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Classical

Pumeza Matshikiza

31 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Pumeza Matshikiza

Synopsis

Described as ‘one of today’s most exciting new operatic voices’ (The Independent), South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza released her debut album Voice of Hope in 2014 followed by Arias, with pieces by Puccini, Catalani, Ravel, Mozart and Fauré in May 2016.

She brings her exquisite lyric voice and emotional sensitivity to bear on Schumann’s vividly emotional Frauenliebe und leben, together with Strauss’s sublimely beautiful Four Last Songs.

I think I've found the new Maria Callas . . . What initially arrested me, and went on fascinating me, was not only the beauty of her singing, one of the loveliest lightish lyric sopranos I have heard in the flesh, but also her commitment to the role she was performing.

The Spectator

Next Performances
Wed 31st Oct
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Jazz

Phronesis

1 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Phronesis

Synopsis

Anglo-Scandinavian piano trio Phronesis is described by the Guardian as ‘a killer live band’.

Their reputation for spell-binding, roller-coaster live performances comes from an extraordinary democracy of expression and sorcery-like empathy between members Ivo Neame, Jasper Høiby and Anton Eger.

Together since 2005, they have cemented their world-wide reputation with the critically acclaimed release of their sixth album Parallax in 2016 (recorded at Abbey Road studios, London).

Tight, eloquent and thrilling, this Danish/British/Swedish trio serve up everything from volcanic sprints to brooding jazz meditations

The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 1st Nov
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Classical

Piers Lane

8 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Piers Lane

Synopsis

Australian pianist Piers Lane demonstrates his versatility and poetic best in a programme all about connections: Chopin idolised Bach and in turn inspired the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Opening with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor and a selection of Chopin’s best piano works, their probing and moving nature are mirrored in the forms used in Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Six Pieces On A Single Theme. Stravinsky’s colourful Trois mouvements de Petrouchka bring the recital to a dazzling climax.

Lane is equally at home in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. His concerto repertoire alone exceeds ninety-five works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, including five performances at the BBC Proms.

‘He dazzled us throughout not only with his virtuoso response but also with the poetry he found in the quieter variants’.

Classical Source on his performance of Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op. 22

Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor, BWV 883
Frédéric Chopin Impromptu No 2 in F sharp major
Mazurka in F minor, Op 68 No 4
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B♭ minor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Six Pieces on a Single Theme, Op 21
Igor Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
Next Performances
Thu 8th Nov
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Songs of Love and War

14 Nov 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Songs of Love and War

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2018/19

​​​The first of two concerts with Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North David Greed and acclaimed pianist Ian Buckle, Songs of Love and War is a poignant reflection in homage to the centenary of WWI.

Both Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin for piano, and Elgar’s Sonata for Violin and Piano were created from the composers’ personal connections to the conflict and are a fitting way to mark the Armistice at Dewsbury Town Hall.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

Kirklees Concert Season 2018/19 Brochure (PDF)

 

Audio Brochure: Kirklees Concert Season

Next Performances
Wed 14th Nov
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Folk

Evelyn Glennie and Trio HLK

16 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Evelyn Glennie and Trio HLK

Synopsis

Evelyn Glennie and Trio HLK: Standard Time

Pioneering solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie plays with Trio HLK. The Scottish improvising ensemble comprises Richard Harrold (piano and composer), Ant Law (guitar) and Richard Kass (drums).

Their music pulls apart jazz standards into fragments that are at times shimmering and cerebral, at others thunderous and visceral. Intricate and harmonious rhythms meet with a veritable battery of percussion instruments played by Glennie to deliver a performance that is an interactive tour de force.

Next Performances
Fri 16th Nov
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Classical

Christopher Maltman and Joseph Middleton: From Severn to Somme

22 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christopher Maltman and Joseph Middleton: From Severn to Somme

Synopsis

In association with Leeds Lieder

A selection of music on the subject of war, by composers from across the span of the major nations involved in the First World War including Butterworth, Gurney, Mahler, Fauré, Ives, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Wolf and Poulenc.

In the centenary year of the end of the Great War, this solo recital is performed by internationally acclaimed British baritone Christopher Maltman. Since winning the Lieder prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition early in his career, he has gone from strength to strength, starring at the opening night of the 2015 BBC Proms.

Accompanied on piano by Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton, Maltman performs 19th and 20th Century works mining the despair, tender poignancy and rawness of war, in songs including Schumann’s devastating Der Soldat, Finzi’s Channel Firing and Ivor Gurney’s deeply expressive Severn Meadows.

Maltman’s wide-ranging voice, offering a huge variety of colour and dynamics, sought out a new wealth of subtle meanings'

The Guardian

 

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Nov
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Songs of War

22 Nov - 1 Dec 2018

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Songs of War

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019 (Huddersfield)
Will Todd and Górecki

Conductor, Richard Farnes
Soprano, Fflur Wyn
​Baritone, Johnny Herford
Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Young Voices
Opera North Children’s Chorus

Former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes returns to the helm of the Orchestra to present the world premiere of Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle

Dedicated to Opera North’s youth ensembles, Todd’s commission is a micro opera depicting the conflicting emotions of war through the words and poems of Maggie Gottlieb.

Renowned for their melodic intensity and harmonic invention, Todd’s best-known works include Mass in Blue, The Blackened Man and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Górecki’s third symphony, known as his ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’, picks up the theme of loss and separation caused by conflict through three Polish texts. The second text, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, is arguably one of the most famous pieces of music from the late 20th Century.

