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Staging Pinocchio


I’m really looking forward to the opening of The Adventures of Pinocchio again at Leeds Grand Theatre at Christmas. It’s a great show and the perfect ‘pantopera’ to see over the Christmas period. I’m in a pretty special position as I get to see how the show comes together from... Read More

String Things


In honour of the Basquiat Strings and the Skampa Quartet, both playing at the Howard Assembly Room this Autumn, here are a few of the string-based albums that have been getting an airing in our office of late. All highly recommended! Basquiat Strings Self titled Touman... Read More

The Tree of Wooden Clogs


I am delighted to find a good reason to show The Tree of Wooden Clogs on the big screen at the Howard Assembly Room. Ermanno Olmi’s astonishing film has since somewhat disappeared from public view since it won the Palme D’Or in 1978. Our 'Back to the Woods' series of events in... Read More

On the go...


I’ve been working as Education Runner for just over 2 months now and I love it! My role is to attend as many projects and workshops as possible in the 4 months I’m here, acting as anything from Project Manager to Example Participant (which is great as I get to become a child f... Read More

Green Giant Workout


On 16 August I moved to Leeds to work on Opera North’s production of The Adventures of Pinocchio. I’ve always been a big fan of opera and I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to work with such established musicians and singers. A big part of my role is animati... Read More

Sit Bach and enjoy...


Jo Nockels, Projects Manager, Opera North Projects, talks Light Night Leeds From discussing whether the name is just too silly, to talking to the musicians about just how much Bach they can play without stopping, preparations for Light Night 2010 at the Howard Assembly Room... Read More

John Whitfield, Gamelan player


John Whitfield talks techno lullabies before the Southbank Gamelan players join Plaid on stage at the Howard Assembly Room One night in the late 1990s, I heard a track called Kortisin by a group I’d never heard of, called Plaid on the London dance-music station Kiss FM. It ... Read More

Benjamin Hulett comes out of the shadows...


In the shadows… As I sit in my dressing room at Opera North, far too early for my call (as usual) I begin to think again about what it means to play the role of Peter Quint. It is a role that I have wanted to do for as long as I knew I wanted to perform opera. My wife sang... Read More

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