The Orchestra of Opera North: Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mozart

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In the first concert of live music at Leeds Town Hall after five months of lockdown, the Orchestra of Opera North and tenor Nicholas Watts perform a programme of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Mozart.

‘Everything is new and strange’, wrote Fanny Mendelssohn of her sixteen year-old brother’s Octet, ‘yet at the same time utterly persuasive and enchanting’. Scored for a chamber ensemble but played, at its young composer’s insistence, ‘by all the instruments in symphonic orchestral style’, it’s a fitting curtain-raiser for both venue and ensemble after five months of lockdown.

Seen most recently on the Opera North stage as Peter Quint in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, tenor and former Opera North Chorister Nicholas Watts will be joined by Opera North’s Head of Music David Cowan at the piano for a selection of songs from the first of Schubert’s great song cycles, Die schöne Müllerin.

To close the concert, Mozart’s brilliantly inventive 29th Symphony is an opportunity for the violas, cellos and basses to get reacquainted, followed by a socially distanced outing for wind and brass.


Price details
Tickets | £20
Concessions | £10

Starts 6pm
Approximately 1 hour, there will be no interval

Keeping you safe

Leeds Arts Events and Venues’ first pilot indoor concert will be key to the return of safe live music performances following the Coronavirus lockdown. Measures to ensure the safety and comfort of the audience at Leeds Town Hall include:

  • Reduced venue capacity, with socially distanced seating arrangements and toilet facilities
  • Recording of contact details for NHS Test and Trace
  • A one-way system throughout the venue
  • Hand sanitising stations on entry and around the venue
  • Anyone attending will be expected to wear a face covering entering the building, and throughout the performance, unless excused for reasons of age, health or disability

Leeds City Centre Box Office will not be open in the lead up to the pilot concert or on the night of the concert, and therefore tickets must be booked via the Town Hall website: or from Box Office on 0113 376 0318. The Box Office team will also be happy to answer any questions about access and safety measures.

Customers who do not have access to E-ticket facilities via their phones will be advised at point of booking at which entrance to arrive. They will be greeted by a member of staff who will register their details to facilitate NHS Test and Trace.

The concert will last approximately an hour, with no interval, and as part of the safety measures there will be no bars or refreshment stations open in the Town Hall.

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