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Little Voices

Family

11 Apr - 18 Jul 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Voices

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Opera North Early Years Programme

Suitable for 0 - 4 years

Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.

Led by a professional singer, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.

I love bringing my child to Little Voices; the space is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It is brilliant that we have the chance to sing with a professional vocal artist. Coming to the sessions have given me more confidence to sing with my child at home

Time: 10.15 - 11.00am
Price: £5/child

Resource Pack

A useful tool to help you sing at home with your child is available to participants

Little Voices

Next Performances
Mon 23rd May
Mon 6th Jun
Mon 13th Jun
Mon 20th Jun
There are a total of 8 upcoming performances for this production
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The Ring Cycle

Opera

23 Apr - 10 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Ring Cycle

Synopsis

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner (1876)

Wagner's epic masterpiece: unforgettable music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North is placed at the heart of a concert staging that makes Wagner’s narrative enthralling for both experienced Wagnerians and newcomers alike.

The culminative power of The Ring Cycle is all the more palpable when experienced in such a concentrated burst, offering the rare opportunity for total immersion in this unique, all-encompassing music drama.

The Ring Cycle is conducted by Richard Farnes, one of today’s leading interpreters of Wagner. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music is translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford, bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception.

A company of top British and international singers includes Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz,  Mati Turi and Michael Weinius.

Please note that tickets for The Ring Cycle will be sold as full cycles per venue in the first instance. Single tickets may become available at a later date.

Next Performances
Sat 14th May
Sat 21st May
Tue 24th May
Wed 25th May
There are a total of 22 upcoming performances for this production
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Pleasure

Opera

28 Apr - 14 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Pleasure

Synopsis

A world premiere: Rising star composer Mark Simpson makes his operatic debut with this tragedy, set in a gay nightclub.

Please note: all Leeds and London dates are now sold out.

Introduction

Val (Lesley Garrett) works the toilets in “Pleasure”, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England. For years, she’s been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante. She is much-loved but viewed as an enigma. Why is she still there? Why does she never leave? When a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of a passionate and violent night…

Background

Born in Liverpool in 1988, composer Mark Simpson won BBC Young Musician of the Year as a clarinettist in 2006 and also, that same year, received the accolade of BBC Young Composer of the year – the only individual to have won both competitions. In 2010 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award. With a growing catalogue of works to his credit, his orchestral scores A Mirror-Fragment and Threads (both 2008) as well as sparks (2012) have all been well received.

Pleasure sees Simpson turn to opera for the first time, collaborating once again with librettist Melanie Challenger. Highly sought after, and admired by peers, critics and audiences alike, Challenger’s works includes a stunning selection of poetry and prose including the award-winning non-fiction book On Extinction. The duo recently received critical praise for their contribution to the Manchester International Festival, The Immortal, which was performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

Pleasure marks the third collaborative project by Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Royal Opera House, giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.​

Next Performances
Wed 4th May
Sat 7th May
Thu 12th May
Fri 13th May
There are a total of 5 upcoming performances for this production
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Courtney Pine

Jazz

4 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Courtney Pine

Synopsis

Song (the Ballad Book)

Featuring Zoe Rahman

With his latest project, drawn from his 16th studio album, the great British jazz musician Courtney Pine plays the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career. 

He takes to the stage playing bass clarinet, drawing magic from its ‘low-register purrs and ship’s-timber creakings, lustrous mid-tones and whistling upper range’. (The Guardian).

He is accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman, whose subtle and highly individual collaboration is the perfect pairing for this celebration of timeless ballads.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Wed 4th May
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Leeds

Linacre Studio, Opera North

Come & Sing: a Fairy Tale Adventure

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Enter the magical world of castles and dragons, giants and gingerbread men and explore songs from some of the best loved fairy tales.

​Sign up for one of our two 'Come and Sing' workshops and we'll take you on a musical adventure, learning fairy tales from well-known operas, musicals and much more. No singing experience necessary, just bring your voice (and some breadcrumbs... to find your way home!) and have some fun! 

10.30 - 11.30am Early Years (0-5 yrs + parents/carers
12.30 - 2.00pm All ages welcome (5-90 yrs!) 

