The Shape of Sound

Thursday 3 February 2022

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Opera North’s Chorus of 36 voices illuminates the architecture of the Howard Assembly Room in this specially choreographed and immersive performance.

A specially curated programme of contrasting early and twentieth century music explores the ability of sound to transform and affect space. Bringing together the early polyphony of William Byrd with the minimalism of Arvo Pärt and John Cage, this is a celebration of the sculptural power and enduring mystery of the human voice.


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Programme to include

William Byrd Haec dies

Arvo Pärt Nunc dimittis

David Lang I want to live

Jacob Handl Haec dies

John Cage ear for EAR

William Harris Faire is the Heaven

Pauline Oliveros Sound Patterns

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