1 - 30 Apr 2017
Head on over to the Humber Bridge, put on a set of our headphones and disappear into a sound adventure, walking the epic span of the Bridge with a world of sound in your ears.
Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Opera North
The Height of the Reeds
By Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset
Music by Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, guitarist Eivind Aarset and electronic wizard Jan Bang gives way to the vast sound of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North; threaded through with the deep music of the Bridge itself, captured by Hull based sound artist Jez riley French. Spoken voices: Maureen Lipman, Barrie Rutter, Katie Smith.
Evoking both the long history of sea travel from Hull, and the Bridge as a powerful symbol of home, The Height of the Reeds is an unforgettable experience in sound.
Celebrate the opening weekend (1 & 2 Apr) with us, with unexpected surprises and extra treats along the way.
1 – 2 Apr 2017
3 – 31 Apr 2017
Tickets: Free, but should be booked in advance
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May
Tickets: £2.50 – £4
The walk is a minimum of 3 miles, as the Humber Bridge is the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that it is possible to cross by foot. Please do make sure you dress for rain, wind and shine as the weather can change at a moment's notice.
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.
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
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.
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.
Puccini's thrilling final opera performed as the latest of our acclaimed concert stagings.
In ancient Beijing, Princess Turandot decrees that she will marry the prince who can solve three riddles. Those who fail are put to death. Prince Calaf, dazzled by her beauty, determines to win her despite the pleas of the servant girl Liu who is secretly in love with him.
Puccini’s last opera includes music of exotic colour and overwhelming power, including the famous and instantly recognisable ‘Nessun Dorma’.
Following in the wake of its world-beating Ring cycle, Turandot is the latest in Opera North’s celebrated series of concert stagings of epic operas.
Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes
Sung in Italian with English titles
Classic film with original score played live by the Orchestra of Opera North.
Cult 1927 sci-fi classic Metropolis is a triumph of German Expressionism and remains one of the most influential films ever made. With its depiction of a futuristic cityscape and an alluring female robot, Metropolis is the mother of sci-fi cinema, influencing Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless others.
Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang, its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery and modernist grandeur remain as powerful as ever.
The original chamber orchestra version of its powerful score by German composer Gottfried Huppertz is performed by the Orchestra of Opera North, conducted by Hugh Brunt.
It should be in everyone’s film library
Dir. Fritz Lang (1927); Cert PG (contains mild violence and nudity); 153 mins
Film by courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Institute Music by courtesy of Ries & Erler
10 May 2017
Howard Assembly Room
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
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
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.
The seventh solo record from Mercury-nominated singer Carleen Anderson is her ‘best and bravest yet, a deeply poetic take on belonging and exile that pulses with ideas and life’ (The Evening Standard).
Cage Street Memorial chronicles a century of family heritage, performed live by Anderson with Orphy Robinson on vibraphone, percussion from Crispin Robinson, Samy Bishai on violin and Renell Shaw on bass.
Acknowledged by BBC 6Music's Gilles Peterson as one of the most powerful singer/songwriters of her generation, Carleen Anderson has collaborated with musicians including Paul Weller and Ramsey Lewis and was vocalist and composer for the Young Disciples whose album Road to Freedom brought the group international recognition.
For live performances you have to see Carleen Anderson at least three times in your life. She’s someone I’d hang around all day just to hear her sound check.
On 13 February 1976, experimental rock band This Heat played its first show. Now, 40 years later, founding members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward reunite to perform new interpretations of their music.
Arguably the most inventive band to emerge from the UK’s fruitful DIY scene in the 70s, This Heat’s career may have been short-lived, but its legacy continues to grow in stature and relevance. Still sounding as wild and original as when it was written, their music has as much in common with modern composers like John Cage as their art-rock contemporaries Gang of Four and The Pop Group.
Matching jagged post-punk guitar sounds with hard rhythms, dub production techniques and tape loops, here the band’s twisting, freeform songs are fully realised live.
...this doesn’t feel like nostalgia, but a new beginning.
— The Guardian
In assocation with I-D.A Projects and Room 237
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 email@example.com
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.
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