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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Synopsis

Founder of Irish super-group The Gloaming, Martin Hayes’ nuanced and profound approach to the Irish fiddle draws inspiration from many genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare.

He plays with long term collaborator and fellow member of The Gloaming, virtuoso guitarist Dennis Cahill. 

Together, their music represents the vitally beautiful traditional element of The Gloaming’s sound, found in haunting melodies and rousing medleys, whilst creating an alchemy all of their own.

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Master Musicians of Jajouka Led by Bachir Attar

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Originating from a village in northern Morocco, the music of Jajouka has been described by William S. Burroughs as “the 4,000-year-old rock ‘n’ roll band”.

Championed by artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones and Ornette Coleman, the propulsive grooves and trance-like melodies of the Attar family preserves one of the oldest known musical traditions on the planet.

"This is a living music," says film director Jarmusch, "and whenever I listen to its hallucinogenic properties, (I believe) that if The Master Musicians of Jajouka were to ever stop the flow of their magic, the earth might well stop rotating on its axis".

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Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Opera North Piano Trio

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Part of Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2016-17

David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Anthony Kraus, Piano

Featuring the Opera North Piano Trio - David Greed, very familiar to Dewsbury audiences and a stalwart of the Dewsbury Chamber Concert Series since the early 1980s, is joined by Jessica Burroughs, Principal Cellist of Opera North and Anthony Kraus, Assistant Head of Music, to perform works by Beethoven and Dvořák.

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tubular Brass Plays Tubular Bells

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One of the most iconic albums of all time, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is performed live by Tubular Brass, a specially formed 28-piece brass band made up of some of the UK’s leading players.

Released in 1973, Tubular Bells famously stayed in the UK charts for 273 weeks, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. This re-imagining of the pioneering sonic masterpiece for brass band is an experience not to be missed. 

In the first half of the concert the ensemble presents Mary Casio, a new commission for brass band and analogue synthesisers by Hannah Peel, electronic composer, John Foxx collaborator and member of The Magnetic North, who grewup playing in colliery brass bands.

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Nicholas Wolpe

Spoken Word/Talks

23 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nicholas Wolpe

Synopsis

​A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa. 

On 11 July 1963, police raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, South Africa and arrested the high command of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

At the resulting Rivonia Trial, eight men, including Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison.  

Nicholas Wolpe is the founder of the Liliesleaf Trust and son of prominent anti-apartheid activist Harold Wolpe, who was arrested at Liliesleaf. This autumn, he offers his powerful insight on both this decisive era for South Africa and the political crisis the country finds itself in today, more than 20 years after the first free elections.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2016, in association with the University of Leeds.

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Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Fantastic Dreams and Visions

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Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov, Piano

Opera North’s new Music Director Aleksandar Markovic is an ardent fan of Scriabin’s music. The colourful, eerie and almost ethereal soundscapes evident throughout Nuances fit perfectly with the dream-world created by Berlioz in his ‘Symphonie Fantastique: An episode in the Life of an Artist.’ From pastures to lavish ballroom and from the guillotine to the intoning bells heralding the Day of Judgement, there is no work like this iconic symphony. 

Also based on the Dies Irae, Rachmaninov’s iconic Variations feature one of the most enduring pieces of classical music. They are performed here by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov.

Scriabin (orch Nemtin)

Nuances

N°1 Poème languide - Pas vite 
N°2 Poème - Allegretto 
N°3 Con delicatezza 
N°4 Poème ailé - Vivo 
N°5 Con delicatezza cristalina 
N°7 Allegro fantastico 
N°9 Fier, belliqueux 
N°10 Fantastique
N°11 Prélude – Sauvage, belliqueux 
N°12 Masque – Allegretto
N°13 Etrangeté – Gracieux délicat 
N°14 Molto vivace 

Rachmaninov Variations on a theme of Paganini
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Talking Music starts at 6.40pm

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Tragedy

Film installation

15 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tragedy

Synopsis

Free, but please book tickets in advance
Duration: 140 mins

Filmed during live performances of Opera North’s recent production of Verdi’s La traviata, Lynne Marsh’s film installation turns the camera’s gaze onto the theatre that exists around the stage itself.

Guided by the music, the film keeps true to the ‘real-time’ of the opera, producing a new narrative composed of its backstage routines.

Tragedy observes stage managers, technicians, costume dressers, props personnel and performers; revealing the choreography of behind-the-scenes workings, the cultures of the workplace and the ‘grand narratives’ of the opera.

Lynne Marsh

Lynne Marsh’s practice is situated on the threshold between documentary and staged events, and recently concentrates on the interrogations around sites of cultural spectacle such as the studio and the concert hall.

Marsh’s videos and installations have been exhibited and screened extensively including: The Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Toronto International Film Festival; Kunsthalle Memmingen, Germany; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; 10th Istanbul Biennial and Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels.

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Souad Massi

World Music

11 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Souad Massi

Synopsis

Raised in pre-civil war Algeria, playing guitar in jeans and trainers, Souad Massi was going to get noticed: firstly for fronting a political rock band, then performing solo in Paris after fleeing death threats. 

Following a sold-out concert at the Barbican in 2015, she comes north for a long-awaited duo show, exposing the lyricism and warmth of her extraordinary voice at close quarters.

This performance interprets the music of her album El-Mutakallimûn (Masters of the Word), based on a millennium of Arabic poetry mixed with musical influences that include fado and African soul. 

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Little Listeners

Family

5 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

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Players from Opera North’s renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.

Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs. 

Suitable for 0-5 years

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East Yorkshire

Burton Constable Hall

Opera North at Burton Constable Hall: A Family Day of Music

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Join us for a day of family fun and music in this very special setting.

Opera North’s renowned singers and musicians will surprise and delight visitors with ‘pop up’ short music pieces in and around Burton Constable’s splendid rooms and Capability Brown landscaped grounds throughout the day.

Activities for children and families in the Stable Block offer the chance to join in singing or storytelling; experiment with percussion instruments or build props.

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London

Soho Theatre

The Tiger Lillies: Love For Sale

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The Songs of Cole Porter including 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy', 'Love For Sale' and 'Miss Otis Regrets'.

Following the huge success of Lulu: A Murder Ballad, Opera North and The Tiger Lillies embark on a new adventure into the words and music of Cole Porter, one of America’s all-time great songwriters. From High Society to Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s musicals are always emotional roller-coasters, but under their surfaces lie beautiful, tender and often mysterious romantic trysts. In the hands of The Tiger Lillies the darkness and wonder of these songs comes to the surface, for an evening of delight, despair and delirium.

Commissioned and produced by Opera North Projects.

'The Tiger Lillies create the most haunting and hypnotic of soundtracks with the sparsest resources'
- The Independent on Lulu: A Murder Ballad, 5 stars

'They are completely peerless' - Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Doors open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band

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Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

Her fiddle-playing soaring with visceral, intricate melody; her voice charged with deep soul and emotion; an eleven-piece band of living legends by her side: Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Tour has been a call-to-arms. She’s back, delivering a set of traditional material drawn from her stunning career and chart topping ‘Best Of’ double album, Wayward Daughter.

Bursting with some of the finest players in recent times, The Wayward Band brings musicians together from Bellowhead, Mawkin, Blowzabella, Edward II, Emily Portman Trio, Peatbog Faeries, Dreams of Tall Buildings and Tyde.

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows (May — July) displaying the Save symbol and you will receive 20% off your tickets. Currently not available online. To book please call 0844 848 2727, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

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