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Music: Rokia Traoré

Autumn 2013

7th Nov 2013

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Music: Rokia Traoré

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Rokia Traoré is indeed a remarkable artist, and it is difficult to think of anyone else who can switch from ancient Malian culture to acting and then to African rock and roll’. The Guardian

Inspirational Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré brings her new album Beautiful Africa to the Howard Assembly Room. Released this year, it has swept the board with rave reviews. 

While drawing deeply from the musical traditions of Mali, the new album builds an increasingly rocking edge. Traoré’s masterly confidence in mixing influences and musicians creates definitively individual music and on stage her presence is entirely compelling. 


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Music: The Necks

Autumn 2013

2nd Nov 2013

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Music: The Necks

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‘One of the greatest bands in the world’ New York Times

For 25 years, Australian cult trio The Necks has enthralled audiences worldwide with their compelling style of improvisation. Unfolding over long periods, their pieces build and evolve in a mesmerising fashion. Captivating the ear with a sound that can be almost painfully delicate or full of fierce intensity, their music is underpinned by a deep insistent groove.

This is spacious music, characterised above all by the borderline witchcraft-like empathy between Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass). With a particular spot in the history of jazz evolution, they evade description, with most falling back on one word: unique.

Visit the artist’s website http://www.thenecks.com  


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Music: Michael Nyman

Autumn 2013

1st Nov 2013

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £22.50 (reserved seating)

Music: Michael Nyman

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Michael Nyman performs a very rare evening of piano music and film. The renowned composer plays solo piano music from the films on which he has collaborated, including that of Peter Greenaway, Jane Campion and Neil Jordan. He also accompanies a selection of the 70 films that he himself has filmed by observing the lives of people during his travels around the world. The show is a fascinating insight into the visual and musical world of Michael Nyman.


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Music: The Devil’s Jukebox

Autumn 2013

31st Oct 2013

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

Music: The Devil’s Jukebox

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‘Matthew Sharp – virtuoso of the arts.’ The Times

Step into the Devil’s Jukebox for a tour of five centuries of diabolical music. Over 1000 people enjoyed this when it was first created as an installation last year and now it returns as a concert especially for unquiet souls on Halloween. From the fiendish fiddling of Paganini and Tartini to Mussorgsky, Mozart and even the infernal brilliance of Robert Johnson’s blues, this concert proves that the devil really does have the best tunes.

Led by cellist Matthew Sharp, a handpicked group of international soloists, including pianist Danny Driver and soprano Stephanie Corley, invoke Beelzebub and his unnatural henchmen in music. Just be careful to leave with your soul.

Suitable for all the family.

Created by Opera North Projects. 


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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 - £19

Orchestra of Opera North: The Scottish Symphony

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Aged just 20, Felix Mendelssohn was inspired by Scotland’s wild highlands and bright sky to compose his celebrated Third Symphony. Tonight its untamed beauty is brought to life by talented young conductor Andrew Gourlay, named as Gramophone magazine’s ‘One to Watch’ in 2010. He is joined by renowned keyboard player Jonathan Scott who, with more than 20 recordings under his belt, is perfectly placed to play the harpsichord in Poulenc’s delightful Concert champêtre, another piece inspired by landscape. Ravel’s heartrending suite, which opens the concert, was written in memory of friends killed in the First World War.

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Poulenc Concert champêtre
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’

Conductor Andrew Gourlay
Harpsichord Jonathan Scott

‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free

Workshop: Participate: Relaxed Family Installation Morning

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On this morning the Howard Assembly Room welcomes families with children of all ages to explore Sea Interludes: an immersive installation exploring Benjamin Britten’s music of the sea. 

With family friendly talks, creative workshops and the chance to make your own creations, this is the perfect way for the whole family to take part in Opera North’s Festival of Britten in a relaxed environment.  Join us any time between 10:00am and 1:00pm to take part!

Suitable for children of all ages and their parents/carers.

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Installation: Sea Interludes

Autumn 2013

25th - 26th Oct 2013

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free

Installation: Sea Interludes

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Fasten your boats. The springtide’s here’ Peter Grimes

2pm - 10pm, no ticket required, drop-in.

As part of Opera North’s Festival of Britten, the high tide sweeps Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes into the Howard Assembly Room. Visitors are immersed in the sounds of the sea via a surround-sound recording of The Orchestra of Opera North.

A small flotilla of sailboats sailing across the floor provides the perfect environment in which to settle in and listen. The sails are filled with short films full of the bluster and billow of the sea. Inspired by Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Peter Grimes, these are images of the real northern seas: the fish-markets, coastlines and lifeboat crews of Grimsby and Whitby.

