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Little Singers

24 Apr - 19 Jul 2017

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Little Singers

Synopsis

Opera North Early Years Programme
Suitable for 0 - 4 years

Sing songs, explore instruments, play games and have fun with music in our weekly sessions. Sessions aim to support the development and well-being of children under the age of 4 and their families through high-quality musical experiences and activities.

Led by a professional musician, all workshops introduce live singing and music-making in a fun and creative environment.

I love bringing my child; the space is beautiful and has a lovely atmosphere. It is brilliant that we have the chance to sing with a professional vocal artist. Coming to the sessions have given me more confidence to sing with my child at home.

— Little Singers parent

Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from June 12 – July 17. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office. 

 

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Next Performances
Mon 5th Jun
Wed 7th Jun
Wed 7th Jun
Thu 8th Jun
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Music

Carleen Anderson

26 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Carleen Anderson

Synopsis

The seventh solo record from Mercury-nominated singer Carleen Anderson is her ‘best and bravest yet, a deeply poetic take on belonging and exile that pulses with ideas and life’ (The Evening Standard).

Cage Street Memorial chronicles a century of family heritage, performed live by Anderson with Orphy Robinson on vibraphone, percussion from Crispin Robinson, Samy Bishai on violin and Renell Shaw on bass.

Acknowledged by BBC 6Music's Gilles Peterson as one of the most powerful singer/songwriters of her generation, Carleen Anderson has collaborated with musicians including Paul Weller and Ramsey Lewis and was vocalist and composer for the Young Disciples whose album Road to Freedom brought the group international recognition.

For live performances you have to see Carleen Anderson at least three times in your life. She’s someone I’d hang around all day just to hear her sound check.

Amy Winehouse

Next Performances
Fri 26th May
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Music

This Is Not This Heat

27 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

This Is Not This Heat

Synopsis

On 13 February 1976, experimental rock band This Heat played its first show. Now, 40 years later, founding members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward reunite to perform new interpretations of their music. 

Arguably the most inventive band to emerge from the UK’s fruitful DIY scene in the 70s, This Heat’s career may have been short-lived, but its legacy continues to grow in stature and relevance. Still sounding as wild and original as when it was written, their music has as much in common with modern composers like John Cage as their art-rock contemporaries Gang of Four and The Pop Group

Matching jagged post-punk guitar sounds with hard rhythms, dub production techniques and tape loops, here the band’s twisting, freeform songs are fully realised live.

...this doesn’t feel like nostalgia, but a new beginning.

— The Guardian

This is not This Heat at Cafe OTO from Dawid Laskowski on Vimeo.

In assocation with I-D.A Projects and Room 237

Next Performances
Sat 27th May
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Summer 2017

Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO)

1 Jun - 3 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO)

Synopsis

EVENT CANCELLATION: We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen technical issues, this event has now been cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment regarding this. If you have any further enquiries, please contact us at info@operanorth.co.uk 

The Fragmented Light Orchestra (FLO) is a multi-disciplinary sculptural installation based on the 3,500 year old design of the Harp.

FLO transforms its environment and surrounding buildings into an awe-inspiring interactive light and sound instrument.

It offers the audience an unprecedented hands-on opportunity to interact with the musical sculpture through touch responsive technology, and creates a playful environment for the public to experience the work together.

Produced by Omni Studio, conceived by artist William Simpson in collaboration with composer Toby Wiltshire, FLO will open to the public with partners Opera North at the Howard Assembly Room.

More details on opening times will be available soon.

Next Performances
Thu 1st Jun
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Richard Dawson

9 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Richard Dawson

Synopsis

Newcastle’s visionary avant-troubadour, raconteur and ‘preternaturally impressive talent’ (The Quietus) brings his singular blend of apocalyptic folk storytelling and open-tuned guitar pyrotechnics to Leeds with a full band.

Like a latter-day Canterbury Tales, his new album Peasant brings to life a motley crew of eleven characters, from scientist to beggar, in a broadside against a ‘country of demons made flesh’.

At times recalling folk outliers Comus and Robert Wyatt, it features a sonic palette far expanded from Dawson’s last record, the hugely acclaimed Nothing Important. He’ll be joined by musicians featured on the recording.