Talking Music at Huddersfield Town Hall begins at 6.40pm.

Will Todd Songs of Love and Battle (World première)
1. A Zeppelin crashes
2. A poem and a dying man
3. A recruitment fair
4. Letters home
5. Newspapers and bombs
6. Singing at night
7. Bring them home safe
8. Requiem 
Górecki Symphony No. 3

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

Kirklees Concert Season 2018/19 Brochure (PDF)

 

Audio Brochure: Kirklees Concert Season

Next Performances
Thu 22nd Nov
Sat 1st Dec
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Music

65daysofstatic

23 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

65daysofstatic

Synopsis

Decomposition Theory

Fresh from their critically acclaimed soundtrack to the video game No Man’s Sky, experimental post-rock band 65daysofstatic continue their exploration of non-linear music.

Their latest work, Decomposition Theory employs algorithms and coding to build each performance. Using visuals to reveal the inner working of their music, no two performances will ever be the same, as the band sculpt and shape the procedurally-generated sounds in real time.

“Decomposition Theory is some small effort to imagine a space where music is no longer shaped in commodity forms…We are un-songing our songs and un-performing on stage.” — 65daysofstatic

Takes the idea of excitement and forward momentum from space travel and then blasts them at the listener with no let-up.

Drowned in Sound on No Man’s Sky: Music for an infinite universe

Next Performances
Fri 23rd Nov
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Orchestral

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

24 Nov 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

Synopsis

This sublime collaboration between two virtuoso musicians - Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita - delivers a stunning adventure in world-class musicianship. Following the huge success of their debut release Clychau Dibon back in 2013, their long-awaited second album Soar launches in April 2018. 

Drawing on the bardic traditions of both Wales and West Africa, the album takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales. 

An amazing live experience, they are 'intricate, ethereal and entrancing, an elaborate pas-de-deux... remarkable' (UNCUT Magazine).

This, I suspect, will be remembered as one of the classic concerts of the year

Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Next Performances
Sat 24th Nov
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Howard Assembly Room

Not Such Quiet Girls

29 Nov - 1 Dec 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Not Such Quiet Girls

Synopsis

Inspired by Helen Zenna Smith’s novel Not So Quiet, Radclyffe Hall’s war account in The Well of Loneliness, and the life of war artist and ambulance driver Olive Mudie-Cooke, Not Such Quiet Girls tells the stories of three women at the front line of the First World War.

Bringing together an all-female chorus, staged scenes, film projections and music hall songs, this new musical drama weaves an inspiring narrative out of neglected stories of women in the Great War. 

Jessica Walker’s previous work for Opera North includes her collaboration with Neil Bartlett, The Girl I Left Behind Me, about male impersonators on the music-hall stage:

A drolly celebratory yet also piercingly poignant guide to a neglected chapter in showbiz and lesbian history. This show is not to be missed. 

The Independent on The Girl I Left Behind Me, 2011

 

Running Time

Approximately 1 hours 20 minutes with no interval

A collaboration with

the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Image credit: In An Ambulance : A VAD Lighting a Cigarette For a Patient, by Olive Mudie-Cooke. ©Imperial War Museum (Art.IWM ART 3051)

Next Performances
Thu 29th Nov
Fri 30th Nov
Sat 1st Dec
Sat 1st Dec
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Opera

Silent Night

30 Nov - 7 Dec 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Silent Night

Synopsis

Kevin Puts (2011) | UK Premiere

Inspired by a true story, as depicted in the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, Silent Night tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce, when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and Scottish troops in the trenches during the First World War. 

Lyrical, cinematic and expressive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning score by American composer Kevin Puts is combined with a multilingual libretto by Mark Campbell to create a richly textured, deeply affecting contemporary work. 

German opera singer Nikolaus Sprink, now a soldier, is ordered to perform for the Crown Prince Wilhelm, behind the front line on Christmas Eve, 1914. Back at the front later that night, upon hearing some of the Scottish soldiers singing, Sprink responds with a rousing song, and raises a Christmas tree above the bunker. Yet the moment of hope and humanity that follows proves to be only a brief respite from the futility and horror of the War.

Conducted by Nicholas Kok and directed by Tim Albery, the British premiere production of Silent Night will be staged at Leeds Town Hall, as part of a series of events in Leeds marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Supported by generous gifts from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, The Holbeck Charitable Trust and the Opera North Future Fund.

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Language

Sung in English, German and French with English titles

Next Performances
Fri 30th Nov
Sun 2nd Dec
Thu 6th Dec
Fri 7th Dec
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Classical

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

12 Dec 2018

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2018/19

​The ever-popular Christmas Brass Band concert returns to Dewsbury Town Hall with an abundance of festive favourites that are sure to get you in the seasonal spirit. A joyful sleigh-ride through holiday classics including pieces synonymous with the season along with carols to sing, this rousing concert is a must for your Christmas calendar.

Subscription on sale until Friday 22 June. To save money and become a subscriber, download form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755. Single tickets can be booked via Opera North and Kirklees Town Hall from Tuesday 26 June. 

Kirklees Concert Season 2018/19 Brochure (PDF)

 

Audio Brochure: Kirklees Concert Season

Next Performances
Wed 12th Dec

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