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Kirklees Concert Season 2013/14

Music up close

Kirklees Concert Season 2013/14

Music up close

Music up close A very warm welcome to the 2013/14 Kirklees Concert Season, which once again fills the beautiful Town Halls of Huddersfield and Dewsbury with a host of marvellous music. Come and join world-class soloists, orchestras and conductors as they perform an exciting programme of concerts right on your doorstep. And with most tickets costing less than £20, you’ll enjoy a memorable night out that’s great value for money. Our popular Kids for a Quid offer is back, so with under 16s at just £1 and under 26s at £4, it’s a perfect opportunity to share the joy of live performance with both friends and family. The season stars a number of renowned soloists, all regulars on the international stage. Highlights include Proms favourite Kathryn Stott, German tenor Werner Güra and the thrilling father and son pairing of Howard and Alexander Shelley, in their first ever public performance together. The season also features a number of gifted young musicians who are making waves on the classical scene, including violinist Francesca Dego, conductor Andrew Gourlay and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. We are pleased to bring you inspired orchestral playing from Kirklees Concert Season’s resident ensemble, the Orchestra of Opera North, alongside top British orchestras: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic. We are proud to be teaming up again this year with the UK’s biggest classical radio station, Classic FM. We share with Classic FM a simple vision that classical music is for everyone, and when you look through this programme we hope you’ll be as excited as we are about what is on offer. For those who want to experience everything, there is our great value subscription to take advantage of. For those of you who aren’t quite sure where to begin, why not come along to the ‘Recommended by Classic FM’ concerts, which are a great introduction to some of the most popular works? Almost all the concerts are preceded by a free talk, which provides a friendly and informal opportunity to get closer to the music and to the performers you’ll be hearing. We look forward to welcoming you often during another year that celebrates the joy of great music and the thrill of live performance.


Richard Farnes

Cllr Mehboob Khan

Music Director, Opera North

Leader of the Council

Orchestral concerts

Huddersfield and Dewsbury

Talking Music Join us for some lively discussion about each performance. Before most of our concerts this year we’ll be ‘Talking Music’ with some of our soloists, conductors and members of the orchestra. Please see individual concerts for start times.

Lunchtime Concerts Huddersfield and Dewsbury Come along to our popular lunchtime organ and chamber concerts – there are some real treats in store. Priced at only £5, these occasions are a simply delightful way to spend an afternoon.

This year we’re continuing our popular ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer where under 16s can enjoy any concert for £1 when accompanied by an adult. Bring along your family and enjoy the concert season together. 3

Music up close Thursday 19 September 2013 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North The Power and the Glory The season kicks off with a concert that captures all the energy and thrill of live music. Following the release of her début album devoted to Paganini, Francesca Dego lights the fireworks of the great violinist/composer’s romantic Violin Concerto No.1, packed with technical wizardry and musical panache. Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony is arguably the Russian composer’s best-known work, a masterpiece on which his life depended. A musical and political triumph, it simultaneously succeeded in appeasing Stalin’s government with its stirring, patriotic melodies, whilst creating music of such beauty and sorrow that it moved – and still moves – audiences to tears. Tchaikovsky

Capriccio Italien


Violin Concerto No. 1

Francesca Dego

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 Daniele Rustioni


Daniele Rustioni

Violin Francesca Dego ‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm


Thursday 24 October 2013 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Royal Northern Sinfonia Miraculous Mozart

Thomas Zehetmair

Peter Francomb

The Kirklees season brings top international talent to your doorstep, and tonight is no exception. The remarkable musicianship of tenor Werner Güra and horn player Peter Francomb is combined in Britten’s exquisite Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, a series of six English poems about evening and night set to music wonderfully evocative of darkness and dreams. From the unmistakable opening bars of his Symphony No 40 in G minor, flows some of Mozart’s most emotionallycharged music; it’s easy to hear why this is one of the world’s most famous pieces. Conducted by Thomas Zehetmair in his final season as Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Music Director, Mozart’s romantic masterpiece provides the climax to what promises to be a very special evening. Mozart Divertimento in B major [K137] Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor [K550] Conductor