In Association with Superfriendz

One of the most unique singer-songwriter records in recent memory

Rolling Stone on Nothing Important

Next Performances
Fri 9th Jun
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Family

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

12 Jun - 10 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir

Synopsis

Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).  

This is a brand new opportunity for parents and babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group. No singing experience is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go. Come along and try it on Monday 12 June before signing up for the first block of four sessions.


Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from 12 June – 17 July. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office.

Next Performances
Mon 12th Jun
Mon 19th Jun
Mon 26th Jun
Mon 3rd Jul
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Family

Little Singers: Tinies Special

12 Jun - 10 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Singers: Tinies Special

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-1s. Based on Little Singers, these sessions are specially designed for parents and carers with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).

In them, you’ll sing lots of songs and play musical games with the babies, but the atmosphere will be calm and focussed on the sensory experience.


Book the Bring-Along-A-Baby Choir and get 1/3 off weekly workshops

Get 1/3 off one child ticket at any  Little Singers (including Tinies Special) sessions from June 12 – July 17. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Box Office.

Next Performances
Mon 12th Jun
Mon 19th Jun
Mon 26th Jun
Mon 3rd Jul
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World Music

Vieux Farka Touré

15 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Vieux Farka Touré

Synopsis

Vieux Farka Touré’s brand new album Samba is the culmination of a decade-long exploration of different sounds, cementing his identity as one of Africa’s most masterful modern artists. 

Full of surprises and distinctively his, Samba is the distillation of free-spirited energy, moving easily between desert rock and blues, reggae and electric funk.

Gently twisting melodic lines become intensely felt powerhouses, while others have the punch of dance music from the first note. He performs in a quartet of vocals, guitar, n’goni, bass and drums.

Set to be Africa’s next guitar hero.

The Guardian

Next Performances
Thu 15th Jun
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Music

ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

17 Jun 2017

Newcastle

Discovery Museum

ONCC: The Spiders’ Revenge

Synopsis

ONCC Leeds and ONCC Newcastle join forces to perform Peter Maxwell Davies’s short music-theatre work The Spiders’ Revenge.

Come and hear about ladybirds, snails, spiders and other living creatures…

This event is free and open to all. This will be part of a day of activity organised by the Discovery Museum as part of The Great Get Together.  

Next Performances
Sat 17th Jun
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Music

ONCC: Summer Concert

18 Jun 2017

Leeds

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

ONCC: Summer Concert

Synopsis

The acclaimed Opera North Children’s Chorus returns to Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

Come and hear about ladybirds, snails, spiders and other living creatures in a performance featuring Peter Maxwell Davies’s short music-theatre work The Spiders’ Revenge.  

The concert will also feature music from Sea Shanties, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd.

A programme of great music which will appeal to adults and children alike.

Next Performances
Sun 18th Jun
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World Music

Solstice

21 Jun 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Solstice

Synopsis

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Indian classical music

As the sun sinks lower in the sky on the longest day of the year, giving way to a warm velvety night, join us for South Asian Arts UK annual Summer Solstice in a transformed Howard Assembly Room.

The first slice of the evening is an interactive conversation with leading experts Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE and Professor Martin Clayton. Learn more about the music with this exploration of the intricacies of Indian classical music through the ‘Art of Listening’.

Next, sit back and savour the trancelike melodies of the vichitra veena’s plucked strings. The vichitra, meaning unusual or peculiar, opens the music of the evening with its unique majestic tones, textures and timbre. Rarely heard in Yorkshire, it is one of the most beautiful musical instruments: here, played by Vijay Venkat, accompanied by Pirashanna Thevarajah on mridangam.

Finally, soak up soulful summer evening ragas and bask in the peaceful aura of heart stringing sitar. Immerse yourself completely in the thoroughly soothing melodies of virtuosos Roopa Panesar and Shahbaz Hussain on tabla.

Next Performances
Wed 21st Jun
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ONCC: Sea Shanties

25 Jun 2017

Aldburgh

Bandstand on the Beach

ONCC: Sea Shanties

Synopsis

Opera North Children’s Chorus perform as part of Aldeburgh's Bandstand on the Beach season

They will be singing songs on the theme of Sea Shanties, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. This project is in collaboration with Snape Maltings.

The performance is free and open to all. 

Next Performances
Sun 25th Jun

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