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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.
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.
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.
...her singing has a wonderful, easy authority… Allied to the musical gift is a sharp emotional intelligence.
& 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.
All About my Mother is about love, parenthood, friendship and identity, about acting roles, and re-creating oneself from scratch.
Almodovar’s most tender and affecting film is a portrait of Manuela, a hard-working single mother whose 17 year old son dies suddenly.
Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola about the death of the son he never knew he had.
Screened to complement Opera North’s Don Giovanni and as part of LGBT history month.
Dir. Pedro Almodovar; Spain; in Spanish/Catalan with English subtitles; 1hr 41 mins; 1999; cert 15.
‘Quercus’ means ‘oak’ in Latin and the roots of this particular tree dig deep into British folk music.
The trio features the incomparable English singer June Tabor whose dark voice has an uncanny ability to reveal the emotional essence of a ballad. She says, “As I get older, I understand more the depths of sorrow and joy that made the song”.
Saxophonist Iain Ballamy and pianist Huw Warren join Tabor to create an evocative mixture of words and music, encompassing jazz, folk and traditional songs in contemporary settings to mesmerising effect. They play music from their breathlessly beautiful second album Nightfall.
But always that voice wins you over... Unafraid, unadorned and completely beautiful
— Chris Jones, BBC Music
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.
French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie interpretative voice extends across a broad range of repertoire in playing that is ‘ever immaculate, ever imaginative’, with the ‘combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have' (The Times).
His intriguing Italian-inspired programme moves from the clear spring-water of Fauré's Barcarolles to depictions of Italian cities from Poulenc and Liszt. Poulenc's pianistic vision of Naples manages to be light-hearted and dazzling at the same time. Liszt was intrigued and inspired by the city's furious traditional dance, the tarantella. He used that and the gondola songs of Venice in the broad emotional canvas that is his Venezia e Napoli.
Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London's Wigmore Hall and Berlin's Philharmonie. As pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, he has performed all five Beethoven concertos and all of the Mozart concertos.
He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes.
|Rossini (arr. Liszt)||Soirées musicales - La regata veneziana (notturno), La danza (tarantella)|
|Fauré||Barcarolle No 5 in F sharp minor and No 7 in D minor|
|Liszt||Années de pèlerinage, 2nd book: Italy|
With live flute introduction
The last major epic from legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) is a monumental achievement in film making.
An adaptation of King Lear, it tells the story of an elderly warlord who entrusts his domain to his three sons. Immense battle sequences and scenes of stylised violence are juxtaposed with moments of poetic delicacy, all set to an iconic Mahler inflected orchestral score.
Before the film starts, sink into Ran’s atmosphere with a live 10 minute mini-concert of haunting music for flute by Toru Takemitsu, the film’s composer.
Screened to complement Opera North’s Madama Butterfly.
Dir Akira Kurosawa; Japan; in Japanese with English subtitles; 2hrs 42; 1985; cert 15.
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.
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
|Tanaka||At the Grave of Beethoven|
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.
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
— The Times
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|
Heine, Geibel, Rückert
|Six songs op 13|
|Die Einsamkeit D620|
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
|Under Alter’d Skies (2017)|
|Ralph Vaughan Williams
Robert Louis Stephenson
|Songs of Travel|