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Norton

Saint Peter's Church

Adult ticket: £20 - £28

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

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Orchestra of Opera North

Howard Shelley (piano/conductor)

Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)
Schumann – Piano Concerto
Dvořák – Symphony no. 7 in D minor

Pianist and conductor Howard Shelley joins the Orchestra of Opera North for a famous overture which Mendelssohn penned after visiting the Scottish isle of Staffa and one of the best-loved of all piano concertos. After the interval, Dvořák’s 7th symphony – a work full of stirring themes and emotional depth which, if not his most famous symphony, has a strong claim to being his finest.

‘a true keyboard aristocrat’ – Gramophone

‘Shelley’s... is the most finely realised and ravishingly beautiful Schumann Concerto to have come for a long time…’ – International Record Review

‘I am now busy with this symphony for London, and wherever I go I can think of nothing else. God grant that this Czech music will be a work capable of stirring the world! What is in my mind is Love, God, and my Fatherland’ – Dvořák, in a letter of 1884

Pre-concert and interval drinks

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SLEEP TIGHT AND…

Summer 2014

19th Jul 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £4

SLEEP TIGHT AND…

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Opera North Youth Company presents their end of year production.

Three people, three lives, three dreams

“ONYC is really enjoyable; fun people, great atmosphere and a very productive and professional environment.”
ONYC member

Empty your minds and enter the dreamers’ secret world of sound and image in a new piece of music theatre devised by the Opera North Youth Company. Nothing is what it seems, and anything is possible when sleeping beasts and beauties dream. 

The Opera North Youth Company is a 50-strong group of young people aged 13-19. The company visits professional performances, makes new work and develops performance skills with professional artists. The Youth Company works as an ensemble and members specialise in their preferred talent by opting to join either the Youth Chorus (to develop singing and musicianship skills) or Youth Artist group (to develop as a creative artist). 

We will be recruiting for new members in September and would encourage anyone interested in joining to attend a free taster session. Tasters offer a flavour of the proj ect and a chance to see if you want to be involved.

Find out more or to sign up to a taster session 

The Opera North Youth Company is kindly supported by The Opera North Future Fund
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Inside Opera Special: The Music of Götterdämmerung

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Join Martin Pickard, Opera North's Head of Music, for a unique exploration of Wagner's monumental musical achievement in the final instalment of the Ring cycle.  This Inside Opera Special will include live musical illustrations from Martin together with the singers Hazel Croft, Sarah Estill and Kathryn Stevens of the Chorus of Opera North, and requires no specialist musical knowledge on the part of the audience.  It's the perfect prelude to the performance of Götterdämmerung at Leeds Town Hall later the same afternoon, and will be equally rewarding for those who have already experienced one of the earlier performances.

Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

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Music: Opera North Children’s Concert

Spring 2014

10th Jul 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £7.50

Music: Opera North Children’s Concert

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I thought it as absolutely wonderful. The children were magicalDavid Dimbleby – Broadcaster

It was lovely to see so many young singers of a very high qualityBachtrack

Join Opera North’s very own Children’s Chorus as they celebrate another year of music making. This varied programme will feature repertoire ranging from traditional folk to ornate baroque. With over 90 members, the Opera North Children’s Chorus are a tour de force not to be missed!

Generously supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, The Carntyne Trust, Charles Brotherton Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Sir George Martin Trust, The Holbeck Charitable Trust, Opera North Future Fund, and The Whitaker Charitable Trust.
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Using folk music, song and dance to enhance learning in schools

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Professional development one-day course for teachers, educators and artists working in both primary and secondary schools (key stages 1 - 4).

Gain knowledge, skills and resources to start using folk music and dance immediately in your teaching! Differentiated parallel sessions focusing on different key stages.

