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World Music

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

20 Jun 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

Synopsis

The legendary orchestra from Benin celebrates 50 years together. Undisputed kings of voodoo music, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo blends traditional Beninese music, American soul and funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Congolese rumba, French pop and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

The oldest active African orchestra, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are also one of the continent’s most prolific collectives, releasing hundreds of EPs and dozens of albums throughout the 60s and 70s.

Their magnificent live show and unparalleled musical output shows them truly worthy of their full name: Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (The All Powerful Polyrhythmic Orchestra of Cotonou).

Next Performances
Wed 20th Jun
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Music

Aeons: a Sound Journey for Newcastle

22 Jun - 30 Jun 2018

Gateshead

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Aeons: a Sound Journey for Newcastle

Synopsis

Four walks a day between 22 June – 7 September (excluding Sundays, Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August) 

Come to the river! Collect a pair of our headphones and disappear into an adventure in sound along the river’s edge, through millennia, and far out of the everyday.

Music by composer and accordion wizard Martin Green (Lau), with the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North, draws you into a journey along the River Tyne through the heart of Newcastle, exploring the vastness of time in the geographical landscape and the centuries of human history laid onto it. 

Part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Aeons also features the vocals of Ryton’s own Becky Unthank (The Unthanks), Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and binaural field recordings made along the river, to accompany you during this half-hour walk.

Head on over to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, put on a set of our headphones and disappear into a sound adventure, walking the epic span of the Bridge, with a world of sound in your ears. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for whatever the weather can throw at you.
 
Aeons will open as part of the spectacular Get North! opening event on Friday 22 June at the Great Exhibition of the North’s Quayside Hub, which also includes the Get North Water Sculpture, an 80m tall fountain that will perform to a soundtrack of three specially commissioned music compositions.

Dates: 22 June – 9 September, every Monday – Saturday (excluding Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August).
Running times: 10am
11.30am
1pm 
2.30pm
  Tickets are free but please book in advance
Next Performances
Fri 22nd Jun
Mon 2nd Jul
Wed 1st Aug
Mon 3rd Sep
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Family

Little Big Sing

11 Jul 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Big Sing

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-4s and their families

Join us for a multi-sensory journey through the magical world of opera.

Meet lots of interesting characters and learn some new songs, as well as singing some our Little Singers favourites. With live instrumental music, lights, projections and a whole heap of fun included.

Next Performances
Wed 11th Jul
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Orchestral

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

21 Jul 2018

Scarborough

Scarbrough Spa

Ryedale Festival: Orchestra of Opera North

Synopsis

Part of Ryedale Festival

Renato Balsadonna (Conductor)
Kathryn Rudge (Mezzo-soprano)

Hammer blows of fate open Beethoven's most famous symphony and mark the beginning of an epic journey from turbulence to resounding optimism. Eighty years later, Brahms was still wrestling with Beethoven’s legacy when he produced some of the deepest and most profound music of the century in the emotional catharsis of his final symphony.

These two great and much-loved works are separated by an English masterpiece, as one of the fastest-rising young British singers performs Elgar’s famous Sea Pictures in an elegant venue with stunning views across Scarborough’s South Bay.

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Elgar Sea Pictures
Brahms Symphony no. 4 in E minor

 

Next Performances
Sat 21st Jul
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Orchestral

Inspiration Choir: Another Day of Sun

22 Jul 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Inspiration Choir: Another Day of Sun

Synopsis

With the Orchestra of Opera North

The massed voices of Inspiration Choir and the Orchestra of Opera North present a feel good concert for the summer, with songs from the smash hit film La La Land and other toe-tapping numbers.

Liz Green – Presenter
Gary Griffiths – Conductor

For more information about Inspiration visit www.inspirationuk.com.

Next Performances
Sun 22nd Jul
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Orchestral

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

27 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

The soundtrack to your summer is back and bigger than ever!

Featuring some of the most infectious and energetic dance anthems from over the past three decades, this open-air concert is packed with club classics reworked and performed live by a 50-piece symphony orchestra.​

The heart of Leeds will once again beat to a different rhythm as the Orchestra of Opera North, legendary Back to Basics DJ Dave Beer and an array of amazing special guest artists and vocalists come together on stage to deliver an epic musical celebration. Join us to show how spectacular and vibrant the city of Leeds is in showcasing two of its much loved and contrasting musical institutions.

