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Classical

Spring: A Twilight Concert

30 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Spring: A Twilight Concert

Synopsis

An early evening concert of songs dedicated to the joys of Spring.

This 50 minute concert is the perfect introduction to classical song. Inspired by the love and awakening Springtime traditionally inspires, it includes songs and duets by Mozart, Schubert (including the famous 'Shepherd on the Rock'), Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Faure, Rachmaninov and Wolf.

Current Associate Artists at Opera North, soprano Ellie Laugharne (Despina, Cosi Fan Tutte), and mezzo-soprano Heather Lowe (Lel, The Snow Maiden), perform in this opportunity to hear two exciting young singers up close, talking about the music they love. 

With Opera North Head of Music David Cowan on piano. 

Mozart Komm’, lieber Mai
Faure Mai
Schumann Im wunderschoenen Monat Mai
Erstes Gruen
Fruehlingsnacht
Wolf  Im Fruehling
Mendelssohn Maigloeckchen und die Bluemelein
Brahms Boten der Liebe
Meine Liebe ist gruen
Die Mainacht
Strauss Das Rosenband
Rachmaninov Spring Waters
Argento Spring (from 6 Elizabethan Songs)
Quilter When daffodils begin to peer
It was a lover and his lass
Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
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Thu 30th Mar
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Folk

John Smith

31 Mar 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

John Smith

Synopsis

Ben Howard calls singer, songwriter and guitarist John Smith ‘a magician’.

His guitar work, honey-on-gravel vocals and uniquely intimate approach to song-writing and live performance have brought crowds everywhere to pin-drop silence and a rapturous response. 

John has played to audiences all over the world, in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls.

He performs songs from his eagerly awaited new album, due for release in Spring 2017. 

Spellbinding

— Time Out
 

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Fri 31st Mar
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World Music

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

7 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Synopsis

Formed in refugee camps, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have risen from the ashes of civil war and destruction to create their glowing brand of Afro-pop inflected with baskeda (Sierra Leonian reggae) and defined by a jubilant spirit of resistance.

After a decade-long adventure that has taken them from the squalor of the camps to the world’s biggest stages, this most inspirational band has evolved to become one of Africa’s most recognised.

Their live shows radiate the joy, passion for music and love for their fellow man that have made Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

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Fri 7th Apr
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Film

The Great Beauty: Film

8 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Great Beauty: Film

Synopsis

Dir Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France 2013, 142 mins. Cert 15. In Italian with English subtitles. 

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. 

A swooning love letter to the decadence of Rome, Sorrentino’s film overflows with operatic opulence, satire and an exquisite melancholy, all set to an unforgettable soundtrack of Arvo Pärt, Górecki and Italian electro-pop.

a shimmering coup de cinema to make your heart burst

— The Telegraph 

Celebrating 10 years of DARE

Next Performances
Sat 8th Apr
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Film and Music

The Great Beauty: Concert

13 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Great Beauty: Concert

Synopsis

Music by Arvo Pärt, John Tavener and Henryk Górecki 

For Eastertime this year, the string section and soloists of the Orchestra of Opera North perform a concert of music inspired by the composers that feature on the soundtrack to Paolo Sorrentino’s love letter to the Eternal City, Rome.  

The Great Beauty soundtrack includes pieces by Arvo Pärt, William Byrd and Henryk Górecki, and for this concert a hand-picked programme of pieces by these composers will fill the Howard Assembly Room.

The programme includes Festina Lente by Arvo Pärt, William Byrd’s Fantasia a 6 and Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (one of the highest selling classical recordings of all time on CD).

Pachelbel Canon
Arvo Pärt Festina Lente 
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis 
Byrd Fantasia in G
Vladymir Martynov The Beatitudes
Tavener The Lamb 
Gorecki Symphony no.3 III Lento — Cantabile-semplice
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Thu 13th Apr
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Jazz

Courtney Pine featuring Omar

20 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Courtney Pine featuring Omar

Synopsis

Jazz giant Courtney Pine’s style integrates modern British sounds like drum ‘n’ bass with soul, hip-hop and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean.

For his latest project, he returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. Alongside him is UK soul vocalist Omar, whose 1992 hit single 'There’s Nothing Like This' established his truly unique sound, earning him widespread critical acclaim and seeing him collaborate with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Erykah Badu. This very special project brings two of the finest jazz and soul talents together to perform original material for the first time.

Courtney Pine was once hailed as the saviour of British Jazz...he still is

— The Independent 

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Thu 20th Apr
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Spoken Word/Talks

Tariq Ali: The Dilemmas of Lenin

21 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Tariq Ali: The Dilemmas of Lenin

Synopsis

At the end of his life, Lenin wrote ‘we didn’t know everything’, acknowledging the dilemmas he faced on the road to revolution and beyond. 

