After closing the Summer season with a fortnight of performances by world music luminaries as part of Yorkshire Festival 2016, the Howard Assembly Room announces more international acts on sale for Autumn.
The most successful female singer-songwriter in the Arabic-speaking world, Algerian singer Souad Massi opens the new season on 11 September with her only UK performance outside London. She will perform her latest album El-Mutakallimûn, featuring stunning settings of Arabic poems dating from the sixth century to the present.
Jazz iconoclasts The Bad Plus bring their latest album, featuring inventive takes on songs by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Johnny Cash, Kraftwerk - and a heartfelt tribute to their fellow Minnesotan Prince - to Leeds on 12 November.
A progressive classic from the last century, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is performed live by Tubular Brass on 24 September. The ensemble will open the concert with Mary Casio, a new commission for brass band and vintage analogue synthesisers by John Foxx collaborator and member of The Magnetic North Hannah Peel, who grew up playing in colliery bands.
The Corresponding series underscores the Howard Assembly Room's global outlook with some inspired pairings. On 23 September Nicholas Wolpe gives his insight on the political crisis that South Africa finds itself in, five decades after his father, anti-apartheid activist Harold Wolpe, was arrested with Nelson Mandela and other ANC members at Liliesleaf Farm in Johannesburg. Formed in the city a year after the Liliesleaf Raid, legendary female vocal ensemble The Mahotella Queens bring the stirring sound of the townships to Leeds on 26 October.
A festive pairing draws the series to a close with a rare UK appearance from Corsican male voice choir A Filetta, performing a seasonal programme of traditional song drawing on religious polyphonic song, hymnals, folk songs and occasional dance numbers (14 December) and Renaissance choral music from the Tallis Scholars on 18 December.
Two of the UK’s foremost contemporary music ensembles, The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha join forces on 11 November for Transfigured Night, a unique collaborative programme to celebrate their 25th birthdays - and to pay tribute to the late, great Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Compass Live Art Festival comes to the Howard Assembly Room on 19 November for another celebration: the 20th anniversary of Lone Twin, one of the UK’s most distinctive and acclaimed performance companies. For this world premiere, an eclectic selection of collaborators have set outlandish, hilarious performances to popular songs chosen from the playlist collected by the company's Artistic Directors Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan.
Looking to the New Year, Leeds Lieder returns to the venue on 19 January 2017 with a compellingly beautiful and varied programme of Strauss and Wolf songs by one of today’s finest lyric sopranos, Anne Schwanewilms, accompanied on piano by Malcolm Martineau.
The complete Autumn season at the Howard Assembly Room will be announced in September. Visit the Howard Assembly Room website for full listings and booking.