Music by Benjamin Britten. Video by Kaptur.
Created by Opera North Projects.
​Part of Light Night 2013.
The music recording has been made with permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.

On the morning of Saturday 26th October we will have a number of family friendly talks, creative workshops and the chance to make your own creations in response to the installation, full details can be found here.

Festival of Britten season supported by:

The Opera North Future Fund

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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 - £24

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Miraculous Mozart

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The Kirklees season brings top international talent to your doorstep, and tonight is no exception. The remarkable musicianship of tenor Werner Güra and horn player Peter Francomb is combined in Britten’s exquisite Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, a series of six English poems about evening and night set to music wonderfully evocative of darkness and dreams. From the unmistakable opening bars of his Symphony No 40 in G minor, flows some of Mozart’s most emotionally charged music; it’s easy to hear why this is one of the world’s most famous pieces. Conducted by Thomas Zehetmair in his final season as Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Music Director, Mozart’s romantic masterpiece provides the climax to what promises to be a very special evening.

Mozart Divertimento in B♭ major [K137]
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor [K550]

Conductor Thomas Zehetmair
Tenor Werner Güra
Horn Peter Francomb

Festival of Britten season supported by:

The Opera North Future Fund

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Music: David Murray Infinity Quartet

Autumn 2013

19th Oct 2013

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Music: David Murray Infinity Quartet

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The swaggering, prodigiously gifted saxophonist David Murray has been a massive figure in jazz since he burst onto the scene during the 1970s.  With an instantly recognisable sound and approach to improvisation that in its free-est flights is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, Murray returns to the UK for his first national tour in years, marking the release of a brilliant new CD - "Be My Monster Love", and leading a fiery quartet that includes Rod Williams (piano), Jaribu Shahid (bass) and one of today's great drummers, Nasheet Waits.

Plus support from: Mwamba/Kane/Blackmore


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Music: Tamikrest

Autumn 2013

18th Oct 2013

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £15

Music: Tamikrest

Synopsis

'Tinariwen's angry little brothers are on the rise' Mojo on Tamikrest

Far from being your average band, Tamikrest are a collective of Tuareg musicians from Mali who started playing together in 2006. Inspired by Tinariwen and a new wave of violent civil unrest, their music is blazing the way for the second generation of African blues bands. 

Their songs combine a sense of ancient rhythm with qualities of hypnotic dub, psychedelic funk and an almost supernatural kind of desert garage. They sing in Tamashek and as each song unfolds, the groove deepens and Tamaschek chants merge with seemingly effortless but increasingly intense guitar riffs.  This tour marks the release of their third album Chatma in September 2013.

Tamikrest play at the Howard Assembly Room as part of a focus on West African music and politics in 2013. Other events include Etran Finatawa and a talk by ex-Tinariwen manager and Guardian journalist Andy Morgan.

Support from: Tarq Bowen


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Death in Venice

Autumn 2013

17th Oct - 21st Nov 2013

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £63.50

Death in Venice

Synopsis

Benjamin Britten

New production

Gustav von Aschenbach, a novelist in crisis, leaves Munich for Venice in search of fresh inspiration. Aschenbach is captivated by the beauty both of the place and Polish boy Tadzio. Britten’s sensual final opera is tinged with mortality, and an exotic orchestral score conveys the story to great dramatic effect.

This production is supported by a generous gift from Terry and Liz Bramall

Festival of Britten Special, book 3 Britten operas and get one free.

Download our complete opera performance diary for 2013-14 here.

Season supported by:

The Opera North Future Fund

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Film: Breaking the Waves

Autumn 2013

11th Oct 2013

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: Breaking the Waves

Synopsis

‘a remarkable achievement for all concerned’ Time Out

‘one of the most extraordinary film debuts’ Rolling Stone on Emily Watson

‘‘Waves’ is a spellbinder’ Rolling Stone

Dir Lars von Trier, Denmark 1996, 151 mins. Cert 18.

In an isolated, conservative community in 1970s Northern Scotland, Jan and Bess (Emily Watson) fall deeply in love. Jan is an oil rig worker spending months away at sea and Bess misses him so much that she prays for him to return for good. She gets her wish but at a high cost, with consequences that threaten their relationship.

Screened to accompany Phyllida Lloyd’s opera Peter Grimes, which was visually much influenced by the film, Breaking the Waves is one of the most distinctive European movies of the 1990s.  Its challenging exploration of purity and faith, and fabulous 70s electric soundtrack received enormous critical acclaim, winning the 1996 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix.

Breaking the Waves will be introduced by Professor Paul Cooke, Chair in World Cinemas at the University of Leeds.

Festival of Britten season supported by:

The Opera North Future Fund

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