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Charlbury

Wilderness Festival

The Devil's Jukebox at Wilderness Festival

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Step into the Devil's Jukebox, for a tour of five centuries of Faustian music. From the fiendish fiddling of Paganini and Tartini, to Mussorgsky, Mozart, and Robert Johnson's blues, we seek to prove once and for all that the devil really does have the best tunes. A hand-picked group of international soloists joins cellist Matthew Sharp to bring Lucifer to life in two hours of non-stop live music..

Just be careful to leave with your soul...

wildernessfestival.com

Please note the time indicated is approximate and subject to change by the festival.
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Norton

Saint Peter's Church

Orchestra of Opera North: Heavenly Sounds

Synopsis

Richard Farnes conducts the Orchestra of Opera North at Ryedale Festival, bringing to life Bartók’s unearthly Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Written in 1936, its powerful rhythms and amazing instrumental effects fuse to create a piece both haunting and profound. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is a grand orchestral work complete with sleighbells and solo soprano. This vibrant symphony is full of folk-like colour and glorious melodies and makes an ideal introduction to Mahler’s work. The finale, based on an exquisite song depicting a child’s vision of heaven, is sure to lift both body and soul.

Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Mahler Symphony No. 4

Conductor Richard Farnes
Soprano Sarah Tynan

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Opera Bingo

Family

18 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera Bingo

Synopsis

Opera North Youth Company present…Opera Bingo

Charge your glasses, cards at the ready... it's Bingo Life! Bingo NEVER stops...

Eyes down and play… look at the world around you, the people you see on the streets, in the corner of a room, sitting alone at a table. Do you know their names? Who’s deceiving whom? And what are the secret desires of Miss Leeds Twinkletoes 1963?

Based on Leeds city centre social observations, this brand new piece of music theatre invites the audience to take part in a highly irregular game of Bingo.

With over fifty members aged 13-19, the Opera North Youth Company have been meeting weekly with a team of professional artists since September to explore, devise and create Opera Bingo.

Please note seating for this performance is unreserved – immersive bingo table seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the night. The time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 30 minutes before.

The Opera North Youth Company is supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Bernarr Rainbow Trust.

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Southwold

Latitude Festival

I AM YOURS, YOURS AM I: an operatic immersion at Latitude Festival

Synopsis

8pm – 12 midnight: a performance will begin approximately every ten minutes

Something strange has happened in the Faraway Forest. A garden has taken root in the middle of the woods and, as the clock strikes, singers and musicians appear around you, like a giant living automaton. Take a step into another world of music, light and performance and experience a moment of magic.

Bringing to life one of the most achingly beautiful love songs ever written, this is opera for the 21st century, a celebration for all your senses. Produced by award-winning Opera North, the magical music box takes to the real outdoors, specially for the opening night of Latitude.

Sit where you like, stay as long as you like, and experience a moment of pure magic, where all is not as it seems.

latitudefestival.com | #farawayopera

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The Selfish Giant

Family

12 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Selfish Giant

Synopsis

Opera North’s Children Chorus present a new semi-staged production of The Selfish Giant, based on the story by Oscar Wilde, with music by Handel.

Join the 80 strong Children’s Chorus for the music loved tale of the giant who builds a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the world out.

Conducted by Justin Doyle and directed by James Hurley

*Please note: The role of the Giant will now be played by Dean Robinson, who recently appeared as Doctor Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro and is a member of the Chorus of Opera North.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

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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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tell me what yo’ singin’ for: Soul of Calypso

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A concert of calypsos celebrating the pioneer of Caribbean music in 1950s Britain: Edric Connor. Connor collected, catalogued and recorded Trinidadian music, as well as being an acclaimed singer, broadcaster and actor in his own right. The evening features calypsos and Trinidadian folk music from his songbooks, performed by Nigel Wong and Simone Sauphanor, who both played with Edric.

In the second half, the electrified beats of Trinidad’s most popular contemporary musical form, Soca ‘the soul of calypso’, bring us bang up to date and are performed by Sheldon Blackman and members of the legendary Breakfast Band.

Produced by the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

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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Sacred Sounds

Music

1 July 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sacred Sounds

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More then 877,000 Indian soldiers, many of them Punjabi Sikhs, fought in WWI. Their involvement has only recently been fully acknowledged in remembrance of the Great War. Inspired by the discovery of a single photograph held by the British Library, this special concert uncovers the music the soldiers took with them to the camp and battlefield.

Interspersed by readings of Sikh soldiers’ letters, the concert explores the songs of the Great War, from ‘Shabads’, sacred Sikh hymns sung before battle, to a mother’s lament for a departing son. With Keertan Rehal, Kirpal Singh Panesar, Christella Litras and band.

