Orchestra of Opera North: The Songs of War

Will Todd and Górecki

22 Nov - 1 Dec 2018

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Former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes returns to the helm of the Orchestra to present the world premiere of Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle.

Dedicated to Opera North’s youth ensembles, Todd’s commission is a micro opera depicting the conflicting emotions of war through the words and poems of Maggie Gottlieb. Renowned for their melodic intensity and harmonic invention, Todd’s best-known works include Mass in Blue, The Blackened Man and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Górecki’s third symphony, known as his ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’, picks up the theme of loss and separation caused by conflict through three Polish texts. The second text, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, is arguably one of the most famous pieces of music from the late 20th Century.

Talking Music at Huddersfield Town Hall begins at 6.40pm

Price
From £13 | Concessions available
Venues
  • Huddersfield Town Hall
  • Leeds Town Hall

Concessions
16 and under: £1
17-29 ‘Give it a Go’: £4
Concession: £11-£24

Conductor
Richard Farnes

Soprano
Fflur Wyn

Baritone
Johnny Herford

Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Young Voices
Opera North Children’s Chorus

Programme

Will Todd Songs of Love and Battle (World première)
1. A Zeppelin crashes
2. A poem and a dying man
3. A recruitment fair
4. Letters home
5. Newspapers and bombs
6. Singing at night
7. Bring them home safe
8. Requiem
Górecki Symphony No. 3

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