How to book

Please contact Opera North Education to book a place:

Email: education@operanorth.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 113 223 3520

Next Performances
Sat 7th May
Sat 7th May
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Arve Henriksen

Jazz

11 - 13 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Arve Henriksen

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Places of Worship

Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen’s exploration of the instrument's possibilities shows no limits. Premièred at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, this special UK tour sees Arve bring the improvising spirit of his album Places of Worship to life, alongside long-term collaborators Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset and visual artist Anastasia Isachsen.

His improvising style is rooted both in the glorious geography of his native natural habitats and his hybrid, cosmopolitan environments of the 21st century. In Places of Worship he inhabits the space between these two worlds, in a series of pieces taking inspiration from religious buildings and ruins. Anastasia Isachsen's beautiful and responsive architectural lighting and projection will be mapped live onto the performance spaces.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects in association with Sound UK.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Wed 11th May
Thu 12th May
Fri 13th May
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Teddy Thompson

Folk

12 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Teddy Thompson

Synopsis

With Kelly Jones & Sunny Ozell

On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, Teddy Thompson and American singer Kelly Jones give audiences engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart. Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly first sang together at LA's Club Largo in 2011.

The songs that they’ve written since, capture complex emotions with simple honesty. You can hear the give and take, the dynamics, the beguiling imperfections, the deep human soul of performances. After their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall, Teddy and Kelly are looking forward to their first national tour together.

An opening set from American singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell, is followed by Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones' "glorious country-edged duets that have the easy charm of the Everly Brothers" (The Guardian).

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 12th May
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Cory Henry

Jazz

14 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cory Henry

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Revival Project

Multi-instrumentalist and organist Cory Henry has a back catalogue worthy of a man twice his age and has recently stepped firmly into the limelight as the funkiest of Grammy-award winning jazz-funk band Snarky Puppy.

Known for harmonically rich organ playing, he seems to capture the breadth of the jazz and gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two.

He has also worked with a host of stars, often at their request, including P. Diddy, Kenny Garrett, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Glasper.

His second album The Revival, an ode to New York sound, is out in March.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sat 14th May
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The Water Sinks Down With Them

Exhibitions

16 May - 26 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

The Water Sinks Down With Them

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by Emma Critchley

The water sinks down with them is a new film and sound installation by visual artist Emma Critchley, inspired by the opening bars of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle.

The installation acts as an immersive metaphor for the evolution of life itself, a journey from a pre-conscious golden age to conscious humanity.

The film is set in the Rhine, the underwater space where Wagner chose to open and close his epic work. A timeless, unending yet ever changing cosmos unfolds where the Rhine provides the fundamental rhythmic pulse of nature.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

Opening times of Leeds Library: 

Monday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Tuesday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Wednesday 12 noon - 6.45pm 
Thursday 12 noon - 5.45pm 
Friday 12 noon - 4.45pm 
Saturday 12 noon - 4.45pm 
Sunday 12 noon - 2.45pm
Next Performances
Mon 16th May
Fri 24th Jun
Fri 8th Jul
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Kronos Quartet

Classical

17 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Kronos Quartet

Synopsis

On sale Friday 29 January 12noon

Over 40 years San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has revolutionised the musical potential of the string quartet; innovating, collaborating and commissioning music from every corner of the globe.

In their first ever performance in Leeds, they play a trademark programme of exciting new music. The programme includes Terry Riley’s One Earth, One People, One Love, the world premiere of a new piece by Martin Green of Lau, commissioned by Kronos after they saw him in Lau-Land, works by Laurie Anderson and Komitas, and arrangements including The Who’s Baba O’Riley.

It’s an honour to have the Kronos at the Howard Assembly Room for the most intimate date of their short national tour.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Tue 17th May
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George Monbiot

Spoken Word/Talks

18 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

George Monbiot

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How Did We Get Into This Mess?

George Monbiot is one of the most eloquent critics of today.

In his latest book How Did We Get Into This Mess?, he brilliantly anatomises the state we are in:

  • the devastation of our environment
  • the crisis of inequality
  • our obsessions with growth and profit
  • and the decline of the political debate over what to do

While his diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted, he also develops solutions to challenge this politics of fear.

Drawing from his latest work and his 2008 publication Bring on the Apocalypse, he both identifies and challenges the apocalyptic currents of contemporary times.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2016, in association with the University of Leeds.

Next Performances
Wed 18th May
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Apocalypse Now

Film

20 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Apocalypse Now

Synopsis

Dir. Francis Coppola (1979) 153 mins. Cert 15

Apocalypse Now is Francis Ford Coppola's stunning vision of man's heart of darkness revealed through the madness of the Vietnam War.

Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) receives orders to seek out a renegade military outpost led by Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willard's mission: ‘Terminate with extreme prejudice.’

An unforgettable, hallucinatory and harrowing depiction of men at war, the film is conceived on an epic visual scale, with legendary sequences set to music including Wagner’s 'Ride of the Valkyries'. 

Apocalypse Now was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won Two for Best Sound and Best Cinematography.

This screening

Presented in surround sound. Introduced by Alan O’Leary, Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds.

Screened to accompany Opera North’s Production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle at Leeds Town Hall.

Next Performances
Fri 20th May
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Melancholia

Film

21 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Melancholia

Synopsis

Dir. Lars von Trier (2011) 136mins Cert 15

A beautiful movie about the end of the world.

Cannes Palme d'Or-winning Director, Lars von Trier assembles a glittering Hollywood cast in his beautifully shot apocalyptic disaster movie, underscored by the prelude to Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

As Justine (Kirsten Dunst) arrives for her wedding reception in her sister's mansion home, her big day reawakens a battle against her inner demons.

At the same time Earth is threatened by an imminent collision with Planet Melancholia – whose presence becomes increasingly ominous as the film moves towards its truly spectacular finale.

This screening

The film will be introduced by Sean Barker, Researcher at the University of Leeds Centre for World Cinemas.

DARE International Film Series in association with the University of Leeds. 

Next Performances
Sat 21st May
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Inside Opera Special: The Ring

Spoken Word/Talks

26 May - 17 Jun 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Inside Opera Special: The Ring

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Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring of the Nibelung. 

To accompany the performances of the complete cycle at Leeds Town HallNottingham’s Royal Concert Hall and The Lowry, Salford Quays, we present this unique exploration of Wagner’s monumental — and controversial — achievement in the company of guest contributors, with musicians from Opera North, who will provide live musical illustrations.   

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North
Thursday 26 May 2.00pm – 5.00pm
With Philip Kitcher, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and co-author of Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring
In collaboration with the University of Leeds. 

Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
Wednesday 8 June 2.00pm – 5.00pm
With Richard Bell, Professor of Theology at the University of Nottingham.
In collaboration with the University of Nottingham. 

Forman Lecture Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music
Friday 17 June 2.30pm – 5.30pm
With Howard Booth, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester, and composer David Horne
In collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Next Performances
Thu 26th May
Wed 8th Jun
Fri 17th Jun
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Laraaji

World Music

27 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Laraaji

Synopsis

Day of Radiance

Laraaji is a pioneering New Age musician and composer based in New York City. He performs his Brian Eno produced 1980 classic Ambient 3: Day of Radiance live on stage to coincide with the record's recent reissue on Glitterbeat Records.

Laraaji began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, where Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album. An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, hammered rhythms and sound treatments, Day of Radiance pushed open many musical doors, mining the ethereal spiritualism of late 70’s New Age music, the harmonic and rhythmic repetitions of minimalism and traditional sounds from India and Javan gamelan. The reissue follows two All Saints/Warp retrospectives Celestial Music 1970–2011 and Two Sides of Laraaji

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 27th May
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Gold, Gods and Giants

Family

28 May - 9 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Gold, Gods and Giants

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An interactive music and storytelling workshop for families

Around an imagined campfire we invite families into our specially-made indoor tent, to explore the stories and music from Wagner’s magical Ring cycle.

This interactive workshop will be led by an actor and musician, who will guide participants through an exciting (and surprising!) musical journey.

Duration: 45 mins

With thanks

Leeds dates supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Salford Quays dates supported by The Foyle Foundation

Next Performances
Sat 28th May
Sat 28th May
Sat 28th May
Sun 19th Jun
There are a total of 12 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis

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Iconic South African musician Hugh Masekela is one of jazz’s great lyrical brass players, with the ability to tug at the heartstrings and feed the soul with music that ranges from jazz standards to his own iconic songs.  

2013 marked the release of a sumptuous series of duets between him and master pianist Larry Willis, revisiting a friendship stretching back to 60s New York and through Masekela’s years of exile during the apartheid.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sat 28th May
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Into the Woods

Musicals

2 - 25 Jun 2016

Leeds

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Into the Woods

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Stephen Sondheim (1987)

Be careful what you wish for …..

