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Moses Sumney

20 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Moses Sumney

Synopsis

With support

Since emerging in 2014 with his self-released cassette EP, Mid-City Island, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances.

With his smooth, haunting voice, Sumney makes music that transforms classic styles, as though a moon-colony choir had got hold of old jazz gems. His lyrics narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness with otherworldly compositional backdrops. 

In 2017, the California and Ghana-raised troubadour released his debut album Aromanticism. Released to great critical acclaim, Aromanticism was regarded by NPR, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, as one of 2017's best albums. Following its critical success, Sumney has performed the album to sold out headline shows across North America, Europe, and at the Sydney Opera House.

‘Gorgeous, genre-spurning’

The Guardian on Aromanticism 

Next Performances
Thu 20th Sep
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Music

Bill Ryder-Jones

21 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bill Ryder-Jones

Synopsis

+ Support Our Girl

The music of multi-instrumentalist, producer, string-arranger and composer Bill Ryder-Jones has an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness, drawing listeners close.

In a career spanning 15 years, he has ever been a musical explorer, with projects ranging from a musical interpretation of Italian Calvino’s If On A Winters Night A Traveller (2011's If..) to the top ten MOJO album of the year in 2016, West Kirby County Primary.  

Musicians including as Courtney Barnett and Richard Hawley champion him, while the Guardian describes him ‘A magical, colossal talent (….) that spills melody and emotion’.   

In association with Superfriendz

Next Performances
Fri 21st Sep
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Howard Assembly Room

Maya Youssef

27 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Maya Youssef

Synopsis

Maya Youssef: Syrian Dreams

Born in Damascus, Maya Youssef is a virtuoso on the magnificent qanun, the 78-string zither at the heart of Arabic music. Accompanied by percussion and cello, she performs music lamenting the war in her homeland and celebrating its rich cultural and architectural heritage. 

Following the release of her highly-praised debut album Syrian Dreams last November, she performs her own compositions, tunes from the Syrian folk tradition and the wider Arabic repertoire in what the Guardian describes as: ‘an often exquisite, emotional set that constantly changes mood, from sorrow to hope’.

Accompanied by Elizabeth Nott on percussion and Barney Morse-Brown on cello.

Next Performances
Thu 27th Sep
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Opera

The Merry Widow

29 Sep - 17 Nov 2018

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Merry Widow

Synopsis

Franz Lehár (1905)

A glittering cast and a superb creative team are brought together for this production of Lehár’s greatest hit, in which Parisian sensuality meets Viennese sophistication. 

The question of who the young, beautiful and stupendously wealthy widow Hanna Glawari will take as her second husband is a matter of national economic importance for the little-known – and nearly bankrupt – Balkan state of Pontevedro. If she marries a foreigner, Pontevedro will lose Hanna’s millions. So when the widow arrives in Paris, it’s a cause of high excitement among French bachelors everywhere and high anxiety for the Pontevedrian ambassador, Baron Zeta, who must do everything he can to make sure she remarries a suitable – Pontevedrian – man.

Director Giles Havergal’s matchless sense of authentic style is complemented by the dazzling choreography of Stuart Hopps in a work in which almost every bar is infused with the spirit of the dance. Leslie Travers supplies meticulously elegant fin-de-siècle designs, and Kit Hesketh-Harvey applies his characteristically brilliant wit to a fresh English version of the most popular of 20th-century operettas.

Join us at Maxim’s … an evening of delicious pleasure awaits.

A co-production with Opera Australia
Music by FRANZ LEHÁR | Original book and lyrics by VICTOR LEON and LEO STEIN | Translated and adapted by Kit Hesketh Harvey with Giles Havergal for Opera North | Performed by arrangement with Glocken Verlag Limited, London

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Pre-show Talks

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Next Performances
Sat 29th Sep
Tue 2nd Oct
Thu 4th Oct
Sat 6th Oct
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Whistle Stop Opera

10 Oct 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Whistle Stop Opera

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2018/19

​​Never tried opera before? Dip your toe in with Opera North’s brilliant pop up opera. Be entertained by a group of professional opera singers and an accordionist, who will make you laugh – maybe even cry – in an operatic taster packed with comedy, deceit, love and tragedy. Be treated to scenes and songs from a variety of operas and experience what opera does best: everyday emotions amplified by epic music. 

Followed by a Q&A session.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

Kirklees Concert Season 2018/19 Brochure (PDF)

 

Audio Brochure: Kirklees Concert Season

Next Performances
Wed 10th Oct
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Wings with live score

18 Oct 2018

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Wings with live score

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019

Conductor, Carl Davis CBE

We mark the centenary of both the end of World War I and the formation of the Royal Air Force with a special screening of the 1927 silent film, Wings, with Carl Davis’ 1993 live score performed in sync with the movie.

The winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929, Wings is a romantic action picture written and directed by combat pilots John Monk Saunders and William Wellman. In a small town in America, rivals Jack and David both vie for the affections of Sylvia Lewis. As romance starts to blossom, both men are called up to enlist and the pandemonium of war threatens to tear the lovers apart.

For this commemorative concert screening, we’re pleased to welcome conductor Carl Davis CBE to the podium to conduct his own score for this landmark film.

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Wings (1993) Dir. William A. Wellman, USA, 1927. Score by Carl Davis, 1993.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

Kirklees Concert Season 2018/19 Brochure (PDF)

 

Next Performances
Thu 18th Oct
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Spoken Word/Talks

Hollie McNish

18 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hollie McNish

Synopsis

Benjamin Zephaniah says ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describes her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’. With over ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed.

Here, she will be joining us to perform poems and talk about her latest poetry collection, Plum: a wise, sometimes rude and piercingly candid collection about growing up. She talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics and breasts, together with the urgent need to find a voice for poems that will somehow do the whole glorious riot justice.

Books will be available to purchase at the event. There will be a book signing afterwards.

Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings

Observer

Next Performances
Thu 18th Oct
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Classical

Opera North String Quartet

19 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera North String Quartet

Synopsis

Schubert’s magnificent ‘Trout’ Quintet, possibly the best-known chamber piece in the world, comes to joyful life under the bows and fingers of the Opera North String Quartet, joined by pianist Ian Buckle.

The Quartet is led by the leader of the Orchestra of Opera North David Greed, joined by the string section principals Katherine New, David Aspin and Jessica Burroughs.

The line-up is completed by Paul Miller (principal double bass) for Dvořák’s String Quintet No.2, a piece that marries a crystal-clear sonata opening with lively folk dance, lyrical songlike sections, and a final groundswell of melody that gives full voice to the bass.

Antonín Dvořák String Quintet in G Major No.2, Op 77 
Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major ‘The Trout’, D. 667  
Next Performances
Fri 19th Oct
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Classical

Pumeza Matshikiza

31 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Pumeza Matshikiza

Synopsis

Described as ‘one of today’s most exciting new operatic voices’ (The Independent), South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza released her debut album Voice of Hope in 2014 followed by Arias, with pieces by Puccini, Catalani, Ravel, Mozart and Fauré in May 2016.

She brings her exquisite lyric voice and emotional sensitivity to bear on Schumann’s vividly emotional Frauenliebe und leben, together with Strauss’s sublimely beautiful Four Last Songs.

I think I've found the new Maria Callas . . . What initially arrested me, and went on fascinating me, was not only the beauty of her singing, one of the loveliest lightish lyric sopranos I have heard in the flesh, but also her commitment to the role she was performing.

The Spectator

Next Performances
Wed 31st Oct
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Jazz

Phronesis

1 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Phronesis

Synopsis

Anglo-Scandinavian piano trio Phronesis is described by the Guardian as ‘a killer live band’.

Their reputation for spell-binding, roller-coaster live performances comes from an extraordinary democracy of expression and sorcery-like empathy between members Ivo Neame, Jasper Høiby and Anton Eger.

Together since 2005, they have cemented their world-wide reputation with the critically acclaimed release of their sixth album Parallax in 2016 (recorded at Abbey Road studios, London).

Tight, eloquent and thrilling, this Danish/British/Swedish trio serve up everything from volcanic sprints to brooding jazz meditations

The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 1st Nov
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Classical

Piers Lane

8 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Piers Lane

Synopsis

Australian pianist Piers Lane demonstrates his versatility and poetic best in a programme all about connections: Chopin idolised Bach and in turn inspired the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Opening with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor and a selection of Chopin’s best piano works, their probing and moving nature are mirrored in the forms used in Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Six Pieces On A Single Theme. Stravinsky’s colourful Trois mouvements de Petrouchka bring the recital to a dazzling climax.

Lane is equally at home in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. His concerto repertoire alone exceeds ninety-five works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, including five performances at the BBC Proms.

‘He dazzled us throughout not only with his virtuoso response but also with the poetry he found in the quieter variants’.

Classical Source on his performance of Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op. 22

Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, BWV 883
Frédéric Chopin Impromptu No 2 in F sharp major
Mazurka in F minor, Op 68 No 4
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B♭ minor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Six Pieces on a Single Theme, Op 21
Igor Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
Next Performances
Thu 8th Nov
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Songs of Love and War

14 Nov 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Songs of Love and War

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2018/19

​​​The first of two concerts with Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North David Greed and acclaimed pianist Ian Buckle, Songs of Love and War is a poignant reflection in homage to the centenary of WWI.

Both Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin for piano, and Elgar’s Sonata for Violin and Piano were created from the composers’ personal connections to the conflict and are a fitting way to mark the Armistice at Dewsbury Town Hall.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

Kirklees Concert Season 2018/19 Brochure (PDF)

 

Audio Brochure: Kirklees Concert Season

Next Performances
Wed 14th Nov

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