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Folk

Singing with Nightingales

19 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Singing with Nightingales

Synopsis

Support from Alice Zawadzki

As springtime spreads across England, come to the woods and hear the courting song of nightingales beamed live into the Howard Assembly Room as darkness falls.

The adventurous British folk singer and song collector Sam Lee is joined by a host of his musical friends in a concert of folk songs old and new. As darkness falls more deeply, the concert culminates in duets sung with the nightingales themselves, as they start their courtship song in faraway starlit forests. A unique, candlelit concert, never to be forgotten. This performance lasts around 2.5 hours. 

Next Performances
Thu 19th Apr
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Music

Joan As Police Woman

20 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Joan As Police Woman

Synopsis

American musician, singer-songwriter and producer Joan As Police Woman is known to many for her collaborations with Anohni, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and David Sylvian.

A deeply soulful artist who crosses musical genres effortlessly, The Guardian describes her music as ‘soulful adventurism – a voice so wonderous and moving it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane’. For this performance, she goes back to her roots with a laid-back, piano-focussed set taking in songs from her new album Damned Devotion and her outstanding back catalogue.

In association with Super Friendz

Next Performances
Fri 20th Apr
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Jazz

Ambrose Akinmusire

28 Apr 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ambrose Akinmusire

Synopsis

With support

American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released in 2011 to rave reviews and comparisons to Miles Davis.

The Los Angeles Times praised his 'chameleonic tone that can sigh, flutter or soar,' adding that 'Akinmusire sounds less like a rising star than one that was already at great heights and just waiting to be discovered.' Seven years on, his music is enriched by a compositional element and an opulent sound palette. His virtuoso trumpet is joined by his longtime quartet in a set filled with light and shade, lyricism and swing.

Next Performances
Sat 28th Apr
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Family

Keepy Uppy

5 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Keepy Uppy

Synopsis

From renowned children’s theatre company tutti frutti, Keepy Uppy tells an extraordinary tale of love, devotion, family and the power of team spirit, set in the world of football.

Illustration by Jacky Fleming

By Writers’ Guild award-winner Evan Placey, Keepy Uppy is a play for the 2018 World Cup year, for football fans, children and families. Join tutti frutti as they celebrate the joy of the beautiful game and ignite children’s imagination with visual and physical storytelling, live music and fab footie moves.

For children aged 3 - 7 and their families. One hour running time. 

Those looking for a magical and thought-provoking early experience of the wonder and power of theatre should treat themselves to tutti frutti.

- British Theatre Guide

Next Performances
Sat 5th May
Sat 5th May
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Music

Anna & Elizabeth

10 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Anna & Elizabeth

Synopsis

With Support

Anna & Elizabeth are two truly inspiring artists with a deep and shared love of the musical traditions of America’s Appalachia region. 

Their music combines old stories of love, loss and intrigue with new arrangements that utilise the spartan simplicity of their voices and the sounds of acoustic instruments, synths, woodwinds and field recordings.

Their captivating performances integrate visual art, movement and experiment film with breath-taking harmonies, including the use of ‘crankies’ – Cloth and cut paper scrolls depicting scenes from their ballads, unfurled to musical accompaniment. 

The sound is pure Appalachian mountain music, so completely in tune with its roots that, were it not for the clarity, you’d think you were listening to a long-lost, century-old recording

Folkradio.co.uk

Next Performances
Thu 10th May
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: The Damnation of Faust

12 May 2018

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: The Damnation of Faust

Synopsis

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Opera North Children's Chorus
Opera North Young Voices

Simon Wright - conductor
Rachel Kelly - mezzo soprano
David Butt Philip - tenor
David Soar - baritone
Ashley Riches - bass

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

This marvellous book fascinated me from the first. I could not put it down. I read it incessantly, at meals, in the theatre, in the street!

— Berlioz on Goethe's Faust: Part One

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm
George Kennaway discussing the evening's works
Entry is free to ticket-holders, but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disapointment.

Next Performances
Sat 12th May
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Film

Salomé (1923) with live score

12 - 16 May 2018

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Salomé (1923) with live score

Synopsis

Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr performs a newly commissioned, original soundtrack to the startlingly seductive 1923 silent movie, Salomé. 

