With live music on arrival
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of the great romantic films, bitter-sweet The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays an umbrella shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly.
Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colour, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
my favourite musical, my favourite love story, my favourite soundtrack
— Maddie Costa, The Guardian
A new production of Rossini's sparkling comedy performed by an exciting international cast.
A much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it. Cinderella scrubs the floor of a dance school and dreams of a better life. A prince arrives seeking a companion and so this sparkling romcom is set in motion.
Cinderella’s stepfather Don Magnifico and the Prince’s servant Dandini are marvellous comic creations. Cinderella herself emerges as a true romantic heroine whose transformation is achieved through the power of music.
An evening of pure magic is in store, uniting the fun, fire and brilliance of Rossini’s music with a fresh and witty production.
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
Sung in Italian with English titles
Suitable for 7+
Available: Audio described
Supported by a generous gift from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
HEXA is a sonic response to David Lynch’s The Factory Photographs, a collection of images Lynch took of disused factories and the ruins of industry in the USA, Poland, Germany and the UK.
The sound is created by Lynch collaborator Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Australian composer Lawrence English.
Their performance draws from the texture of Lynch’s images, their imagined spaces, and the spectral histories contained within them.
The effect is like “cascading low frequency pulses and tectonic plates of sound, suspended in cavernous cathedral-like spaces".
Premiered at the David Lynch: Between Two Worlds retrospective in Australia, HEXA explores the ability of sound to infiltrate, abrade and occupy the body.
Having become a popular fixture of the Chamber Concert Season, George King is set to bring his inimitable style of programme back for another year.
As acclaimed as a jazz pianist and improviser as with more traditional piano repertoire, George will dazzle once again in this final lunchtime concert. Please note the venue due to refurbishment work in Dewsbury.
At 67 years of age, Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk is enjoying a renaissance that began three years ago with the release of his album Corollaries by Erased Tapes.
In the age of the ambient, classically inflected music of Nils Frahm and Ludovico Einaudi, Melnyk’s astounding technique - continuous piano - and supernatural skill resonate with a new generation of audiences.
Deeply influenced by the minimalist movement of the 1970s, Melnyk is considered to be the fastest pianist in the world, his fingers darting across the piano keys at lightning speed to create a cloud of sound, a performance that manages to be dizzying, chaotic and serene all at once.
This is not machine music…. It's very human — serenity delivered through sustained concentration and ecstatic energy, via a lifetime of practice and perfection rather than the twist of a knob.
Playful electronica, ambient sounds, experimental indie pop: the prolific and globally fêted Icelandic band múm has never fit into conventional categories.
Fresh from a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, the founding members of múm, Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar þóreyjarson Smárason, perform an improvised live score to People on Sunday, a masterpiece of silent film.
A vivid portrait of Berlin and its young inhabitants at the end of the 1920s, the film is rarely screened nowadays — yet it served as a springboard into Hollywood for its makers Billy Wilder, Edgar Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann and the Siodmak brothers.
Don’t miss the UK premiere of this unique project.
Like a more intimate answer to their country's definitive post-rock band [Sigur Ros], with a bigger soft spot for Aphex Twin.
(Menschen am Sonntag)
Dir. Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer, Germany 1930, 73 minutes.
Bill Laurance is a British pianist and composer; a world-renowned multi instrumentalist, composer and producer dubbed a ‘jazz maestro’ by The Guardian.
Bill has released four albums to date as a leader and has travelled across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects including his quartet, project, duo and as a solo pianist. He is a two time Grammy winning artist and in 2015, and won the Breakthrough award at the JazzFM Awards, and has been nominated this year as a MOBO Best jazz act.
On his own, Laurance, a professional musician since the age of 14 has performed with an array of musical talents, including Morcheeba, David Crosby, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Musiq Soul Child, the Metropole Orchestra and of course is known the world over as a founding member of the phenomenon that is Snarky Puppy.
Bill’s latest studio album is Aftersun, a tribute to space exploration and life in the cosmos. With flavours of dance music and African percussion, it combines deep world grooves with Laurance’s signature genre-bending exploration.
Laurance creates music that’s dramatic and immediate and even at its most reflective, has drive and sparkle.
— Herald Scotland
In association with Band on the Wall
The mesmerising vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval return to their collaboration with innovative Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen.
Trio Mediaeval continuously re-interpret the ancient music of religious orders and the folk music of Nordic lands. Their shimmering luminous sound joins with Arve Henriksen’s hushed trumpet and live electronics to unforgettable and spine-tingling effect.
Their new programme Rímur explores the mediaeval musical line between Norway and Iceland, with chants and folk songs from both countries including 14th Century vespers and ancient folk songs.
Something very special: a sense of being a privileged participant in a timeless, numinous ritual, enveloped by voices that seem like some celestial exhalation yet brim with real human warmth and sensuousness.
— BBC Music Magazine
Pianist and charismatic band leader Roberto Fonseca extends his take on his Cuban roots, performing his new album ABUC.
Pulsing percussion and bolshie brass revolve around Fonseca's exuberant piano in an exhilarating extension of the music of his homeland.
Not since Orlando López’s ground-breaking 2001 release Cachaíto has Cuban music been made to sound so fresh as in Fonseca’s ‘Electro Cha’, ‘Son Beat’ and ‘Mambo Afro’.
Part of the renaissance in Cuban music over the past two decades, Roberto Fonseca toured with Buena Vista Social Club before releasing solo material, cementing himself as one of the most inventive and creative Latin jazz musicians of this new generation.
A dazzling performer who can match Cuban jazz with a remarkable variety of other styles
— The Guardian
Penguin Cafe brings together a group of ace musicians from the likes of Suede and Gorillaz, led by Arthur Jeffes, the son of Penguin Cafe Orchestra founder Simon Jeffes.
Combining minimalist compositions with the freeform structure of jazz and Latin, African and American world sounds, their sound combines acoustic power and the inventive charm of Jeffes himself.
Arthur and the Penguins play classic Penguin Cafe tunes together with music from new album The Imperfect Sea, a collection of dance music made on real instruments.
often mysterious but usually playful
— The Telegraph
In association with Serious
Fine baritone, fearless performer and Opera North favourite Christopher Purves returns to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time since 2010, with a programme that shows his range and dramatic power.
The intense storytelling of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death is at the heart of the programme, with Schubert’s settings of Heine from his last collection of songs, Schwanengesang.
The evening is completed by songs from Handel’s gorgeous ‘mini opera’ Acis and Galatea and Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring.
Possessing in effect two voices in one – a ringing, incisive high baritone with a sonorous bass extension… Purves’s flair for specific characterisation enlivens every number on the disc
— Gramophone Magazine
Leveret brings together a golden combination of folk’s finest instrumentalists.
The band is comprised of Sam Sweeney, Bellowhead’s fiddle-player, concertina player Rob Harbron and melodeon and accordion star Andy Cutting, who has collaborated with Martin Simpson, Chris Wood, June Tabor and many more.
Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English folk tradition but is not arranged in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment with consummate musicianship, resulting in ‘a rich, sinewy immersion, guided by a mutual sense of exploration, space and a very English kind of swing. It’s an intimate, contemporary reinvention of the source material’ (The Guardian).