Thomas Zehetmair

Tenor Werner Güra Horn Peter Francomb Werner Güra

‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm

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Music up close Wednesday 30 October 2013 7.30pm Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North The Scottish Symphony Aged just 20, Felix Mendelssohn was inspired by Scotland’s wild highlands and bright sky to compose his celebrated Third Symphony. Tonight its untamed beauty is brought to life by talented young conductor Andrew Gourlay, named as Gramophone magazine’s ‘One to Watch’ in 2010. He is joined by renowned keyboard player Jonathan Scott who, with more than 20 recordings under his belt, is perfectly placed to play the harpsichord in Poulenc’s delightful Concert champêtre, another piece inspired by landscape. Ravel’s heartrending suite, which opens the concert, was written in memory of friends killed in the First World War. Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin


Concert champêtre


Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’


Andrew Gourlay


Jonathan Scott

‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm


Andrew Gourlay

Jonathan Scott

Wednesday 11 December 2013 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North British Greats

Kathryn Stott

If ever proof is needed of the world-class nature of British music-making, look no further than this concert. Kathryn Stott is one of our greatest pianists, a regular collaborator with YoYo Ma and a favourite of the BBC Proms. She brings her unique style to Britten’s Piano Concerto, marking 100 years since the great British composer’s birth. In the second half of the evening, the indomitable Orchestra of Opera North, under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Richard Farnes, performs Elgar’s seminal Second Symphony. Written at a time when the world was changing forever, this is one of the most profound works of 20th-century music. Britten Piano Concerto Elgar Symphony No. 2 Conductor

Richard Farnes

Piano Kathryn Stott ‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm Richard Farnes

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Music up close Wednesday 18 December 2013 7.30pm Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North Opera North Children’s Chorus A Ceremony of Carols Ding dong merrily on high, in Dewsbury the choirs are singing! Join us for a wonderfully festive Christmas concert, featuring the angelic voices of the Opera North Children’s Chorus alongside the Company’s magnificent Orchestra and Chorus. Britten’s delightful A Ceremony of Carols features in a programme that includes a feast of music inspired by this special time of year – and you’ll also get the chance to join in with some of your favourite carols. Dewsbury Town Hall will be brimming with the Christmas spirit in what is guaranteed to be a joyful occasion for all.

Justin Doyle

Britten A Ceremony of carols Rimsky-Korsakov Christmas Eve Suite: Prelude Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols Humperdinck

Hansel and Gretel (excerpts)

Audience carol: Good King Wenceslas


Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers


L’Enfance du Christ: Shepherds’ Farewell

Audience carol: O Come all Ye Faithful

Conductors Justin Doyle Anthony Kraus ‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm 8

Anthony Kraus

Saturday 28 December 2013 3pm Huddersfield Town Hall (PLEASE NOTE TIME)

Orchestra of Opera North Viennese Whirl Be swept off your feet at this afternoon of Viennese classics. One of the year’s highlights, do book your tickets early as this ever-popular concert always sells out. Concert includes: Nicolai

The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture

Johann Strauss II Annen Polka Jac van Steen

Pizzicato Polka,

Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring)

On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Josef Strauss Sphärenklänge

Brennende Liebe


By Strauss


Jac van Steen

Sarah Tynan

Soprano Sarah Tynan Presenter

Mark Forrest

Mark Forrest

This concert has a special ticket pricing and is a nonsubscription concert. However, if you subscribe to both Dewsbury and Huddersfield orchestral seasons, you can get a ticket for this concert FREE.

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Music up close Saturday 11 January 2014 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

BBC Philharmonic Magnificent Firsts Start the New Year with a night to remember. The incredible sound of Shostakovich’s powerful First Cello Concerto will stay with you long after the concert is over, and who better to perform this technical and musical feat than Leonard Elschenbroich, BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2012-2014? Brahms took nearly 15 years to complete his First Symphony, in which lush strings, blazing brass and pounding timpani combine to astonishing dramatic effect. Sit back and let the BBC Philharmonic’s glorious sound sweep over you in this piece famously described as ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’. Beethoven

Egmont: Overture

Alexander Joel

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 Brahms Symphony No. 1 Conductor

Alexander Joel


Leonard Elschenbroich

‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm


Leonard Elschenbroich

Thursday 6 February 2014 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North Shelley father and son

