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Lone Twin

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19 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lone Twin

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Last Act of Rebellion. 

Lone Twin, one of the UK’s most distinctive and acclaimed performance companies, celebrate its 20th anniversary.

This show springs forth from the mighty playlist of popular song that the company’s Artistic Directors Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan began collecting in 1997: the songs of our time, the songs we carry with us. A diverse series of collaborators have each chosen one song to respond to, creating an outlandish, confounding or hilarious piece for Gary and Gregg to perform.

Last Act Of Rebellion: songs that are a little too well known; dances for men in their mid-forties who know no better.

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Next Performances
Sat 19th Nov
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Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Tales Beneath the Stars

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Stefan Blunier, Conductor

Stefan Blunier conducts a programme anchored with two works of a nautical flair. Berlioz’s Overture Le Corsaire celebrates the life of the brigand and his views of the sea while Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade tells the tale of the courtesan who stayed her execution by spinning out her story of Sinbad until the Sultan revoked his sentence.

No such stay existed for our other lovers depicted tonight through Prokofiev’s evocative score for Romeo and Juliet. The music in the suite beautifully captures the drama and poignancy of the doomed romance.

Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64
Berlioz Overture Le Corsaire, Op. 21
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Next Performances
Thu 24th Nov
Sun 27th Nov
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Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

Classical

26 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

At the heart of this programme, performed by leading British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Joseph Middleton, are the characteristics of English song: a powerful sense of place, empathetic observation of nature and pure joy in language.

Connolly brings all her richness of voice and depth of understanding to bear on a programme of Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Roger Quilter, concluding with Benjamin Britten's Charm of Lullabies.

The recital also features the wonderful poems of Hans Christian Andersen from Schumann's Fünf Lieder op.40 and Ravel's song cycle Shéhérazade, based on the heroine of the Arabian Nights.

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Next Performances
Sat 26th Nov
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Mozart Unwrapped

Classical

10 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mozart Unwrapped

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National Opera Studio 2016

Back by popular demand, the National Opera Studio repeats its sell-out programme of moments from three of Mozart’s finest operas: The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni.

In an exploration of the witty and golden relationship between Mozart's music and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte’s words, great singers of the next generation perform arias, duets and more, in a semi-staged performance with sparkling direction by Giles Havergal (Opera North’s The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow, Albert Herring).

The concert will be played by members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

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Next Performances
Sat 10th Dec
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Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman and Other Tales

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Hugh Brunt, Conductor
John Savournin, Presenter

Enchanting children of all ages since 1982 and a perennial favourite of Opera North, Howard Blake’s score to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is brought magically to life alongside a screening of the film that no Christmas should be without.

Before that, John Savournin, a stalwart of Opera North productions (Kiss Me, Kate, La Bohème, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) delivers a captivating retelling of Paul Patterson’s settings of two classic nursery rhymes; Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. Based on the Roald Dahl versions and complete with a big screen picture book to tell the stories, this concert is sure to enthral the whole family.

Paul Patterson Little Red Riding Hood
Paul Patterson Three Little Pigs
Howard Blake The Snowman
Next Performances
Tue 13th Dec
Fri 16th Dec
Sun 18th Dec
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

No Dewsbury Chamber Season would be complete without the annual concert from Phillip McCann’s brass band.

With carols to sing and old favourites to hear, this final concert of 2016 is sure to be popular.

Next Performances
Wed 14th Dec
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A Filetta

World Music

14 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Filetta

Synopsis

In a very rare UK concert, Corsican male voice choir A Filetta performs a festive programme of traditional song drawing on religious polyphonic song, hymnals, folk songs and occasional dance numbers.

Powerfully redolent of their homeland, the six male voices blend seamlessly, with bass running underneath layered harmonies as they rise and fall.

Formed in 1978 to preserve the island’s vocal traditions, A Filetta have forged an international reputation that brings together old and new, including their own original compositions.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. 

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Next Performances
Wed 14th Dec
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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Christmas Concert

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

David Cowan, Conductor
Chorus of Opera North
Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Children’s Chorus

There’s no better way to start the Christmas season than with the whole of the Opera North family. For this yuletide concert, the Orchestra of Opera North is joined by the combined voices of Opera North’s Chorus, Youth and Children’s Choruses for an evening designed to thaw the winter chill.

Before experiencing a bohemian Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret, featuring soloists from the Chorus of Opera North, we take a musical overview of the season through the eyes of J.S Bach, Vivaldi, Rutter and Sibelius.

With some old favourites and new discoveries, we will be sure to raise the roof with the audience carols.

Tickets are hotter than chestnuts around the fire so book early to avoid disappointment!

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio: Jauchzet, frohlocket!
Vivaldi The Four Seasons: Winter 
Rutter When Icicles Hang
Sibelius Finlandia
Audience carols 
Puccini  La Bohème: Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter 

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Next Performances
Thu 15th Dec
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Winter Wonderland

Classical

17 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Winter Wonderland

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Conjure up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and spellbinding music for the season.

Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians play beautiful music by composers including Bach and Corelli, together with festive music from Eastern Europe and beyond, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.

Banish the darkest days of the year and celebrate the yuletide season in style.

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Next Performances
Sat 17th Dec
Sat 17th Dec
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It's a Wonderful Life

Film

19 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

It's a Wonderful Life

Synopsis

With live music. 

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most heart-warming and popular films ever made.

In the festive Victorian surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room, join James Stewart as George Bailey, a man so beset with problems that he loses all hope on Christmas Eve.

This special Christmas event will open with live music at 7.15pm, 30 minutes before the screening starts. Get fully in the mood for yule logs and glad tidings by joining us for an unmissable Christmas experience.

Dir. Frank Capra, USA 1946, 131 mins. Cert U.

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Next Performances
Mon 19th Dec
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The Tallis Scholars

Classical

20 Dec 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tallis Scholars

Synopsis

In the darkest month of the year, the Tallis Scholars light up the festive season with classic texts associated with Christmas from some of the lesser known master composers of the Renaissance.

The first half pairs one of the most influential motets of its time: Josquin's motet Praeter rerum seriem, with de Rore’s elaborate mass on the birth of Christ Missa Praetum rerum seriem.

The second half continues the Christmas theme, proceeding through remarkable pieces by Victoria, de Sermisy (a Franco-Flemish composer in the generation after Josquin) and Mexican composer Hernando Franco. The evening culminates with John Taverner's most intricate and splendid antiphon in praise of the virgin, O splendor gloriae. 

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Next Performances
Tue 20th Dec
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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Orchestral

29 - 31 Dec 2016

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Ellie Laugharne, Soprano
​Heather Lowe, Mezzo Soprano 

Having lived in Vienna for the past twenty years, Aleksandar is the perfect host for Opera North’s ever popular Viennese Whirl.

With two soloists and an orchestra at his disposal, he will waltz you through all-time favourites, delight with hand-picked gems and march us all into the New Year in true style.

Huddersfield Examiner said after last year’s concert ‘Few orchestras anywhere can pull off the full range of this music with the panache and skill of the Opera North Orchestra’ – early booking is highly recommended.

Next Performances
Thu 29th Dec
Sat 31st Dec
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