Circuit des Yeux’s sound combines fingerpicked guitar, avant-garde electronics, minimalism and song with Fohr’s otherworldly voice, which has drawn comparisons with Nina Simone, Nico and even Scott Walker.

Haley Fohr and her band perform a soundtrack to Salomé, the scandalous 1923 film based on the story of Herod’s stepdaughter.

Conceived, produced, and starring the stupendous Russian actress Alla Nazimova, Salomé was a resounding flop on release, with its story and rumours of debauched parties at Nazimova’s mansion on Sunset Boulevard causing it to be shunned by the major studios.

In the years since, its weirdly beautiful atmosphere and aesthetic – combining Art Nouveau, modernism and the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age – have led to its growing recognition as an exotic gem, and a cornerstone of camp.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects for Leeds International Festival. 

Dir. Charles Bryant; 1923; 75 mins; USA

Next Performances
Sat 12th May
Wed 16th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

14 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Alessio Bax

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

For this programme, Alessio Bax plays pieces including Bach’s arrangement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Corelli and Liszt’s Dante Sonata.

Pianist Alessio Bax’s lyricism, insight and dazzling facility create ‘a ravishing listening experience’, with playing that ‘quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity’ (Gramophone), referred to by Dallas Morning News as ‘an out-of-body experience’. 

First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

 

Alessandro Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor (arr. J.S. Bach)
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Dallapiccola Quaderno musicale di Annalibera
Liszt St. François d'Assise: La Prédication aux oiseaux
Liszt Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (Dante Sonata)
Next Performances
Mon 14th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Piano Masterclass with Alessio Bax

15 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Piano Masterclass with Alessio Bax

Synopsis

Following the opening recital of the Leeds Piano Festival Alessio Bax returns to the Howard Assembly Room to host a Masterclass with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars.

Hailed by International Piano as "a pianist of refreshing depth", and winner of the 2000 Leeds International Piano Competition, Alessio will share his expertise and insight with three exceptional young pianists ahead of their own recital on 19 May.

*Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and attend the masterclass for free (available from Box Office only)

Next Performances
Tue 15th May
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Music

Simone Felice

16 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Simone Felice

Synopsis

Lights down, curtain up, flickering camera on: this is the world of Simone Felice’s new album The Projector, released in April 2018.

Playing solo, he brings to life its lone guitars echoing in the twilight and vocals in which you can hear and feel the grain: scenes and moods, interweaving narratives lovingly birthed in his native Catskill Mountain woods.

Since finding international acclaim with The Felice Brothers, Simone Felice has gone on to produce artists including The Lumineers and Bat for Lashes, and since 2005 has been releasing solo albums in which ‘Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion’ - BBC

In association with Hee Haw Sessions.

Each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Wed 16th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

19 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Lang Lang Foundation Scholars

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

The Leeds International Piano Competition’s Global Ambassador, Lang Lang, launched his International Music Foundation in 2008.

At its heart is his Young Scholars Programme. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang’s choice of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world are offered mentoring, tutelage and unique opportunities for performance. 

The Leeds Piano Festival is delighted to welcome three of his Young Scholars as the first part of a new collaboration.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

Next Performances
Sat 19th May
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Classical

Leeds Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

21 May 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leeds Piano Festival: Sunwook Kim

Synopsis

Part of Leeds Piano Festival 2018

Sunwook Kim first came to international prominence in 2006 at just 18 years old, as the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition.

His Leeds Piano Festival programme demonstrates the depth of his understanding across a varied programme including Schumann’s emotionally expressive Humoreske Op.20 and Bussoni’s majestic transcription of Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major.

Sunwook Kim has played with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in 2014. As a recitalist, he is a regular guest at the prestigious ‘Piano 4 Etoiles’ series at Salle Pleyel and Philharmonie in Paris, and is also a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall.

*Festival Pass: Book all four Leeds Piano Festival recitals and save £14. Festival Pass includes free ticket to Alessio Bax's Masterclass (available from Box Office) 

Bach-Busoni Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major
Robert Schumann Humoreske Op. 20
Claude Debussy Suite Bergamasque
Johannes Brahms Handel Variations
Next Performances
Mon 21st May

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