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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.

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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.

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Reem Kelani

Music

11 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Reem Kelani

Synopsis
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.

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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.

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Le Trio Joubran

Music

5 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Le Trio Joubran

Synopsis

A rare opportunity to catch the pre-eminent Palestinian oud trio, formed by three brothers – Samir, Wissam Adnan Joubran – perform with master percussionist Youssef Hbeisch. The Joubran brothers come from a family steeped in Palestine’s rich musical history. Their father, Hatem Mbadda Joubran, is a great oud maker, and their mother, Ibtisam Hanna Joubran, is an acclaimed singer.

a style that brings a new dimension to the traditional Arabic lute, thanks to the almost intuitive way they work together, and the emotional range of their improvisations. The Guardian

The brothers have a glittering international career. Their repertoire pays homage to their 4,000-year old instrument and takes inspiration from jazz and flamenco. Only hearing is believing these rich, subtle melodies and magnificent improvisations.

Please note the time indicated is the actual start of the performance. Doors to the event will open approximately 15 minutes before. | 85minutes, no interval
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Heritage Blues Orchestra

Music

4 June 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Heritage Blues Orchestra

Synopsis

Support: The Sentimentalists (trio)

Like fellow neo-traditionalists the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra draw their lifeblood from African-American musical traditions: from juke joint country blues to chain gang songs. Performing here as a quintet, their sound harnesses the grit of low-down Mississippi blues, urban R&B, gospel and bold New Orleans brass.

A welcome new sound bringing a sense of urgency to the Blues All About Jazz

Lead guitarist Junior Mack, singer/guitarist Bill Sims Jr and vocalist Chaney Sims perform classics from the likes of Son House, Muddy Waters and Leadbelly: all driven along by drummer Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith, and harmonica ace Vincent Butcher. An unmissable show!

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Casablanca

Film

30 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Casablanca

Synopsis

Live piano by Joseph Wistow

Released in 1942, Casablanca has only improved with age, remaining Hollywood’s quintessential evocation of love. This blockbuster has it all: silver screen royalty, quotable lines, and a heart-breaking love story.

...a rich, detailed screenplay studded with an indecent number of sparklingly quotable lines. It is a movie to play again, and again. The Daily Telegraph

The film is set in a highly fictionalised WWII Morocco, under the control of the French Vichy Regime, where desperate refugees plead for transit papers to escape the stucco-walled coastal city of Casablanca. There, nightclub owner Rick Blaine (the thrilling Humphrey Bogart) has his world shaken as his lost love (Ingrid Bergman) and her anti-Nazi rebel husband arrive.

With live piano to transport you back to the ‘40s on arrival.

Dir. Michael Curtiz; 1942; 103 mins; cert PG; USA

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Tariq Ali – cancellation

Spoken Word/Talks

28 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tariq Ali – cancellation

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We are very sorry to announce that Tariq Ali has had to cancel our event at 19.45 on Thursday 28 May at the Howard Assembly Room, as he’s unable to travel due to ill health. We are planning to re-schedule this to a date in the Autumn, but we’re unable to confirm at this time.

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 6pm – 7.30pm.
Email: boxoffice@leedsgrandtheatre.com

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


Between Past and Future

‘Since the beginning of the Arab Spring there has been much talk of revolutions. Not from me. I’ve argued against the position that mass uprisings on their own constitute a revolution, i.e. a transfer of power from one social class … to another that leads to fundamental change’. Tariq Ali.

Acclaimed commentator, author and broadcaster Tariq Ali investigates the deep currents of change sweeping across the Eastern Mediterranean, from IS, Assad and the rise in old tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the role of the West. Acute analysis, provocative analogy and a lifetime of activism come together in this fascinating lecture.

Ali remains an outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower; an urbane, Oxford-educated polemicist. The Observer

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

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Invitation to Dream

Orchestral

22 May 2015

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Invitation to Dream

Synopsis

BBC Philharmonic

Brahms struggled mightily to compose his First Symphony, so weighed down was he by the expectation that he was Beethoven’s natural successor. His Second Symphony came much more quickly and is a far more relaxed work than the heroic First.

Brahms jokingly wrote to his publisher that the Second Symphony ‘is so melancholy that you’ll be unable to bear it’, but it is a joke that contains a germ of truth, for although this is a predominantly warm and lyrical work, it is shot through with moments of agitation and melancholy before reaching its triumphant conclusion.

The prodigiously talented Guy Johnston makes a welcome return to the Kirklees Season for the first time in four years in one of the great Romantic cello concertos, and the concert opens with a perennial favourite, Tchaikovsky’s lovely Serenade for Strings.

Tchaikovsky | Serenade for Strings

Saint-Saëns | Cello Concerto No.1

Brahms | Symphony No.2 in D

Andrew Gourlay | Conductor

Guy Johnston | Cello

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2014/15

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Stefano Bollani

Jazz

21 May 2015

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Stefano Bollani

Synopsis

Please note there is no longer a support for this artist. Stefano Bollani will be on stage at the advertised time of 7.45pm.

Stefano Bollani is an Italian pianist and composer of ebullient charm and uncommon sensitivity, whether performing solo or in landmark collaborations with Enrico Rava and Chick Corea. Of his latest release, Joy in Spite of Everything, All About Jazz said ‘like a kind of musical contortionist, Stefano Bollani keeps repositioning himself with eye-popping ease. The diversity and eclecticism of Bollani's projects are reflected in the sweeping breadth of his vocabulary’.

...makes the instrument sound as if it functioned with liquids rather than hammers. The Guardian

His solo piano concerts are a veritable tour-de-force, a combination of virtuoso improvisation with an unfaltering lightness of spirit.  A rare opportunity to a major figure in today’s European jazz.

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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