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Be part of an amateur opera chorus every Monday night for 10 weeks!
Nothing comes close to the sound of an opera chorus – and now you can be part of one. Explore music from iconic operas, inspired by Opera North’s Fatal Passions season.
Rehearsals will be run by a vocal leader, who will support you in building your ensemble singing and music reading skills, as well as further developing your vocal technique. You will also work with a guest director, who will help you to develop your performance and stage craft skills.
Showcase your newly acquired skills at a relaxed performance for friends and family, on 26 March
Suitable for: People who have some experience of singing and are comfortable following a music score
If you have any enquiries about the ON After Hours programme please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
An enchanting storytelling experience inspired by Japanese folk stories and Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly.
Be swept along on a magical adventure to the bottom of the ocean, visit the majestic palace of The Dragon King, ride on the shell of a Turtle and discover a mysterious treasure…
This kind of storytelling is such a rare treat; beautifully told, completely enchanting and wonderful to hear such gorgeous music in such an intimate setting.
— audience member at Seven Stories, 2017 tour of Happily Ever After
Created and performed by storyteller Ursula Holden Gill and musician Jenna Thackray.
Performances are suitable for ages 3 – 7.
Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).
This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group, in a warm and friendly environment.
No singing experience (or talent!) is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go.
Each individual session costs £6, or book all 6 sessions for the discounted rate of £30.
24 Mar 2018
Howard Assembly Room
The legendary French accordionist Richard Galliano returns to the Howard Assembly Room to bring the spirit of Paris’ wartime nightclubs into the heart of Leeds.
One of the great accordionists of the modern era, Galliano is joined by the peerless jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc. The two musicians reunite their talents for a performance dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson: Edith Piaf.
In his 30-year career, French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano has done what Astor Piazzolla did for the tango – rescued a traditional music – in this case the French musette – from the grip of nostalgic cliche…placing it at the heart of modern, jazz-influenced European music.
— The Guardian
British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini provide a passionate Easter offering with a varied programme revolving around the themes of love and loss.
One of the UK’s most highly regarded vocal groups, they inject ‘vitality, freshness and immediacy’ (The Telegraph) into pieces old and new.
Including Monteverdi’s moving Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata, Thomas Ravenscroft’s There were three Ravens, Britten’s tour de force settings of medieval texts and a new commission, Sonnet by Adrian Williams, expect ‘bags of style, energy and dramatic excitement’ (International Record Review) as they bring these masterpieces to life.
|Claudio Monteverdi||Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata|
|Thomas Ravenscroft||There were three ravens|
|Thomas Tomkins||Too much I once lamented|
|Clément Janequin||La Chasse|
|Benjamin Britten||Eight medieval lyrics, sacred and profane|
|Janet Wheeler||Music to Hear|
|William Brooks||Oooh Will|
|Adrian Williams||Sonnet (new commission)|
There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention.
— The Guardian
One of the founding fathers of Afrobeat, Tony Allen’s style has influenced generations of musicians over the past 50 years.
An original member of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and the inventor of the distinctive Afrobeat drum rhythm, he went on to collaborate with artists from King Sunny Adé to Damon Albarn. Allen has continued to be a true innovator with his own music, drawing on electronics, dub, R&B and rap in a synthesis he refers to as ‘Afrofunk’.
With his most recent album, The Source, he brings together a rich, complex sound that ‘straddles jazz and Afrobeat in an elegant push-and-pull’ (Pitchfork).
As beats land in unexpected places, their loose-skinned thump resonates with a polyrhythmic thrust rooted in Africa, but tempered by American jazz.
— The Financial Times
And special guest Alice Zawadzki
As springtime spreads across England, come to the woods and hear the courting song of nightingales beamed live into the Howard Assembly Room as darkness falls.
The adventurous British folk singer and song collector Sam Lee is joined by a host of his musical friends in a concert of folk songs old and new. As darkness falls more deeply, the concert culminates in duets sung with the nightingales themselves, as they start their courtship song in faraway starlit forests. A unique, candlelit concert, never to be forgotten. This performance lasts around 2.5 hours.
American musician, singer-songwriter and producer Joan As Police Woman is known to many for her collaborations with Anohni, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed and David Sylvian.
A deeply soulful artist who crosses musical genres effortlessly, The Guardian describes her music as ‘soulful adventurism – a voice so wonderous and moving it makes everyone else’s seem ordinary and mundane’. For this performance, she goes back to her roots with a laid-back, piano-focussed set taking in songs from her new album Damned Devotion and her outstanding back catalogue.
In association with Super Friendz
American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released in 2011 to rave reviews and comparisons to Miles Davis.
The Los Angeles Times praised his 'chameleonic tone that can sigh, flutter or soar,' adding that 'Akinmusire sounds less like a rising star than one that was already at great heights and just waiting to be discovered.' Seven years on, his music is enriched by a compositional element and an opulent sound palette. His virtuoso trumpet is joined by his longtime quartet in a set filled with light and shade, lyricism and swing.
From renowned children’s theatre company tutti frutti, Keepy Uppy tells an extraordinary tale of love, devotion, family and the power of team spirit, set in the world of football.
By Writers’ Guild award-winner Evan Placey, Keepy Uppy is a play for the 2018 World Cup year, for football fans, children and families. Join tutti frutti as they celebrate the joy of the beautiful game and ignite children’s imagination with visual and physical storytelling, live music and fab footie moves.
For children aged 3 - 7 and their families. One hour running time.
Those looking for a magical and thought-provoking early experience of the wonder and power of theatre should treat themselves to tutti frutti.
- British Theatre Guide
With support — Benjamin Lazar Davis
Anna & Elizabeth are two truly inspiring artists with a deep and shared love of the musical traditions of America’s Appalachia region.
Their music combines old stories of love, loss and intrigue with new arrangements that utilise the spartan simplicity of their voices and the sounds of acoustic instruments, synths, woodwinds and field recordings.
Their captivating performances integrate visual art, movement and experiment film with breath-taking harmonies, including the use of ‘crankies’ – Cloth and cut paper scrolls depicting scenes from their ballads, unfurled to musical accompaniment.
The sound is pure Appalachian mountain music, so completely in tune with its roots that, were it not for the clarity, you’d think you were listening to a long-lost, century-old recording
Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr performs a newly commissioned, original soundtrack to the startlingly seductive 1923 silent movie, Salomé.
Circuit des Yeux’s sound combines fingerpicked guitar, avant-garde electronics, minimalism and song with Fohr’s otherworldly voice, which has drawn comparisons with Nina Simone, Nico and even Scott Walker.
Haley Fohr and her band perform a soundtrack to Salomé, the scandalous 1923 film based on the story of Herod’s stepdaughter.
Conceived, produced, and starring the stupendous Russian actress Alla Nazimova, Salomé was a resounding flop on release, with its story and rumours of debauched parties at Nazimova’s mansion on Sunset Boulevard causing it to be shunned by the major studios.
In the years since, its weirdly beautiful atmosphere and aesthetic – combining Art Nouveau, modernism and the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age – have led to its growing recognition as an exotic gem, and a cornerstone of camp.
Commissioned by Opera North Projects for Leeds International Festival.
Dir. Charles Bryant; 1923; 75 mins; USA