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Family

Little Singers

18 Sep - 11 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

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.

We run two sessions at the Howard Assembly Room on Mondays:

  • 0-4s at 10.15am
  • Babies under 1 at 11.30am

Both are suitable for babies but the earlier session is perfect if you’ve got several children under four as it keeps everyone entertained!

We also run Little Singers sessions (for 0-4s) in other areas of Leeds:

Morley Town Hall Mondays at 11.15am Mon 18 Sept - 11 Dec (ex 23 Oct)
Colton Primary School Thursdays at 10am Thur 14 Sept - 14 Dec (ex 26 Oct)

For more information, contact Alex Bradshaw on alex.bradshaw@operanorth.co.uk

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

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Next Performances
Mon 27th Nov
Mon 11th Dec
Mon 11th Dec
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Classical

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

Synopsis

Baritone Benjamin Appl (Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year 2016) performs Schumann's Romantic masterpiece Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love), with Leeds Lieder Director and pianist Joseph Middleton.

The best-known song cycle by Schumann, Dichterliebe takes you on a musical journey from the most delicate descriptions of nature to heart-breaking cries of longing; from a joyful wedding dance to twelve giants casting a coffin into the sea.

The programme also includes Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and three settings of Yeats by Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby.

“the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists”

Financial Times

Schumann Dichterliebe
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
Ivor Gurney and Marian Ingoldsby Settings of Yeats

In association with Leeds Lieder

Next Performances
Wed 22nd Nov

Orchestra of Opera North: Arnold, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Howells

Synopsis

Booking for New Subscribers: Monday 17 July
**General on Sale: Saturday 19 August**

Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds College of Music Student Chorus
St Peter's Singers

David Hill - conductor
Sarah Fox - soprano
Ben Hulett - tenor

Arnold Peterloo Overture
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Elgar In the South
Howells Hymnus Paradisi

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is 

— Arnold

Pre-concert talk 6:45pm
Peter Whitfield discusses this evening's works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Next Performances
Sat 25th Nov
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Folk

Lau: Decade

25 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Lau: Decade

Synopsis

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio made up of three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O'Rourke (fiddle). 

Both extraordinary musicians and creative visionaries, Lau’s music is rooted in gorgeous melody, but explores folk music in every direction, with virtuosic playing, rich electronics and ideas that constantly leap and dip in unexpected contours. 

Decade celebrates 10 years of incredible stage performances from this multiple award-winning band.  

The U.K’s best live band, Lau are remarkable – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk: exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best.

The Guardian 

Next Performances
Sat 25th Nov
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Classical

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

30 Nov 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Imogen Cooper: Beethoven, Haydn and Adès

Synopsis

Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, pianist Imogen Cooper reveals hidden depths in whatever she plays.

Renowned worldwide, her performances are praised by Gramophone for their ‘imaginative freedom’ and ‘balance of sense and sensibility’.

Her long-awaited debut at the Howard Assembly Room will travel from the classical poise of early Beethoven and the authority of Haydn’s C minor Piano Sonata, to the remarkable invention and emotional quality of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31.

The programme also includes Darknesse Visible by one of the most important composers in contemporary music, Thomas Adès (recent work includes The Exterminating Angel at the Royal Opera House).

‘an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing'

Daily Telegraph

Beethoven Bagatelles op 33
Haydn Sonata in c minor Hob. XVI/20
Beethoven Variations on La Stessa La Stessissima
Adès Darknesse Visible  
Beethoven Sonata in Ab major op 110

Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: Exotic Homelands

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Garry Walker, Conductor 
Elena Urioste, Violin

Garry Walker returns to Opera North after his critically acclaimed performances of Britten's Billy Budd. From the arresting opening of the Soirées musicales through to the noble ending of Elgar's First Symphony, a common thread of stylistic experimentation — sometimes playful, sometimes audacious — unites the works of three markedly different composers. 

Elena Urioste, former BBC New Generation Artist and yoga fanatic, is a seasoned recitalist and concerto performer, working with numerous American and UK orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Hallé Orchestras. Here she takes centre-stage to perform Mozart's exquisite Violin Concerto No. 5.

Opera North's... superb orchestra... delivered a brilliantly vivid, sharply etched account under conductor Garry Walker, full of surging drama and also moments of ezquisite contemplation 

— The Scotsman

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Britten Soirées musicales Op. 9
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, 'Turkish' K.219
Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A flat

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Next Performances
Thu 30th Nov
Sat 2nd Dec
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World Music

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

1 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu

Synopsis

Support by Chico Pere and Glenn Sharp

With her rich, smoky voice and dramatic presence, Romanian singer Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu marks the beginning of Advent with an atmospheric, enchanting concert of traditional song.

Romanian Christmas carols (colinde) and winter songs express wishes of health and prosperity for all, whilst seeking reconciliation with the souls of the departed. Rich in metaphors and religious stories, they evoke the snow-covered Carpathian mountains through dramatic tales of bravery and lives lived in nature, harking back beyond the Nativity to ancient pagan origins.

Steeped in the folk culture of her native country as well as its later traditions of tango and the café songs of Maria Tănase, Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu brings a crystalline magic to these heartfelt Christmas songs. She is joined by Serbian accordionist Dejan Jovanovic and Moldovan cimbalom virtuoso Valeriu Caşcaval for a winter’s journey through the land of her childhood –  a festive concert like no other.

