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Film and Music

The Great Beauty: Concert

13 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Great Beauty: Concert

Synopsis

Music by Arvo Pärt, John Tavener and Henryk Górecki 

For Eastertime this year, the string section and soloists of the Orchestra of Opera North perform a concert of music inspired by the composers that feature on the soundtrack to Paolo Sorrentino’s love letter to the Eternal City, Rome.  

The Great Beauty soundtrack includes pieces by Arvo Pärt, William Byrd and Henryk Górecki, and for this concert a hand-picked programme of pieces by these composers will fill the Howard Assembly Room.

The programme includes Festina Lente by Arvo Pärt, William Byrd’s Fantasia a 6 and Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (one of the highest selling classical recordings of all time on CD).

Pachelbel Canon
Arvo Pärt Festina Lente 
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis 
Byrd Fantasia in G
Vladymir Martynov The Beatitudes
Tavener The Lamb 
Gorecki Symphony no.3 III Lento — Cantabile-semplice
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Film

The Great Beauty: Film

8 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Great Beauty: Film

Synopsis

Dir Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France 2013, 142 mins. Cert 15. In Italian with English subtitles. 

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. 

A swooning love letter to the decadence of Rome, Sorrentino’s film overflows with operatic opulence, satire and an exquisite melancholy, all set to an unforgettable soundtrack of Arvo Pärt, Górecki and Italian electro-pop.

a shimmering coup de cinema to make your heart burst

— The Telegraph 

Celebrating 10 years of DARE

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World Music

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

7 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Synopsis

Formed in refugee camps, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have risen from the ashes of civil war and destruction to create their glowing brand of Afro-pop inflected with baskeda (Sierra Leonian reggae) and defined by a jubilant spirit of resistance.

After a decade-long adventure that has taken them from the squalor of the camps to the world’s biggest stages, this most inspirational band has evolved to become one of Africa’s most recognised.

Their live shows radiate the joy, passion for music and love for their fellow man that have made Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

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Installation

The Height of the Reeds: A Sound Journey for the Humber Bridge

1 - 30 Apr 2017

Hessle

Humber Bridge

The Height of the Reeds: A Sound Journey for the Humber Bridge

Synopsis

Head on over to the Humber Bridge, put on a set of our headphones and disappear into a sound adventure, walking the epic span of the Bridge with a world of sound in your ears. 

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Opera North
The Height of the Reeds
​By Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset

Music by Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, guitarist Eivind Aarset and electronic wizard Jan Bang gives way to the vast sound of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North; threaded through with the deep music of the Bridge itself, captured by Hull based sound artist Jez riley French. Spoken voices: Maureen Lipman, Barrie Rutter, Katie Smith.

Evoking both the long history of sea travel from Hull, and the Bridge as a powerful symbol of home, The Height of the Reeds is an unforgettable experience in sound.

Celebrate the opening weekend (1 & 2 Apr) with us, with unexpected surprises and extra treats along the way.

1 – 2 Apr 2017
Tickets: £7.50

3 – 31 Apr 2017
Tickets: Free, but should be booked in advance

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May
Tickets: £2.50 – £4

The walk is a minimum of 3 miles, as the Humber Bridge is the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that it is possible to cross by foot. Please do make sure you dress for rain, wind and shine as the weather can change at a moment's notice.

Teaser trailer

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Folk

John Smith

31 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Smith

Synopsis

Ben Howard calls singer, songwriter and guitarist John Smith ‘a magician’.

His guitar work, honey-on-gravel vocals and uniquely intimate approach to song-writing and live performance have brought crowds everywhere to pin-drop silence and a rapturous response. 

John has played to audiences all over the world, in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls.

He performs songs from his eagerly awaited new album, due for release in Spring 2017. 

Spellbinding

— Time Out
 

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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Nature and Spirit

30 Mar - 1 Apr 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Nature and Spirit

Synopsis

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2016-17
(Huddersfield Town Hall only)

Please note that this event will now be conducted by Adrian Leaper as Aleksandar Markovic is indisposed. 

Aleksandar Markovic, Conductor
Jack Liebeck, Violin

Aleksandar Markovic returns to close the Kirklees Concert Season with an epic concert showcasing music at its most descriptive to paint landscapes of three different countries.

From the woodlands of Finland and the realm of Tapiola, we travel across the water for Bruch’s evocative Scottish Fantasy. With its roots firmly embedded in folk music the heritage of the work is clear and Jack Liebeck, who recently recorded all Bruch’s violin works for Hyperion, is the perfect person to return to Huddersfield to bring the music to life.

Strauss’ tone poem Eine Alpensinfonie begins at daybreak in the mountains and we can vividly imagine the crevasses and rock formations as we trek ever upwards towards the summit. The contrast between the outward vistas and the inner reflection of the climber is poignantly juggled throughout this monumental work.

Sibelius Tapiola Op. 112
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
Strauss Alpine Symphony

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

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Classical

Spring: A Twilight Concert

30 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Spring: A Twilight Concert

Synopsis

An early evening concert of songs dedicated to the joys of Spring.

