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Family

Little Singers

11 Dec 2017 - 16 Jul 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Singers

Synopsis

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 musician, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment suitable for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their grown-ups.

We also run Little Singers sessions (for 0-4s) in other areas of Leeds and Yorkshire:

Morley Town Hall Mondays at 11.15am

15 Jan – 26 Mar (ex 12 Feb)

16 April – 9 July (ex 28 May)

£5 per child, pay on door
Cast, Doncaster Wednesdays 10am

10 Jan – 28 March (ex 14 Feb)
11 April – 4 July (ex 30 May)

£3.50 per child, book via Cast
Colton Primary School Thursdays at 10am

11 Jan – 29 Mar (ex 15 Feb)

19 April – 12 July (ex 31 May)

£4 per child, pay on door
ERT, Beverley Thursdays 10.30am

Starting Thurs 11 Jan – Thurs 29 Mar (ex 15 Feb)

12 April – 12 July (ex 31 May)

 

£5 per child, book via ERT

For more information, contact Alex Bradshaw on alex.bradshaw@operanorth.co.uk

I love bringing my child; 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.

— Little Singers parent

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Next Performances
Mon 4th Jun
Mon 11th Jun
Mon 18th Jun
Mon 25th Jun
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

12 Mar - 9 Jul 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies and young children

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group, in a warm and friendly environment.

No singing experience (or talent!) is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. 

Each individual session costs £6, or book all 8 sessions for the discounted rate of £40.

Next Performances
Mon 4th Jun
Mon 11th Jun
Mon 18th Jun
Mon 25th Jun
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Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours: Songs and Sonnets

14 May - 23 Jul 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours: Songs and Sonnets

Synopsis

Brush up your Shakespeare this spring with the ON After Hours Chorus as they explore some varied Shakespearean repertoire in celebration of the return to the stage of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s witty retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

Rehearsals will be led by friendly professional artists who will help you to learn operatic and choral pieces inspired by the Bard’s works, in preparation for a relaxed performance in front of family and friends on Monday 23 July.

To take part, you will need some experience of singing and be able to follow a music score.

Next Performances
Mon 14th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

22 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Lars Vogt

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Lars Vogt’s exceptional versatility as a performer allows him to range between the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to Romantic composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling piano works of 20th Century Polish composer Lutosławski. 

His programme for the Howard Assembly Room includes Beethoven’s Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata', Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 2 in F major and Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces. 

During a prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Paris.

He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati.

Lars was the second-prize winner in the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata No 2 in F major
Leoš Janáček On an overgrown path Book 1
Arnold Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
Next Performances
Tue 22nd May
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Musicals

Kiss Me, Kate

23 May - 7 Jul 2018

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Cole Porter’s dazzling comedy of musical mischief will leave you feeling positively ‘WUNDERBAR’!

On the opening night of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew in 1940s Baltimore, the tempestuous love lives of actor-manager Fred Graham and his leading lady (and ex-wife) Lilli Vanessi are set to collide.

Throw in Fred’s current paramour Lois Lane and her gambler boyfriend Bill – plus a couple of gun-toting gangsters who somehow get caught up in the show – and the stage is set for a funny and farcical battle of the sexes!

Cole Porter’s riotously inventive homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is an irresistible celebration of the joy and madness of working in theatre. With show-stopping songs including 'BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE,’ 'ALWAYS TRUE TO YOU IN MY FASHION' and 'SO IN LOVE,' performed by an all-singing, all-dancing cast of international singers and West End stars, our spectacular production is simply ‘TOO DARN HOT’ to miss out on!’

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Kiss Me, Kate is a co-production with Welsh National Opera

Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack
Critical Edition by David Charles Abell and Seann Alderking

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

Trailer

BSL Introduction

The Music

Next Performances
Wed 23rd May
Thu 24th May
Thu 24th May
Fri 25th May
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Musicals

Come and Sing Kiss Me, Kate

25 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Come and Sing Kiss Me, Kate

Synopsis

Join us for a participatory singing workshop, where you will have the opportunity to Brush Up Your Shakespeare with vocal leader Matthew Roughley, before being joined by the Chorus of Opera North and Chorus Master Oliver Rundell, plus some very special guests.

This Wunderbar event will give you the chance to experience the Opera North Chorus up close and to sing alongside them, to explore music from this classic Cole Porter musical.

Everyone is welcome, no singing experience required to take part.

The session runs from 11am – 3pm, with a lunch break from 1pm – 2pm (off site). Lunch is not included.

Next Performances
Fri 25th May
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World Music

Les Amazones d'Afrique

25 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Les Amazones d'Afrique

Synopsis

The first all-female supergroup of West Africa, the collective Les Amazones d’Afrique brings together musicians fighting violence against woman and features some of the most acclaimed voices in West African music, including Mamani Keïta, Rokia Koné, Mariam Koné and Awa Sangho.

Blending funk, blues and dub with soulful singing, distorted guitars and Afrobeat rhythms, Les Amazones D’Afrique combine influences from several decades to build their own modern, eclectic sound. 