Howard Shelley

With its reputation as one of the toughest of all piano works to perform, Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto is a breathtaking experience when heard live. It is apt that this musical Everest is the first public performance together of a remarkable father and son pairing. Howard Shelley is one of the UK’s most highly esteemed pianists, a favourite on the international stage, and his gifted son Alexander won the 2005 Leeds Conducting Competition. The evening kicks off with MacMillan’s madcap Stomp, where Mozart and Tchaikovsky crash together, and ends with César Franck’s only symphony. Full of energy and joy, it is the perfect way to round off a unique occasion. MacMillan

Stomp (with Fate and Elvira)

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 César Franck Symphony in D Minor Conductor

Alexander Shelley

Piano Howard Shelley

Alexander Shelley

‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm

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Music up close Sunday 9 March 2014 4pm Huddersfield Town Hall (PLEASE NOTE TIME)

Orchestra of Opera North Northern Lights There is a Scandinavian flavour to this afternoon’s concert, which opens with Danish composer Nielsen’s famous Helios Overture, a flamboyant showpiece inspired by the sun rising over the sea. The atmosphere grows more romantic with Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar’s creation for solo violin and orchestra and representing Norway is the ever popular ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. The afternoon concludes in joyful spirits with Beethoven’s uplifting Pastoral Symphony, conducted with cheer and vigour by Swedish conductor and violinist Tobias Ringborg. Tobias Ringborg


Helios Overture


Two sentimental romances for violin and orchestra, opus 28


Peer Gynt Suite: No. 1


Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’

Conductor/Violin Tobias Ringborg ‘Talking Music’ starts at 3.10pm


Saturday 5 April 2014 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North Heavenly Sounds Richard Farnes takes to the platform for the second time this season to bring to life Bartók’s unearthly Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Written in 1936, its powerful rhythms and amazing instrumental effects fuse to create a piece both haunting and profound. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is a grand orchestral work complete with sleighbells and solo soprano. This vibrant symphony is full of folk-like colour and glorious melodies and makes an ideal introduction to Mahler’s work. The finale, based on an exquisite song depicting a child’s vision of heaven, is sure to lift both body and soul. Richard Farnes


Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Mahler Symphony No. 4 Conductor

Richard Farnes

Soprano Alwyn Mellor ‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm Alwyn Mellor


Music up close Wednesday 16 April 2014 7.30pm Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra of Opera North Austrian Classics Of his 104 symphonies, Haydn’s No. 52 is one of the neglected masterpieces. He never ceased to experiment, and he packed this symphony with wry humour and dramatic turns that constantly surprise and delight. Haydn’s influence can be heard in Mozart’s joyful Horn Concerto and his exuberant Symphony No 36, written in just four days as a thank you to friends hosting him and his young wife in Linz.  Written in desperate times, when Strauss faced the impossible situation of appeasing the Nazis whilst trying to rescue Jewish family members, the Prelude to his final opera is a thing of sublime beauty and extreme emotion, here played by the full string section of the Orchestra of Opera North.

Ilyich Rivas

Haydn Symphony No. 52 Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3 K447 Richard Strauss Capriccio: Prelude Mozart Symphony No. 36 K425 ‘Linz’ Robert Ashworth


Ilyich Rivas

Horn Robert Ashworth ‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm


Sunday 27 April 2014 4.00pm Huddersfield Town Hall (PLEASE NOTE TIME)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Classic FM Goes to the Movies Following last year’s sell-out success, our big screen extravaganza is back! Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in bringing the likes of Mozart, Strauss, Elgar and Rossini to the movies. From Austin Powers to Out of Africa, you’ll get to hear all those famous tunes played live in star-studded style. With accompanying visuals, this is guaranteed to be a fun afternoon concert for all the family.


Concert Includes: Richard Kaufman

Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra: Ode to the Sun (2001: A Space Odyssey) Mozart

Clarinet Concerto (Adagio) (Out of Africa)


Carmen: Les Toréadors, Intermezzo, Habanera, Danse Bohème (Babe, Flashdance, Meet the Parents)


The Sleeping Beauty: Waltz (Sleeping Beauty, A.I.)


Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Austin Powers)

Conductor Richard Kaufman ‘Talking Music’ starts at 3.10pm

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Music up close Thursday 22 May 2014 7.30pm Dewsbury Town Hall

Royal Northern Sinfonia Glorious Bach The final concert of the season is dedicated to one of music’s all-time greats, J S Bach. He wrote over 1100 works that capture the very essence of music and which have inspired musicians of all kinds, from classical to jazz to pop. This concert includes The Musical Offering, a splendid collection of pieces all based on a single theme given to Bach by Frederick the Great. The famous Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is a work of joyous celebration, often heard in films, on television and of course at weddings. A traditional French dance inspired the Suite No. 2, guaranteeing that you will leave the concert hall with a spring in your step – especially when played by Royal Northern Sinfonia under the effervescent direction of Leader Bradley Creswick and soloist Juliette Bausor. JS Bach

Bradley Creswick

The Musical Offering

JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major JS Bach Suite No. 2 in B minor Director Bradley Creswick Flute Juliette Bausor ‘Talking Music’ starts at 6.40pm


Juliette Bausor

Organ Concerts

Mondays at 1pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Our popular lunchtime organ and chamber concert series returns with a fantastically talented line-up. As ever, these concerts are very well priced at only £5 each (£3.50 for concessions). Regular lunchtime concert goers comment how wonderfully friendly and sociable these daytime events are, and with competitively priced lunches available from 11.30am, ticket holders can enjoy a bite to eat and chat prior to sitting back and enjoying the uplifting musical programmes on offer. With friendly banter from the likes of Borough Organist Dr Gordon Stewart and other season performers, the audience gets an insight into the music, as well as a few entertaining personal anecdotes.

Monday 7 October 2013 Gordon Stewart with the New World Orchestra

Gordon Stewart is joined by the New World Orchestra led by Andy Long in a programme which includes concertos by Handel and York-based composer Andrew Carter. Written for a church in the USA, the Carter concerto was premièred in the UK by Gordon Stewart and this orchestra three years ago. Also included are one of the most popular pieces for string orchestra by Elgar and JS Bach’s most famous organ piece, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Handel Organ Concerto in F Andrew Carter Aria for Strings JS Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor Elgar Serenade for Strings Andrew Carter Organ Concerto

The New World Orchestra


Music up close Monday 21 October 2013 Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart opens this concert with a piece by Hull-born composer Alfred Hollins and after some great Baroque music, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the births of two giants of the opera world, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Concert Overture in C Minor Buxtehude Toccata in F Stanley Toccata for the flutes JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor Liszt Funerailles Verdi Aida: Grand March Wagner Tannhäuser: Elisabeth’s Prayer Wagner Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries Hollins

Monday 4 November 2013 Daniel Moult

Dan Moult has appeared in the series several times and has become a real favourite. His programme will allow the Father Willis organ to be heard at its best and with Mendelssohn as the opener and with Mozart at the centre, this is vintage Moult! Mendelssohn Sonata 1 JS Bach Trio in G Mozart Fantasia in F minor/ major Bourgeois Variations on a theme of Herbert Howells Wolstenholme Allegretto in E Widor Finale (Symphony 6)

Monday 11 November 2013 Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart plays a programme of British music ending with HealeyWillan’s materpiece. Yorkshire is represented by Alfred Hollins, Dr Francis Jackson and Robert Cockroft. A programme designed to use every one of the Father Willis organ’s 65 stops!

Daniel Moult


Hollins Concert Overture in C Felton A Little Trio Stanford Postlude in D minor Thalben-Ball Elegy Jackson Diversion Cockroft Lullaby Healey-Willan Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue

Organ Concerts

Mondays at 1pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Monday 25 November 2013 Gordon Stewart

JS Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in G minor takes centre stage in this programme – but heard in a special arrangement by Eaglefield Hull, onetime organist at Huddersfield Parish Church. Mendelssohn’s third sonata is a Huddersfield favourite, and Gerry Hancock’s Aria is being heard for the first time in the series. Messiaen’s best known Christmas piece ends the programme on Full Organ! Fantasie on Wachet Auf! Prelude on This is the Truth sent from above JS Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G minor JS Bach Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein Mendelssohn Sonata 3 Harris A Fancy Hancock Aria Messiaen Dieu parmi nous Rawsthorne Rawsthorne

Monday 9 December 2013 Nigel Ogden

Nigel Ogden’s recital last December was so popular we had to invite him back in 2013. Presenter of the longrunning programme The Organist Entertains on BBC Radio 2, he is recognised as one of the world’s finest theatre organists. Christmas features throughout his programme which he will no doubt present with his usual charm and wit. Lemmens Waldteufel Leibert

