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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

Beethoven Bagatelles op 33
Haydn Sonata in c minor Hob. XVI/20
Beethoven Variations on La Stessa La Stessissima
Adès Darknesse Visible  
Beethoven Sonata in Ab major op 110

Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

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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Thu 30th Nov
Sat 2nd Dec
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World Music

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

1 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

Synopsis

Support by Chico Pere and Glenn Sharp

With her rich smoky voice and dramatic presence, Romanian singer Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu performs a special festive programme of Romanian tango and songs sung by the Romanian Edith Piaf, Maria Tănase. As Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu herself puts it, “this concert is a Christmas story as well as a Romanian story, and the cimbalom, I believe, provides the best sound for these magical carols.” An incredibly atmospheric start to Christmastime, this very special night is a treat not to be missed.

Nostalgic and romantic and given a dark, Oriental tone by Chitu’s chiaroscuro alto voice… the way she draws out the introduction to ‘Aseara Ti-am Luat Basma’ surrounded by filigree cimbalom flourishes is gorgeous.

— Songlines

Next Performances
Fri 1st Dec
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

12 - 17 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

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
Sun 17th 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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Music

The Tiger Lillies

13 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tiger Lillies

Synopsis

Cold Night in Soho

As cruel winter closes in, there comes a time to look back on the year - but in the case of The Tiger Lillies it’s a longer look, back to the band’s first steps into the racy world of 1980s Soho.

They perform their new album live: a series of snapshots of a now vanished world of drinking dens, clip joints and the starched soldiers of the Salvation Army on a mission to save souls: a place where the gutter is never far away. 

Vocalist Martyn Jacques plays piano, organ, guitar, harmonium and darbuka, accompanied by Adrian Stout’s bass, musical saw, euphonium and guitar, with drums by Timothy Remfrey

Age guidance 16+ 

Variously serious, humorous and blasphemous, that lead one, unsuspecting, to an emotional climax that just reaches in and tears out your heart.

— The Independent 

Next Performances
Wed 13th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

14 Dec 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Opera North Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Adrian Leaper, Conductor 
Chorus of Opera North 
Opera North Youth Chorus 
Opera North Children's Chorus

The annual Christmas concert in Dewsbury is a sparkling showcase for Opera North's different ensembles. With a programme designed to feature its Chorus, Children's and Youth Choruses, all underpinned by the exceptional Orchestra, you'll be inspired to join in with the audience carols in a concert that will certainly get you into the festive spirit.

Having brought the curtain down on the last Kirklees Concert Season with an unforgettable programme of Sibelius, Bruch and Strauss, Adrian Leaper returns to conduct the massed forces. There's a distinctly Mediterranean feel to the concert as he brings a flavour of his adopted home of Spain to Dewsbury.

A remarkably assured performance... full of dynamic contrast and dramatic climaxes' 

— The Reviews Hub on Adrian Leaper, Nature and Spirit ​

Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

Programme includes:

Turina Pérez Evangelio Op. 12
Finzi In Terra Pax Op. 39
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker: Overture

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Next Performances
Thu 14th Dec
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Classical

Wishing on Stars: A Christmas Concert

16 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Wishing on Stars: A Christmas Concert

Synopsis

Fire up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and heart-warming music for the season, in an enchanting winter land.

Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians including viola, cello, bass and piano play music for the season with festive pieces from across the world, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.

Ideal for families.

Next Performances
Sat 16th Dec
Sat 16th Dec
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Family

Babushka and the Russian Doll

18 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Babushka and the Russian Doll

Synopsis

With other tales of winter wonder.

Join award-winning storyteller Ursula Holden-Gill for a magical journey through tales of winter, including the Russian folk story of the old lady Babushka. Listen to live music inspired by the frozen landscapes of Eastern lands and make your own Russian-inspired Christmas decorations, with a treat or two along the way.

Suitable for children aged 4 – 7 and their families.

Next Performances
Mon 18th Dec
Mon 18th Dec
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Classical

Choir of Clare College Cambridge

21 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Choir of Clare College Cambridge

Synopsis

Of one that is so fair and bright

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and their director Graham Ross make their debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a beautiful Christmas programme in praise of the Virgin Mary and the coming of the light.

Renaissance masterpieces, including Tallis' sublime Videte miraculum and Praetorius’ Christmas Magnificat (performed with its original carols) sit alongside more recent seasonal pieces, including much-loved motets by Howells, Britten, Tavener and Rutter.

The perfect start to the festive season.

Next Performances
Thu 21st Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

29 - 31 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

A New Year celebration like no other. Join the Orchestra of Opera North and conductor Justin Brown as they close the year with a traditional musical trip through Austria-Hungary with a glittering world of waltzes, polkas, marches and song.

Equally at home on the symphonic platform as on the operatic podium, conductor Justin Brown, General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany, and Music Director Laureate of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, will sweep you off your feet and into the New Year with this delightful afternoon of Viennese classics.

...the conductor Justin Brown drew a luminous, technically brilliant musical performance from the singers and orchestra

— Opera Magazine 

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Next Performances
Fri 29th Dec
Sat 30th Dec
Sun 31st Dec

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