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Family

Little Singers

12 Sep 2016 - 3 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

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.

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
Thu 8th Dec
Mon 12th Dec
Wed 14th Dec
Mon 9th Jan
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Classical

Mozart Unwrapped

10 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mozart Unwrapped

Synopsis

National Opera Studio at Opera North: Words and Mozart

Opera North is thrilled to continue its long relationship with National Opera Studio, and this December their highly talented Young Artists will delight you with extracts from Mozart’s finest operas, including The Marriage of FigaroCosì fan tutte and Don Giovanni.

In an exploration of the witty and golden relationship between Mozart's music and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte’s words, we showcase the next generation of rising stars, who will explore arias, duets and more in a semi-staged performance with sparkling direction by Giles Havergal (Opera North’s The Barber of SevilleThe Merry Widow, Albert Herring) accompanied by members of the Orchestra of Opera North and conducted by Rob Howarth.

Next Performances
Sat 10th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman and Other Tales

13 - 18 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman and Other Tales

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Hugh Brunt, Conductor
John Savournin, Presenter

Enchanting children of all ages since 1982 and a perennial favourite of Opera North, Howard Blake’s score to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is brought magically to life alongside a screening of the film that no Christmas should be without.

Before that, John Savournin, a stalwart of Opera North productions (Kiss Me, Kate, La Bohème, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) delivers a captivating retelling of Paul Patterson’s settings of two classic nursery rhymes; Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Based on the Roald Dahl versions and complete with a big screen picture book to tell the stories, this concert is sure to enthral the whole family.

Paul Patterson Little Red Riding Hood
Paul Patterson Three Little Pigs
Howard Blake The Snowman
Next Performances
Tue 13th Dec
Fri 16th Dec
Sun 18th Dec
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

14 Dec 2016

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

No Dewsbury Chamber Season would be complete without the annual concert from Phillip McCann and the University of Huddersfield Brass Band.

With carols to sing and old favourites to hear, this final concert of 2016 is sure to be popular.

Next Performances
Wed 14th Dec
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World Music

A Filetta

14 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Filetta

Synopsis

In a very rare UK concert, Corsican male voice choir A Filetta performs a festive programme of traditional song drawing on religious polyphonic song, hymnals, folk songs and occasional dance numbers.

Powerfully redolent of their homeland, the six male voices blend seamlessly, with bass running underneath layered harmonies as they rise and fall.

Formed in 1978 to preserve the island’s vocal traditions, A Filetta have forged an international reputation that brings together old and new, including their own original compositions.

a stirring, gently edgy reminder that Corsica produces some of the most subtle and remarkable vocal music in Europe.

— The Guardian

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Next Performances
Wed 14th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Christmas Concert

15 Dec 2016

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

David Cowan, Conductor
Chorus of Opera North
Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Children’s Chorus

There’s no better way to start the Christmas season than with the whole of the Opera North family. For this yuletide concert, the Orchestra of Opera North is joined by the combined voices of Opera North’s Chorus, Youth and Children’s Choruses for an evening designed to thaw the winter chill.

Before experiencing a bohemian Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret, featuring soloists from the Chorus of Opera North, we take a musical overview of the season through the eyes of J.S Bach, Vivaldi, Rutter and Sibelius.

With some old favourites and new discoveries, we will be sure to raise the roof with the audience carols.

Tickets are hotter than chestnuts around the fire so book early to avoid disappointment!

Rossini Overture La Cenerentola
Vivaldi The Four Seasons: Winter 
Rutter When Icicles Hang
Sibelius Finlandia
Audience carols 
Rutter Donkey Carol
Trad. Noël nouvelet
Puccini  La Bohème: Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter 

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Next Performances
Thu 15th Dec
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Classical

Winter Wonderland

17 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Winter Wonderland

Synopsis

Conjure up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and spellbinding music for the season.

Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians play beautiful music by composers including Bach and Corelli, together with festive music from Eastern Europe and beyond, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.

Banish the darkest days of the year and celebrate the yuletide season in style.

A lovely way to end December

 — Audience member

Next Performances
Sat 17th Dec
Sat 17th Dec
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Film

It's a Wonderful Life: With live music

19 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

It's a Wonderful Life: With live music

Synopsis

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most heart-warming and popular films ever made.

