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Little Listeners

Family

5 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

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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

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Mon 5th Sep
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Souad Massi

World Music

11 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Souad Massi

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Raised in pre-civil war Algeria, playing guitar in jeans and trainers, Souad Massi was going to get noticed: firstly for fronting a political rock band, then performing solo in Paris after fleeing death threats. 

Following a sold-out concert at the Barbican in 2015, she comes north for a long-awaited duo show, exposing the lyricism and warmth of her extraordinary voice at close quarters.

This performance interprets the music of her album El-Mutakallimûn (Masters of the Word), based on a millennium of Arabic poetry mixed with musical influences that include fado and African soul. 

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Sun 11th Sep
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Nicholas Wolpe

Spoken Word/Talks

23 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nicholas Wolpe

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​A Better Life for All? Power, Politics and the Past in South Africa. 

On 11 July 1963, police raided Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, South Africa and arrested the high command of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

At the resulting Rivonia Trial, eight men, including Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison.  

Nicholas Wolpe is the founder of the Liliesleaf Trust and son of prominent anti-apartheid activist Harold Wolpe, who was arrested at Liliesleaf. This autumn, he offers his powerful insight on both this decisive era for South Africa and the political crisis the country finds itself in today, more than 20 years after the first free elections.

Part of Liberty Lectures 2017, in association with the University of Leeds.

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Fri 23rd Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tubular Brass Plays Tubular Bells

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One of the most iconic albums of all time, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is performed live by Tubular Brass, a specially formed 28-piece brass band made up of some of the UK’s leading players.

Released in 1973, Tubular Bells famously stayed in the UK charts for 273 weeks, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. This re-imagining of the pioneering sonic masterpiece for brass band is an experience not to be missed. 

In the first half of the concert the ensemble presents Mary Casio, a new commission for brass band and ’70s analogue synthesisers by electronic composer Hannah Peel - John Foxx collaborator and member of The Magnetic North, who grew up playing in colliery brass bands. 

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Sat 24th Sep
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The Master Musicians of Jajouka

World Music

28 Sep 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Master Musicians of Jajouka

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Led by Bachir Attar. Originating from a village in northern Morocco, the music of Jajouka has been described by William S. Burroughs as “the 4,000-year-old rock ‘n’ roll band”.

Championed by artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones and Ornette Coleman, the propulsive grooves and trance-like melodies of the Attar family preserves one of the oldest known musical traditions on the planet.

"This is a living music," says film director Jarmusch, "and whenever I listen to its hallucinogenic properties, (I believe) that if The Master Musicians of Jajouka were to ever stop the flow of their magic, the earth might well stop rotating on its axis".

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Wed 28th Sep
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

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Founder of Irish super-group The Gloaming, Martin Hayes’ nuanced and profound approach to the Irish fiddle draws inspiration from many genres, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in East County Clare.

He plays with long term collaborator and fellow member of The Gloaming, virtuoso guitarist Dennis Cahill. 

Together, their music represents the vitally beautiful traditional element of The Gloaming’s sound, found in haunting melodies and rousing medleys, whilst creating an alchemy all of their own.

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Thu 29th Sep
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Light Night 2016

Classical

7 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Light Night 2016

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Elude the clutch of the October chill with this five-hour non-stop array of soulful, and otherwise transcendent music, from Bach and Arvo Pärt, to Kora, Koto and back again. 

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Fri 7th Oct
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Steven Osborne

Classical

13 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Steven Osborne

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Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes his long awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room with a glorious Late-Romantic programme.

The programme includes Ravel’s Menuet Antique, Debussy’s Children’s Corner and music by Poulenc.

Having recorded the complete solo piano works of Ravel and Debussy’s Preludes, he deeply inhabits both the music’s technical and formal complexities, and its emotional depths of clarity, colour, and feeling. The result is an interpretive approach that is both technically brilliant and deeply affecting.

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Thu 13th Oct
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Lynched

Folk

15 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lynched

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Irish four-piece Lynched (named after the founder-members, brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch), is a punk-folk group from Dublin. 

The group mix street-songs and classic ballads in the traveller tradition with wild dance music and nods to psychedelia and rock ’n’ roll.

With an instrumental line-up featuring uilleann pipes, fiddle and bayan (a Russian accordion), the group are famed for their four-part harmony vocals. Their debut album, Cold Old Fire, drew comparisons to Planxty and the Dubliners while Mark Radcliffe says that ‘They do mark a turning point in folk… that authentic voice of the streets is back in a big way.’

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Sat 15th Oct
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Mahotella Queens

World Music

26 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Mahotella Queens

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In 2015 the legendary South African female vocal ensemble celebrated fifty years of performance, but they show no signs of slowing down.

The Queens bring to Leeds their stirring, rolling Mbaqanga blend of R&B, gospel and traditional styles, which for many years dominated the South African townships. Their distinctive multi-part vocal harmonies combine with guitar-led riffs, searing a capella moments and fast-paced dancing.

The Mahotella Queens — Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and the newly crowned Queen Amanda Nokuthula Nkosi — now represent more than just one generation. Their live show is full of dance, joy and energy and is even more vibrant than ever before.

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Wed 26th Oct
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Flit

Folk

29 Oct 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Flit

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Some of today’s most influential musicians explore themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs set within a world of breathtaking stop-motion animation.

Award-winning composer and Lau’s visionary accordionist Martin Green brings together Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and Becky Unthank from The Unthanks, with BAFTA-winning animators whiterobot (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) for this extraordinary live show.

Flit is inspired by first-hand stories of human migration, some heart-warming, others heartbreaking and features songs and original music by Green with lyrics from Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan MoffatSet within a captivating animated world and a haunting sonic landscape, these exquisite songs are performed by a world class band fronted by the inimitable voices of Becky Unthank and Adam Holmes.

Contains strobe lights and some strong language.

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Sat 29th Oct
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Cat's Eyes

Music

2 Nov 2016

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Cat's Eyes

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Cat’s Eyes are a duo formed by Faris Badwan, the singer from British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors and Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist based in London.

While their self-titled debut seemed grown in the dark, the duo’s latest album Treasure House is flooded with light, featuring lush, expansive arrangements and pure voiced vocals with a sinister edge and moments of high drama.

Their soundtrack for Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy is a glorious concoction of Morricone, Nino Rota, and Broadcast’s harpsichord-laden reverie.

This is music made in Technicolor on a wide silver screen: infused with a potent sense of location, specifically the deserted town in Canada where Rachel grew up. Everything about their music feels cinematic. 

Following guerrilla gigs at the Vatican and Buckingham Palace, their fully-fledged live show will be something to remember.

A co-promotion with Beacons Metro 2016.

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Wed 2nd Nov
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