Fanfare The Skaters’ Waltz Under the Christmas Mistletoe Morris/Gruber Two Christmas Carol Favourites Russell Dance of the Icicles Jessel Parade of the Tin Soldiers Ireland The Holy Boy Ogden Klassical Kaleidoskope Ogden Santa’s Seasonal Songbook

Nigel Ogden


Music up close Monday 16 December 2013 University of Huddersfield Brass Band

The annual appearance of the University Brass Band is a Christmas highlight for many Kirklees concert-goers. Here they are again under their charismatic conductor Phillip McCann in a new programme for Christmas.

Monday 23 December 2013 Gordon Stewart with the Huddersfield Young Singers and Kirklees Music School Symphonic Brass

Gordon Stewart is joined by the 80 voices of the Huddersfield Young Singers and brass from Kirklees Music School in a special programme for Christmas including music by John Rutter and carols for all to sing. Organ music includes Noëls by Daquin and Robert Cockroft’s Prelude on Good King Wenceslas.

Phillip McCann


Monday 13 January 2014 Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart opens the second half of the season with a programme designed to use as many of the ‘colours’ of the Father Willis organ as possible. Andrew Carter’s Passacaglia was written in 2007 as tribute to Dr Francis Jackson who was celebrating his 90th birthday and the programme ends with one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire, the Final from Vierne’s first symphony. Bonnet Variations de Concert JS Bach Badinerie JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in C Andrew Carter Passacaglia Bossi Giga Widor Andante Sostenuto (Symphonie Gothique) Vierne Allegro Vivace and Final (Symphony 1)

Thomas Trotter

Organ Concerts

Mondays at 1pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Monday 27 January 2014 Thomas Trotter

Thomas Trotter is one of the most highly respected organists in the world. He has played in venues all over Europe, the United States and Australia and with some of the most famous orchestras. For his return to the Huddersfield Willis he has chosen a hugely varied programme, including Bairstow’s magnificent Sonata and his own brilliant transcription of Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours. Widor Allegro (Symphony 5) C P E Bach Sonata in F major Bairstow Sonata Ad Wammes Ride on a High Speed Train Ponchielli/Trotter Dance of the Hours

Monday 10 February 2014 The Art of the Improviser Gordon Stewart with George King (piano)

Gordon Stewart is joined by piano virtuoso George King in a programme which is a first for Huddersfield. After several of the pieces, George King will improvise on themes from the works on the Town Hall’s Steinway piano. George’s compositions have won prizes in the UK and the USA, and he has played in venues as varied as the Carnegie Hall in New York and Ronnie Scott’s in London. The programme includes Montague Phillips’ Empire March, Karg-Elert’s Valse Mignone, Gardonyi’s Mozart Changes, and Harold Britton’s Variations on Gershwin’s I got rhythm.

Monday 24 February 2014 Gordon Stewart

Bernard Johnson was the organist at Bridlington Priory and a good friend of Alfred Hollins. His Concert Overture is his largest work for organ and takes its inspiration from the last symphony of Tchaikovsky, and his Caprice was written for Hollins. All his music is full of melody and energy. Johnson Concert Overture Homage to Tchaikovsky JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in G Minor Jackson Impromptu for Edward Bairstow Spedding Variations on Ave Maris Stella Rheinberger Introduction and Passacaglia (Sonata 8) Johnson Caprice Mulet Tu es petra

George King


Music up close Monday 10 March 2014 Gordon Stewart with

Monday 24 March 2014

Gordon Stewart is joined by the leader of the Orchestra of Opera North in this tribute to JS Bach who was born in March 1685. Three of the most popular organ works open the concert, then David Greed plays the most demanding of all Bach’s works for solo violin, the Chaconne. Gordon Stewart ends the programme with his favourite piece, the Passacaglia and Fugue.

Last year the organ world was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Carlo Curley, the flamboyant American concert organist. Carlo played three times at the Town Hall, and Gordon Stewart has chosen a programme from works recorded and played by him. The concert ends with the Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde – a work Carlo played when Gordon Stewart heard him for the last time in Beverley Minster.