Singing in English, French, Bambara and Fon their performances are ‘a proud, forceful demonstration of the strength and variety of modern African music’ — The Independent

The sound of the diaspora of African music returning home, a reclaiming outside of genre and time

The Guardian

Next Performances
Fri 25th May
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Folk

Lankum

26 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lankum

Synopsis

A four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, Lankum (formerly known as Lynched) brilliantly combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uillean pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.

Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street songs, classic ballads, traditional Irish and American dance tunes and their own original material.

Marrying ‘the rawness of The Watersons with the roar of Richard Dawson’ Lankum play a brand of folk music that is ‘urgent, desperate and detonating’ (The Guardian).

They are touring in support of their critically acclaimed album Between the Earth and Sky.

Brilliant, raw detonating folk

The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 26th May
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Musicals Rock!

27 May 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Musicals Rock!

Synopsis

Musicals Rock! takes you on a journey through the highlights of some of the world’s most-loved musicals.

Orchestra of Opera North
Michael England — Conductor

Vocalists —
Jenna Lee James
Rachael Wooding
Alex Gaumond
Daniel Boys

As the rock world comes crashing into stage musicals the result is wonderful, spectacular and sometimes off the wall. 

Featuring music from We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Fame, Rent, Wicked, Evita and many more, never before have these excerpts been put together in one concert.

The result is a feast of thrilling music together with exceptional performances from a vibrant cast, backed by the power and energy of an orchestra and rock group.

Mamma Mia! Overture Orchestra
What a Feeling Flashdance
I Will Always Love You The Bodyguard
One Song Glory Rent
Fame Fame
My Eyes Adored You Jersey Boys
Beauty School Dropout Grease
Buenos Aires Evita
Defying Gravity Wicked
Man in the Mirror Thiller, Live on Stage
I Will Survive Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Go West Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
One Night in Bangkok Chess
I Know Him So Well Chess
Pity the Child Chess
Jesus Christ Superstar Overture Jesus Christ Superstar
Heaven on their Minds Jesus Christ Superstar
I Don't Know How to Love Him Jesus Christ Superstar
Don’t Stop Me Now We Will Rock You
Somebody to Love We Will Rock You
Radio Ga Ga We Will Rock You
Save Me We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions We Will Rock You

Produced in association with West End International

Next Performances
Sun 27th May

Orchestra of Opera North: Vaughan Williams, Salieri, Beethoven

Synopsis

The Orchestra of Opera North's first outing at Doncaster's CAST with a sparkling summer programme.

Andrew Long - Violin
Kevin Gowland - Flute
Richard Hewitt - Oboe
Howard Shelley - Conductor

Ranked at no. 1 on the Classic FM Hall of Fame, we’re delighted to begin the concert with a popular classic; Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending. This evocative score paints the scenic landscape of the rolling British countryside and is simply breath-taking when heard live.

Described by The Guardian as ‘a radical work, … spine-tingling and life-enhancingly joyful’, Beethoven’s spell-binding Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’ follows, before the concert concludes with Salieri’s delightful Flute and Oboe Concerto in C major, a playful piece that dances throughout the sections and is sure to enchant.

Vaughan Williams The Lark Asceneding
Salieri Flute and Oboe Conceto in c Major
Beethoven Symphony No.6 'Pastoral

…the orchestral playing is first-class… something very special indeed

— **** Daily Telegraph on Die Walküre 

Next Performances
Wed 30th May
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Folk

Anda Union

9 Jun 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anda Union

Synopsis

Hailing from different ethnic nomadic cultures, Anda Union unite tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia in their propulsive, forward looking Mongolian folk music.

Playing traditional instruments, including the morin huur horsehead fiddle, topshur lute and moadin chor flute, their urgent yet intimate vocal style combines harmony and solo singing with carefully controlled bursts of growling and eerie throat singing.

Their songs are about history, horses and Genghis Khan combined with those keenly lamenting the threats climate change and modernity pose to their grasslands habitat and ancient Mongolian culture.

Stirring, sophisticated Mongolian folk

The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 9th Jun
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Spoken Word/Talks

Institute of Psychoanalysis: Northern Summer School

15 Jun - 16 Jun 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Institute of Psychoanalysis: Northern Summer School

Synopsis

The Institute of Psychoanalysis and Opera North present an introduction to key concepts in psychoanalysis in a two-day Summer School.

This exciting collaboration will bring psychoanalytic ideas to life by exploring the shared territories between psychoanalysis, opera and other performing arts, with their shared aim of telling stories with emotional intensity and meaning that have the potential to transform.

This is a unique opportunity to take part in a dialogue between performers, directors and psychoanalysts to explore the synergy between the two disciplines.

Learn about psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic interpretation and what becoming a psychoanalyst involves.

Explore performance as interpretation, the complexities of performing violence and psychoanalysis and film.

The Northern Summer School is open to everyone, including current undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline or background.

Visit the Institute of Psychoanalysis website for the full programme and further information.

Next Performances
Fri 15th Jun

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