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World Music

Huun-Huur-Tu

25 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Huun-Huur-Tu

Synopsis

Simply one of the most memorable and powerful bands to ever appear at the Howard Assembly Room, the Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu return with their trademark blend of heart-hollowing melody, ferocious harmony, and an ingrained sense of the windswept horizons of their homeland. 

Huun-Huur-Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to Tuvan over-tone or ‘throat-singing’ techniques invented by nomadic hunter-herders of the Tuvan steppes and mountains.

They have gone on to an incredibly rich career including collaborations with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Nina Nastasia and the Kronos Quartet. Using traditional instruments, percussion and an array of vocal techniques, they create a world of sound like no other.

 An amazing work of harmonical unity and beauty.

— Jazz Thing

Next Performances
Thu 25th Jan
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Classical

Christiane Karg

26 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christiane Karg

Synopsis

One of the world's foremost lyric sopranos, award-winning Christiane Karg stands at the forefront of today's Lieder singers, praised for her stylish sensitivity to words and engaging stage presence. 

Following performances together with Leeds Lieder Director and RPS Award-winner Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall, Luxembourg's Philharmonie, Copenhagen's Opera Festival, and in Germany and South America, the duo present a heady programme of exotic romanticism to commemorate Debussy's anniversary year. 

The concert juxtaposes Debussy's settings of poets Verlaine (in the Ariettes oubliées) and Baudelaire (in the Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire) with Wagner's towering Wesendonck Lieder, and Karg has also programmed a selection from that most elusive and exquisite of song composers, Eric Satie.

Chistiane Karg’s diamantine purity of tone and impeccable technique put her at the forefront of lyric sopranos

— The Telegraph

Debussy Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire
Satie Selected songs
Debussy Ariettes oubliées
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Fri 26th Jan
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Music

The Martin Hayes Quartet

27 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Martin Hayes Quartet

Synopsis

Violinist Martin Hayes’ soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm, coming to new prominence as the traditional heart of Irish supergroup The Gloaming.

He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis Cahill for over twenty years, and has collaborated with other extraordinary musicians including Bill Frisell and Jordi Savall.

The Martin Hayes Quartet expands on the musical ideas of Hayes and Cahill, with the melody still central, by exploring sonic possibilities with the inclusion of the deep mellow sound of the bass clarinet, played by the virtuosic Doug Wieselman, and the rich warm tones of the viola, played by the brilliant Liz Knowles.

Their ability to convey the relevancy of an old form and play it with such emotion and urgency, has made them the undisputed masters of Irish music around the world.

The great fiddler Martin Hayes speaks with the soul of a poet. A remarkable artist, the only one of his type.

—The Sunday Independent, Ireland

Next Performances
Sat 27th Jan
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Spoken Word/Talks

Inside Opera: Madama Butterfly

28 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Explore Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly in the company of conductor Martin Pickard and members of the cast and creative team. 

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance at the Box Office.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour

Next Performances
Sun 28th Jan
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Jeremy Peaker Ensemble

31 Jan 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Jeremy Peaker Ensemble

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Following last year's unforgettable romp through Gilbert and Sullivan classics, Jeremy is back with a further foray into the world of Savoy Opera with a few friends to assist him. Booking in advance is strongly recommended. 

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 31st Jan
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World Music

Sona Jobarteh

1 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sona Jobarteh

Synopsis

The first major female kora virtuoso and her electrifying band play music from her debut album Fasiya, and celebrate her second release which is out this summer.

Born into one of the five principal West African Griot families, Sona has performed alongside Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Kassé-Mady Diabaté and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

She has an effortless ability to blend different musical styles, moving between West African musical genres and reaching towards afropop and the blues. She uses her innovative stance to talk about issues to do with cultural identity, gender and respect whilst still rooting herself firmly in her traditional heritage.

Kora player with all the makings of an international star.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 1st Feb
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Film

Fanny and Alexander

2 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fanny and Alexander

Synopsis

This Dickensian epic, told with Bergman’s trademark melancholy and emotional intensity presents a world where utmost certainty exists side by side with ghosts and magic.

Beginning on Christmas Eve 1907, the intrigues of a large wealthy family unfold, told from the perspective of two siblings whose comfortable existence is upended when their mother marries a puritanical bishop.

Originally intended to be his last film, Fanny and Alexander explores what it is to be young and old, to be a man, woman, Christian, Jew, rich, poor, religious and profane. 

Screened alongside Un ballo in maschera on the Opera North main stage.

