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Spoken Word/Talks

Hisham Matar: The Return

9 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hisham Matar: The Return

Synopsis

When Hisham Matar was a nineteen year old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive.

Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. Pulitzer prize winning memoir The Return is the story of what he found there.

The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as 'a first-person elegy for home and father'. In this unique event, he talks about the book and how he came to write it. 

Hisham Matar will be introduced by Professor Bridget Bennett. Professor of American Literature & Culture

Liberty Lecture, in association with the University of Leeds

Next Performances
Fri 9th Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

14 Mar 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: World of Percussion

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Chris Bradley, Percussion
Charlie Ashby, Percussion
Elsa Bradley, Percussion

Chris Bradley, percussionist at Opera North, will present an array of percussion instruments from around the world. Chris is joined by two of his percussion colleagues to play a collection of exciting pieces with lots of different sounds and sensations. Manchester-based Charlie Ashby who plays with the Orchestra of Opera North and recently performed as part of the 'Dirty Dancing' ensemble and Elsa Bradley is a freelance percussion/timpanist based in London who regularly plays with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Abstruckt ensemble and the Orchestra of Opera North. 

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Next Performances
Wed 14th Mar
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Music

Brodsky Quartet

15 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brodsky Quartet

Synopsis

Howard Assembly Room favourites the Brodsky Quartet return with an Italian flavoured programme.

At its heart is Verdi’s only significant chamber work, written at the height of his fame. It will also feature Puccini’s Crisantemi, composed as an emotionally charged elegy for string quartet, and Wolf’s Italian Serenade

The second half of the programme is dedicated to Beethoven, comprising his String Quartet No. 16 in F major, op. 135, the last major work he completed, written in October 1826, and At the grave of Beethoven commissioned by the Brodsky Quartet in 1999 from Karen Tanaka. This gentle and lyrical piece was commissioned for the bicentenary anniversary of Beethoven's string quartet opus 18, and is based on no.3.

The Brodskys' achingly beautiful performance reached deep into the heart

— The Guardian

Wolf Italian Serenade
Puccini Crisantemi
Verdi Quartet
Interval  
Tanaka At the Grave of Beethoven
Beethoven Op.135

 

Next Performances
Thu 15th Mar
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Music

The Handsome Family

17 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Handsome Family

Synopsis

The slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awakening in thorny yards, sirens, and coyotes that cry out to the purple sky: the music of The Handsome Family captures things beyond our everyday view.

Support from Drunken Prayer.

Brought to the attention of the wider world when TV show True Detective used their song, 'Far From Any Road’ as its opening theme in 2014, their most recent album Unseen is an epic western gothic masterpiece.

It explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West, where Brett and Rennie Sparks live (Albuquerque, NM). With their unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, they shine a light on the obscure and forgotten.

This is music that moves forward by turning the clock back— haunting, primal and 
strangely heroic.

— The Times

Next Performances
Sat 17th Mar
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Family

Opera North Youth Ensembles: Seasons of Love

18 Mar 2018

Darlington

The Dolphin Centre

Opera North Youth Ensembles: Seasons of Love

Synopsis

Opera North's Youth Ensembles from across the North come together to tell a story of love and loss through the seasons of the year based on traditional folk songs and tales.

The young singers from the Opera North Children’s Choruses in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, will be joined by members from Opera North Young Voices and the Opera North Youth Chorus

They will be accompanied by Cream Tees, a youth folk band formed in 2012 as part of the Music at the Heart of Teesdale project. 

 

Next Performances
Sun 18th Mar
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Winter 2018

Little Spring Sing

21 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Spring Sing

Synopsis

Taking inspiration from the setting of Opera North’s production of Don Giovanni, we take a trip to Spain – don’t forget your bucket and spade! 

With live instrumental music, lights and projections and a whole heap of holiday fun.

Suitable for ages 0-5 with their grown-ups.

Next Performances
Wed 21st Mar
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Music

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook

22 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook

Synopsis

English tenor and pianist James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook have been exploring the richness of Romantic song together for many years.

Their programme includes Schubert’s first song cycle Einsamkeit whose great span Schubert seems to master without effort, spinning glorious melodies, transfixing us with almost visual imagery, together with Purcell’s miraculous O Solitude, Clara Schumann’s Six Songs, a new work by Jonathan Dove and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ archetypically romantic Songs of Travel.

“To be alone, to wander out into the world, severing the bonds of homeland, seeking a direction and a goal as yet unknown. Two important themes of Romanticism, both in the German and the English tradition. These themes pervade our programme, as a thread weaving through the whole.” - James Gilchrist

No one tells a musical story with more wonder, more delicacy than James Gilchrist. 

— The Arts Desk 

Henry Purcell (arr Britten)
Katherine Phillips, after Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant   
O solitude Z406
Clara Schumann
Heine, Geibel, Rückert
Six songs op 13
Franz Schubert
Mayrhofer
Die Einsamkeit D620
Interval  
Jonathan Dove
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Under Alter’d Skies (2017)   
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Robert Louis Stephenson
Songs of Travel 

 

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Mar
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World Music

Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc: A Tribute to Edith Piaf

24 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc: A Tribute to Edith Piaf

Synopsis

The legendary French accordionist Richard Galliano returns to the Howard Assembly Room to bring the spirit of Paris’ wartime nightclubs into the heart of Leeds.