With special guests

Robin S, Utah Saints, Alison Limerick, Shades of Rhythm, Saffron, Robert Owens, Rachel McFarlane, Sara Garvey and Ralph Lawson

For all the latest event information, follow us on Twitter @millsqleeds, @Opera_North @backtobasics91 or find us on Facebook

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics is the first of a series of three events marking the Opera North in the City Festival and part of the annual Millennium Square Summer Series.

Doors 6pm
DJ sets 6.30pm
Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics 8pm
Event ends 10.30pm

...stunning… took dance music to another level.

— Yorkshire Evening Post 

Immense combined skill, fantastic voices and bloody brilliant sound.

— Culture Vulture 

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Additional information

Suitable for ages 14+. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.

Standing tickets only. Full venue information available in the Millennium Square FAQ.

Ticket information

General Admission -
£32.50 (from 1 February 2018)
Concessions: £29.25 (10%)
Leeds City Council Leeds Card Breezecard Opera North Friends, Patrons and Associates

Next Performances
Fri 27th Jul
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Orchestral

A Classic Summer’s Evening

28 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

A Classic Summer’s Evening

Synopsis

Part of the Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

With the Orchestra of Opera North

Joined by internationally acclaimed soloist Rafael Rojas (Turandot, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera), Opera North presents a sparkling summer concert under the stars as its celebrated Orchestra takes to the stage for the second night of Opera North in the City at Millennium Square.

Indulge in a breath-taking collection of much-loved favourites as the Orchestra of Opera North performs a glorious showcase of orchestral favourites and big-hitting arias from its vast repertoire and upcoming season at Leeds Grand Theatre. This open-air medley of classical masterpieces and lesser-known gems is a wonderfully uplifting accompaniment to a summer’s evening in the heart of Leeds. 

a beautifully seasoned tenor… transcendent

— The Observer on Rafael Rojas

irresistibly burnished voice… impeccably tasteful delivery’

— The Guardian on Rafael Rojas

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Doors 6pm, Performance 7pm 

Additional information

Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult

Venue T&Cs and accessibility information at Millennium Square

​£45 VIP seats

VIP package includes: A premium seat located in the best position of the arena / Complimentary refreshments that include prosecco, nibbles or a hot beverage and cookies at Civic Hall to be enjoyed both pre-show and interval / A VIP lanyard / Exclusive access to Civic Hall toilets pre-concert and interval

Next Performances
Sat 28th Jul
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Orchestral and Film

Brassed Off LIVE

29 Jul 2018

Leeds

Millennium Square

Brassed Off LIVE

Synopsis

Part of Millennium Square Summer Series 2018

Opera North and Leeds City Council in association with the Royal Albert Hall presents…

Conductor — Ben Palmer

A very special screening of the classic British film Brassed Off closes the Opera North in the City festival on Sunday afternoon with a moving celebration of Yorkshire pluck. Rousing and poignant in equal measure, the score will be performed live in sync with the movie on the high definition big screen by the real stars that inspired the story – Grimethorpe Colliery Band together with members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

This 1996 bittersweet comedy drama, written and directed by Mark Herman, stars Pete Postlethwaite as Danny, the devoted leader of the Grimley Colliery Band who is determined to show the government ‘we are not defeated’. Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson and Tara Fitzgerald are stand-outs in the impressive ensemble cast.

Before the film, the Orchestra of Opera North will present a dynamic first half performing some of the iconic orchestral scores including the William Tell Overture and the Concierto de Aranjuez (Orange Juice Concerto) that were later arranged for a brass ensemble, as featured in Brassed Off

Part 1 William Tell Overture Rossini
  Concierto de Aranjuez (Orange Juice Concerto) Rodrigo with soloist Craig Ogden
Part 2 Brassed Off Live in concert

Special thanks to Steve Abbott, Mark Herman, Robert Lipson, Jim Carter.
Brought to you by the Royal Albert Hall by arrangement with Film4 and Prominent Features Limited. “MIRAMAX®” and the “MIRAMAX” Logo are the registered trademarks, trademarks and service marks of Miramax, LLC.

