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Jazz

Courtney Pine

4 May 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Courtney Pine

Synopsis

Song (the Ballad Book)

Featuring Zoe Rahman

With his latest project, drawn from his 16th studio album, the great British jazz musician Courtney Pine plays the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career. 

He takes to the stage playing bass clarinet, drawing magic from its ‘low-register purrs and ship’s-timber creakings, lustrous mid-tones and whistling upper range’. (The Guardian).

He is accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman, whose subtle and highly individual collaboration is the perfect pairing for this celebration of timeless ballads.

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. 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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Opera

Pleasure

28 Apr - 14 May 2016

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Pleasure

Synopsis

A world premiere: Rising star composer Mark Simpson makes his operatic debut with this tragedy, set in a gay nightclub.

Please note: all Leeds and London dates are now sold out.

Introduction

Val (Lesley Garrett) works the toilets in “Pleasure”, a hedonistic gay club in the north of England. For years, she’s been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante. She is much-loved but viewed as an enigma. Why is she still there? Why does she never leave? When a young man, both beautiful and unpredictable, arrives from the city and leaves a gift for Val, it marks the beginning of a passionate and violent night…

Background

Born in Liverpool in 1988, composer Mark Simpson won BBC Young Musician of the Year as a clarinettist in 2006 and also, that same year, received the accolade of BBC Young Composer of the year – the only individual to have won both competitions. In 2010 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Award. With a growing catalogue of works to his credit, his orchestral scores A Mirror-Fragment and Threads (both 2008) as well as sparks (2012) have all been well received.

Pleasure sees Simpson turn to opera for the first time, collaborating once again with librettist Melanie Challenger. Highly sought after, and admired by peers, critics and audiences alike, Challenger’s works includes a stunning selection of poetry and prose including the award-winning non-fiction book On Extinction. The duo recently received critical praise for their contribution to the Manchester International Festival, The Immortal, which was performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

Pleasure marks the third collaborative project by Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and Royal Opera House, giving opportunities to emerging opera writers.​

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Opera

The Ring Cycle

23 Apr - 10 Jul 2016

Nationwide

Touring 5 theatres

The Ring Cycle

Synopsis

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Richard Wagner (1876)

Wagner's epic masterpiece: unforgettable music and passion in a dramatic performance for the concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North is placed at the heart of a concert staging that makes Wagner’s narrative enthralling for both experienced Wagnerians and newcomers alike.

The culminative power of The Ring Cycle is all the more palpable when experienced in such a concentrated burst, offering the rare opportunity for total immersion in this unique, all-encompassing music drama.

The Ring Cycle is conducted by Richard Farnes, one of today’s leading interpreters of Wagner. The unrivalled power and vividness of Wagner’s music is translated into evocative and atmospheric lighting and film projections by Peter Mumford, bringing alive the full scale and splendour of Wagner’s magnificent conception.

A company of top British and international singers includes Giselle Allen, Mats Almgren, Susan Bickley, Lee Bisset, Michael Druiett, Robert Hayward, Kelly Cae Hogan, Yvonne Howard, Alwyn Mellor, Béla Perencz,  Mati Turi and Michael Weinius.

Please note that tickets for The Ring Cycle will be sold as full cycles per venue in the first instance. Single tickets may become available at a later date.

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Classical

LoveDeath: Music and Words

9 Apr 2016

Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

LoveDeath: Music and Words

Synopsis

Musicians and singers from Opera North perform music and words from Bill Viola and Richard Wagner in the beautiful, intimate surroundings of the Chapel.

Curated and directed by Matthew Sharp, and produced by Opera North, the evening takes inspiration from Wagner's operas Tristan and Isolde and the Ring, and celebrates the current exhibition at YSP by Bill Viola and Opera North's Ring cycle, which begins in Leeds in April 2016.

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Opera

The Ring Cycle: Open Rehearsal

8 - 9 Apr 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Ring Cycle: Open Rehearsal

Synopsis

Get an inside look as Opera North gears up for its full Ring cycle by Richard Wagner. A rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the rehearsal process for Das Rheingold ​with ace conductor and Opera North’s Music Director, Richard Farnes. This is a chance to experience the power of a magnificent 109-piece orchestra up close and in all its Romantic glory and see our stellar cast perform ahead of opening night.

With an introduction by Richard Farnes and Orchestra Director Phil Boughton.

Extra date added due to popular demand: Friday 8 April (limited availability).
Saturday 9 April is sold out.
 

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Classical

The Necks and James McVinnie: The Secret Life of Organs

6 Apr 2016

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

The Necks and James McVinnie: The Secret Life of Organs

Synopsis

Music by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), Philip Glass and The Necks performed on Leeds Town Hall’s organ.

Exceptional performers The Necks and James McVinnie explore the secret sounds of Leeds Town Hall’s magnificent organ.

