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Music: Naturally 7

Winter 2014

18th Mar 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £22.50

Music: Naturally 7

Synopsis

American Routes

'Jaw-droppingly impressiveThe Independent

The inimitable a cappella group Naturally 7 comes to the Howard Assembly Room following their late-night prom performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013. Building on the heritage of gospel with a style described as ‘vocal play’, in this special concert the group returns to its roots with an intimate evening of the great gospel songs they love.

With a style that incorporates scratching, drum kit, harmonica, brass, electric guitars and bass, all produced, naturally, with the human voice, Naturally 7 are a mind-blowing and joyful experience.

Support: Chloe Charles

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Performance: The Commission & Café Kafka

Winter 2014

14th - 22nd Mar 2014

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Adult ticket: £15

Performance: The Commission & Café Kafka

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A double bill of adventurous new opera

A selection of Franz Kafka’s darkly surreal short stories and characters are interwoven in Café Kafka, while The Commission explores the inner world of an artist contemplating murder.

Directed by Annabel Arden, co-founder of Théâtre de Complicité, this evening combines potent music with gripping drama and dark humour.

Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North: giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.

Café Kafka by Francisco Coll (music) and Meredith Oakes (words).

The Commission by Elspeth Brooke (music) and Jack Underwood (words).
The Commission is based on the poem The Commission from the collection Errata by Michael Donaghy ©1993, and was originally devised with Ellie Rees.

Supported by Arts Council England’s Britten Centenary Fund. Leeds performance supported by the Opera North Future Fund.

Director - Annabel Arden
Conductor - Richard Baker
with singers Anna Dennis, Daniel Norman, William Purefoy, Andri Björn Róbertsson, Suzanne Shakespeare and the CHROMA ensemble

Free pre show talk with Annabel Arden at 6.30pm

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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Adult ticket: £8 - £24

Orchestra of Opera North: Northern Lights

Synopsis

There is a Scandinavian flavour to this afternoon concert, which opens with Danish composer Nielsen’s famous Helios Overture, a flamboyant showpiece inspired by the sun rising over the sea. The atmosphere grows more romantic with Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar’s creation for solo violin and orchestra and representing Norway is the ever popular ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. The afternoon concludes in joyful spirits with Beethoven’s uplifting Pastoral Symphony, conducted with cheer and vigour by Swedish conductor and violinist Tobias Ringborg.

Nielsen Helios Overture
Stenhammar Two sentimental romances for violin and orchestra, opus 28
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite: No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’

Conductor/Violin Tobias Ringborg

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Participate: Sound Recording

Winter 2014

8th Mar 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Participate: Sound Recording

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A must for emerging sound artists. Join Chris Watson for a morning developing your sound skills.

Supported by Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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Participate: The Art of Listening

Winter 2014

4th Mar 2014

Leeds

Dress Circle Bar, Leeds Grand Theatre

Adult ticket: Free

Participate: The Art of Listening

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Chris Watson and special guests speak about his work and the fine art of listening.

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Participate: Imaginary Worlds

Winter 2014

1st Mar 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £6

Participate: Imaginary Worlds

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A morning of creative movement and dance for families. Suitable for ages 4-7.

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Installation: Hy Brasil

Winter 2014

28th Feb - 15th Mar 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free, no ticket required

Installation: Hy Brasil

Synopsis

The isle is full of noises

'In the world of wildlife sound recording, Chris Watson is the daddyThe Guardian

Friday 28 February to Saturday 15 March
2pm - 8pm (runs on a 30 minute loop)
Open to the public Tuesdays - Saturdays

Hy Brasil is a mysterious, enchanted island, hidden in fog somewhere off the coast of Ireland. It reveals itself to human eye and ear just one day every seven years. This specially commissioned work by sound artist Chris Watson (BBC TV’s award-winning Frozen Planet), brings that day on Hy Brasil to life in an immersive sound installation.