The one-day course will:

  • Demonstrate the use of folk music and dance to enhance learning in the school curriculum - in music, dance, drama, and other curriculum subjects such as English and history
  • Evidence the value of folk music and dance in the arts curriculum – in performance, composition and listening
  • Introduce freely available online learning resources – background notes, lesson plans, outline units of work at all key stages and in different subject areas
  • Familiarise you with The Full English digital archive of folk manuscripts – including material from your region. 
  • Share the folk arts work taking place in local schools as part of The Full English
  • Provide networking opportunities – with cultural organisations, schools, teachers and artists working with folk arts in your region
  • Be facilitated by leading folk arts educators with extensive experience in schools
  • Have you singing, playing and dancing… and more!

No prior experience of folk music required.

Who will be leading the course? 

Led by experienced educators Liam Robinson, Bobak Walker, Oli Matthews and Josie Wexler, joined by teachers from one or more local schools, who have participated in The Full English learning programme.

How much will it cost? 

The course fee is £10 (including refreshments and a light lunch)*

What are the timings for the day?

The day begins at 9.30am and ends at 4.00pm 

Find out more about the EFDSS and professional development 

View flyer for the event 

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Tour de Proms

Summer 2014

2nd Jul 2014

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Adult ticket: £9.50-£27.50

Tour de Proms

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Orchestra of Opera North

Christopher Seaman conductor
Louis Schwizgebel piano 
Simon Lindley organ

Experience the very best of French and British music in the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall as we celebrate the opening of the Tour de France with a traditional, rousing prom concert!

Join us as we journey through France with Bizet’s fiery Carmen Suite, Fauré’s popular Pavane and Saint-Saëns’ glorious Organ Symphony. We’ll then cross the English Channel to hear Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs, and raise the roof singing along to prom favourites Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem!

The Tour de Proms is the perfect way to join in the festivities this Summer! Tickets are priced £27.50 - £9.50 with 50% off for full time students, under 18s and unwaged and £1.50 off for over 60s.

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Film: Bicycle Thieves

Spring 2014

28th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: Bicycle Thieves

Synopsis

Bicycle Thieves is a brilliant, tactlessly real work of art.’ The Guardian

A struggling father tries to make ends meet for his wife and young son. When his bicycle is stolen on his first day in a new job posting flyers, he loses his living and sets out to recover his precious bicycle. A landmark of Italian neorealist cinema directed by Vittorio de Sica.

Cert U; 93 Mins; dir. Vittorio De Sica; in Italian with English Subtitles; 1948 

Introduced by Dr Mariana Liz, Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Leeds. 

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Film: A Sunday in Hell

Spring 2014

28th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: A Sunday in Hell

Synopsis

Vive le Grand Départ!

‘a polished and well captured documentary’ DVD Talk

‘Arguably the best film ever made about professional cyclingInternational Film Guide, Jørgen Leth’s documentary about the 1976 Paris to Roubaix bicycle race, shows the gruelling spring-classic race from the perspective of participants, organisers and spectators.

Cert PG; Denmark; 1976; 111mins; Dir Jørgen Leth

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The Art of Risk Conference

Summer 2014

26th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £40

The Art of Risk Conference

Synopsis

Hosted in the Howard Assembly Room by the Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange at the University of Leeds and Opera North, the Art of Risk will bring together people from a range of backgrounds to explore the pitfalls and creative potential of risk through presentations, discussions, provocations and performances. Keynote speakers include the writer Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey, the theatre and opera director Annabel Arden, and Anna Higgs, Commissioner and Head of Digital at Film4.

 

This event is designed to appeal to those with a personal and a professional interest in risk. Through a range of interactions this conference will help you to:

 

·         Gain a wider understanding of the different ways that risk is approached and conceptualised by people from diverse creative and professional backgrounds

·         Contribute to an ongoing debate about risk-taking in times of global economic uncertainty

·         Better understand how risk forms an explicit and implicit element of your own creative or professional practice

·         Explore the relationship between individual risk-taking and the organisational management of risk

·         Network and develop links with a range of artists, policy makers and other professionals

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Twilight: Freedom!

