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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Heather Lowe and David Cowan

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Heather Lowe, Mezzo soprano
David Cowan, Piano

Opera North’s Head of Music, David Cowan and Associate Artist, Heather Lowe, take a break from rehearsals and unite to bring a programme of light hearted repertoire from across the musical spectrum.

Heather, a graduate of the RNCM and National Opera Studio, is a previous finalist of the Maureen Lehane Competition and is working with Opera North throughout our current season.

Next Performances
Wed 26th Oct
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Mahotella Queens

World Music

26 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mahotella Queens

Synopsis

In 2015 the legendary South African female vocal ensemble celebrated fifty years of performance, but they show no signs of slowing down.

The Queens bring to Leeds their stirring, rolling Mbaqanga blend of R&B, gospel and traditional styles, which for many years dominated the South African townships. Their distinctive multi-part vocal harmonies combine with guitar-led riffs, searing a capella moments and fast-paced dancing.

The Mahotella Queens — Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and the newly crowned Queen Amanda Nokuthula Nkosi — now represent more than just one generation. Their live show is full of dance, joy and energy and is even more vibrant than ever before.

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Next Performances
Wed 26th Oct
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Flit

Folk

29 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flit

Synopsis

Some of today’s most influential musicians explore themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs set within a world of breathtaking stop-motion animation.

Award-winning composer and Lau’s visionary accordionist Martin Green brings together Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and Becky Unthank from The Unthanks, with BAFTA-winning animators whiterobot (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) for this extraordinary live show.

Flit is inspired by first-hand stories of human migration, some heart-warming, others heartbreaking and features songs and original music by Green with lyrics from Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan MoffatSet within a captivating animated world and a haunting sonic landscape, these exquisite songs are performed by a world class band fronted by the inimitable voices of Becky Unthank and Adam Holmes.

Contains strobe lights and some strong language.

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Next Performances
Sat 29th Oct
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Leeds

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Classical Works

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Jac van Steen, Conductor
Soraya Mafi, Soprano 

Following last year’s popular matinee concert at the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall the Orchestra of Opera North is delighted to return to the University of Leeds International Concert Series with music by two of the greatest and most prolific composers of all time – Haydn and Mozart.

Building on his relationship with the Orchestra of Opera North, Jac van Steen conducts a programme of classical masterpieces perfectly designed to showcase the talents of both Opera North’s Associate Artist, Soraya Mafi and its orchestra.

Haydn Symphony no. 22 in E flat ‘The Philosopher’
Mozart 'Ah, lo previdi'
Mozart Symphony no. 29 in A, K.201
Next Performances
Sun 30th Oct
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Don't Look Now

Film

31 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Don't Look Now

Synopsis

For Halloween, ‘A superbly chilling essay in the supernatural’ (Time Out).

Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film is one of the great horror masterpieces, whose creeping fingers of dread, apprehension and psychological trauma create an effect more powerful than straightforward fear.

A married couple (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) are in Venice grieving the recent death of their young daughter when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Roeg maps Sutherland’s disintegrating psyche onto the labyrinthine alleys and murky canals of Baroque Venice to poignant and devastating effect.

Dir. Nicolas Roeg, UK / Italy 1973, 110 mins. Cert 15.

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Next Performances
Mon 31st Oct
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Cat's Eyes

Music

2 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cat's Eyes

Synopsis

Cat’s Eyes are a duo formed by Faris Badwan, the singer from British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors and Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist.

While their self-titled debut seemed grown in the dark, the duo’s latest album Treasure House is flooded with light, featuring lush, expansive arrangements and pure voiced vocals with a sinister edge.

This is music made in Technicolor on a wide silver screen, by the band whose glorious concoction of Morricone, Nino Rota, and Broadcast’s harpsichord-laden reverie was the soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy. Everything about their music feels cinematic.

A co-promotion with Beacons Metro 2016.

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Next Performances
Wed 2nd Nov
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Suspiria

Film

4 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Suspiria

Synopsis

With live score by Goblin

Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a classic of lurid Italo-terror and a stone-cold masterpiece.

A new student arrives at a ballet school in the Black Forest and quickly discovers that something is very wrong.

Viciously violent and exquisitely shot, with influences as diverse as German Expressionism and Disney, Suspiria is saturated by Goblin’s score for the film, building dreamlike intensity and delicately shredding your nerves.

Goblin, the Italian progressive rock band who recorded the original soundtrack to the film, play it live in their current incarnation, in the perfect Gothic setting for an evening of delicious horror.

Dir. Dario Argento, Italy 1977, 97 mins. Cert 18

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Next Performances
Fri 4th Nov
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Remember Remember…

Family

5 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Remember Remember…

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A shadow puppetry workshop

Discover the wonders of light and shadow as we create a variety of shadow puppets around an imagined bonfire.

Inspired by Bonfire Night, join us for a fun morning of puppet-making, then take your creations out into the city to enjoy the lights of the night.

This workshop is suitable for children of all ages and their families.

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Sat 5th Nov
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha

Synopsis

Two of the UK’s foremost contemporary music ensembles join forces for this unique collaborative programme to celebrate their joint 25th birthdays.

At its heart is Schoenberg’s bewitchingly intense piece for string sextet, Transfigured Night. 

The programme also bids farewell to the late, great British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

With the powerful expressivity of Farewell to Stromness and the kaleidoscopic colours of The Last Island (accompanied here with a new film), they pay tribute to a man whose music has shaped their programming over the last quarter of a century. 

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. 

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Next Performances
Fri 11th Nov
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The Bad Plus

Jazz

12 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Bad Plus

Synopsis

Iconoclastic jazz trio The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and have consistently avoided easy categorisation with their creativity, unique sound and gift for joyful live performance.

Based in New York City, they have constantly searched for rules to break, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect synchrony.

The trio play from their new album (released August 2016), weaving ingenious eclectic covers through their own uncompromising originals. They continue to redefine what a jazz piano trio can be. 

Early booking highly recommended.

Support: Binker & Moses 

Opening the show are Binker & Moses. Best Newcomer winners at the Jazz FM and Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Best Jazz winners at the MOBOs, the duo draw on all aspects of black music, their unusual chemistry constructing a sound that ranges from ‘a kind of unplugged dub ambience’ (Jazzwise) via lengthy entwined solos to groove-laden tracks.​

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Next Performances
Sat 12th Nov
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Kevin Gowland and Annette Saunders

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

Kevin Gowland, Flute
​Annette Saunders, Piano

Kevin Gowland, Opera North’s Principal Flute and their new Music Staff member, Annette Saunders bring their established duo concert to the season.

Featuring music by Strauss and Britten and with other jewels to discover, this is bound to be a delightful way to wile away a lunchtime. 

Next Performances
Wed 16th Nov
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Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Classical

17 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Synopsis

The Sitkovetsky Trio plays Dvořák’s magnificent Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor ‘Dumky’; a piece with its heart and soul in central Europe. 

Rather than a typical four-movement work, the trio is in six parts, each a ‘dumka’ or melancholy folk ballad, which move from a slow, mournful beginning to a joyful, almost manic answering section. The approach of the Trio combines a dynamic, high-energy performance style with evident commitment and profundity. 

The first half of the evening sees the Sitkovetsky Trio delight with Haydn’s Piano Trio in G major ‘Gypsy’ with Charles Ives’ only Piano Trio.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. 

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Next Performances
Thu 17th Nov
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