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Film: Les Enfants du Paradis

Spring 2014

17 May 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Les Enfants du Paradis

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Myth of Paris

‘The film’s final scene … is among the finest in cinema’ The Times *****

A vibrant epic, set in the glittering Parisian theatre world of the 1830s. The film was made during the German occupation of France during WW2. Banned from directly raising contemporary issues, Director Marcel Carné and Writer Jacques Prevert instead created a film of dazzling social scope.

The story revolves around the free-spirited courtesan, Garance, and the four men who compete for her affections: a mime-artist, an actor, an aristocrat and a criminal. The melodrama unfolds into one of cinema's great love stories, which became a focus of renewed national French pride following its premiere in March 1946.

Shown in two parts with a 20 minute interval with live music and refreshments.

Cert PG; France; 1945; Dir. Marcel Carné; in French with English subtitles; 190 mins

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Performance: National Opera Studio at Opera North

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'a great opportunity to sample the … UK’s most advanced opera students.' The Stage

Opera North throws open its door to welcome back the National Opera Studio (NOS) to showcase some of the finest singers of the next generation of opera. The residency gives the NOS Students the opportunity to become a professional member of the company for a week and culminates in a vibrant, semi-staged concert.

The programme features snippets from some of Britten’s finest opera’s including Albert Herring, Lucretia and the Turn of The Screw.

The National Opera Studio residency is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.

Director Giles Havergal
Conductor Jac van Steen
Runtime 
1hr 25 mins

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Music: Hauschka

Spring 2014

10 May 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Music: Hauschka

Synopsis

Inspired by innovators from John Cage to Aphex Twin, Hauschka aka Volker Bertelmann is known for compelling live performances that re-imagine the possibilities of the piano by carrying out an array of imaginative 'preparations to reveal its internal mechanisms.

Recorded in a ten day burst of creative energy following the birth of his first son, his newly released album Abandoned City evokes the ghostly romance of the ruin via his trademark piano preparations and – for the first time –electronic processing. An array of delays, reverbs and pitch-shifting effects bend to his will to create a shimmering world of layers that emanate from the piano.

Satie feather-drops, gorgeous string plucks, transfixing rattles. Stillness is the move.Rolling Stone

The sounds that Volker Bertelmann creates with(in) a piano are nothing short of astonishing… a triumphMojo ****

A rapturous exercise in acoustic ‘electronica’Uncut ****

ingenious and exquisiteNew York Times

Support: Ashley Paul

"Paul folds such urgent, primitive sounds and phrases into her
Compositions, in a way that alludes to songwriting, but
feels somehow simpler". The Wire

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Music: Tinariwen

Spring 2014

6 May 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Music: Tinariwen

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'Thrilling as ever’
The Guardian

Tinariwen is a Tuareg band from Saharan Mali whose remarkable music has made them one of the most celebrated world music bands of all time. Constantly evolving and restlessly inventive, their songs range from pared-back acoustic beauty to driving rock and roll riffs.

Tinariwen is currently touring in support of brand new album Emmaar, a follow up to Grammy award winning Tassili. Recorded amidst continuing political struggle in their homeland, bassist Eyadou Ag Leche says "The new songs of this album talk about what we feel today". This is a rarely intimate show from one of the great live bands of our time.

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Music: Pavel Haas Quartet

Spring 2014

3 May 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Music: Pavel Haas Quartet

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Show cancellation

We are very sad to announce that the rescheduled concert by the Pavel Haas Quartet on Saturday 3 May at 19:45 has been cancelled due to one of the members of the quartet being seriously ill and unable to perform.

All tickets for this concert 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 up to 2-3 weeks.

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

Due to the seriousness of the illness; the Quartet has been forced to cancel a substantial amount of their upcoming tour to monitor the recovery of the performer.

We all share your disappointment that this event has now been cancelled. String Quartets are a favourite of the Howard Assembly Room, so we do hope to welcome you back to the Howard Assembly Room soon.

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Participate: Family Folk Day

Spring 2014

3 May 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Participate: Family Folk Day

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What parents thought about our previous workshops:

‘Fantastic.  Fun and suitable for adults too!’ 

‘The workshop didn’t talk down to the children, they had to concentrate but they enjoyed it hugely. Very suitable for the whole family.’

Book your tickets for a fun and creative morning exploring all things folk. With song and dance, crafts and pop up performances, come along at a time that suits you and the family.

Folk musicians Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson, who are both key members of the award-winning folk group Demon Barbers, will lead the more energetic members in singing and dancing workshops and will also treat the crowd to pop-up performances throught the morning. If you're after more relaxed activities, stop by our Arts & Crafts station with Katherine Warman, or snuggle-up for story time with Ursula Holden-Gill.

Come to the whole morning or just select the activities you're more interested in trying. For timings, please see below:

Singing workshop: 10.30am - 11.15am

Dance workshop: 11.45am - 12.30pm

Story telling: 10.15am, 11.15am & 12.30pm (duration 30 mins)

Arts & Craft activities will run throughout the day

Supported by The Full English: an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) project and by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.  

