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5 Oct 2012

For Light Night 2012, step into the devil’s jukebox, where five hours of non-stop live music plays all around you, and we prove once and for all that the devil has the best tunes.

From Paganini’s fiendish fiddling and Chopin’s Devil’s Trill, to the infernal brilliance of Robert Johnson’s blues, make yourself comfortable for five minutes or five hours while our musicians take you on a tour of 500 years of Faustian music.

Just be careful to leave with your soul.


  • David le Page - violin
  • David Gordon – harpsichord and piano
  • Danny Driver – piano
  • Graham Instrall - percussion
  • Stephanie Corley - soprano
  • Matthew Sharp – cello and baritone
  • Katherine Spencer - clarinets

Created by Opera North Projects.
Part of Light Night 2012.

For more information on Light Night visit www.lightnightleeds.co.uk

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


What you say

Comment from Julian Killingley


Julian Killingley said ago

Opera North Projects are to be highly commended for this hugely enjoyable evening. Who says you don't get "owt for nowt"? Last night's audience certainly did.

The Howard Assembly Room was set up with three main performance areas and an imposing centrepiece of an Odeon-style rainbow jukebox with bubble tracks. Judging by the numbers who photographed it, it almost stole the show. A number of white chairs and red deck chairs were scattered around the floor but most of the audience stood around the perimeter or sat on the floor. People came and went and many made regular trips to the circle bar conveniently sited next door.

The central conceit of a jukebox was well realised. Changes of performance area were signalled by flashing lights and a musical link wonderfully suggestive of the slightly wheezy mechanical jukeboxes of the 1950s which resolved itself into the theme from Danse Macabre as the lights came up on the next performance area. Whoever planned and designed this unifying link did an excellent job which the audience clearly liked.

We had the benefit of enjoying the whole last three hours of the show and heard a wide variety of pieces from the well known to the experimental. It was a challenge to not only name the music but sometimes to guess why they had been included in the Devil's Jukebox. With some our best guess was just that they were diabolically difficult to perform. There were certainly some musical surprises on that jukebox including a French song sung by Stephanie Corley (appropriately robed in a red gown) set to the tune of Danse Macabre..

It is invidious to pick out individual performances since this was an evening of virtuoso performances performed in an intimate atmosphere somewhat reminiscent of a nightclub. So close was I to Matthew Sharp at one point that I could see him sizing up whether he was likely to poke me in the eye with his cello's bow. It is also an unusual experience to be less than 10 feet from a soprano letting rip at full throat

Highlights for me included a wonderfully energetic piece performed by David Gordon (harpsichord), David le Page (violin) and Matthew Sharp which had a wild Balkan or Eastern European vitality to it, Katherine Spencer's extraordinary sounds coaxed out of her clarinet, Danny Driver's fiendishly difficult piano pieces, and the incomparable Matthew Sharp who managed to combine great readings from Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, singing in a variety of styles in his rich baritone, and great cello playing. It's quite indecent that one man can be so gifted in so many different ways. Perhaps he made his own Mephistophelian pact...

To sum up - a great evening's entertainment. The performers all looked as though we're really enjoying themselves. The audience certainly were. Brava! Bravo!

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Timelapse Michael Nyman

Devil's Trill Sonata Tartini

Sonata (Toccata) in D minor K141 Scarlatti

Old Devils William Elliot Whitmore

Sonata in D major K122 Scarlatti

Devil's Highlife

L'Escalier du Diable Ligeti

Steerpike Blues David Le Page

Violin Sonata Mov't 2 Blues-Moderato Ravel

Abime des Oiseaux Messiaen

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus Schubert

Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson

Scarbo Ravel

Cello Sonata Mov'ts 1 & 2 Schnittke

Gretchen am Spinnrade Schubert

Song of the Flea Mussorgsky

Danse du Diable Stravinsky

G minor Ballade Chopin

Ah Faustus Marlowe

Danse de la fureur pour les sept trompettes Messiaen

24 2012 Variations David Le Page

Danse Macabre Saint-Saens

Korond & Goldene Chasene

Devil's Laughter Paganini

Atem Kagel

Every Breath You Take Sting arr. Dave Le Page

Chaconne in D minor Bach

Che Faro’ Gluck

Don Giovanni Mozart

Pyramid Song Radiohead

L'altra notte Boito