We are delighted to announce another exciting new season of orchestral concerts for the 2015/16 Kirklees Concert Season.
This latest season aims to appeal to a younger audience and will feature, in addition to well-loved favourites, afternoon family concerts and lunchtime recitals exploring the rich canon of the finest organ music composed, as well as continuing the link with Classic FM through themed concerts, ‘Classic FM recommends’ events and presenters hot off the air waves; in addition the season continues its great value family offer of bringing all children aged 13 or under to watch any of the concerts in the season for just a pound when acompanied by an adult.
The season opens in Huddersfield on 17 September, when Aleksandar Markovic conducts a programme of Wagner and Strauss, with soprano Emma Bell joining the Orchestra for Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. Opera North's Music Director Richard Farnes makes an unmissable to the Kirklees season on 3 December, to conduct Lutosławski's Concerto for Orchestra and Mahler's First Symphony.
Following on from the success of last year’s family concert The Gruffalo, the Royal Northern Sinfonia invites the families of Kirklees to join the world’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru in Paddington Bear’s First Concert (25 Oct). In this special concert, Paddington arrives in London and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn, Rossini and even Astor Piazzolla. Children of all ages are welcome and the concert will be narrated by Classic FM’s John Suchet.
Once again the Orchestra of Opera North presents another festive spectacular in A Joyous Christmas (17 Dec). This time, the Orchestra is joined by the combined voices of the Chorus of Opera North, Opera North Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus in a wonderful concert that will fill you with merriment!
The Viennese Whirl (30 Dec) offers audiences the chance to be swept off their feet and into the New Year with an afternoon of Viennese classics. This regular season highlight is an ever-popular concert and will be under the baton of local conductor John Rigby. The evening will be presented by Classic FM's John Suchet and will feature soprano Jennifer France.
Following on from hugely popular previous concerts, Classic FM returns to Kirklees with Classic Romance (14 Feb), a very special Valentine’s Day concert celebrating love in all its aspects – from the thrill of falling into it to the heartbreak of losing it. Conducting and on violin is one of the most prolific musical talents to emerge from Sweden, Tobias Ringborg, and the evening will be presented by Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall.
All tickets for the Kirklees Concert Season are now on sale, to book call 01484 223200 or visit kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls.