The Howard Assembly Room will reopen in October 2021. The eclectic programme bridges the classical and the contemporary, showcasing top international touring artists from a diverse range of genres including jazz, folk, and world music, classical recitals, chamber opera, films, talks, installations and family events.
Artists already confirmed for the Howard Assembly Room’s reopening season include LYR, the duo of legendary reeds maestro Courtney Pine and the brilliant, MOBO Award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman, and another virtuoso pairing in Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora master Seckou Keita.
Leveret, the outstanding trio of Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron, put a thrilling spin on the English tradition, while at the furthest reaches of folk, Richard Dawson brings outernational influences, a wildly original guitar style and a gift for contemporary storytelling. A new commission for Opera North Projects’ FILMusic strand sees Leeds pianist Matthew Bourne performing a new live soundtrack to F. W. Murnau’s 1927 masterpiece Sunrise. In October, for Leeds Light Night 2021, the Howard Assembly Room will be transformed through a new and immersive installation on the theme of environmental crisis, featuring live music, lighting and sound design.
When we open our doors again we can’t wait to bring you a new bar and restaurant, fully accessible building and swish new atrium! We hope to announce a programme of live music, talks, screenings, performance and more soon.
Take a look at some highlights from the past 10 years of incredible performances to get ready…