What’s On

Filtered by: Howard Assembly Room

You are filtering 17 performances.

Listing_fragmented-light-orchestra

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
Listing_richard-dawson-400x400
Music

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
Listing_little-big-sing-400x400
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
Listing_little-singers-tinies-400x400
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
Listing_vieux-400x400
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
Listing_solstice-400x400
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
Listing_little-listeners-400x400
Family

Little Big Sing

6 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Big Sing

Synopsis

Suitable for 0-5s

A multi-sensory journey around the world, singing and dancing to music from different countries, alongside some of our favourite Little Singers songs.

With live instrumental music, lights and projections and a whole heap of fun included!

Next Performances
Thu 6th Jul
Listing_sounds-of-palestine-400x400
World Music

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

27 Jul 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sounds of Palestine: Nai Barghouti | Mohamed Najem & Friends

Synopsis

Moving seamlessly between Arabic music and jazz, two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine take to the stage.

Nai Barghouti recently toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, selling out concert halls from Glasgow to London. She returns with her band of musicians from Palestine, Korea, Tunisia and Nigeria. 

She’s followed by favourites of the Paris jazz scene, Mohamed Najem & Friends. Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both groups move effortlessly between the music of the Middle East and Jazz, to find a new musical language. 

All artists are donating part of their fee to the UNICEF efforts in Syria. For more information, please contact NiNi Productions: info@niniproductions.co.uk

Next Performances
Thu 27th Jul
Listing_ladysmith-400x400
World Music

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

1 - 3 Aug 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Synopsis

The joyous and uplifting musical voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, referred to by Nelson Mandela as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’, marry the intricate rhythms and harmonies of Zulu traditions to the sounds and sentiments of gospel music. 

The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience ever since Paul Simon first worked with them in his 1986 Graceland album. The group combine powerful choruses and softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, with tightly-choreographed dance moves. 

Early booking strongly recommended.

Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant

Daily Telegraph

Next Performances
Tue 1st Aug
Thu 3rd Aug
Listing_little-listeners-2-400x400
Family

Little Listeners

31 Aug 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Little Listeners

Synopsis

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

Next Performances
Thu 31st Aug
Listing_leila-josefowicz-400x400
Classical

Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

30 Sep 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

Synopsis

American violinist Leila Josefowicz’s partnership with John Novacek has been praised for its daring spontaneity and flair.

Gramophone called the duo “an outstanding collaboration… Their rapport is stunning".

They perform a programme of works marked by dark introspection and powerful emotion, including reflective pieces by Sibelius and Mahler, Prokofiev’s wildly beautiful Sonata in F minor and the mystical Calices from contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho.

Panache and supreme technical assurance… her virtuosity is breathtaking

BBC Music Magazine on Leila Josefowicz

Next Performances
Sat 30th Sep
Listing_gavin_bryars_400x400
Classical

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

25 Oct 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Nothing Like The Sun: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Synopsis

In this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices, Gavin Bryars weaves his beautiful music through and around eight of Shakespeare's most meditative sonnets.

Led by Bryars himself, the ensemble includes tenor John Potter (ex Hilliard Ensemble), with narration by multi-talented Dublin singer, Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes). Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this is a fresh way to experience Shakespeare’s words. 

Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like The Sun has been performed at festivals around the world, and comes home to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time.

"Extraordinary…sublime"

Real Time Arts magazine

Next Performances
Wed 25th Oct

New to Opera?

  • What to wear?
  • What to expect
  • How much are tickets?
  • How long is it?
View FAQ's

Newsletter Sign up