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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Dreams and Visions

21 Jul 2017

Scarborough

Scarbrough Spa

Orchestra of Opera North: Dreams and Visions

Synopsis

Part of Ryedale Festival 2017

Jamie Phillips (conductor)
Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Yorkshire’s very own symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, prepare to delight with spellbinding music by Engelbert Humperdinck, Rachmaninov and conclude with what is arguably Berlioz’s most famous composition, his Symphonie Fantastique.

The concert begins with Engelbert Humperdinck’s most loved fairy tale creation: Hansel and Gretel. This playful overture will capture the hearts and imaginations of young and old alike and weaves the beautiful melodies prevalent throughout this enchanting opera.

The quick-fingered skills of award-winning pianist Pavel Kolesnikov will be put to good use as the Orchestra perform Rachmaninov’s iconic Variations on a theme of Paganini. Instantly recognisable from the very first note, to its sumptuous Rhapsody, revel in the beautiful twists, turns and clever decorations of the phrasing. One minute this piece sends shivers down your spine and then explodes into heart-bursting, full-bodied ecstasy – it’s what the hairs on the back of your neck were made for.

We conclude the evening with Berlioz’s ‘revolutionary masterpiece’: Symphonie Fantastique. Depicting the story of a gifted artist plunged into the depths of despair by the perils of unrequited love, the music’s scene-painting ability is stunning. Flowing between racing melodies, melancholic moments and hurtling towards a dramatic finish fit to raise the dead - it proves the course of true love never did run smooth.

Programme

Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel overture
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
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Family

Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow

16 - 25 Jul 2017

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow

Synopsis

Produced by Opera North Youth Company

Beware Dr Ferret and his gang! The doctor and his Sweetheart Singers are out to find out just how mischievous today’s children really are. 

Inspired by Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary tales, Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow tells the curious stories of Matilda, whose lies ignited a terrible fire, Henry King who ate too much string, and George, a little boy who causes lot of trouble…

Music | Stephen Deazley
Words | Martin Riley
Director | Matthew Eberhardt
Conductor | Timothy Burke
Featuring the 
Opera North Youth Chorus & Orchestra
 

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Family

Little Big Sing

6 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Big Sing

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-5s

A multi-sensory journey around the world, singing and dancing to music from different countries, alongside some of our favourite Little Singers songs.

With live instrumental music, lights and projections and a whole heap of fun included!

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Music

ONCC: Sea Shanties

25 Jun 2017

Aldburgh

Bandstand on the Beach

ONCC: Sea Shanties

Synopsis

Opera North Children’s Chorus perform as part of Aldeburgh's Bandstand on the Beach season

They will be singing songs on the theme of Sea Shanties, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. This project is in collaboration with Snape Maltings.

The performance is free and open to all. 

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World Music

Solstice

21 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Solstice

Synopsis

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Indian classical music

As the sun sinks lower in the sky on the longest day of the year, giving way to a warm velvety night, join us for South Asian Arts UK annual Summer Solstice in a transformed Howard Assembly Room.

The first slice of the evening is an interactive conversation with leading experts Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE and Professor Martin Clayton. Learn more about the music with this exploration of the intricacies of Indian classical music through the ‘Art of Listening’.

Next, sit back and savour the trancelike melodies of the vichitra veena’s plucked strings. The vichitra, meaning unusual or peculiar, opens the music of the evening with its unique majestic tones, textures and timbre. Rarely heard in Yorkshire, it is one of the most beautiful musical instruments: here, played by Vijay Venkat, accompanied by Pirashanna Thevarajah on mridangam.

Finally, soak up soulful summer evening ragas and bask in the peaceful aura of heart stringing sitar. Immerse yourself completely in the thoroughly soothing melodies of virtuosos Roopa Panesar and Shahbaz Hussain on tabla.

