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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

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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band

Synopsis

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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A Hawk and A Hacksaw

Folk

29 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

A Hawk and A Hacksaw

Synopsis

With support from Boss Caine

Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

For the last 15 years A Hawk and A Hacksaw, a band from New Mexico, have immersed themselves deeply in the musical traditions of Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey, resulting in a sound full of colour, grandeur and gut-wrenching romance. The richness of dance numbers featuring accordion and violin contrasts with eerie and finely balanced ballads and dulcimer-laden instrumentals.

Accordionist and drummer Jeremy Barnes, who has spent the last two years touring with indie rock legends Neutral Milk Hotel, and violinist Heather Trost, come together in 2016 with new material and tracks from their back-catalogue, ahead of a new album.

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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Opera North Big Sing

Family

28 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Opera North Big Sing

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The Chorus of Opera North performs alongside 120 local school children from Leeds and Bradford in Myths & Legends.

Telling the story of the creation of the world according to the Icelandic Eddas, this brilliant cycle of songs uses Scandinavian folk music specially arranged for professional chorus, school choirs and piano by Justin Doyle. 

Myths & Legends tells us the story of ‘How it might have been without a big bang …’, as it journeys through the epic stories that inspired Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.  

We travel through hot and cold worlds, witness fights between giants and Nordic gods, stand in the giant golden halls of Asgard and see horse-drawn chariots pull the moon and sun into their places in the sky.

Conducted by Matt Beckingham, the performance includes children from Windmill and Low Road Primary schools in Leeds and Barkerend Primary School in Bradford.

Opera North’s Big Sing is supported by The Winship Foundation and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. Opera North Education is supported by the Whitaker Charitable Trust and the Opera North Future Fund.

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Myths and Legends

Family

26 Jun - 9 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 3 theatres

Myths and Legends

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Justin Doyle, Conductor
Jenny Martins, Piano

Opera North Children’s Chorus 

The acclaimed Opera North Children’s Chorus performs a short work based on the same myths and legends as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Wagner’s Ring cycle.

Come and hear about gods, giants, dwarves and strange creatures… Singing a sequence of folk songs from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia, the Chorus presents the story of the creation of the world as described in Icelandic traditional tales. This is magical, captivating music that will appeal to adults and children alike.

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Hauschka & Special Guests

Electronic

24 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Hauschka & Special Guests

Synopsis

With special guests Matthew Bourne and Tom Adams.

Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

Known for his compelling live performances, Hauschka channels the spirit of John Cage’s prepared piano. Opening up his instrument, he playfully performs public operations on its innards using ping pong balls and gaffer tape in search of new colours and textures. Lately he has taken inspiration from house and techno and employed electronic processing to take these sounds even further from their acoustic origins.

For his return to the Howard Assembly Room, the entrancing German experimental pianist brings together artists who are opening up different pathways through a new musical zone where electronica, ambient, post-classical and song meet.

Genre defying pianist and composer Matthew Bourne brings his new project Moogmemory to his home town for the first time. Exploring and moulding the vast sonic possibilities of voltage-controlled oscillators, the result is "a seductive display of... polyphonic subtleties, which Bourne bends into mood-shifting soundscapes."

Fresh from a stint playing with the mighty Winged Victory for the Sullen, Tom Adams combines enveloping minimalism with a spellbinding falsetto, managing to convey immense emotion utilizing just a few elements. Masterfully balancing tactile acoustic and electronic instruments, Adams’ music is as expansive as it is elegantly peculiar.

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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Rokia Traoré

World Music

23 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Rokia Traoré

Synopsis

Yorkshire Festival Presents the Songlines Series

Rokia Traoré’s first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room in 2013 was one of the most electrifying performances ever seen in the venue. Her highly anticipated return follows the release of her new album Né So, a follow up to 2013’s ecstatically received Beautiful Africa.

