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Be part of an amateur opera chorus every Monday night for 10 weeks!
Nothing comes close to the sound of an opera chorus – and now you can be part of one. Explore music from iconic operas, inspired by Opera North’s Fatal Passions season.
Rehearsals will be run by a vocal leader, who will support you in building your ensemble singing and music reading skills, as well as further developing your vocal technique. You will also work with a guest director, who will help you to develop your performance and stage craft skills.
Showcase your newly acquired skills at a relaxed performance for friends and family, on 26 March
Suitable for: People who have some experience of singing and are comfortable following a music score
If you have any enquiries about the ON After Hours programme please get in touch: email@example.com
An enchanting storytelling experience inspired by Japanese folk stories and Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly.
Be swept along on a magical adventure to the bottom of the ocean, visit the majestic palace of The Dragon King, ride on the shell of a Turtle and discover a mysterious treasure…
This kind of storytelling is such a rare treat; beautifully told, completely enchanting and wonderful to hear such gorgeous music in such an intimate setting.
— audience member at Seven Stories, 2017 tour of Happily Ever After
Created and performed by storyteller Ursula Holden Gill and musician Jenna Thackray.
Performances are suitable for ages 3 – 7.
Little Listeners concerts are specially designed professional concerts for young children under 5 and their grown-ups.
Whether featuring players from the renowned Orchestra of Opera North, singers from the Opera North Chorus or other classical, jazz or world music ensembles, these concerts will give you and your child the chance to hear wonderful music close up, move around and respond naturally in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Suitable for 0-5 years
Suitable for adults with babies under 1 (or pre-walking).
This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with babies under one to come along and enjoy all the fun of singing in a group, in a warm and friendly environment.
No singing experience (or talent!) is necessary, just a desire to join in and have a go.
Sessions start on Monday 9 October; each individual session costs £6, or book all 6 sessions for the discounted rate of £30.
French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie's interpretative voice extends across a broad range of repertoire in playing that is ‘ever immaculate, ever imaginative’, with the ‘combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have' (The Times).
Lortie will perform Schubert’s serene Piano Sonata in G major, D.894. Completed in October 1826, the work is sometimes called the ‘Fantasie’ and was the last of Schubert's sonatas published during his lifetime, later described by Robert Schumann as the ‘most perfect in form and conception’ of any of Schubert's sonatas. Then, he plays Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage, 2nd book: Italy, inspired by Liszt's travels with his lover in the 1830s and artworks by the Italian Masters Raphael and Michelangelo.
Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London's Wigmore Hall and Berlin's Philharmonie. As pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, he has performed all five Beethoven concertos and all of the Mozart concertos.
He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes.
|Schubert||Piano Sonata in G major, D.894|
|Liszt||Années de pèlerinage, 2nd book: Italy|
Please note that at the request of the artist, some changes have been made to the programme originally advertised.
With live flute introduction
The last major epic from legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) is a monumental achievement in film making.
An adaptation of King Lear, it tells the story of an elderly warlord who entrusts his domain to his three sons. Immense battle sequences and scenes of stylised violence are juxtaposed with moments of poetic delicacy, all set to an iconic Mahler inflected orchestral score.
Before the film starts, sink into Ran’s atmosphere with a live 10 minute mini-concert of haunting music for flute by Toru Takemitsu, the film’s composer.
Screened to complement Opera North’s Madama Butterfly.
Dir Akira Kurosawa; Japan; in Japanese with English subtitles; 2hrs 42; 1985; cert 15.
When Hisham Matar was a nineteen year old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive.
Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. Pulitzer prize winning memoir The Return is the story of what he found there.
The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as 'a first-person elegy for home and father'. In this unique event, he talks about the book and how he came to write it.
Hisham Matar will be introduced by Professor Bridget Bennett. Professor of American Literature & Culture
Liberty Lecture, in association with the University of Leeds
Howard Assembly Room favourites the Brodsky Quartet return with an Italian flavoured programme.