In Sondheim’s classic musical, well-known fairy tale characters collide, but for Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Red Riding Hood, together with a childless baker and his wife, Happily Ever After turns out to be far from the end of the story. Whilst all the elements are there - a slipper as pure as gold, hair as yellow as corn, magic beans and of course the curse of a witch - this is no conventional fairy tale. The familiar find themselves in very unfamiliar circumstances in this darkly comic tale.

A recent movie hit starring Meryl Streep, Sondheim’s revered wit and intelligence unite Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse in their first major collaboration. Featuring the Chorus of Opera North and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director, James Brining, prepare for a performance that is far more than Once Upon A Time….   

Sung in English
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes


A co-production between Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse

INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED
on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York
Next Performances
Thu 2nd Jun
Fri 3rd Jun
Sat 4th Jun
Mon 6th Jun
There are a total of 20 upcoming performances for this production
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Mahler Symphony no.8

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Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

David Hill, Conductor 

Lee Bisset, Soprano
Katherine Broderick, Soprano
Kate Valentine, Soprano
Sarah Castle, Mezzo-soprano
Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-soprano
Peter Wedd, Tenor
Michael Druiett, Bass
Andrew Foster Williams, Baritone

Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Bradford Catholic Youth Choir

For the final concert of Leeds International Orchestral Season 2015/16, the Orchestra of Opera North embark on one of the largest classical choral works ever written, Mahler’s Symphony No 8, performed for the first time on the Leeds Town Hall stage in over 20 years.

Subtitled Symphony of a Thousand due to the vast numbers of performers required, the evening’s performance will feature the joint forces of three different choirs along with the Orchestra of Opera North and eight soloists.

The work is in two parts, with the first section based on Latin text from the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus. This hymn greatly inspired Mahler, who said “I saw the whole piece immediately before my eyes, and only needed to write it down as though it were being dictated to me.” The second part of the work uses words from the final part of Goethe’s Faust, and continues with the theme of love conquering all.

Having written the largest choral symphony, Mahler was undeniably proud of his work, describing it as his ‘gift to the nation…a great joy-bringer’.

Next Performances
Sat 4th Jun
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The Nash Ensemble

Classical

8 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Nash Ensemble

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Music in the Terezín Ghetto

Described as perhaps the most ‘polished, stylish, characterful chamber group on the planet’ (Herald Scotland), The Nash Ensemble present music from the Terezín ghetto by Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullman, and Hans Krása, alongside Smetana’s Bartered Bride overture, frequently performed in Terezín.

The Czech town of Terezín (Theresienstadt), gained notoriety as a World War II Nazi holding camp for Jewish prisoners, mostly destined for the death camps. Despite horrific conditions, the large number of musicians, actors and artists imprisoned there gave rise to an extraordinary cultural life for a few short years, marked in this programme for piano, flute, clarinet and string quartet.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Wed 8th Jun
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Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Frank Fairfield and Alasdair Roberts

Synopsis

Frank Fairfield is a sensation: a banjo picker, guitarist and fiddler like no other. His soaring ballads, ranging from arcane, rambling hillbilly melodies to dark, murderous folklore, are delivered in his distinctive reedy tenor with an utterly irresistible American Primitive quality. Having taken a break from the international touring scene, we are honoured to see Frank return to Leeds with a unique show.

Paired with Frank, the inimitable Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts brings his very different take on the epic and mythic in traditional song from Scotland and its isles.

This unique and specially curated show of epic story ballads is not to be missed.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance

Next Performances
Thu 9th Jun
Fri 10th Jun
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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Spoken Word/Talks

10 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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Exotic England

England is a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world, enticed by other civilizations. While this appetite for adventure has often been tainted by aggression and exploitation, the English have also had a capacity to soak up ideas and weave them into life back home.

Today, when England is not synonymous with Britain, and the question of how England relates to Europe and the world is ever prominent, journalist for the Sunday Times and Radio 4 commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown offers an invigorating perspective on what ‘Englishness’ really means.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2016, in association with the University of Leeds

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Fri 10th Jun
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Mbongwana Star

World Music

22 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mbongwana Star

Synopsis

Yorkshire Festival presents the Songlines Series

Rising from the ashes of the Congolese Band Staff Benda Bilili, Mbongwana Star formed in 2015 with a sound, and an album From Kinshasa, unlike anything that went before in the fertile Congolese music scene. Echoing rhythm patterns, heavily distorted vocals and feedback mix with gorgeous vocal melodies and distinctive Congolese lilt.