In the festive Victorian surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room, join James Stewart as George Bailey, a man so beset with problems that he loses all hope on Christmas Eve.

This special Christmas event will open with live music at 7.15pm, 30 minutes before the screening starts. Get fully in the mood for yule logs and glad tidings by joining us for an unmissable Christmas experience.

Dir. Frank Capra, USA 1946, 131 mins. Cert U. 

Next Performances
Mon 19th Dec
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Classical

The Tallis Scholars

20 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

In the darkest month of the year, the Tallis Scholars light up the festive season with classic texts associated with Christmas from some of the lesser known master composers of the Renaissance.

The first half pairs one of the most influential motets of its time: Josquin's motet Praeter rerum seriem, with de Rore’s elaborate mass on the birth of Christ Missa Praetum rerum seriem.

The second half continues the Christmas theme, proceeding through remarkable pieces by Victoria, de Sermisy (a Franco-Flemish composer in the generation after Josquin) and Mexican composer Hernando Franco. The evening culminates with John Taverner's most intricate and splendid antiphon in praise of the virgin, O splendor gloriae. 

…if the herald angels would leave off their infernal harking and form an earthly choir, then this is probably how they would sound.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Tue 20th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

29 - 31 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Ellie Laugharne, Soprano
​Heather Lowe, Mezzo Soprano 

Having lived in Vienna for the past twenty years, Aleksandar is the perfect host for Opera North’s ever popular Viennese Whirl.

With two soloists and an orchestra at his disposal, he will waltz you through all-time favourites, delight with hand-picked gems and march us all into the New Year in true style.

Huddersfield Examiner said after last year’s concert ‘Few orchestras anywhere can pull off the full range of this music with the panache and skill of the Opera North Orchestra’ – early booking is highly recommended.

Programme

Johann Strauss II Indigo and the forty thieves, Overture
Robert Stolz Der Favorit: Du sollst Kaiser meiner Seele sein
Emmerich Kálmán Gräfin Mariza: Hör ich Zigeunergeigen
Josef Strauss Delirien waltz
Johann Strauss II Freikugeln, polka schnell 
Jacques Offenbach Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle
Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture
Johann Strauss II Künstlerleben waltz
Richard Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos: Ein Augenblick ist wenig
Ariadne auf Naxos: Seien wir wieder gut 
Émile Waldteufel The Skater’s waltz
Josef Strauss Sport- Polka
Johann Strauss II Tänzerin Fanny Elssler: Draussen in Sievering blüht schon der Flieder 
Franz Lehár Zigeunerliebe: Hör ich Zymbalklänge
Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube waltz

Total duration: 1 hour 50 minutes (includes 20-minute interval)

Next Performances
Thu 29th Dec
Sat 31st Dec
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Film

Labyrinth

17 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Labyrinth

Synopsis

A 16 year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. 

Unappreciated on its release, Labyrinth’s mix of spectacle and David Bowie rock opera has now made it a beloved cult favourite.

Glam, trippy and occasionally absurd, Labyrinth also reacquaints audiences with the truth of the fairy tale: that childhood is a scary and dangerous place, an inherently strange time filled with dead-ends and ambiguity.

Screened to mark a year since David Bowie’s death, Labyrinth celebrates one of the strangest chapters in his long and glorious career.

Next Performances
Tue 17th Jan
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World Music

Aziza Brahim

18 Jan 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Aziza Brahim

Synopsis

Aziza Brahim is a Western Saharan musician, brought up in a Sahrawi refugee camp in the Algerian desert, who has lived in exile for more than two decades (first in Cuba and currently in Barcelona).  

Her music is dominated by her incredible voice: effortlessly compelling, richly textured, by turns haunting, languid and intensely emotional. Her songs of Sahrawi resistance and both the hurt and optimism of living as a refugee are informed by her varied upbringing, with fluid Spanish guitar licks mixing with the harder edged hooky grooves of West African desert rock.

And then there’s that voice….. Often Brahim’s one voice almost seems choral as it floats and echoes.

— The Independent

Next Performances
Wed 18th Jan

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