At its heart is Verdi’s only significant chamber work, written at the height of his fame. It will also feature Puccini’s Crisantemi, composed as an emotionally charged elegy for string quartet, and Wolf’s Italian Serenade.
The second half of the programme is dedicated to Beethoven, comprising his String Quartet No. 16 in F major, op. 135, the last major work he completed, written in October 1826, and At the grave of Beethoven commissioned by the Brodsky Quartet in 1999 from Karen Tanaka. This gentle and lyrical piece was commissioned for the bicentenary anniversary of Beethoven's string quartet opus 18, and is based on no.3.
The Brodskys' achingly beautiful performance reached deep into the heart
— The Guardian
|Tanaka||At the Grave of Beethoven|
The slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awakening in thorny yards, sirens, and coyotes that cry out to the purple sky: the music of The Handsome Family captures things beyond our everyday view.
Support from Drunken Prayer.
Brought to the attention of the wider world when TV show True Detective used their song, 'Far From Any Road’ as its opening theme in 2014, their most recent album Unseen is an epic western gothic masterpiece.
It explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West, where Brett and Rennie Sparks live (Albuquerque, NM). With their unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, they shine a light on the obscure and forgotten.
This is music that moves forward by turning the clock back— haunting, primal and
— The Times
English tenor and pianist James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook have been exploring the richness of Romantic song together for many years.
Their programme includes Schubert’s first song cycle Einsamkeit whose great span Schubert seems to master without effort, spinning glorious melodies, transfixing us with almost visual imagery, together with Purcell’s miraculous O Solitude, Clara Schumann’s Six Songs, a new work by Jonathan Dove and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ archetypically romantic Songs of Travel.
“To be alone, to wander out into the world, severing the bonds of homeland, seeking a direction and a goal as yet unknown. Two important themes of Romanticism, both in the German and the English tradition. These themes pervade our programme, as a thread weaving through the whole.” - James Gilchrist
No one tells a musical story with more wonder, more delicacy than James Gilchrist.
— The Arts Desk
|Henry Purcell (arr Britten)
Katherine Phillips, after Antoine Girard de Saint-Amant
|O solitude Z406|
Heine, Geibel, Rückert
|Six songs op 13|
|Die Einsamkeit D620|
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
|Under Alter’d Skies (2017)|
|Ralph Vaughan Williams
Robert Louis Stephenson
|Songs of Travel|
24 Mar 2018
Howard Assembly Room
The legendary French accordionist Richard Galliano returns to the Howard Assembly Room to bring the spirit of Paris’ wartime nightclubs into the heart of Leeds.
One of the great accordionists of the modern era, Galliano is joined by the peerless jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc. The two musicians reunite their talents for a performance dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson: Edith Piaf.
In his 30-year career, French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano has done what Astor Piazzolla did for the tango – rescued a traditional music – in this case the French musette – from the grip of nostalgic cliche…placing it at the heart of modern, jazz-influenced European music.
— The Guardian
British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini provide a passionate Easter offering with a varied programme revolving around the themes of love and loss.
One of the UK’s most highly regarded vocal groups, they inject ‘vitality, freshness and immediacy’ (The Telegraph) into pieces old and new.
Including Monteverdi’s moving Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata, Thomas Ravenscroft’s There were three Ravens, Britten’s tour de force settings of medieval texts and a new commission, Sonnet by Adrian Williams, expect ‘bags of style, energy and dramatic excitement’ (International Record Review) as they bring these masterpieces to life.
|Claudio Monteverdi||Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata|
|Thomas Ravenscroft||There were three ravens|
|Thomas Tomkins||Too much I once lamented|
|Clément Janequin||La Chasse|
|Benjamin Britten||Eight medieval lyrics, sacred and profane|
|Janet Wheeler||Music to Hear|
|William Brooks||Oooh Will|
|Adrian Williams||Sonnet (new commission)|
There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention.
— The Guardian