This Winter the Howard Assembly Room presents a new season inspired by the landscapes of Northern Europe, social liberty and Opera North’s upcoming production of La vida breve. Highlights from this season include author James Meek, the Doric String Quartet and Angela Hewitt.
The Howard Assembly Room’s FILMusic strand continues with the 1927 German sci-fi film Metropolis. Gottfried Huppertz’s original chamber orchestra score will be conducted by Hugh Brunt and performed live by the Orchestra of Opera North to a screening of the cult classic (2 Apr). Icebreaker: Kraftwerk Uncovered (23 Jan) is a journey through the influential Kraftwerk’s iconic back catalogue including music from Autobahn, Computer World and Trans-Europe Express, with visuals by Sophie Clements and Toby Cornish.
Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz and visual artist Lillevan (21 Mar) bring a special project to the UK that transforms the themes of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, through Fennesz’s characteristic guitar and washes of elemental sound. Kathryn Tickell and her new band The Side (17 Feb) perform a poetic and exhilarating sound inspired by traditional songs and the Northumbrian landscape.
Following his BAFTA-winning success, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds (27 Feb) performs his most recent album For Now I am Winter, weaving his cinematic sound through the mix of ambient strings and piano with electronic loops.
Alongside La vida breve, experience the passion of Spain in Blood Wedding and Flamenco Twilight (14 Feb) through Chico Pere and Glenn Sharp’s flamenco vocals and guitar, followed by Carlos Saura’s dance film masterpiece, based on Lorca’s original Blood Wedding.
As ever, the programme also includes a handpicked selection of the finest international music across genres and continents including Saharan blues guitarist Bombino (28 Jan), the Grammy-nominated jazz royalty Ravi Coltrane (11 Mar) and legendary Indian sarod player, Amjad Ali Khan (5 Feb) who appears alongside his two sons in one of only a few UK shows, demonstrating the exquisite and delicate range of glorious Indian classical music.
To see the full line-up of upcoming events at the Howard Assembly Room, click here.