One of the great accordionists of the modern era, Galliano is joined by the peerless jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc. The two musicians reunite their talents for a performance dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson: Edith Piaf.

In his 30-year career, French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano has done what Astor Piazzolla did for the tango – rescued a traditional music – in this case the French musette – from the grip of nostalgic cliche…placing it at the heart of modern, jazz-influenced European music.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 24th Mar
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Musicals Rock!

27 Mar 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Musicals Rock!

Synopsis

Musicals Rock! takes you on a journey through the highlights of some of the world’s most-loved musicals.

Orchestra of Opera North
Michael England — Conductor

Vocalists —
Jenna Lee James
Rachael Wooding
Oliver Tompsett
Daniel Boys

As the rock world comes crashing into stage musicals the result is wonderful, spectacular and sometimes off the wall. 

Featuring music from We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Fame, Rent, Wicked, Evita and many more, never before have these excerpts been put together in one concert.

The result is a feast of thrilling music together with exceptional performances from a vibrant cast, backed by the power and energy of an orchestra and rock group.

Mamma Mia! Overture Orchestra
What a Feeling Flashdance
I Will Always Love You The Bodyguard
One Song Glory Rent
Fame Fame
My Eyes Adored You Jersey Boys
Beauty School Dropout Grease
Buenos Aires Evita
Defying Gravity Wicked
Man in the Mirror Thiller, Live on Stage
I Will Survive Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Go West Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
One Night in Bangkok Chess
I Know Him So Well Chess
Pity the Child Chess
Jesus Christ Superstar Overture Jesus Christ Superstar
Heaven on their Minds Jesus Christ Superstar
I Don't Know How to Love Him Jesus Christ Superstar
Don’t Stop Me Now We Will Rock You
Somebody to Love We Will Rock You
Radio Ga Ga We Will Rock You
Save Me We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions We Will Rock You

Produced in association with West End International

Next Performances
Tue 27th Mar
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Classical

I Fagiolini

29 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

I Fagiolini

Synopsis

Piatto misto

British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini provide a passionate Easter offering with a varied programme revolving around the themes of love and loss.

One of the UK’s most highly regarded vocal groups, they inject ‘vitality, freshness and immediacy’ (The Telegraph) into pieces old and new.

Including Monteverdi’s moving Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata, Thomas Ravenscroft’s There were three Ravens, Britten’s tour de force settings of medieval texts and a new commission, Sonnet by Adrian Williams, expect ‘bags of style, energy and dramatic excitement’ (International Record Review) as they bring these masterpieces to life.

Claudio Monteverdi Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata
Thomas Ravenscroft There were three ravens
Thomas Tomkins Too much I once lamented
Clément Janequin La Chasse
Benjamin Britten Eight medieval lyrics, sacred and profane
Cathy Berberian Stripsody
Janet Wheeler Music to Hear
William Brooks Oooh Will
Adrian Williams Sonnet (new commission)

There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 29th Mar
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: Across the Atlantic

29 Mar - 7 Apr 2018

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Across the Atlantic

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Dalia Stasevska, Conductor
Sofya Gulyak, Piano

To celebrate the Bernstein centenary, we close this year's Kirklees Concert Season with a concert of American music, including his iconic Symphonic Dances from the ground-breaking, award-winning musical West Side Story

Gershwin's epic Rhapsody in Blue needs no introduction; it serves to fuse jazz and classical elements showcasing the versatility of the Orchestra, soloist Sofya Gulyak (2009 Leeds International Piano Competition winner) and Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska. John Adam's The Chairman Dances follows. Taken from his opera Nixon in China, the piece is also known as Foxtrot for Orchestra and it's easy to understand why given its rhythmic drive. The concert concludes with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. Written while he was in New York, this colourful composition is a wonderful way to mark the close of this year's Kirklees Concert Season.

The star of the evening was conductor Dalia Stasevska

— Aamulehti 

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm 

Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
John Adams The Chairman Dances
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Op. 45

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Next Performances
Thu 29th Mar
Sat 7th Apr
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World Music

Tony Allen

7 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tony Allen

Synopsis

The Source

One of the founding fathers of Afrobeat, Tony Allen’s style has influenced generations of musicians over the past 50 years.

An original member of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and the inventor of the distinctive Afrobeat drum rhythm, he went on to collaborate with artists from King Sunny Adé to Damon Albarn. Allen has continued to be a true innovator with his own music, drawing on electronics, dub, R&B and rap in a synthesis he refers to as ‘Afrofunk’.

With his most recent album, The Source, he brings together a rich, complex sound that ‘straddles jazz and Afrobeat in an elegant push-and-pull’ (Pitchfork).

As beats land in unexpected places, their loose-skinned thump resonates with a polyrhythmic thrust rooted in Africa, but tempered by American jazz.

— The Financial Times

Next Performances
Sat 7th Apr

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