Next Performances
Fri 2nd Feb
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Opera

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball)

3 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball)

Synopsis

Giuseppe Verdi's timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting
Part of Fatal Passions

At the heart of Un ballo in maschera is a tragic love triangle and ultimately, a lethal vendetta. This intense opera is inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavus secretly loves Amelia, the wife of his most loyal ally, Anckarstroem. When Anckarstroem discovers the affair, he joins a plot against Gustavus which culminates in a murderous masked ball.

Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of Verdi's most impassioned love duets. An all-star team brings this masterpiece to Opera North for the first time: former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to conduct this new production by Tim Albery, and Rafael Rojas, who appeared in the acclaimed Opera North productions of Andréa Chenier and Turandot, takes the lead role.

Supported by a generous gift from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hour 45 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Pre-show talks take place in the Howard Assembly Room and run from 6pm until 6.30pm.

Thu 22 Feb
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Tue 27 Feb
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Fri 2 Mar
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Next Performances
Sat 3rd Feb
Sat 10th Feb
Thu 22nd Feb
Tue 27th Feb
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Music

Willy Vlautin: Don't Skip Out On Me

4 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Willy Vlautin: Don't Skip Out On Me

Synopsis

Alt-country artist Willy Vlautin peoples his songs with suicidal drunks, teenage runaways, down-at-heel drifters, and threadbare hustlers.


Sometimes sharing locations and characters with the songs, his award-winning novels also tell the stories of those left aside by the American Dream.

In this special evening of lyrical prose and literary song, Vlautin performs material from his former band Richmond Fontaine, his more recent band The Delines, and instrumentals from the soundtrack from his new book Don't Skip Out on Me, accompanied by David Murphy on pedal steel.

In conversation with author and poet Adelle Stripe, Willy will talk about his life and work, including the new movie Lean on Pete, based on his novel of the same name.

Copies of Don't Skip Out on Me (Faber & Faber) will be available on the night, and Willy will be signing after the performance.

The characters become your neighbours and the tunes as familiar as friends, making Post to Wire a fabulous addition to the all-too-slim canon of passionate, literary rock'n'roll

— The Guardian on Post to Wire

Next Performances
Sun 4th Feb
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Spoken Word/Talks

George Monbiot: Out of the Wreckage

8 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

George Monbiot: Out of the Wreckage

Synopsis

In this special event, based on his latest book, Out of the Wreckage, Monbiot seeks out the best new ideas and streamlines them into a coherent, inspiring story that describes the present and shows the way to a better future. 

He explains how communities can be rebuilt, how economies can be recharged without destroying the living planet and how politics can once more inspire and thrill.

By developing the new narrative we seek, this book helps to provide political movements with the focus and direction required to change the world.

 

A dazzling command of science and relentless faith in people ... I never miss reading him.

—Naomi Klein

What most impresses in Monbiot’s clever, elegant writing is the way he strives to think beyond protest towards realistic, representative solutions to the problems of world politics and trade.

—The Times

Next Performances
Thu 8th Feb
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Jazz

Zara McFarlane

9 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Zara McFarlane

Synopsis

Eloquent and provocative singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane is fast becoming the UK’s foremost Black British jazz vocalist. Her music is seductive and earthy.

As a performer she is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues.

With three critically acclaimed albums to her name, she inhabits an unusual musical landscape, fearlessly exploring original material and reworking well known classics from the worlds of jazz and Jamaican music.

Her third studio album Arise traces her Caribbean musical heritage and explores her take on the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity, produced by award-winning drummer Moses Boyd (Binker & Moses).

...magnetic eloquence and complete ease with an audience.

—The Guardian

...her singing has a wonderful, easy authority… Allied to the musical gift is a sharp emotional intelligence.

—The Telegraph

Next Performances
Fri 9th Feb
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Film

Breakfast at Tiffany's

14 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Synopsis

& Moon River, a concert

The Oscar-winning ballad Moon River is at the heart of a sparkling evening of live song and classic film for Valentine’s Day.

A twilight concert of classics from the American Songbook performed by members of the Chorus of Opera North starts the evening with a swing, followed by a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn star in the story of two bohemians falling in love against a backdrop of glittering 1960s Manhattan.

When writer Paul Varjak moves into his new apartment, he is intrigued by his unconventional neighbour Holly Golightly, a party girl whose intensely stylish façade masks an inner despair and a hidden past.

Dir. Blake Edwards, USA 1961, 114 mins. Preceeded by 20 mins live music and 10 mins interval. Cert PG.

Next Performances
Wed 14th Feb

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