This 50 minute concert is the perfect introduction to classical song. Inspired by the love and awakening Springtime traditionally inspires, it includes songs and duets by Mozart, Schubert (including the famous 'Shepherd on the Rock'), Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Faure, Rachmaninov and Wolf.

Current Associate Artists at Opera North, soprano Ellie Laugharne (Despina, Cosi Fan Tutte), and mezzo-soprano Heather Lowe (Lel, The Snow Maiden), perform in this opportunity to hear two exciting young singers up close, talking about the music they love. 

With Opera North Head of Music David Cowan on piano. 

Mozart Komm’, lieber Mai
Faure Mai
Schumann Im wunderschoenen Monat Mai
Erstes Gruen
Fruehlingsnacht
Wolf  Im Fruehling
Mendelssohn Maigloeckchen und die Bluemelein
Brahms Boten der Liebe
Meine Liebe ist gruen
Die Mainacht
Strauss Das Rosenband
Rachmaninov Spring Waters
Argento Spring (from 6 Elizabethan Songs)
Quilter When daffodils begin to peer
It was a lover and his lass
Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
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World Music

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

25 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Synopsis

Rizwan-Muazzam is a Qawwali group headed by the internationally acclaimed Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam.

The two lead singers come from a direct family line of spiritual Qawwali music that spans five centuries.

They have continued their uncle's pioneering efforts to bring the vibrant Qawwali vocal music of the Sufi mystics to the world. They sing in Farsi (Persian), Punjabi, and Urdu with an intensity that has led one commentator to call them, only half in jest, ‘the Qawwali Clash’.

The brothers’ live performances are majestic, using hypnotic vocal repetition to induce a state of ecstasy. They are accompanied by an eight-strong ensemble of gharana, harmonium and tabla. 

Intoxicating and entrancing: 

...Rizwan and Muazzam’s voices climb and swoop as if riding air currents; the harmonium seeks a similar undulating flight path while fingertips flutter like hummingbirds across the tablas

— BBC

Electrifying ★★★★★

— Financial Times

Presented in association with Asian Arts Agency. Part of a UK tour produced and managed by Asian Arts Agency.

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Spoken Word/Talks

Stefan Collini: Speaking of Universities

24 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Stefan Collini: Speaking of Universities

Synopsis

In recent decades, there has been an immense surge in the numbers of universities and students.

This, together with new technology, globalization and governmental imposed procedures is forcing universities to behave more like business enterprises in a marketplace. 

In Speaking of Universities, academic and English literary critic Stefan Collini analyses these changes and challenges the assumptions of policy-makers and commentators. He asks: does ‘marketisation’ threaten to destroy what we most value about education; does this new era of ‘accountability’ distort what it purports to measure; and who does the modern university belong to? 

Collini is astute, analytical, and often killingly funny

— Daily Telegraph

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Classical

Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe

23 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe

Synopsis

Four hands, one piano. Long term collaborators Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe draw out the orchestral qualities of the piano to the full, in this joy-filled programme of Classical and Late Romantic music.

The programme is dominated by pieces that also have orchestral versions, including three of Dvořák’s richest Slavonic Dances, Ravel’s lush Rapsodie espagnole and Debussy’s Petite Suite and Six épigraphes antiques.

The programme also includes Mozart’s Andante and Variations K.501 and the Schubert Fantasy in F minor D.940.

With spirited playing and not much room to spare, this will be an evening to remember.

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Music

Whistle Stop Opera at Burton Constable Hall

20 Mar 2017

East Yorkshire

Burton Constable Hall

Whistle Stop Opera at Burton Constable Hall

Synopsis

Burton Constable Hall celebrates opening for the 2017 season with a unique evening of music and heritage: a performance of Whistle Stop Opera Hansel and Gretel and exclusive preview tour of the Hall.

Discover the enchanting world of Hansel and Gretel with this brand new condensed version of Engelbert Humperdinck's bewitching masterpiece. Performed by a team of professional artists from Opera North, journey through the woods and gorge yourself on the exciting twists and turns of the plot, meeting the characters along the way. But remember, beware of the evil Witch, and don't stray too far from your tour guide — you never know what trickery you may encounter...

After the performance, take an exclusive preview tour of the Hall before it opens to the general public (on Saturday 15 April). Discover impressive interiors and fine collections, including the remarkable 18th Century 'Cabinet of Curiosities', or take a peek into the newly restored Carved Room, on display for the first time following twenty years of research and incorporating exquisite original and recreated wood carving.

Schedule: 

6.30pm Doors open
7.00pm Whistle Stop Opera performance
7.30pm Q&A session with the artists
8.00pm Exclusive preview tour of the Hall

Ticket includes a complimentary drink on arrival. 

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Folk

Leveret

17 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leveret

Synopsis

Leveret brings together a golden combination of folk’s finest instrumentalists.

The band is comprised of Sam Sweeney, Bellowhead’s fiddle-player, concertina player Rob Harbron and melodeon and accordion star Andy Cutting, who has collaborated with Martin Simpson, Chris Wood, June Tabor and many more.

Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English folk tradition but is not arranged in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment with consummate musicianship, resulting in ‘a rich, sinewy immersion, guided by a mutual sense of exploration, space and a very English kind of swing. It’s an intimate, contemporary reinvention of the source material’ (The Guardian).

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