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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

Justin Brown, Conductor
Jeni Bern, Soprano

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

Programme 

J. Strauss II The Gypsy Baron: Overture
J. Strauss I Furioso Galopp (Op.114)
J. Strauss II Wiener Blut: Grüß dich Gott  
J. Strauss II Russian Marsch Fantasy (Op.353)
Josef Strauss Sphärenklänge
J. Strauss II Die Fledermaus: Czárdás    
J. Strauss II Éljen a Magyár!   
J. Strauss II Banditen Galopp  
INTERVAL  
J. Strauss II Persian March 
J. Strauss II Emperor March
J. & Josef Strauss New Pizzicato Polka 
J. Strauss II  Ritter Pázmán: Czárdás  
C. Zeller Der Vogelhändler -
Prelude & Entracte
Als geblüht der Kirschenbaum
Interlude
Schnell kommt nur alle 
J. Strauss II The Blue Danube

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Young Voices
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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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 

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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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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 — Leeds
Claire Pascoe — Huddersfield

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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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Festive Box of Delights

9 Dec 2017

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Festive Box of Delights

Synopsis

Presented by Leeds Festival Chorus

Simon Wright, Conductor
Leeds Festival Chorus
Lorna James, Soprano
Victoria Sharp, Soprano
Stuart Laing, Tenor

Leeds Festival Chorus, one of the UK’s finest, and the Orchestra of Opera North join forces to present a joyous evening of popular orchestral and choral music. Expect a seasonal mix of some of the most famous and inspiring pieces ever composed.

Bach Christmas Oratorio:
No. 1 - Jauchzet, frohlocket
No. 10 – Pastorale
No. 9 – Ach mein herzliebes Jesulei
Hely-Hutchinson A Carol Symphony: 3rd mvmnt
Berlioz​ L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherds’ Farewell
Tchaikovsky​ Nutcracker: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Suite No. 1 (ex o/t)
(Trepak, Merlitons, Sugar Plum Fairy, Pas de Deux)
Interval  
Porter Kiss Me, Kate: Another Op'nin', Another Show
Verdi La traviata: Brindisi
Puccini Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus 
Lehár The Merry Widow: Vilja
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin: ​Waltz
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
Easter Hymn
Bernstein Candide: Finale
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Music

National Opera Studio at Opera North

8 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

National Opera Studio at Opera North

Synopsis

The next generation of great British singers perform scenes from across Handel’s intensely dramatic operas; from the catastrophic lust and deceit of Rodelinda, to the trouble of love versus politics in Giulio Cesare.

This is a rare chance to hear snapshots of these thrilling, timeless works in such an intimate setting. The Young Artists of the National Opera Studio are directed by American director Christopher Alden (La vida breve / Gianni Schicchi 2015, Norma 2012) and accompanied by the Orchestra of Opera North, under the baton of renowned British Baroque conductor David Bates.

For nearly 40 years, the National Opera Studio has played an essential role at the heart of British opera. The NOS works in partnership with Arts Council England and the UK’s leading Opera Companies – Opera North, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera – to provide intensive and bespoke professional training of the highest quality for singers and répétiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.

The annual residency at Opera North is one of the highlights of the NOS Training Year. Over the course of a week, the Young Artists work with Opera North’s staff, artists and orchestra on their home stages, culminating in this showcase performance on the stage of the Howard Assembly Room.

This forms a vital part of the professional training and exposure that sets the National Opera Studio’s Young Artist Programme apart from all others in the UK.

Selected scenes from George Frideric Handel’s:

  • Rodelinda
  • Giulio Cesare
  • Ariodante
  • Orlando

The National Opera Studio residency is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.

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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 marks the beginning of Advent with an atmospheric, enchanting concert of traditional song.

Romanian Christmas carols (colinde) and winter songs express wishes of health and prosperity for all, whilst seeking reconciliation with the souls of the departed. Rich in metaphors and religious stories, they evoke the snow-covered Carpathian mountains through dramatic tales of bravery and lives lived in nature, harking back beyond the Nativity to ancient pagan origins.

Steeped in the folk culture of her native country as well as its later traditions of tango and the café songs of Maria Tănase, Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu brings a crystalline magic to these heartfelt Christmas songs. She is joined by Serbian accordionist Dejan Jovanovic and Moldovan cimbalom virtuoso Valeriu Caşcaval for a winter’s journey through the land of her childhood –  a festive concert like no other.

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

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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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