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Light Night 2016

Classical

7 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night 2016

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Elude the clutch of the October chill with this five-hour non-stop array of soulful, and otherwise transcendent music, from Bach and Arvo Pärt, to Kora, Koto and back again. 

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Fri 7th Oct
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Steven Osborne

Classical

13 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Steven Osborne

Synopsis

Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his long awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a glorious Late-Romantic programme.

The programme includes Ravel’s Menuet Antique, Debussy’s Children’s Corner and music by Poulenc.

Having recorded the complete solo piano works of Ravel and Debussy’s Preludes, he deeply inhabits both the music’s technical and formal complexities, and its emotional depths of clarity, colour, and feeling. The result is an interpretive approach that is both technically brilliant and deeply affecting.

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Next Performances
Thu 13th Oct
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Lynched

Folk

15 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lynched

Synopsis

Irish four-piece Lynched (named after the founder-members, brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch), is a punk-folk group from Dublin. 

The group mix street-songs and classic ballads in the traveller tradition with wild dance music and nods to psychedelia and rock ’n’ roll.

With an instrumental line-up featuring uilleann pipes, fiddle and bayan (a Russian accordion), the group are famed for their four-part harmony vocals. Their debut album, Cold Old Fire, drew comparisons to Planxty and the Dubliners while Mark Radcliffe says that ‘They do mark a turning point in folk… that authentic voice of the streets is back in a big way.’

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Next Performances
Sat 15th Oct
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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: John Williams' Heroes

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Orchestra of Opera North 
Stephen Bell - conductor


Join the Orchestra of Opera North for an afternoon celebrating some of the most famous film music written by John Williams.

The concert will include lots of recognisable themes from classical blockbusters such as Star Wars, ET, Superman, Jaws, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Home Alone.

Perfect for film buffs and music lovers of all ages!

Next Performances
Sun 16th Oct
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Billy Budd

Opera

18 Oct - 3 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Billy Budd

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A brand new staging of this oceanic and intense psychological drama performed by a cast of today's leading Britten interpreters.

Discover the dramatic tale of Billy Budd, a young sailor who radiates beauty and goodness, and the failure of Captain Vere to save him from the destructive forces of envy. Embark on a powerful psychological journey of one man’s inner turmoil as the past comes back to haunt him.

With its evocative music, stellar cast and stunning set, Opera North’s new production of one of Britten’s greatest operas promises an unforgettable experience.

​A co-production with Nederlandse Reisopera.

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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours

Language

Sung in English with no titles

Next Performances
Tue 18th Oct
Fri 21st Oct
Thu 27th Oct
Sat 29th Oct
There are a total of 9 upcoming performances for this production
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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: How it works – the Orchestra

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Martin Pickard, Conductor
Pui Fan Lee, Presenter

Join CBeebies presenter Pui Fan Lee as she takes apart the Orchestra of Opera North.

During this insightful fun-filled afternoon, each section of Yorkshire’s symphony orchestra takes centre stage giving you an insight into what it takes to be an orchestra. Using well known repertoire including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird and the Prelude from Verdi’s La traviata, this concert breaks down the barriers, explains the traditions and exposes the myths surrounding how an orchestra works; perfect for young and old alike.

Shostakovich Festive Overture
Verdi  La traviata, Prelude (Act I)
Stravinsky The Firebird, Infernal Dance 
Britten  Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes: Storm
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, 4th Movement
Villa Lobos  The Little Train of Caipira
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, Maestoso-Allegro
Offenbach The Tales of Hoffman: Olympia's Aria
Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement
Adams  Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Next Performances
Sun 23rd Oct
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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

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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.

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Next Performances
Sat 29th Oct
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Cat's Eyes

Music

2 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cat's Eyes

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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 based in London.

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 and moments of high drama.

Their soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy is a glorious concoction of Morricone, Nino Rota, and Broadcast’s harpsichord-laden reverie.

This is music made in Technicolor on a wide silver screen: infused with a potent sense of location, specifically the deserted town in Canada where Rachel grew up. Everything about their music feels cinematic. 

Following guerrilla gigs at the Vatican and Buckingham Palace, their fully-fledged live show will be something to remember.

A co-promotion with Beacons Metro 2016.

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Next Performances
Wed 2nd Nov
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha

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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. 

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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

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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 September 2016), threading 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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