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Classical

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

25 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Synopsis

In this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices, Gavin Bryars weaves his beautiful music through and around eight of Shakespeare's most meditative sonnets.

Led by Bryars himself, the ensemble includes tenor John Potter (ex Hilliard Ensemble), with narration by multi-talented Dublin singer, Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes). Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this is a fresh way to experience Shakespeare’s words. 

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like The Sun has been performed at festivals around the world, and comes home to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time.

"Extraordinary…sublime"

Real Time Arts magazine

Next Performances
Wed 25th Oct
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Classical

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

26 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Gweneth-Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

Synopsis

Messiaen’s Harawi evokes a beautiful world of Andean mythology, cosmic mystery and birdsong through lush, pliant lyricism. 

While reminiscent of Debussy, Stravinsky and Wagner, Harawi is unmistakeably by Messiaen: a twelve song cycle on love and death characteristic of his 1940s style. 

Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand is possibly the most experienced Messiaen singer of her generation and has performed this cycle with Simon Lepper all over the UK, including at the BBC Proms.

Her performance has a “brooding, animal-like intensity...her notes seemed to grow effortlessly from deep within, quite a feat as the breath control and vocal dexterity needed in this piece is truly formidable.” (Seen and Heard International). 

For this special concert, projected imagery and surtitles draw you into a journey deep inside Messiaen’s myriad influences and musical world.

Next Performances
Thu 26th Oct
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Film

Film: Journey To Italy

27 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Film: Journey To Italy

Synopsis

One of the most quietly revolutionary works in the history of cinema, Roberto Rossellini’s third feature stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as an estranged English couple holidaying in Naples.

Part of The Little Greats

Within days of their arrival, the couple's relationship becomes strained and they discuss a divorce, but Rossellini’s masterpiece is more than just an anatomy of a relationship, presenting mortality, spirituality and emotion in this benchmark for modernist cinema. 

Mysterious, gripping and moving… there is real greatness in this movie

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Fri 27th Oct
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Jazz

Uri Caine

2 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Uri Caine

Synopsis

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine uses classical music as a ‘springboard for improvisation’.  

His collaborations extend from the Beaux Arts Trio to John Zorn and from the Woody Herman Band to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

In this rare UK solo concert, he returns to some of the seminal recordings he made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions.

In the course of a single piece….Caine's playing is alternately delicate and reflective, then vivid; vibrant; careening though never chaotic.

— BBC Music Magazine

Next Performances
Thu 2nd Nov
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

15 Nov 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Annette Saunders, Piano 

Opera North's Assistant Head of Music, Annette Saunders joins Orchestra Leader, David Greed and Principal Cello, Jessica Burroughs to perform Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor and other works.

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Next Performances
Wed 15th Nov
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World Music

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

16 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Synopsis

Transparent Water

Cuban jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita perform music from their first collaborative album together, Transparent Water.

Full of serenity and a sense of gentle elation, the album brings together influences from across five continents. Having grown from a chance musical encounter, it’s an album born largely out of improvisation – unlocking a deep exploration of tone. 

Sosa and Keita are both acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich global heritage that spans jazz, latin and African influences. Seckou Keita first performed at the Howard Assembly Room in 2015 with harpist Catrin Finch, and returned to the venue for a magical Light Night last year.

He recently won the Songlines Best Album Award 2016 for his last solo album 22 Strings.

Transparent Water is where world music meets world jazz, where tradition meets improvisation and where the lines of spiritual and earthy meet. The result is stunningly evocative.

— World Music Central

Next Performances
Thu 16th Nov
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Classical

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.

The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.

“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”

Financial Times

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Nov
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Folk

Lau: Decade

25 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau: Decade

Synopsis

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio made up of three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle). 

Both extraordinary musicians and creative visionaries, Lau’s music is rooted in gorgeous melody, but explores folk music in every direction, with virtuosic playing, rich electronics and ideas that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours. 

Decade celebrates 10 years of incredible stage performances from this multiple award-winning band.  

The U.K’s best live band, Lau are remarkable – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk: exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best.

The Guardian 

Next Performances
Sat 25th Nov
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Classical

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

30 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

Synopsis

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper reveals hidden depths in whatever she plays.

Renowned worldwide, her performances are praised by Gramophone for their ‘imaginative freedom’ and ‘balance of sense and sensibility’.

Her long-awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room will travel from the classical poise of early Beethoven and the authority of Haydn’s C minor Piano Sonata, to the remarkable invention and emotional quality of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31.

The programme also includes Darknesse Visible by one of the most important composers in contemporary music, Thomas Adès (recent work includes The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House).

‘an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing'

Daily Telegraph

Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

30 Nov 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Garry Walker, Conductor 
Elena Urioste, Violin

Garry Walker returns to Opera North after his critically acclaimed performances of Britten's Billy Budd. From the arresting opening of the Soirées musicales through to the noble ending of Elgar's First Symphony, a common thread of stylistic experimentation — sometimes playful, sometimes audacious — unites the works of three markedly different composers. 

Elena Urioste, former BBC New Generation Artist and yoga fanatic, is a seasoned recitalist and concerto performer, working with numerous American and UK orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Hallé Orchestras. Here she takes centre-stage to perform Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No. 5.

Opera North's... superb orchestra... delivered a brilliantly vivid, sharply etched account under conductor Garry Walker, full of surging drama and also moments of ezquisite contemplation 

— The Scotsman

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Britten Soirées musicales Op. 9
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, 'Turkish' K.219
Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A flat

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Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

12 Dec 2017

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Hugh Brunt, Conductor 
John Savournin, Narrator

Arguably the most cherished soundtrack to the Christmas season is the score to Raymond Brigg's The Snowman. This December the Orchestra of Opera North performs the music in all its heart-melting splendour to a live screening of the animation. Sure to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike, this is not only the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, but a wonderful introduction to the thrills, chills and power of a symphony orchestra performing live.

Before that, narrator John Savournin delights with the classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella with sensational music and illustrations to accompany the story.

Brunt’s conducting of every bar, from the opening buzzing bass line to the sudden consonant end assertive, was graceful, just like the music. Wonderful.

— The Times

Prokofiev Cinderella Suite
Howard Blake The Snowman

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Next Performances
Tue 12th Dec
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

13 Dec 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Just as you can't have Christmas without baubles and mince pies, you can't have a Dewsbury concert series without the Brass Band Christmas Spectacular. With carols to sing and others to tap your foot to, this popular concert is bound to leave you feeling festive. A seasonal staple for many, early booking is recommended for this Yuletide favourite. 

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Next Performances
Wed 13th Dec

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