Opera North's Youth Ensembles from across the North come together to tell a story of love and loss through the seasons of the year based on traditional folk songs and tales.
The young singers from the Opera North Children’s Choruses in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, will be joined by members from Opera North Young Voices and the Opera North Youth Chorus.
They will be accompanied by Cream Tees, a youth folk band formed in 2012 as part of the Music at the Heart of Teesdale project.
Taking inspiration from the setting of Opera North’s production of Don Giovanni, we take a trip to Spain – don’t forget your bucket and spade!
With live instrumental music, lights and projections and a whole heap of holiday fun.
Suitable for ages 0-5 with their grown-ups.
English tenor and pianist James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook have been exploring the richness of Romantic song together for many years.
Their programme includes Schubert’s first song cycle Einsamkeit whose great span Schubert seems to master without effort, spinning glorious melodies, transfixing us with almost visual imagery, together with Purcell’s miraculous O Solitude, Clara Schumann’s Six Songs, a new work by Jonathan Dove and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ archetypically romantic Songs of Travel.
“To be alone, to wander out into the world, severing the bonds of homeland, seeking a direction and a goal as yet unknown. Two important themes of Romanticism, both in the German and the English tradition. These themes pervade our programme, as a thread weaving through the whole.” - James Gilchrist
No one tells a musical story with more wonder, more delicacy than James Gilchrist.
— The Arts Desk
|Henry Purcell (arr Britten)
Katherine Phillips, after Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant
|O solitude Z406|
Heine, Geibel, Rückert
|Six songs op 13|
|Die Einsamkeit D620|
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
|Under Alter’d Skies (2017)|
|Ralph Vaughan Williams
Robert Louis Stephenson
|Songs of Travel|
24 Mar 2018
Howard Assembly Room
The legendary French accordionist Richard Galliano returns to the Howard Assembly Room to bring the spirit of Paris’ wartime nightclubs into the heart of Leeds.
One of the great accordionists of the modern era, Galliano is joined by the peerless jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc. The two musicians reunite their talents for a performance dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson: Edith Piaf.
In his 30-year career, French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano has done what Astor Piazzolla did for the tango – rescued a traditional music – in this case the French musette – from the grip of nostalgic cliche…placing it at the heart of modern, jazz-influenced European music.
— The Guardian
British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini provide a passionate Easter offering with a varied programme revolving around the themes of love and loss.
One of the UK’s most highly regarded vocal groups, they inject ‘vitality, freshness and immediacy’ (The Telegraph) into pieces old and new.
Including Monteverdi’s moving Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata, Thomas Ravenscroft’s There were three Ravens, Britten’s tour de force settings of medieval texts and a new commission, Sonnet by Adrian Williams, expect ‘bags of style, energy and dramatic excitement’ (International Record Review) as they bring these masterpieces to life.
There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention.
— The Guardian
Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18
Dalia Stasevska, Conductor
Sofya Gulyak, Piano
To celebrate the Bernstein centenary, we close this year's Kirklees Concert Season with a concert of American music, including his iconic Symphonic Dances from the ground-breaking, award-winning musical West Side Story.
Gershwin's epic Rhapsody in Blue needs no introduction; it serves to fuse jazz and classical elements showcasing the versatility of the Orchestra, soloist Sofya Gulyak (2009 Leeds International Piano Competition winner) and Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska. John Adam's The Chairman Dances follows. Taken from his opera Nixon in China, the piece is also known as Foxtrot for Orchestra and it's easy to understand why given its rhythmic drive. The concert concludes with Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. Written while he was in New York, this colourful composition is a wonderful way to mark the close of this year's Kirklees Concert Season.
The star of the evening was conductor Dalia Stasevska
Talking Music begins at 6.40pm
|Bernstein||West Side Story: Symphonic Dances|
|Gershwin||Rhapsody in Blue|
|John Adams||The Chairman Dances|
|Rachmaninov||Symphonic Dances Op. 45|
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One of the founding fathers of Afrobeat, Tony Allen’s style has influenced generations of musicians over the past 50 years.
An original member of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and the inventor of the distinctive Afrobeat drum rhythm, he went on to collaborate with artists from King Sunny Adé to Damon Albarn. Allen has continued to be a true innovator with his own music, drawing on electronics, dub, R&B and rap in a synthesis he refers to as ‘Afrofunk’.
With his most recent album, The Source, he brings together a rich, complex sound that ‘straddles jazz and Afrobeat in an elegant push-and-pull’ (Pitchfork).
As beats land in unexpected places, their loose-skinned thump resonates with a polyrhythmic thrust rooted in Africa, but tempered by American jazz.
— The Financial Times
Richard Strauss' visceral and shocking masterpiece
Based on Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, this is the savage and bloody tale of King Herod’s step-daughter. When Herod’s prisoner Jokanaan (John the Baptist) rebuffs her advances, Salome vows she will kiss him – no matter the consequences.
Opera North returns to the concert hall, following acclaimed concert stagings of the Ring cycle and Turandot, to present a concert performance of Salome, a piece which caused outrage when it was first performed. From the seductive ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ to the explosive vocal parts, the violent sensuality of the score illustrates every moment of the story with unflinching vividness. This is opera at its most extreme, concentrated into 100 intense and exhilarating minutes.
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
Sung in German with English titles
Sam Lee & Special Guests
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.
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
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.
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.