Orchestra of Opera North: The Songs of War

Will Todd and Górecki

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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

Please note, additional tickets for The Songs of War at Huddersfield Town Hall may be available through Kirklees Town Hall Box Office. Call 01484 225 755 or visit the website.

From £13

Concessions vary by venue

Richard Farnes

Fflur Wyn

Johnny Herford

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


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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