Open Doors

Wednesday 6 October 2021

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For our very first performance back in the newly reopened Howard Assembly Room, join us as local performers take to the stage to showcase a set of their latest work.

As we welcome you back for the first time in over two years, this is a sneak peek through our new front door and a chance to test drive the space.

Taking in live turntablism, soul and gospel-infused songs, and traditional South Indian music, each act will perform a 20-minute set:

Oram Award-winning turntablist and sound artist NikNak (Nicole Raymond) will be improvising live on turntables using field recordings, as heard on last year’s album Bashi.

Hailing from Zimbabwe and now based in Huddersfield, singer/songwriter Thabo describes what you can expect from him on the evening, “the goal of the set is to get everyone to smile and sing along. There’ll be a song about your mama, there’ll be a song about your lover and there’ll be a song about world peace. All this will be good natured, serious and mischievous!”

Vijay Venkat
Born in Madras, Vijay is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, performing on the violin, viola, flute and vichitra veena. He is a regular performer in the Howard Assembly Room, and this spring he was a special guest at Opera North’s Whitehall Road livestreams. He will play an improvisation on the Raga Behag on the Indian bamboo flute, followed by a South Indian Folk melody.

NikNak and Thabo are both alumni of Opera North’s Resonance programme – part of PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner Network supported by PPL.


Start time

20 mins per performance with intervals

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