Hy Brasil is composed of compelling wildlife sounds from around the world, drawing visitors deep into the haunting song of seals and the awe-inspiring shrieks of thousands of Manx shearwaters. With glorious ambi-sonic sound and beautiful lighting, lose yourself in the strange and magical world of Hy Brasil.

Tim Skelly - Lighting design
Tony Myatt - Spatial sound design and installation software programming  

Supported by the Opera North Future Fund, The Emerald Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Audio equipment supported by Pro Audio

Activity sheets for children:

Further information:

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Music: Penguin Café

Winter 2014

22nd Feb 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £22.50

Music: Penguin Café

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The Red Book Tour

‘Upbeat folk strums, north African strains, a little blues, some classical minimalism, a hint of Calypso and a touch of Celtic fire – exquisite’ The Arts Desk

Penguin Café’s quintessentially English sound is influenced by folk, bluegrass, avant garde classical music and pop, and has continuing cult status. Constantly developing and adding to their repertoire, they provide a fresh take on the music of the original Penguin Café Orchestra.

Their sound is at once familiar and new, combining acoustic power and beguiling charm. As Brian Eno says: ‘Penguin Café continues to occupy a unique place in music: nothing else has ever sounded quite like it. Eccentric, charming, accommodating, surprising, seductive, warm, reliable, modest and unforgettable: it’s a true friend.’

Support: Tom Baxter

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Leeds

Leeds Grand Theatre

Adult ticket: £10

Richard Angas - A celebration of his life in words and music

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Opera North and the friends and family of Richard Angas invite you to join them to celebrate his life in the theatre. A giant of the opera world in every possible way, a performer of great character and charisma, Richard Angas enjoyed a special relationship with Opera North and worked with many other leading opera companies throughout the world.

Performing works and readings that reflect the breadth of his long and distinguished career, the concert will feature Giselle Allen, Marie Arnet, Dame Josephine Barstow, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Bonaventura Bottone, Susan Bullock, Lesley Garrett, John Graham-Hall, Robert Hayward, Yvonne Howard, Janis Kelly, Dame Felicity Palmer, David Pountney, Jean Rigby, Richard Suart, and many more, staged by Phyllida Lloyd and Jo Davies.

Programme includes excerpts from The Mikado, Cunning Little Vixen, Love for Three Oranges, Ruddigore and Peter Grimes as well as works by Handel, Dvorak, Schubert and Chopin. 

Richard Farnes, David Lloyd-Jones, Wyn Davies, James Holmes and Anthony Kraus conduct the Chorus & Orchestra of Opera North together with members of the ENO Chorus.

All proceeds are going to the English National Opera Benevolent Fund and a bursary to support young singers.

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £6

Participate: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble!

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Your child’s inner thespian will be unleashed as they explore Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays through performance.

Suitable for children aged 4-11 and their parents/carers. All children should be accompanied by an adult, and all adults should be accompanied by a child!  

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From Paris with Love

Winter 2014

14th Feb - 22nd Mar 2014

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £39.50

From Paris with Love

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The perfect romantic treat, this seductive homage to Paris explores the music and imagery that helped create the city’s iconic reputation as the Capital of Romance and the heart of all things bohemian.

In a theatrical evening, leading soloists Jeni Bern, Peter Auty and Geoffrey Dolton join forces with the ladies of the Chorus of Opera North. 

Delve into familiar favourites and neglected gems of the operatic repertoire, such as ‘Galop infernal’ from Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and other works by composers including Puccini, Massenet and Charpentier. The glamour of the operatic world is then left behind to discover the more intimate cabarets of the Latin Quarter and bustling bars of Monmartre, infused with cigarette smoke and with the songs of love and heartbreak popularised by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, including L’Accordeoniste and Les Bonbons.

Devised by Annabel Arden, co-founder of Théâtre de Complicité. The Orchestra  of Opera North is conducted by David Parry and James Holmes leads the café band.

Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 mins

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

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Pre-performance talk: Macbeth

Winter 2014

13th - 22nd Feb 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: Free (tickets must be booked in advance)

Pre-performance talk: Macbeth

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Explore Verdi's masterpiece with editor, Stuart Leeks

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