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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 Jonas Golland

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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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.

Traditional carols such as I saw three ships and Coventry Carol feature alongside classical pieces by Prokofiev and Purcell, as well as Catalan carols and Spanish guitar.

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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Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours : Fatal Passions Chorus

15 Jan - 26 Mar 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

ON After Hours : Fatal Passions Chorus

Synopsis

Be part of an amateur opera chorus every Monday night for 10 weeks!

Nothing comes close to the sound of an opera chorus – and now you can be part of one. Explore music from iconic operas, inspired by Opera North’s Fatal Passions season.

Rehearsals will be run by a vocal leader, who will support you in building your ensemble singing and music reading skills, as well as further developing your vocal technique. You will also work with a guest director, who will help you to develop your performance and stage craft skills.

Showcase your newly acquired skills at a relaxed performance for friends and family, on 26 March

Suitable for: People who have some experience of singing and are comfortable following a music score

If you have any enquiries about the ON After Hours programme please get in touch: education@operanorth.co.uk

Next Performances
Mon 15th Jan
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World Music

Huun-Huur-Tu

25 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Huun-Huur-Tu

Synopsis

Simply one of the most memorable and powerful bands to ever appear at the Howard Assembly Room, the Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu return with their trademark blend of heart-hollowing melody, ferocious harmony, and an ingrained sense of the windswept horizons of their homeland. 

Huun-Huur-Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to Tuvan over-tone or ‘throat-singing’ techniques invented by nomadic hunter-herders of the Tuvan steppes and mountains.

They have gone on to an incredibly rich career including collaborations with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Nina Nastasia and the Kronos Quartet. Using traditional instruments, percussion and an array of vocal techniques, they create a world of sound like no other.

 An amazing work of harmonical unity and beauty.

— Jazz Thing

Next Performances
Thu 25th Jan
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Classical

Christiane Karg

26 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Christiane Karg

Synopsis

One of the world's foremost lyric sopranos, award-winning Christiane Karg stands at the forefront of today's Lieder singers, praised for her stylish sensitivity to words and engaging stage presence. 

Following performances together with Leeds Lieder Director and RPS Award-winner Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall, Luxembourg's Philharmonie, Copenhagen's Opera Festival, and in Germany and South America, the duo present a heady programme of exotic romanticism to commemorate Debussy's anniversary year. 

The concert juxtaposes Debussy's settings of poets Verlaine (in the Ariettes oubliées) and Baudelaire (in the Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire) with Wagner's towering Wesendonck Lieder, and Karg has also programmed a selection from that most elusive and exquisite of song composers, Eric Satie.

Chistiane Karg’s diamantine purity of tone and impeccable technique put her at the forefront of lyric sopranos

— The Telegraph

Debussy Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire
Satie Selected songs
Debussy Ariettes oubliées
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Fri 26th Jan
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Music

The Martin Hayes Quartet

27 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Martin Hayes Quartet

Synopsis

Violinist Martin Hayes’ soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm, coming to new prominence as the traditional heart of Irish supergroup The Gloaming.

He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis Cahill for over twenty years, and has collaborated with other extraordinary musicians including Bill Frisell and Jordi Savall.

The Martin Hayes Quartet expands on the musical ideas of Hayes and Cahill, with the melody still central, by exploring sonic possibilities with the inclusion of the deep mellow sound of the bass clarinet, played by the virtuosic Doug Wieselman, and the rich warm tones of the viola, played by the brilliant Liz Knowles.

Their ability to convey the relevancy of an old form and play it with such emotion and urgency, has made them the undisputed masters of Irish music around the world.

The great fiddler Martin Hayes speaks with the soul of a poet. A remarkable artist, the only one of his type.

—The Sunday Independent, Ireland

Next Performances
Sat 27th Jan
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Spoken Word/Talks

Inside Opera: Madama Butterfly

28 Jan 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Inside Opera: Madama Butterfly

Synopsis

Explore Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly in the company of conductor Martin Pickard and members of the cast and creative team. 

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance at the Box Office.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour

Next Performances
Sun 28th Jan
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World Music

Sona Jobarteh

1 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sona Jobarteh

Synopsis

The first major female kora virtuoso and her electrifying band play music from her debut album Fasiya, and celebrate her second release which is out this summer.

Born into one of the five principal West African Griot families, Sona has performed alongside Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Kassé-Mady Diabaté and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

She has an effortless ability to blend different musical styles, moving between West African musical genres and reaching towards afropop and the blues. She uses her innovative stance to talk about issues to do with cultural identity, gender and respect whilst still rooting herself firmly in her traditional heritage.

Kora player with all the makings of an international star.

— The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 1st Feb
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Film

Fanny and Alexander

2 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fanny and Alexander

Synopsis

This Dickensian epic, told with Bergman’s trademark melancholy and emotional intensity presents a world where utmost certainty exists side by side with ghosts and magic.

Beginning on Christmas Eve 1907, the intrigues of a large wealthy family unfold, told from the perspective of two siblings whose comfortable existence is upended when their mother marries a puritanical bishop.

Originally intended to be his last film, Fanny and Alexander explores what it is to be young and old, to be a man, woman, Christian, Jew, rich, poor, religious and profane. 

Screened alongside Un ballo in maschera on the Opera North main stage.

Next Performances
Fri 2nd Feb
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Music

Willy Vlautin: Don't Skip Out On Me

4 Feb 2018

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Willy Vlautin: Don't Skip Out On Me

Synopsis

Alt-country artist Willy Vlautin peoples his songs with suicidal drunks, teenage runaways, down-at-heel drifters, and threadbare hustlers.


Sometimes sharing locations and characters with the songs, his award-winning novels also tell the stories of those left aside by the American Dream.

In this special evening of lyrical prose and literary song, Vlautin performs material from his former band Richmond Fontaine, his more recent band The Delines, and instrumentals from the soundtrack from his new book Don't Skip Out on Me, accompanied by David Murphy on pedal steel.

In conversation with author and poet Adelle Stripe, Willy will talk about his life and work, including the new movie Lean on Pete, based on his novel of the same name.

Copies of Don't Skip Out on Me (Faber & Faber) will be available on the night, and Willy will be signing after the performance.

The characters become your neighbours and the tunes as familiar as friends, making Post to Wire a fabulous addition to the all-too-slim canon of passionate, literary rock'n'roll

— The Guardian on Post to Wire

Next Performances
Sun 4th Feb

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