Nostalgic and romantic and given a dark, Oriental tone by Chitu’s chiaroscuro alto voice… the way she draws out the introduction to ‘Aseara Ti-am Luat Basma’ surrounded by filigree cimbalom flourishes is gorgeous.

— Songlines

Next Performances
Fri 1st Dec
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Music

National Opera Studio at Opera North

8 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

National Opera Studio at Opera North

Synopsis

The next generation of great British singers perform scenes from across Handel’s intensely dramatic operas; from the catastrophic lust and deceit of Rodelinda, to the trouble of love versus politics in Giulio Cesare.

This is a rare chance to hear snapshots of these thrilling, timeless works in such an intimate setting. The Young Artists of the National Opera Studio are directed by American director Christopher Alden (La vida breve / Gianni Schicchi 2015, Norma 2012) and accompanied by the Orchestra of Opera North, under the baton of renowned British Baroque conductor David Bates.

For nearly 40 years, the National Opera Studio has played an essential role at the heart of British opera. The NOS works in partnership with Arts Council England and the UK’s leading Opera Companies – Opera North, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera – to provide intensive and bespoke professional training of the highest quality for singers and répétiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.

The annual residency at Opera North is one of the highlights of the NOS Training Year. Over the course of a week, the Young Artists work with Opera North’s staff, artists and orchestra on their home stages, culminating in this showcase performance on the stage of the Howard Assembly Room.

This forms a vital part of the professional training and exposure that sets the National Opera Studio’s Young Artist Programme apart from all others in the UK.

Selected scenes from George Frideric Handel’s:

  • Rodelinda
  • Giulio Cesare
  • Ariodante
  • Orlando

The National Opera Studio residency is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.

Next Performances
Fri 8th Dec
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Orchestral

Orchestra of Opera North: Festive Box of Delights

9 Dec 2017

Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North: Festive Box of Delights

Synopsis

Presented by Leeds Festival Chorus

Simon Wright, Conductor
Leeds Festival Chorus
Lorna James, Soprano
Victoria Sharp, Soprano
Stuart Laing, Tenor

Leeds Festival Chorus, one of the UK’s finest, and the Orchestra of Opera North join forces to present a joyous evening of popular orchestral and choral music. Expect a seasonal mix of some of the most famous and inspiring pieces ever composed.

Bach Christmas Oratorio:
No. 1 - Jauchzet, frohlocket
No. 10 – Pastorale
No. 9 – Ach mein herzliebes Jesulei
Hely-Hutchinson A Carol Symphony: 3rd mvmnt
Berlioz​ L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherds’ Farewell
Tchaikovsky​ Nutcracker: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Suite No. 1 (ex o/t)
(Trepak, Merlitons, Sugar Plum Fairy, Pas de Deux)
Interval  
Porter Kiss Me, Kate: Another Op'nin', Another Show
Verdi La traviata: Brindisi
Puccini Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus 
Lehár The Merry Widow: Vilja
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin: ​Waltz
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
Easter Hymn
Bernstein Candide: Finale
Next Performances
Sat 9th Dec
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Kirklees Concert Season

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

12 - 17 Dec 2017

Nationwide

Touring 2 theatres

Orchestra of Opera North: The Snowman & Cinderella

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2017-18

Hugh Brunt, Conductor 
John Savournin, Narrator

Arguably the most cherished soundtrack to the Christmas season is the score to Raymond Brigg's The Snowman. This December the Orchestra of Opera North performs the music in all its heart-melting splendour to a live screening of the animation. Sure to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike, this is not only the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, but a wonderful introduction to the thrills, chills and power of a symphony orchestra performing live.

Before that, narrator John Savournin delights with the classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella with sensational music and illustrations to accompany the story.

Brunt’s conducting of every bar, from the opening buzzing bass line to the sudden consonant end assertive, was graceful, just like the music. Wonderful.

— The Times

Prokofiev Cinderella Suite
Howard Blake The Snowman

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Next Performances
Tue 12th Dec
Sun 17th Dec
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Kirklees Concert Season

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

13 Dec 2017

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Kirklees Lunchtime Concerts: Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Synopsis

Part of the Kirklees Lunchtime Concert Season 2017-18

Just as you can't have Christmas without baubles and mince pies, you can't have a Dewsbury concert series without the Brass Band Christmas Spectacular. With carols to sing and others to tap your foot to, this popular concert is bound to leave you feeling festive. A seasonal staple for many, early booking is recommended for this Yuletide favourite. 

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Next Performances
Wed 13th Dec
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Music

The Tiger Lillies

13 Dec 2017

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

The Tiger Lillies

Synopsis

Cold Night in Soho

As cruel winter closes in, there comes a time to look back on the year - but in the case of The Tiger Lillies it’s a longer look, back to the band’s first steps into the racy world of 1980s Soho.

They perform their new album live: a series of snapshots of a now vanished world of drinking dens, clip joints and the starched soldiers of the Salvation Army on a mission to save souls: a place where the gutter is never far away. 

Vocalist Martyn Jacques plays piano, organ, guitar, harmonium and darbuka, accompanied by Adrian Stout’s bass, musical saw, euphonium and guitar, with drums by Timothy Remfrey

Age guidance 16+ 

Variously serious, humorous and blasphemous, that lead one, unsuspecting, to an emotional climax that just reaches in and tears out your heart.

— The Independent 

Next Performances
Wed 13th Dec

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