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Suitable for adults with babies and young children
This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers 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 8 sessions for the discounted rate of £40.
Brush up your Shakespeare this spring with the ON After Hours Chorus as they explore some varied Shakespearean repertoire in celebration of the return to the stage of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s witty retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.
Rehearsals will be led by friendly professional artists who will help you to learn operatic and choral pieces inspired by the Bard’s works, in preparation for a relaxed performance in front of family and friends on Monday 23 July.
To take part, you will need some experience of singing and be able to follow a music score.
The first all-female supergroup of West Africa, the collective Les Amazones d’Afrique brings together musicians fighting violence against woman and features some of the most acclaimed voices in West African music, including Mamani Keïta, Rokia Koné, Mariam Koné and Awa Sangho.
Blending funk, blues and dub with soulful singing, distorted guitars and Afrobeat rhythms, Les Amazones D’Afrique combine influences from several decades to build their own modern, eclectic sound.
Singing in English, French, Bambara and Fon their performances are ‘a proud, forceful demonstration of the strength and variety of modern African music’ — The Independent
The sound of the diaspora of African music returning home, a reclaiming outside of genre and time
A four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, Lankum (formerly known as Lynched) brilliantly combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uillean pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.
Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street songs, classic ballads, traditional Irish and American dance tunes and their own original material.
Marrying ‘the rawness of The Watersons with the roar of Richard Dawson’ Lankum play a brand of folk music that is ‘urgent, desperate and detonating’ (The Guardian).
They are touring in support of their critically acclaimed album Between the Earth and Sky.
Brilliant, raw detonating folk
Hailing from different ethnic nomadic cultures, Anda Union unite tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia in their propulsive, forward looking Mongolian folk music.
Playing traditional instruments, including the morin huur horsehead fiddle, topshur lute and moadin chor flute, their urgent yet intimate vocal style combines harmony and solo singing with carefully controlled bursts of growling and eerie throat singing.
Their songs are about history, horses and Genghis Khan combined with those keenly lamenting the threats climate change and modernity pose to their grasslands habitat and ancient Mongolian culture.
Stirring, sophisticated Mongolian folk
15 Jun - 16 Jun 2018
Howard Assembly Room
The Institute of Psychoanalysis and Opera North present an introduction to key concepts in psychoanalysis in a two-day Summer School.
This exciting collaboration will bring psychoanalytic ideas to life by exploring the shared territories between psychoanalysis, opera and other performing arts, with their shared aim of telling stories with emotional intensity and meaning that have the potential to transform.
This is a unique opportunity to take part in a dialogue between performers, directors and psychoanalysts to explore the synergy between the two disciplines.
Learn about psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic interpretation and what becoming a psychoanalyst involves.
Explore performance as interpretation, the complexities of performing violence and psychoanalysis and film.
The Northern Summer School is open to everyone, including current undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline or background.
Visit the Institute of Psychoanalysis website for the full programme and further information.
Joaquin Phoenix stars in Spike Jonze's soulful sci-fi drama about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson).
Please note that the date of this event has changed to Friday 15th June.
‘She’ is a bright, female voice, and is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into a love affair. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze explores the evolving nature – and the risks – of intimacy in the modern world.
Speaking before the film is Andrea Sabbadini, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and director of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival. Afterwards, there will be the chance to discuss the film together.
Presented as part of the Institute of Psychoanalysis Summer School
Dir Spike Jonze, USA 2014, 126mins + (duration of talk). Cert 15.
An opera by Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye
A powerful tale of extremism, expedience and deceit, The Path to Heaven exposes the disintegration of the loves, lives and hopes of a family struggling to survive during the Holocaust.
Sara, Hanna, Dieter, Magda and Hans return home from a party to find that having ‘danced too long in the moonlight’, evil stalks them from the darkness.
The discovery that their adoptive parents have disappeared triggers a descent into a nightmare from which none will escape unchanged. A meticulously-researched series of individual real stories has been woven into a thrilling new opera for the 21st Century.
Performed by musicians from Psappha and The Royal Northern College of Music.
The legendary orchestra from Benin celebrates 50 years together. Undisputed kings of voodoo music, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo blends traditional Beninese music, American soul and funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Congolese rumba, French pop and Afro-Cuban rhythms.
The oldest active African orchestra, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are also one of the continent’s most prolific collectives, releasing hundreds of EPs and dozens of albums throughout the 60s and 70s.
Their magnificent live show and unparalleled musical output shows them truly worthy of their full name: Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (The All Powerful Polyrhythmic Orchestra of Cotonou).
Suitable for 0-4s and their families
Join us for a multi-sensory journey through the magical world of opera.
Meet lots of interesting characters and learn some new songs, as well as singing some our Little Singers favourites. With live instrumental music, lights, projections and a whole heap of fun included.
Grammy Award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales is known both for the subtlety and poise of his best-selling Solo Piano albums and his charismatic showmanship.
‘Gonzo’ is a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper – meshing tradition with pop, electro and rap. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake and holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours.
In a rare intimate show, Chilly Gonzales takes to the stage of the Howard Assembly Room with pieces from his Solo Piano album cycle, after which he is joined by Stella Le Page on cello and Joe Flory on drums to perform hits and hidden surprises from the rest of his repertoire, interspersed with his playful explanations about how his music works.
Since emerging in 2014 with his self-released cassette EP, Mid-City Island, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances.
With his smooth, haunting voice, Sumney makes music that transforms classic styles, as though a moon-colony choir had got hold of old jazz gems. His lyrics narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness with otherworldly compositional backdrops.
In 2017, the California and Ghana-raised troubadour released his debut album Aromanticism. Released to great critical acclaim, Aromanticism was regarded by NPR, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, as one of 2017's best albums. Following its critical success, Sumney has performed the album to sold out headline shows across North America, Europe, and at the Sydney Opera House.
The Guardian on Aromanticism