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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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Opera

The Merry Widow

29 Sep - 17 Nov 2018

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Merry Widow

Synopsis

Franz Lehár (1905)

A glittering cast and a superb creative team are brought together for this production of Lehár’s greatest hit, in which Parisian sensuality meets Viennese sophistication. 

The question of who the young, beautiful and stupendously wealthy widow Hanna Glawari will take as her second husband is a matter of national economic importance for the little-known – and nearly bankrupt – Balkan state of Pontevedro. If she marries a foreigner, Pontevedro will lose Hanna’s millions. So when the widow arrives in Paris, it’s a cause of high excitement among French bachelors everywhere and high anxiety for the Pontevedrian ambassador, Baron Zeta, who must do everything he can to make sure she remarries a suitable – Pontevedrian – man.

Director Giles Havergal’s matchless sense of authentic style is complemented by the dazzling choreography of Stuart Hopps in a work in which almost every bar is infused with the spirit of the dance. Leslie Travers supplies meticulously elegant fin-de-siècle designs, and Kit Hesketh-Harvey applies his characteristically brilliant wit to a fresh English version of the most popular of 20th-century operettas.

Join us at Maxim’s … an evening of delicious pleasure awaits.

A co-production with Opera Australia

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

Language

Sung in English with English titles

Pre-show Talks

Tue 2 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sat 6 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Sun 7 Oct 3.00 – 3.30pm Book now
Wed 10 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now
Fri 12 Oct 6.30 – 7.00pm Book now


 

 

Next Performances
Sat 29th Sep
Tue 2nd Oct
Thu 4th Oct
Sat 6th Oct
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Spoken Word/Talks

Hollie McNish

18 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hollie McNish

Synopsis

Benjamin Zephaniah says ‘I can’t take my ears off her’, Kate Tempest describes her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’. With over ten million YouTube views for her online poetry performances, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed.

Here, she will be joining us to perform poems and talk about her latest poetry collection, Plum: a wise, sometimes rude and piercingly candid collection about growing up. She talks fruit and flesh, guilt, sex, politics and breasts, together with the urgent need to find a voice for poems that will somehow do the whole glorious riot justice.

Books will be available to purchase at the event. There will be a book signing afterwards.

Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings

Observer

Next Performances
Thu 18th Oct
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Classical

Opera North String Quartet

19 Oct 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera North String Quartet

Synopsis

Schubert’s magnificent ‘Trout’ Quintet, possibly the best-known chamber piece in the world, comes to joyful life under the bows and fingers of the Opera North String Quartet, joined by pianist Ian Buckle.

The Quartet is led by the leader of the Orchestra of Opera North David Greed, joined by the string section principals Katherine New, David Aspin and Jessica Burroughs.

The line-up is completed by Paul Miller (principal double bass) for Dvořák’s String Quintet No.2, a piece that marries a crystal-clear sonata opening with lively folk dance, lyrical songlike sections, and a final groundswell of melody that gives full voice to the bass.

Antonín Dvořák String Quintet in G Major No.2, Op 77 
Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major ‘The Trout’, D. 667  
Next Performances
Fri 19th Oct
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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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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

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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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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