Trailer

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Doors 4pm, Performance 5pm 

Additional information

This film is rated 15

Venue T&Cs and accessibility information at Millennium Square

​£45 VIP seats

VIP package includes: A premium seat located in the best position of the arena / Complimentary refreshments that include prosecco, nibbles or a hot beverage and cookies at Civic Hall to be enjoyed both pre-show and interval / A VIP lanyard / Exclusive access to Civic Hall toilets pre-concert and interval

Next Performances
Sun 29th Jul
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Music

Chilly Gonzales

8 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Chilly Gonzales

Synopsis

Grammy Award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales is known both for the subtlety and poise of his best-selling Solo Piano albums and his charismatic showmanship.

‘Gonzo’ is a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper – meshing tradition with pop, electro and rap. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake and holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours.

In a rare intimate show, Chilly Gonzales takes to the stage of the Howard Assembly Room with pieces from his Solo Piano album cycle, after which he is joined by Stella Le Page on cello and Joe Flory on drums to perform hits and hidden surprises from the rest of his repertoire, interspersed with his playful explanations about how his music works.

Next Performances
Sat 8th Sep
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Opera

Tosca

16 Sep - 16 Nov 2018

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

Tosca

Synopsis

Giacomo Puccini (1900)

Puccini’s melodrama of lust and love, of cruelty and self-sacrifice, of freedom and repression, portrays human relationships at their best and at their worst with uncompromising force. ​

Tosca, a star singer, is the lover of Cavaradossi, an artist. Scarpia, the corrupt Chief of Police and agent of the state, is obsessed with Tosca and willing to go to any lengths to have her. When Cavaradossi is arrested and tortured for helping an escaped political prisoner, Scarpia blackmails Tosca: she and Cavaradossi can go free if she will give herself to him. Violated, Tosca plots her revenge, but the consequences are more terrible than she can imagine.

Puccini’s high-octane score – at times soaring and tender, at other times brutally powerful – has made Tosca one of the world’s most popular operas. Highlights include the pile-driving ‘Te Deum’, Tosca’s defiant credo ‘Vissi d’arte’, and Cavaradossi’s immensely moving farewell to life, ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

With a stellar cast including Giselle Allen (Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana), Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas (Calaf in Turandot) and British baritone Robert Hayward (Wotan in the Ring cycle), Opera North’s new Tosca promises to be a compelling experience.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes

Language

Sung in Italian with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Sat 22 Sep 6.00 – 6.45pm Book now
Fri 28 Sep 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Thu 11 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sat 13 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Next Performances
Sun 16th Sep
Sat 22nd Sep
Fri 28th Sep
Wed 3rd Oct
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Music

Moses Sumney

20 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Moses Sumney

Synopsis

With support

Since emerging in 2014 with his self-released cassette EP, Mid-City Island, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances.

With his smooth, haunting voice, Sumney makes music that transforms classic styles, as though a moon-colony choir had got hold of old jazz gems. His lyrics narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness with otherworldly compositional backdrops. 

In 2017, the California and Ghana-raised troubadour released his debut album Aromanticism. Released to great critical acclaim, Aromanticism was regarded by NPR, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, as one of 2017's best albums. Following its critical success, Sumney has performed the album to sold out headline shows across North America, Europe, and at the Sydney Opera House.

‘Gorgeous, genre-spurning’

The Guardian on Aromanticism 

Next Performances
Thu 20th Sep
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Music

Bill Ryder-Jones

21 Sep 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bill Ryder-Jones

Synopsis

+ Support Our Girl

The music of multi-instrumentalist, producer, string-arranger and composer Bill Ryder-Jones has an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness, drawing listeners close.

In a career spanning 15 years, he has ever been a musical explorer, with projects ranging from a musical interpretation of Italian Calvino’s If On A Winters Night A Traveller (2011's If..) to the top ten MOJO album of the year in 2016, West Kirby County Primary.  

Musicians including as Courtney Barnett and Richard Hawley champion him, while the Guardian describes him ‘A magical, colossal talent (….) that spills melody and emotion’.   

In association with Superfriendz

Next Performances
Fri 21st Sep

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