Parisian producer Liam Farrell, Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza have produced an album that pulls together traditional Congolese rhythms with a big fistful of European post-punk bass and electronics to glorious, unpredictable and uncategorisable effect.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Jun
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Rokia Traoré

World Music

23 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Rokia Traoré

Synopsis

Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

Rokia Traoré’s first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room in 2013 was one of the most electrifying performances ever seen in the venue. Her highly anticipated return follows the release of her new album Né So, a follow up to 2013’s ecstatically received Beautiful Africa.

Her music draws widely from West African music, rock and pop. Powerful riffs and unrelenting refrains mix with soulful ballads, a glorious voice and exhilarating stage presence. Currently living between Bamako, Brussels and Paris, Traoré’s artistic collaborators have included Kronos Quartet, Damon Albarn, Devendra Banhart, and John Paul Jones.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 23rd Jun
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Hauschka

Electronic

24 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hauschka

Synopsis

With special guests

Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

Known for his compelling live performances, Hauschka channels the spirit of John Cage’s prepared piano. Opening up his instrument, he playfully performs public operations on its innards using ping pong balls and gaffer tape in search of new colours and textures. Lately he has taken inspiration from house and techno and employed electronic processing to take these sounds even further from their acoustic origins.

For his return to the Howard Assembly Room, the entrancing German experimental pianist brings together artists who are opening up different pathways through a new musical zone where electronica, ambient, post-classical and song meet.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performanc

Next Performances
Fri 24th Jun
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Myths and Legends

Family

26 Jun - 2 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Myths and Legends

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Justin Doyle, Conductor
Jenny Martins, Piano

Opera North Children’s Chorus 

The acclaimed Opera North Children’s Chorus performs a short work based on the same myths and legends as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Wagner’s Ring cycle.

Come and hear about gods, giants, dwarves and strange creatures… Singing a sequence of folksongs from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia, the Chorus presents the story of the creation of the world as descibed in Icelandic traditional tales. This is magical, captivating music that will appear to adults and children alike.

Next Performances
Sun 26th Jun
Sat 2nd Jul
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A Hawk and A Hacksaw

Folk

29 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Hawk and A Hacksaw

Synopsis

With support

Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

For the last 15 years A Hawk and A Hacksaw, a band from New Mexico, have immersed themselves deeply in the musical traditions of Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey, resulting in a sound full of colour, grandeur and gut-wrenching romance. The richness of dance numbers featuring accordion and violin contrasts with eerie and finely balanced ballads and dulcimer-laden instrumentals.

Accordionist and drummer Jeremy Barnes, who has spent the last two years touring with indie rock legends Neutral Milk Hotel, and violinist Heather Trost, come together in 2016 with new material and tracks from their back-catalogue, ahead of a new album.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performanc

Next Performances
Wed 29th Jun
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band

Synopsis

Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

Her fiddle-playing soaring with visceral, intricate melody; her voice charged with deep soul and emotion; an eleven-piece band of living legends by her side: Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Tour has been a call-to-arms. She’s back, delivering a set of traditional material drawn from her stunning career and chart topping ‘Best Of’ double album, Wayward Daughter.

Bursting with some of the finest players in recent times, The Wayward Band brings musicians together from Bellowhead, Mawkin, Blowzabella, Edward II, Emily Portman Trio, Peatbog Faeries, Dreams of Tall Buildings and Tyde.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Sat 2nd Jul
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London

Soho Theatre

The Tiger Lillies: Love For Sale

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The Songs of Cole Porter including 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy', 'Love For Sale' and 'Miss Otis Regrets'.

Following the huge success of Lulu: A Murder Ballad, Opera North and The Tiger Lillies embark on a new adventure into the words and music of Cole Porter, one of America’s all-time great songwriters. From High Society to Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s musicals are always emotional roller-coasters, but under their surfaces lie beautiful, tender and often mysterious romantic trysts. In the hands of The Tiger Lillies the darkness and wonder of these songs comes to the surface, for an evening of delight, despair and delirium.

Commissioned and produced by Opera North Projects.

'The Tiger Lillies create the most haunting and hypnotic of soundtracks with the sparsest resources'
- The Independent on Lulu: A Murder Ballad, 5 stars

'They are completely peerless' - Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

Next Performances
Thu 14th Jul
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