Her music draws widely from West African music, rock and pop. Powerful riffs and unrelenting refrains mix with soulful ballads, a glorious voice and exhilarating stage presence. Currently living between Bamako, Brussels and Paris, Traoré’s artistic collaborators have included Kronos Quartet, Damon Albarn, Devendra Banhart, and John Paul Jones.

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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Mbongwana Star

World Music

22 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mbongwana Star

Synopsis

Yorkshire Festival presents the Songlines Series

Rising from the ashes of the Congolese Band Staff Benda Bilili, Mbongwana Star formed in 2015 with a sound, and an album From Kinshasa, unlike anything that went before in the fertile Congolese music scene. Echoing rhythm patterns, heavily distorted vocals and feedback mix with gorgeous vocal melodies and distinctive Congolese lilt.

Parisian producer Liam Farrell, Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza have produced an album that pulls together traditional Congolese rhythms with a big fistful of European post-punk bass and electronics to glorious, unpredictable and uncategorisable effect.

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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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Spoken Word/Talks

10 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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Exotic England

England is a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world, enticed by other civilizations. While this appetite for adventure has often been tainted by aggression and exploitation, the English have also had a capacity to soak up ideas and weave them into life back home.

Today, when England is not synonymous with Britain, and the question of how England relates to Europe and the world is ever prominent, journalist for the Sunday Times and Radio 4 commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown offers an invigorating perspective on what ‘Englishness’ really means.

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

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Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Frank Fairfield and Alasdair Roberts

Synopsis

Frank Fairfield is a sensation: a banjo picker, guitarist and fiddler like no other. His soaring ballads, ranging from arcane, rambling hillbilly melodies to dark, murderous folklore, are delivered in his distinctive reedy tenor with an utterly irresistible American Primitive quality. Having taken a break from the international touring scene, we are honoured to see Frank return to Leeds with a unique show.

Paired with Frank, the inimitable Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts brings his very different take on the epic and mythic in traditional song from Scotland and its isles.

This unique and specially curated show of epic story ballads is not to be missed.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects

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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The Nash Ensemble

Classical

8 Jun 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Nash Ensemble

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Music in the Terezín Ghetto

Described as perhaps the most ‘polished, stylish, characterful chamber group on the planet’ (Herald Scotland), The Nash Ensemble present music from the Terezín ghetto by Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullman, and Hans Krása, alongside Smetana’s Bartered Bride overture, frequently performed in Terezín.

The Czech town of Terezín (Theresienstadt), gained notoriety as a World War II Nazi holding camp for Jewish prisoners, mostly destined for the death camps. Despite horrific conditions, the large number of musicians, actors and artists imprisoned there gave rise to an extraordinary cultural life for a few short years, marked in this programme for piano, flute, clarinet and string quartet.

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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Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Mahler Symphony no.8

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Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

David Hill, Conductor 

Lee Bisset, Soprano
Katherine Broderick, Soprano
Kate Valentine, Soprano
Sarah Castle, Mezzo-soprano
Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-soprano
Peter Wedd, Tenor
Michael Druiett, Bass
Andrew Foster Williams, Baritone

Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Bradford Catholic Youth Choir

For the final concert of Leeds International Orchestral Season 2015/16, the Orchestra of Opera North embark on one of the largest classical choral works ever written, Mahler’s Symphony No 8, performed for the first time on the Leeds Town Hall stage in over 20 years.

Subtitled Symphony of a Thousand due to the vast numbers of performers required, the evening’s performance will feature the joint forces of three different choirs along with the Orchestra of Opera North and eight soloists.

The work is in two parts, with the first section based on Latin text from the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus. This hymn greatly inspired Mahler, who said “I saw the whole piece immediately before my eyes, and only needed to write it down as though it were being dictated to me.” The second part of the work uses words from the final part of Goethe’s Faust, and continues with the theme of love conquering all.

Having written the largest choral symphony, Mahler was undeniably proud of his work, describing it as his ‘gift to the nation…a great joy-bringer’.

Running time: Approx 1 hour 30 mins 

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