From the first stirrings of revolutionary fervour, Lenin sought the answer to dilemmas that still resonate today: is terrorism ever a useful tactic? Can imperial wars ever be supported? What is the moral justification for seizing power? What role does friendship or love play in revolution? 

Broadcaster and author Tariq Ali creates an insightful portrait of a leader grappling with terrorism, war, empire, and love. He asks what the significance of Lenin’s ideas is now, in this centenary year of the Russian Revolution.

An outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower.

— The Observer

Celebrating 10 years of DARE

Next Performances
Fri 21st Apr
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World Music

AfroCubism revisited 

22 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

AfroCubism revisited 

Synopsis

Although separated by an ocean, centuries of shared cultural heritage connect Cuba and West Africa, and the same irrepressible rhythms are crucial to the music of both.

Hence 'AfroCubism'; an album recorded in 2010 (although originally planned – and thwarted, by visa problems – back in the 1990s) by a loose-knit collection of Malian musicians. The album – conceived and produced by Nick Gold and thus released on World Circuit Records - can be found here.

This new project, AfroCubism Revisited, explores both some of the music of the original album itself and the rich historical vein of exchange and collaboration in the music lives of Cuba and West Africa.

The unique project brings together one veteran from the original sessions – N’goni master Bassekou Kouyaté – with a whole new ensemble of collaborators to explore once more the wealth of possibilities offered by the union of these two traditions. He’s joined by the Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and a trio of Cuban virtuosos – Yelfris Valdés (trumpet), Piki Bosh (guitar) and Hammadi Valdés (percussion) – to revisit and reimagine their shared, captivating, musical roots.

Produced by Opera North Projects

Next Performances
Sat 22nd Apr
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Jazz

Jazz Jamaica

26 Apr 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Jazz Jamaica

Synopsis

Leeds International Festival, Futuresound and the Howard Assembly Room present Jazz Jamaica.The mighty Jazz Jamaica have earned their reputation as ‘one of the UK’s leading good-time bands’ (The Independent) for their exuberant live performances and critically-acclaimed recordings over the past two decades. 

In 1991, inspired by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music and the largely improvisational nature of jazz, leading double bassist Gary Crosby turned a musical concept into a joyful reality. His vision - a fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz, classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folk songs - resulted in Jazz Jamaica.

Since then, a stream of talented young jazz musicians have joined the Jazz Jamaica project. 

For Leeds International Festival, the 10-piece version of the band brings their exhilarating, spontaneous sound to the Howard Assembly Room.

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Wed 26th Apr
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Spoken Word/Talks

China Miéville: October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

10 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

China Miéville: October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Synopsis

The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Miéville talks about the Russian revolution, both as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence and as a breathtaking story. 

It is the story of the extraordinary months between February and October 1917, of the forces and individuals who helped define it, of their intrigues, and catastrophes.

Miéville ranges from familiar names like Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire.

China Miéville is the multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction. His fiction includes The City & the City, Embassytown and This Census-Taker, and has won the Hugo, World Fantasy and Arthur C. Clarke awards; his non-fiction includes the photo-illustrated essay London’s Overthrow

In partnership with Verso
Liberty Lecture, in association with the University of Leeds

Next Performances
Wed 10th May
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Folk

Maarja Nuut

13 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Maarja Nuut

Synopsis

Hailing from Northern Estonia, fiddler/singer Maarja Nuut combines traditional dance tunes and songs with live electronics to create an intricate layered soundscape - a space where minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. 

Released in Spring 2016, her second album Une Meeles explores the boundary between reality and dreams.

Named as one of the top 10 albums of 2016 by fRoots, the album was also picked by Songlines for their ‘Top of the World’ accolade: ‘One of the best releases of 2016…an exceptional listen that draws influences from her Estonian roots and displays her promising talent’.

That’s what it sounds like when the snow sings

Simon Le Bon

Next Performances
Sat 13th May
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Jazz

Brad Mehldau Trio

16 May 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Brad Mehldau Trio

Synopsis

Following his sold-out show at the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival with Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau returns to the up close and personal surroundings of the Howard Assembly Room.

Over the last two decades, this American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger has transformed the paradigm of jazz and classical performance.

Mehldau’s intellect feeds an inspired range of expression and intensity, showing his genius for taking predictable materials to unpredictable destinations. 

The Trio will be playing music from their latest album Blues and Ballads, released on Nonesuch Records.

Next Performances
Tue 16th May

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