Produced by Alchemy in association with SAA UK and The Network of Sikh Organisations.

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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Inside Opera Special: The Flying Dutchman

Spoken Word/Talks

30 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera Special: The Flying Dutchman

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In this special pre-performance event we explore the origins, creation and nature of Wagner's first true musical and dramatic masterpiece.

Martin Pickard, Assistant Conductor of Opera North's new concert staging of The Flying Dutchman, plunges us deep into the score in the company of singers Sarah Estill and Paul Rendall of the Chorus of Opera North, who will provide live musical illustrations. Martin will also be in conversation with Kara McKechnie of the University of Leeds in a discussion of the work chaired by Opera North Editor Stuart Leeks. It’s the perfect prelude to the performance of The Flying Dutchman at Leeds Town Hall later the same evening, and requires no specialist musical knowledge on the part of the audience.

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Tue 30 June 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Tickets: FREE, but must be booked in advance

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Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap

Music

13 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap

Synopsis

Support: Gary Stewart

Nine years after Lookaftering, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan performs songs from her new LP, a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what she is adamant will be her final album. Vashti re-emerged after 30 years in the wilderness with the 2000 re-release of her 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day (a bona fide cult-classic that made number 53 in The Observer Music Monthly’s Top 100 British Albums of All Time). Her new songs reveal an artist at her peak, masterfully marrying content and form to sparkling effect.

This concert is available on the multi-buy Save 20%. Unfortunately, the offer is  not currently available online. To book under the multi-buy please call 0844 848 2727 Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.
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Hisham Matar - cancellation

Spoken Word/Talks

12 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hisham Matar - cancellation

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Due to unforeseen circumstances,​ ​​we​ regret to announce the cancellation of Hisham Matar. All ticket holders will be contacted via email, telephone or a letter. If you do not receive correspondence from us, please accept our sincere apologies and contact Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office to ensure we have the correct details for you.

What happens now?

All tickets for this event will be automatically refunded. If you paid in cash, by cheque or Theatre tokens, your refund will be issued as a cheque. This will take 2-3 weeks to process.

If you have any queries, please contact the Box Office:

Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office:
Open 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday
46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
0844 848 2727 (calls charged at local rate) *on performance nights, the Box Office will be busier from 6-7.30pm.
Email: boxoffice@leedsgrandtheatre.com

We share your disappointment and hope to welcome you to the Howard Assembly Room soon. ​


The Temptations of the Sea

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo. His father, a political dissident, was kidnapped from Cairo in 1990 and remains among Libya’s ‘disappeared’. 

Matar suffuses Nuri’s education in love and loss with an erotic frisson and fragile grace that lend the book an inner radiance The Independent

As part of the Mediterranean series, he reads from his novels Anatomy of a Disappearance and Man Booker Prize-nominated In the Country of Men. Interlacing fiction, autobiography and reflection he explores what it is to be a wanderer and the nature of displacement. Live music from pianist Ian Buckle and soprano Bibi Heal weaves through this specially concieved talk.

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

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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Reem Kelani

Music

11 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Reem Kelani

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With support: ENCORE! (Maggi Stratford & Daniel Bowater)

British-Palestinian singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani returns to the Howard Assembly Room following a show-stopping sell-out performance in 2012. With repertoire that criss-crosses the Mediterranean, from Palestine and Syria, Egypt and Tunisia, Turkey and Spain, these are songs she not only sings, but truly inhabits.

…searingly beautiful. The Financial Times

A staggeringly powerful voice and joyful stage presence make for a live performance that is quite simply unforgettable.  The concert includes songs from her forthcoming album based on the music of great Egyptian composer Sayyid Darwish (1892 – 1925) accompanied by Bruno Heinen on piano.

Due to popularity max. 2 tickets per booking.

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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Çigdem Aslan: Mortissa

Folk

6 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Çigdem Aslan: Mortissa

Synopsis

With support

Just occasionally, a new artist emerges to throw old music styles into an intriguing contemporary perspective.

Turkish-Kurdish vocalist Çigdem Aslan has been described by The Guardian as ‘one of the best British-based discoveries of the year… [whose] success is down to her reworking old songs with a blend of delicate soulful vocals, subtle theatrics and a stage persona that could switch from stately to slinky and flirtatious.’

Absolutely stunning stuff...it is so infectious Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6

With her band, she sings Rebetiko - the bravely outspoken Greek urban folk blending Byzantine, Turkish and Balkan influences – bringing to life the smoky bars and cafes of 1920s Athens and Smyrna.

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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