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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

9 Oct - 20 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).  

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group, in a warm and friendly environment. 

No singing experience (or talent!) is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. 

Sessions start on Monday 9 October; each individual session costs £6, or book all 6 sessions for the discounted rate of £30.

Next Performances
Mon 9th Oct
Mon 16th Oct
Mon 30th Oct
Mon 6th Nov
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Music

Christmas Chorus

9 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christmas Chorus

Synopsis

10 week course | Mondays from 9 October 2017 | Performance: 16 Dec 2017

Join our Christmas Chorus and learn classic festive pieces in sessions led by professional artists, concluding in a performance.

Whether you’re experienced or a total beginner, you can now improve your technique, experience the joy of singing in a group and expand your social network

The choir is open to all levels and there is no requirement to read music. 

Keep an eye out for more creative arts activities for adults coming in 2018.

Next Performances
Mon 9th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Osud (Destiny)

11 Oct - 16 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Osud (Destiny)

Synopsis

Leos Janáček's tale of the anguish of love
​Part of The Little Greats

This semi-autobiographical tale is told in three cinematic acts that unfold over 15 years. Míla and the composer Živný are in love but Míla’s mother forces her to take a rich suitor. Four years later they are reunited and living together but as Živný wrestles with the opera he is writing and the mundanity of everyday married life kicks in, a tragedy occurs that changes everything.

The real-life inspiration for this opera makes it an emotionally intense and exhilarating experience. It features some of Janáček’s most glorious music which swings from the heights of romantic ecstasy to the depths of despair and back again. A real operatic gem, this is your chance to see a rarity brought to life.

Please Note: Osud contains strobe lighting

#LittleGreats

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

See what else is on the same date and build your own double bill:

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 Oct Leeds   
Osud / Cavalleria rusticana Sat 14 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Pagliacci / Osud Wed 18 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Osud / L'enfant et les sortilèges Fri 20 Oct Leeds  
L'enfant et les sortilèges​ / Osud From Thu 2 Nov On tour In a fixed double bill

In Leeds, book tickets for individual Little Greats separately. 
View full Leeds performance schedule >>

Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Wed 18th Oct
Fri 20th Oct
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Opera and The Little Greats

Trouble in Tahiti

11 Oct - 17 Nov 2017

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Trouble in Tahiti

Synopsis

Leonard Bernstein's satire on the American Dream
Part of The Little Greats

In 1950s suburbia, Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their little white house. But their growing detachment exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie. Sam escapes to the hyper-masculine, win-or-lose world of work and the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, where the hit picture of the day is the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti.

A jazz trio provides an ironic gloss on the story, pointing up the stark contrast between the unreal fantasy of domestic bliss peddled by the ad-men and the painful truth of Sam and Dinah’s lives.

Bernstein’s score for his deeply touching first opera is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of Hollywood and Broadway.

#LittleGreats 

Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Language

Sung in English

See what else is on the same date and build your own double bill:

Osud / Trouble in Tahiti Wed 11 Oct Leeds   
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury Fri 13 Oct Leeds Pre-perf Talk
Trouble in Tahiti (Matinee) Sat 14 Oct Leeds  
Cavalleria rusticana / Trouble in Tahiti Thu 19 Oct Leeds  
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury (Matinee) Sat 21 Oct Leeds  t
Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury From Fri 27 Oct On tour In a fixed double bill

In Leeds, book tickets for individual Little Greats separately. 
View full Leeds performance schedule >> 

Next Performances
Wed 11th Oct
Fri 13th Oct
Sat 14th Oct
Thu 19th Oct
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Music

Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham

12 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham

Synopsis

With support Astral Social Club

30 years on from their first collaboration, this rare live performance brings together two giants of modern composition.

Composer, performer and visual artist Charlemagne Palestine is a legend of the New York avant-garde, a peer of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Terry Riley, and the missing link between Moondog and Sonic Youth. His music is epic, ritualistic and intense, often performed on the piano.

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys Chatham helped define New York’s downtown aesthetic in the 70s and served as a mentor to Sonic Youth, Swans and more. 

One of noise rock's founding fathers. Without him, there would be no Sonic Youth, no Jesus and Mary Chain, no My Bloody Valentine . . . he remains a towering figure among six-string aficionados.

— Chicago Tribune on Rhys Chatham

A pioneer.

— The Guardian on Charlemagne Palestine

Next Performances
Thu 12th Oct
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Andrew Long

18 Oct 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Andrew Long

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18 

Andrew Long, Violin
Jill Crossland, Piano

Come and hear the Associate Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North, Andrew Long as he performs romantic gems from the violin repertoire. The programme will include music from Ladies in Lavender, Estrellita and selected highlights from his recent Naxos recording of music by Sir Edward German.

Andrew Long will be accompanied on piano by Jill Crossland. 

