Concerto in D
Haydn Symphony No.45 ‘Farewell’

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

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Mingus Big Band

Jazz

23 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mingus Big Band

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Keeping alive the genius of the great jazz adventurer Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, the band, led by his widow Sue Mingus, has a huge repertoire, ferocious wildness mixed with pin point precision and ultimate lyricism.

Making a unique northern appearance in the intimacy of the Howard Assembly Room, ahead of their legendary Ronnie Scott’s residency, this show is likely to blow the roof off!

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Big Voices

Family

23 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Big Voices

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Join the Chorus of Opera North in a fun morning of music, perfect for budding singers.

This family workshop will introduce you to the wonderful sounds of a sensitive soprano, marvellous mezzo, tear-jerking tenor and boisterous baritone. Led by Conductor Matt Beckingham, you, your family and our magnificent chorus will spend time together learning a stunning section of chorus music.

What’s more, you’ll even get to experience the power of a live chorus up-close-and-personal as they treat you to some rousing big chorus tunes from operas by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.

No experience required, just a love of singing. Suitable for ages 6+

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Leeds

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Mozart

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Part of University of Leeds International Concert Season

Jac Van Steen, Conductor
Jessica Burroughs, Cello

Banish the January-blues with a delightful afternoon filled with some of the finest classical music from Yorkshire’s very own Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North.

Regarded as Tchaikovsky’s cello concerto, the Variations on a Rococo Theme are a neo-classical homage to Mozart and a wonderfully challenging work-out for both soloist and orchestra. Performed between two classic symphonies, this concert is designed to lift the spirits and resolutely rekindle the New Year!

Haydn Symphony No. 87 in A major
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor
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Danton

Film

16 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Danton

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Dir. Andrzej Wajda, Poland/France, 1983, 136 mins, Cert 12

Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak star in a powerful depiction of the ideological clash between charismatic, man-of-the-people Georges Danton and icy extremist Maximilien Robespierre, both key figures of the French Revolution. The film brilliantly illuminates one of the most fascinating periods of the Revolution, with Louis XVI executed, The Terror at its peak, and power inexorably changing hands.

One of the great films about The Terror, Danton can also be read as Director Andrzej Wajda’s reflection on the Solidarity movement in his own country, the then Soviet-dominated Poland.

Introduced by Dr Paul Rowe, Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds.

DARE International Film Series in association with the University of Leeds

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Revolution!

Spoken Word/Talks

14 Jan 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Revolution!

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Annabel Arden and Professor Richard Clay

Annabel Arden, Director of Opera North’s new production of Andrea Chénier (set during the French Revolution of 1789), discusses the opera and the evolution of the forces of liberty and protest. Professor Richard Clay, present of the BBC’s Tearing Up HistoryThe French Revolution, provides insight into the iconoclasm and art of the French Revolution itself.

World-renowned director and co-founder of Théâtre de Complicité, Annabel Arden is joined by art historian Clay who advised Tate Britain on their 2014 exhibition ‘Art under Attack’. The talk features live music by violinist David Le Page, including his Variations on the Marseillaise.

Part of the Liberty Lectures 2015 in association with the University of Leeds

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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

30 - 31 Dec 2015

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16
(Huddersfield concert only)

John Rigby, Conductor
Jennifer France, Soprano

John Suchet, Presenter

Be swept off your feet and into the New Year by this afternoon of Viennese classics.  One of the season’s highlights for many, do book early as this ever-popular concert regularly sells out. This year's programme includes excerpts from Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus and Lehar's Die lustige Witwe.

Johann Strauss II Overture, Die Fledermaus
  Laughing Song, Die Fledermaus
  Overture, Eine Nacht in Venedig 
Lehár 'Meine Lippen', Giuditta
  Vilja, Die lustige Witwe
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North & Inspiration: Joy to the World

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Joy to the World

The epic massed forces of Inspiration and the Orchestra of Opera North bring you their most spectacular Christmas extravaganza yet. The programme includes unique versions of well-known carols, such as 'Hark! The Herald Angels sing' and 'O Come, All Ye Faithful', as well as Christmas songs from all over the world.

Join us for this festive celebration which is not to be missed!

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