David Greed (violin)

JS Bach JS Bach JS Bach JS Bach JS Bach JS Bach

Sinfonia to Cantata 29 Jesu, joy of man’s desiring Fugue alla Gigue Chaconne for solo violin Prelude on Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

Huddersfield Town Hall Organ Concert Information Tickets: £5.00 (£3.50 concessions) available from Huddersfield Town Hall Box Office. Season subscription tickets are also available for all 16 concerts for just £37.50. For full information please see the venue details on pages 26 & 27. All organ concerts start at 1pm. Lunch is served in the Old Court Room from 11.30am.


Gordon Stewart Carlo Curley Memorial Concert

Trad/Archer Londonderry Air JS Bach Fugue in G minor JS Bach/Fox Come sweetest death Mozart Fantasia in F Minor Guilmant Grand Choeur in D Sousa Liberty Bell March Wagner Liebestod

Organ Concerts

Mondays at 1pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Monday 7 April 2014

Monday 28 April 2014

Gordon Stewart is again joined by the Hallé Orchestra’s co-principal trumpeter Tom Osborne in a programme which stretches from the glory of the Baroque to Noel Rawsthorne’s Aria in an arrangement dedicated to Gordon Stewart and the virtuoso world of the cornet in The Debutante.

Gordon Stewart looks to the country of his birth for four of the pieces in his final programme of the season. The overture is best remembered as the theme tune for the television series Sutherland’s Law and Paul Halley’s Fantasia on three traditional celtic melodies is being heard in Huddersfield for the first time. But the centrepiece is JS Bach – his wonderful Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, one of his most remarkable pieces.

Gordon Stewart with Tom Osborne (trumpet)

Martini Toccata Handel Suite JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in G Rawsthorne Aria Bernstein Rondo for Lifey Reger Dankpsalm Sparke Soliloquy Clarke The Debutante

Gordon Stewart

MacCunn Overture The Land of the Mountain and the Flood Nicholson Impromptu Barratt Coronach JS Bach Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Rawsthorne Celtic Lament Halley Outer Hebrides Fantasia on Three Traditional Melodies

Tom Osborne

Gordon Stewart


Music up close Wednesday 9 October 2013 Cantabile - The London Quartet Cantabile has long been recognised as one of the UK’s great vocal groups. The four singers came to prominence working with Tim Rice in the West End and now tour the world performing music ranging from madrigals to folk, jazz and their own uniquely funny songs. Classic FM says of them “Great singing, great songs, great fun!” Cantabile

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Bing Xiang (violin) with Ellena Hale (piano) When Bing Xiang joined Gordon Stewart in a concert at Huddersfield Town Hall last year the audience immediately took to him and several asked if he could play a whole programme at Dewsbury. So here he is in a programme full of melody and virtuosity including Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Mozart’s Sonata in G and Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs.

Bing Xiang

Wednesday 11 December 2013 University of Huddersfield Brass Band

For many of the Dewsbury audience Christmas starts when they come to hear the wonderful University of Huddersfield Brass Band. Here they are in concert, with lots of new pieces to welcome in the Festive Season, and carols for all to sing.

Wednesday 22 January 2014 Rachel Mosley (soprano) with Lisa Osborne (oboe) Rachel Mosley has appeared in the Dewsbury season several times. One of the North of England’s most adaptable sopranos, her repertoire stretches from the Baroque to Broadway. In this concert she sings some of the world’s most popular songs and arias from oratorio, opera and musicals. Instrumental interludes are provided by oboist, Lisa Osborne. 24

Dewsbury Town Hall Lunchtime Concert Information Tickets: £5 (£3.50 concessions) available from Dewsbury Town Hall Box Office. Season tickets are available for all 8 concerts for just £20. For full information please see the venue details on pages 26 & 27. All Dewsbury Lunchtime Concerts start at 12.30pm. Lunch is served in the main hall from 11.30am.

Lunchtime Chamber Concerts Wednesdays at 12.30pm Dewsbury Town Hall

Wednesday 12 February 2014 Kevin Gowland (flute) with David Gowland (piano)

Kevin Gowland

In Dewsbury two years ago, Principal Flute in the Orchestra of Opera North, Kevin Gowland, was joined by his brother David (who is on the staff of the Royal Opera House); their concert was one of the highlights of the series. Playing so close to Valentine’s Day they have given the programme for their return visit the title The Romantic Flute. Romantic melodies will abound – but expect the Gowland virtuosity too!

