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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
In assocation with I-D.A Projects and Room 237
The seventh solo record from Mercury-nominated singer Carleen Anderson is her ‘best and bravest yet, a deeply poetic take on belonging and exile that pulses with ideas and life’ (The Evening Standard).
Cage Street Memorial chronicles a century of family heritage, performed live by Anderson with Orphy Robinson on vibraphone, percussion from Crispin Robinson, Samy Bishai on violin and Renell Shaw on bass.
Acknowledged by BBC 6Music's Gilles Peterson as one of the most powerful singer/songwriters of her generation, Carleen Anderson has collaborated with musicians including Paul Weller and Ramsey Lewis and was vocalist and composer for the Young Disciples whose album Road to Freedom brought the group international recognition.
For live performances you have to see Carleen Anderson at least three times in your life. She’s someone I’d hang around all day just to hear her sound check.
Following his sold-out show at the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival with Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau returns to the up close and personal surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room.
Over the last two decades, this American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger has transformed the paradigm of jazz and classical performance.
Mehldau’s intellect feeds an inspired range of expression and intensity, showing his genius for taking predictable materials to unpredictable destinations.
The Trio will be playing music from their latest album Blues and Ballads, released on Nonesuch Records.
Hailing from Northern Estonia, fiddler/singer Maarja Nuut combines traditional dance tunes and songs with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape - a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.
Released in Spring 2016, her second album Une Meeles explores the boundary between reality and dreams.
Named as one of the top 10 albums of 2016 by fRoots, the album was also picked by Songlines for their ‘Top of the World’ accolade: ‘One of the best releases of 2016…an exceptional listen that draws influences from her Estonian roots and displays her promising talent’.
That’s what it sounds like when the snow sings
Simon Le Bon
10 May 2017
Howard Assembly Room
The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Miéville talks about the Russian revolution, both as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence and as a breathtaking story.
It is the story of the extraordinary months between February and October 1917, of the forces and individuals who helped define it, of their intrigues, and catastrophes.
Miéville ranges from familiar names like Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire.
China Miéville is the multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction. His fiction includes The City & the City, Embassytown and This Census-Taker, and has won the Hugo, World Fantasy and Arthur C. Clarke awards; his non-fiction includes the photo-illustrated essay London’s Overthrow.
In partnership with Verso
Liberty Lecture, in association with the University of Leeds
Classic film with original score played live by the Orchestra of Opera North.
Cult 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis is a triumph of German Expressionism and remains one of the most influential films ever made. With its depiction of a futuristic cityscape and an alluring female robot, Metropolis is the mother of sci-fi cinema, influencing Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless others.
Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang, its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery and modernist grandeur remain as powerful as ever.
The original chamber orchestra version of its powerful score by German composer Gottfried Huppertz is performed by the Orchestra of Opera North, conducted by Hugh Brunt.
It should be in everyone’s film library
Dir. Fritz Lang (1927); Cert PG (contains mild violence and nudity); 153 mins
Film by courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Institute Music by courtesy of Ries & Erler
Puccini's thrilling final opera performed as the latest of our acclaimed concert stagings.
In ancient Beijing, Princess Turandot decrees that she will marry the prince who can solve three riddles. Those who fail are put to death. Prince Calaf, dazzled by her beauty, determines to win her despite the pleas of the servant girl Liu who is secretly in love with him.
Puccini’s last opera includes music of exotic colour and overwhelming power, including the famous and instantly recognisable ‘Nessun Dorma’.
Following in the wake of its world-beating Ring cycle, Turandot is the latest in Opera North’s celebrated series of concert stagings of epic operas.
Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes
Sung in Italian with English titles
Leeds International Festival, Futuresound and the Howard Assembly Room present Jazz Jamaica.The mighty Jazz Jamaica have earned their reputation as ‘one of the UK’s leading good-time bands’ (The Independent) for their exuberant live performances and critically-acclaimed recordings over the past two decades.
In 1991, inspired by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music and the largely improvisational nature of jazz, leading double bassist Gary Crosby turned a musical concept into a joyful reality. His vision - a fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz, classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folk songs - resulted in Jazz Jamaica.
Since then, a stream of talented young jazz musicians have joined the Jazz Jamaica project.
For Leeds International Festival, the 10-piece version of the band brings their exhilarating, spontaneous sound to the Howard Assembly Room.