Booking essential

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Music: Uri Caine and Dave Douglas

Spring 2014

2 May 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Music: Uri Caine and Dave Douglas

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On Uri Caine
‘…exemplary compositions and virtuoso playing… alternately delicate and reflective, then vivid; vibrant; careening though never chaotic’
BBC Music

On Dave Douglas
[The] ‘show felt as if it had passed by in a flash, while boiling with enough ideas for a gig twice as long.’
The Guardian 

Keyboard wizard Uri Caine first made his name as sideman to improvisers including John Zorn and the virtuosic trumpeter Dave Douglas. Across 22 albums as a leader, he’s since carved out a niche of his own as a sonic adventurer with projects that place him at the forefront of today’s jazz world.

Here he returns to his roots in a duo format with his long term collaborator Dave Douglas, playing a specially selected collection of songs, hymns, and improvisations, ahead of a CD release in summer 2014 but available while on tour.

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La Bohème

Spring 2014

29 Apr - 17 May 2014

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

La Bohème

Synopsis

It’s love at first sight when young struggling artist Rodolfo meets the poor seamstress Mimi. But will their love survive the grim reality of penniless life in the cold of the Parisian Winter?

This captivating tale of love and loss will move even the hardest of hearts. Bringing alive the joy, wit and frivolity of late 1950s Paris, this stylish production by the acclaimed director Phyllida Lloyd marries glorious music, stunning sets and colourful costumes in a unique spectacle telling the ultimate tragic love story. With its vivid portrayal of Parisian life, the excitement of falling in love and the desolation of loss, this is a Bohème high on emotion. Get the tissues ready - you’ll need them.

View a detailed introduction to the characters, story and music here.

Lloyd’s Bohème remains unmatched ... its radicalism remains powerful and immediate, and you would still be hard-pressed to find a production of Puccini’s masterpiece that offers quite so challenging and cogent an interpretation as this.’ The Guardian, January 2010

Lasts approximately 2 hours 15 mins
Sung in Italian with English titles

This production is double-cast with the performance dates split as follows:

  • Iştoc/ Guèze/ James/ Rhodes/ Ring/ Holliday/ Dolton: 29 Apr; 1, 3 (mat), 7 (eve), 9, 10 (eve), 15, 17 (mat) May
  • Watson/ Park/ Ingram/ Rock/ Savournin/ Rea/ Peaker: 2, 3 (eve), 7 (mat), 8, 10 (mat), 14, 16, 17 (eve) May

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

Supported with a gift from Mary Hill

Explore the world of La Bohème and see behind the scenes

Throughout rehearsals we will be following the cast, chorus, orchestra, crew and creative team as the prepare to open La Bohème in Leeds. Keep an eye on Pinterest, tumblr, Instagram, YouTube and our blog for updates and insights via photos, videos, audio, articles and more.

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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic: Classic FM Goes to the Movies

Synopsis

Following last year’s sell-out success, our big screen extravaganza is back! Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in bringing the likes of Mozart, Strauss, Elgar and Rossini to the movies. From Austin Powers to Out of Africa, you’ll get to hear all those famous tunes played live in star-studded style. With accompanying visuals, this is guaranteed to be a fun afternoon concert for all the family.

Concert Includes:
Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra: Ode to the Sun (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Mozart Clarinet Concerto (Adagio) (Out of Africa)
Bizet Carmen: Les Toréadors, Intermezzo, Habanera, Danse Bohème (Babe, Flashdance, Meet the Parents)
Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty: Waltz (Sleeping Beauty, A.I.)
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Austin Powers)

Conductor Richard Kaufman

 

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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Mussorgsky, Sibelius & Elgar

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Jac van Steen leads the orchestra in performances of Mussorgsky arr Rimsky-Korsakov Introduction: Khovanshchina, Sibelius Violin Concerto and Elgar Symphony No 1.

Jac van Steen - conductor
Chloë Hanslip - violin

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Film with live score: Sunrise

Winter 2014

26 April 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film with live score: Sunrise

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A Song of Two Humans

With newly commissioned live soundtrack by Joanna MacGregor and Andy Sheppard.

‘Inspirational, intense and deeply moving’ The Arts Desk on Joanna MacGregor

Taking inspiration from the music of Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and traditional American spirituals, pianist Joanna MacGregor and jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard create a new live score for Sunrise, F.W. Murnau’s 1927 masterpiece of silent film, especially for the Howard Assembly Room.

Made in the twilight of the silent era, Sunrise became a swan-song for the vanishing medium and one of its greatest expressions, a story about innocence and experience, urban and rural America, about love and violence.

As part of an ongoing fascination with film and music, this Sunrise live soundtrack explores the effect that music has on film and vice-versa.

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund

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Music: René Marie

Winter 2014

23 April 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Music: René Marie

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American Routes

Voice of My Beautiful Country

'a brilliantly conceived package of Americana, focusing on folkloric material' The Wall Street Journal on Voice of My Beautiful Country

Electrifying and life-enhancing, René Marie draws together jazz, soul, gospel and Americana to powerful effect. With her incredible range of vocal ability, emotional resonance and strong independent streak, she brings to life original songs, jazz standards and folk songs alike.

Her music both celebrates and interrogates American culture and her position within it. With a snowballing career that began only when she was in her 40s, René Marie is an artist of rare honesty and commitment and one of today’s most individual voices.

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