Spring 2014

25th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £7.50

Twilight: Freedom!

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‘…choral singing that pins you to the back of your seat…’ The Sunday Times

A vibrant twilight concert from the massed voice of the Chorus of Opera North. From the bravura Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, to Verdi’s Gypsy Chorus, this is the music of hot summer nights and an escape from the conventions of society.

A celebration of visions of individual freedom in the 19th century imagination and beyond, the vagabond life and the open road come to life in an exhilarating range of choruses and songs by composers also including Schumann, Kodály and Brahms.

See below for full programme. 

Performance lasts approximately 45 minutes 

 

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National Showcase Conference

Spring 2014

25th Jun 2014

Birmingham

Town Hall

Adult ticket: Early Bird rate (until 6 June): £40 Full rate (from 7 June): £60

National Showcase Conference

Synopsis

A one-day showcase conference celebrating high quality folk music, dance and drama in schools – with speakers, presentations, discussion and performances from hundreds of primary and secondary school students from across England, including two Yorkshire schools, developed through The Full English learning programme

Since September 2013 the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has been delivering a project called The Full English, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in partnership with cultural organisations across England including Opera North. Involving 19 schools (primary, secondary and SEN) in creative learning projects demonstrating the successful use of folk arts to enhance learning in the school curriculum from key stages 1 – 5 (including GCSE, A Level and IB). These projects, led by professional folk musicians, dancers and storytellers, have been inspired by The Full English digital archive, the world's largest online collection of folk song, dance, tune and custom manuscripts.

The day will include:

  • Performances from primary and secondary school groups, showcasing their work developed during creative learning projects based on The Full English digital archive
  • Speakers to explore the inspiration that lies in our heritage and traditions and show how and why this is relevant and vital to creative work with schools and communities
  • Networking opportunities to discuss and share experiences, ideas and approaches for working with intangible cultural heritage
  • Introduction to online resources for teachers and artists to use and develop in their school and community work
  • The main feature of the day will be vibrant performances featuring hundreds of children and young people showcasing their creative work with diverse folk art forms -

Dance: morris, ceilidh, sword, clog, molly, broom
Song: ballads, shanties, chorus songs…
Music: reels, polkas, jigs, hornpipes…
Drama: stories, tales, folklore…


Who is it for?
A must attend event for anyone working in the education, cultural, museums and heritage sectors who wants to learn how folk dance, song, music and drama can be used to enhance learning in the school curriculum at key stages 1 - 5 (young people aged 5 - 18 years), including GCSE and A Level.

Speakers and presenters confirmed so far

  • Eliza Carthy: leading, boundary-crossing folk musician.
  • Dr Alison Daubney: Teaching Fellow and Music Teacher Trainer, University of Sussex, and respected freelance music education consultant.
  • Ben Stephenson: Head Teacher, Marton Primary School, Lincolnshire
  • Bobak Walker: Dance Artist and Choreographer (including The Lock In)
  • David Agnew: Director, The Met, Bury
  • Compere for showcase performances will be Debs Newbold: exuberant performance storyteller with a growing national and international reputation.

More information on the programme, including speakers and presenters, will be announced soon!

Schedule for the day
Registration from: 9.15am
Speakers and presentations: 10am
Lunch: 12pm
Performances (1st group of schools): 12.45pm
Networking tea break: 2.30pm
Performances (2nd group of schools): 3.30pm
Drinks reception: 5.30pm
Event ends: 6.30pm

Tickets
Early Bird rate (available until 6 June): £40
Full rate (from 7 June): £60
Ticket price includes all refreshments, lunch and drinks reception.
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £6

Family West African Music Interactive Performance

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Experience and respond to the captivating sound of West-African melodies and rhythms in this special interactive performance for families of all ages – the perfect way to introduce young children to live music!

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