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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.
Sessions start on Monday 9 October; each individual session costs £6, or book all 6 sessions for the discounted rate of £30.
Players from Opera North's renowned symphony orchestra create a specially designed concert for parents, carers and children.
Relaxed and full of energy, this interactive concert will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around with the music and even join in with songs.
Suitable for 0-5 years
Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.
The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.
The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.
“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”
|Beethoven||An die ferne Geliebte|
|Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby||Settings of Yeats|
In association with Leeds Lieder
Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio made up of three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle).
Both extraordinary musicians and creative visionaries, Lau’s music is rooted in gorgeous melody, but explores folk music in every direction, with virtuosic playing, rich electronics and ideas that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours.
Decade celebrates 10 years of incredible stage performances from this multiple award-winning band.
The U.K’s best live band, Lau are remarkable – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk: exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best.
Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper reveals hidden depths in whatever she plays.
Renowned worldwide, her performances are praised by Gramophone for their ‘imaginative freedom’ and ‘balance of sense and sensibility’.
Her long-awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room will travel from the classical poise of early Beethoven and the authority of Haydn’s C minor Piano Sonata, to the remarkable invention and emotional quality of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31.
The programme also includes Darknesse Visible by one of the most important composers in contemporary music, Thomas Adès (recent work includes The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House).
‘an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing'
|Beethoven||Bagatelles op 33|
|Haydn||Sonata in c minor Hob. XVI/20|
|Beethoven||Variations on La Stessa La Stessissima|
|Beethoven||Sonata in Ab major op 110|
Support by Chico Pere and Glenn Sharp
With her rich smoky voice and dramatic presence, Romanian singer Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu performs a special festive programme of Romanian tango and songs sung by the Romanian Edith Piaf, Maria Tănase. As Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu herself puts it, “this concert is a Christmas story as well as a Romanian story, and the cimbalom, I believe, provides the best sound for these magical carols.” An incredibly atmospheric start to Christmastime, this very special night is a treat not to be missed.
Nostalgic and romantic and given a dark, Oriental tone by Chitu’s chiaroscuro alto voice… the way she draws out the introduction to ‘Aseara Ti-am Luat Basma’ surrounded by filigree cimbalom flourishes is gorgeous.
The next generation of great British singers perform scenes from across Handel’s intensely dramatic operas; from the catastrophic lust and deceit of Rodelinda, to the trouble of love versus politics in Giulio Cesare.
This is a rare chance to hear snapshots of these thrilling, timeless works in such an intimate setting.
The Young Artists of the National Opera Studio are directed by American director Christopher Alden (La vida breve / Gianni Schicchi 2015, Norma 2012) and accompanied by the Orchestra of Opera North, under the baton of renowned British Baroque conductor David Bates.
For nearly 40 years, the National Opera Studio has played an essential role at the heart of British opera. The NOS works in partnership with Arts Council England and the UK’s leading Opera Companies – Opera North, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera – to provide intensive and bespoke professional training of the highest quality for singers and répétiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.
The annual residency at Opera North is one of the highlights of the NOS Training Year. Over the course of a week, the Young Artists work with Opera North’s staff, artists and orchestra on their home stages, culminating in this showcase performance on the stage of the Howard Assembly Room.
This forms a vital part of the professional training and exposure that sets the National Opera Studio’s Young Artist Programme apart from all others in the UK.
Selected scenes from George Frideric Handel’s:
The National Opera Studio residency is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.
Cold Night in Soho
As cruel winter closes in, there comes a time to look back on the year - but in the case of The Tiger Lillies it’s a longer look, back to the band’s first steps into the racy world of 1980s Soho.
They perform their new album live: a series of snapshots of a now vanished world of drinking dens, clip joints and the starched soldiers of the Salvation Army on a mission to save souls: a place where the gutter is never far away.
Vocalist Martyn Jacques plays piano, organ, guitar, harmonium and darbuka, accompanied by Adrian Stout’s bass, musical saw, euphonium and guitar, with drums by Timothy Remfrey.
Age guidance 16+
Variously serious, humorous and blasphemous, that lead one, unsuspecting, to an emotional climax that just reaches in and tears out your heart.
— The Independent
Fire up your Christmas spirit with an atmospheric concert of snow-laden and heart-warming music for the season, in an enchanting winter land.
Led by violinist David Le Page, a handpicked group of musicians including viola, cello, bass and piano play music for the season with festive pieces from across the world, in a Howard Assembly Room transformed into a wintry candlelit world.
Ideal for families.
With other tales of winter wonder.
Join award-winning storyteller Ursula Holden-Gill for a magical journey through tales of winter, including the Russian folk story of the old lady Babushka. Listen to live music inspired by the frozen landscapes of Eastern lands and make your own Russian-inspired Christmas decorations, with a treat or two along the way.
Suitable for children aged 4 – 7 and their families.
Of one that is so fair and bright
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and their director Graham Ross make their debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a beautiful Christmas programme in praise of the Virgin Mary and the coming of the light.
Renaissance masterpieces, including Tallis' sublime Videte miraculum and Praetorius’ Christmas Magnificat (performed with its original carols) sit alongside more recent seasonal pieces, including much-loved motets by Howells, Britten, Tavener and Rutter.
The perfect start to the festive season.
Simply one of the most memorable and powerful bands to ever appear at the Howard Assembly Room, the Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu return with their trademark blend of heart-hollowing melody, ferocious harmony, and an ingrained sense of the windswept horizons of their homeland.
Huun-Huur-Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to Tuvan over-tone or ‘throat-singing’ techniques invented by nomadic hunter-herders of the Tuvan steppes and mountains.
They have gone on to an incredibly rich career including collaborations with Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Nina Nastasia and the Kronos Quartet. Using traditional instruments, percussion and an array of vocal techniques, they create a world of sound like no other.
An amazing work of harmonical unity and beauty.