Subscription packages now on sale.
​To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755

Kirklees Concert Season 2017/18 Brochure (PDF)

 

 

Audio brochure

Next Performances
Wed 18th Oct
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Film

Film: Carol

21 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Carol

Synopsis

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, Carol is the story of a forbidden love affair between an aspiring female photographer (Rooney Mara) and an older woman (Cate Blanchett) going through a difficult divorce.

Part of The Little Greats

Evoking the period through homage to the great photography of the time, Carol has received critical acclaim for its beautiful cinematography and was nominated for six Academy Awards.

More than hugely accomplished cinema, it’s an exquisite work of American art

— The Telegraph

Next Performances
Sat 21st Oct
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World Music

Trio Da Kali

22 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Trio Da Kali

Synopsis

Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians from the Mandé culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots (hereditary musicians).

Their music reaches beyond fame at home to Europe and the US. Formed of voice, balafon and bass ngoni, the Trio bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires.

Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, daughter of legendary Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the singer of the Trio, and has one of the finest griot voices in Mali.

The most distinctive feature of the Trio is the balafon, and Lassana Diabaté, formerly of AfroCubism and Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra, is one of Mali’s most astonishing players. Its cascading lines, rippling and percussive riffs, and buzzing gourd resonators, are a familiar element in many Malian ensembles, but here for the first time the balafon is the lead instrument.  

The youngest member of the trio is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté - the eldest son of world-renowned Bassekou Kouyaté. Still in his early 20s, he is one of the most creative of Mali’s new generation of musicians.

Despite only coming into being in 2012, Trio Da Kali has already performed at a BBC Prom, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and at the London Jazz Festival.

The closest I've ever got to the voice of Mahalia Jackson

— David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) on Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté

Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds.

— Songlines

Next Performances
Sun 22nd Oct
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: Stick Man & Room on the Broom

24 Oct 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Stick Man & Room on the Broom

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Terry Davies, Conductor

Join us this October half-term for the screening of two animated tales from the creators of The Gruffalo with René Aubry's evocative scores performed by the Orchestra. 

This early evening concert begins with the first live UK performance of Stick Man, a story of friendship and adventure. After going for a jog one morning, Stick Man encounters a bounding dog, who just wants to play fetch. A series of unfortunate events take him far from home. Will he ever get back? You'll have to wait and see... 

The enchanting Room on the Broom follows. The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on her broomstick when — whoosh! — a gust of wind blows away her hat, her bow and her wand! Will she find her missing things? Come along and find out!

The animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's book appeals to the child in all of us.

— The Daily Telegraph 

Activity Sheets

Download and print these activity sheets before the concert and start the fun early:

Room on the Broom - Make your own magic wand
Room on the Broom - Pairs Game
Room on the Broom - Spotting Game
Room on the Broom - Finger Puppets
Room on the Broom - Colouring Sheet

Stick Man - Colouring Sheet
Stick Man - Maze Game
Stick Man - Spot The Difference
Stick Man - Wordsearch
Stick Man - Word Scramble

Subscription packages now on sale.
​To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755

Kirklees Concert Season 2017/18 Brochure (PDF)

 

 

Audio brochure

Next Performances
Tue 24th Oct
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Classical

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

25 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Synopsis

In this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices, Gavin Bryars weaves his beautiful music through and around eight of Shakespeare's most meditative sonnets.

Led by Bryars himself, the ensemble includes tenor John Potter (ex Hilliard Ensemble), with narration by multi-talented Dublin singer, Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes). Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this is a fresh way to experience Shakespeare’s words. 

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like The Sun has been performed at festivals around the world, and comes home to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time.

"Extraordinary…sublime"

Real Time Arts magazine

Next Performances
Wed 25th Oct
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Classical

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

26 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

Synopsis

Messiaen’s Harawi evokes a beautiful world of Andean mythology, cosmic mystery and birdsong through lush, pliant lyricism. 

While reminiscent of Debussy, Stravinsky and Wagner, Harawi is unmistakeably by Messiaen: a twelve song cycle on love and death characteristic of his 1940s style. 

Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand is possibly the most experienced Messiaen singer of her generation and has performed this cycle with Simon Lepper all over the UK, including at the BBC Proms.

Her performance has a “brooding, animal-like intensity...her notes seemed to grow effortlessly from deep within, quite a feat as the breath control and vocal dexterity needed in this piece is truly formidable.” (Seen and Heard International). 

For this special concert, projected imagery and surtitles draw you into a journey deep inside Messiaen’s myriad influences and musical world.

Next Performances
Thu 26th Oct
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Film

Film: Journey To Italy

27 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Journey To Italy

Synopsis

One of the most quietly revolutionary works in the history of cinema, Roberto Rossellini’s third feature stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as an estranged English couple holidaying in Naples.

Part of The Little Greats

Within days of their arrival, the couple's relationship becomes strained and they discuss a divorce, but Rossellini’s masterpiece is more than just an anatomy of a relationship, presenting mortality, spirituality and emotion in this benchmark for modernist cinema. 

Mysterious, gripping and moving… there is real greatness in this movie

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Fri 27th Oct

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