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Each of the trio’s improvised sets is "a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown” (The Guardian), making every performance a unique and spellbinding experience. Part of their 30th anniversary season, this concert brings pianist Chris Abrahams out from behind the piano as the trio explore the powerful, intricate and varied sonorities of Leeds’ colossal organ.

Previously Assistant Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, James McVinnie is fast becoming the country’s leading performer of new organ music.

As a member of the Bedroom Community label collective, his boundless approach has led him to collaborate with some of the world’s leading artists including Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Bryce Dessner (The National).

James will play a specially commissioned score by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher/Warp Records) which echoes the fast, cut-up beats and synth lines for which he is so well known, interlaced with expansive classical influences. The programme will also include two of Philip Glass’s most emblematic organ pieces which are rarely heard live on instruments of this scale.

Produced by No-Nation. Promoted in association with the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Room 237 and Recon.

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Jazz and Film

Moishe’s Bagel

17 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Moishe’s Bagel

Synopsis

Dir. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930, Soviet Union, 54 min, Cert PG

Moishe’s Bagel’s adrenaline-charged blend of Eastern European and jazz inflected klezmer music makes a fantastic live score for Mikhail Kalatozov’s remarkable 1930 Soviet propaganda silent film Salt for Svanetia.

Kalatozov’s visually striking and, at times, disturbing film originally promoted Soviet measures to modernise the isolated Svan people of the Caucasus Mountains in north-west Georgia and is a dramatic combination of history and socialist realism.

The evening will feature a full set from the band followed by the film and score after the interval. Moishe’s Bagel is Phil Alexander (keyboards), Greg Lawson (violin), Mario Caribe (bass) Pete Garnett (accordion), and Guy Nicolson (percussion).

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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Folk

Sam Lee

12 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sam Lee

Synopsis

With support from The Brothers Gillespie

The Fade in Time

The Fade in Time is the stunning second album from singer and intrepid traditional song-collector Sam Lee. Drawn from his travels around the UK to seek out ancient songs, his though is very much 21st century music. His distinctive croon, that drops words gently into the air, reaches out to original arrangements and eclectic influences including Japanese court music and Tajikistani wedding marches.

The Daily Mirror described the album as ‘stunning rearrangements of traditional songs feature ravishing instrumentation, archive samples and incisive, spirit-awakening vocal performances from Lee himself.’

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows 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. 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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Family

African Drumming Workshop

12 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

African Drumming Workshop

Synopsis

Catch a rhythm and learn the basics to African drumming. Join us for an energetic and upbeat workshop making music and creating rhythms.

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Jazz

Colin Stetson

11 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Colin Stetson

Synopsis

With support from Juffage

Colin Stetson spent a decade in San Francisco and Brooklyn honing his formidable talents as a horn player, working with Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, David Byrne and Bon Iver. He also made his name in the film world composing for Rust and Bone and 12 Years A Slave

His utterly unique voice as a solo performer, principally on saxophones and clarinets, produces a rich cinematic soundscape that moves in the experimental border areas of rock, jazz and music for film. His intense technical prowess matched by his exhilarating and emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter.

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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Classical

John Lill

10 Mar 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Lill

Synopsis

The great British pianist makes a welcome return visit to the Howard Assembly Room with a programme dominated by a composer with whose music he has a deep and lasting affinity: Ludwig van Beethoven. Here he plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 Moonlight and Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor Op. 111, together with pieces by Chopin and Schumann.

John Lill is arguably Britain's most well known pianist, having first come to international attention when he won the coveted Tchaikovsky Award in Moscow in 1970. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday with a highly acclaimed complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle at London's Cadogan Hall and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Beethoven Sonata in C# minor, Op. 27 No.2 'Moonlight'
Schumann Fantasy in C, Op. 17
Interval
Chopin Nocturne, Op. 48 No.1
  Polonaise in F# minor, Op. 44 
Beethoven Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

Simply buy an equivalent number of tickets for two or more shows 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. 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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Orchestral

BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss, Brahms

4 Mar 2016

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town Hall

BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss, Brahms

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2015-16

Juanjo Mena, Conductor
Alberto Menéndez Escribano, Horn

We are delighted to welcome the BBC Philharmonic to the Kirklees Season under its Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in a programme of works by three generations of Austro-German masters. 

Franz Strauss was renowned as a virtuoso horn player, and his son Richard composed his First Horn Concerto with the hope that his father would give the premiere. In the event, the technical demands of this wonderfully fresh work, rich in melody, were deemed too risky by Strauss senior, who was by then in his sixties.

Schubert’s genial Sixth Symphony owes much to the example of Haydn, while BrahmsThird Symphony is a work of striking contrasts. The allegretto third movement, laced with melancholy, is a favourite for many, and it is followed by a tautly dramatic finale which eventually relaxes into a quiet ending that glows like sunshine through Autumn haze.

Schubert Symphony No.6
Strauss Horn Concerto No.1
Brahms Symphony No.3 
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