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Music

ONCC: Summer Concert

18 Jun 2017

Leeds

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

ONCC: Summer Concert

Synopsis

The acclaimed Opera North Children’s Chorus returns to Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

Come and hear about ladybirds, snails, spiders and other living creatures in a performance featuring Peter Maxwell Davies’s short music-theatre work The Spiders’ Revenge.  

The concert will also feature music from Sea Shanties, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd.

A programme of great music which will appeal to adults and children alike.

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Music

ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

17 Jun 2017

Newcastle

Discovery Museum

ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

Synopsis

ONCC Leeds and ONCC Newcastle join forces to perform Peter Maxwell Davies’s short music-theatre work The Spiders’ Revenge.

Come and hear about ladybirds, snails, spiders and other living creatures…

This event is free and open to all. This will be part of a day of activity organised by the Discovery Museum as part of The Great Get Together.  

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World Music

Vieux Farka Touré

15 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vieux Farka Touré

Synopsis

Vieux Farka Touré’s brand new album Samba is the culmination of a decade-long exploration of different sounds, cementing his identity as one of Africa’s most masterful modern artists. 

Full of surprises and distinctively his, Samba is the distillation of free-spirited energy, moving easily between desert rock and blues, reggae and electric funk.

Gently twisting melodic lines become intensely felt powerhouses, while others have the punch of dance music from the first note. He performs in a quartet of vocals, guitar, n’goni, bass and drums.

Set to be Africa’s next guitar hero.

The Guardian

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Family

Little Singers: Tinies Special

12 Jun - 3 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Singers: Tinies Special

Synopsis

Please note: We are sorry that we have had to cancel the last session of Little Singers: Tinies Special due to illness and for the disappointment this may cause.

There are still places for the Little Singers workshop at 10.15am on 10 July as an alternative and we hope we can welcome you there

Suitable for 0-1s. Based on Little Singers, these sessions are specially designed for parents and carers with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).

In them, you’ll sing lots of songs and play musical games with the babies, but the atmosphere will be calm and focussed on the sensory experience.


Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any  Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from June 12 – July 17. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office.

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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

12 Jun - 10 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).  

This is a brand new opportunity for parents and babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group. No singing experience is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. Come along and try it on Monday 12 June before signing up for the first block of four sessions.


Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from 12 June – 17 July. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office.

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Music

Richard Dawson

9 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Dawson

Synopsis

With Support: Afework Nigussie

Newcastle’s visionary avant-troubadour, raconteur and ‘preternaturally impressive talent’ (The Quietus) brings his singular blend of apocalyptic folk storytelling and open-tuned guitar pyrotechnics to Leeds with a full band.

Like a latter-day Canterbury Tales, his new album Peasant brings to life a motley crew of eleven characters, from scientist to beggar, in a broadside against a ‘country of demons made flesh’.

At times recalling folk outliers Comus and Robert Wyatt, it features a sonic palette far expanded from Dawson’s last record, the hugely acclaimed Nothing Important. He’ll be joined by musicians featured on the recording.

In Association with Superfriendz

One of the most unique singer-songwriter records in recent memory

Rolling Stone on Nothing Important

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This Is Not This Heat

27 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

This Is Not This Heat

Synopsis

On 13 February 1976, experimental rock band This Heat played its first show. Now, 40 years later, founding members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward reunite to perform new interpretations of their music. 

Arguably the most inventive band to emerge from the UK’s fruitful DIY scene in the 70s, This Heat’s career may have been short-lived, but its legacy continues to grow in stature and relevance. Still sounding as wild and original as when it was written, their music has as much in common with modern composers like John Cage as their art-rock contemporaries Gang of Four and The Pop Group

Matching jagged post-punk guitar sounds with hard rhythms, dub production techniques and tape loops, here the band’s twisting, freeform songs are fully realised live.

...this doesn’t feel like nostalgia, but a new beginning.

— The Guardian

This is not This Heat at Cafe OTO from Dawid Laskowski on Vimeo.

In assocation with I-D.A Projects and Room 237

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