Wednesday 12 March 2014 Robin Colvill (piano)

David Gowland

Robin Colvill has been a Dewsbury regular for many years. Since his last visit he has played in venues as varied as the Havana Opera House, Malta’s Manoel Theatre, the Governor’s residence in Gibraltar and concert halls in Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados. For his programme this time Robin has chosen music from Bach to Gershwin.

Wednesday 9 April 2014 Erringden Piano Trio

Robin Colvill

No chamber series would be complete without some quartets or trios. The piano trios of Mendelssohn are amongst his most beautifully crafted pieces. The Erringden Trio pair his D minor trio with Frank Bridge’s Phantasie Trio – chamber music at its best.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 Mosaic Guitar Duo Mosaic

Rebecca Parnell and Emma Smith have played in venues all over England including London’s Wigmore Hall and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. For their first Dewsbury appearance they have chosen a programme which will take you from Spain to South America and from the 16th century to the present day. A perfect end to the lunchtime series.

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Huddersfield orchestral prices and discounts Seating Area Single Ticket Concessions Under 26s Viennese Whirl concert Under 16s Season Subscription

A B C £24.00 £21.50 £18.00 £21.00 £18.50 £15.50 – – £4.00 £14.00 £14.00 £14.00 £1.00 £1.00 £1.00 £141.00 £126.00 £105.00

stage F C








Band B - Balcony Band C - Balcony Band D - Stalls


Band A - Balcony


Band E - Stalls & Gallery Band F - Stalls & Balcony

D £12.00 £10.00 £4.00 £14.00 £1.00 £69.00

E £10.00 £8.50 £4.00 £14.00 £1.00 £57.00

F £8.00 £7.00 £4.00 £14.00 £1.00 £45.00

Concessions are available to Kirklees Passport holders, senior citizens, under 26s, unwaged, disabled and Stagepass holders. Please note that there are no concessions on subscription tickets. Please note that the Viennese Whirl on the 28 December is not included in the season subscription and has a ticket price of £14.00 all areas, £4.00 for under 26s, £1.00 for under 16s with no further concessions.

Dewsbury orchestral prices and discounts Seating Area Single Ticket Concessions Under 26s Under 16s Season Subscription

A £19.00 £16.50 – £1.00 £55.50

stage E B D C




Band A - Balcony Band B - Balcony

B £16.00 £13.50 – £1.00 £46.50

C £11.50 £10.00 £4.00 £1.00 £33.00

D £9.00 £7.50 £4.00 £1.00 £25.50

E £7.00 £6.00 £4.00 £1.00 £19.50

Please note - orchestral subscription tickets are not transferable between venues.

Band C - Stalls Band D - Stalls Band E - Stalls

This year we’re continuing our popular ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer where under 16s can enjoy any concert for £1 when accompanied by an adult. Bring along the family and enjoy the concert season together.

Venue information Huddersfield Town Hall Location

Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA Entrance

Corporation Street for access to box office, stalls and Old Court Room. Princess Street for access to balcony and gallery. Box Office Opening hours from 6.15pm on the evening of each concert for collection of pre-booked tickets and ‘on the door’ sales. Dewsbury Town Hall Location Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury WF12 8DG Entrance Ground floor access to the box office and stairs/ lift to the concert hall is at the front of the town hall. Box Office Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm. From 6.15pm on concert nights for collection of pre-booked tickets and ‘on the door’ sales. Facilities at Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls Talking Music: For an extra insight into the music and an opportunity to meet some of the performers, there is a free talk before the concerts at 6.40pm (unless otherwise stated) in the main hall. Please ensure that you purchase your concert ticket before going into the hall. Travel and Parking All venues are located within walking distance of the rail and bus stations. Parking is available in local car parks, as well as limited free parking on surrounding streets during the evening. For further details of car parks please visit

Induction Loop System Both town halls have induction loops in the concert halls. Wheelchair Access A number of wheelchair positions are available in the stalls only. Access is via the level access Corporation Street entrance at Huddersfield and the level access entrance at Dewsbury. A steward will be available to assist you. Please make it clear when booking that you require a wheelchair space. Wheelchair spaces are sold at the concessionary rate; one accompanying carer may claim a free seat. Refreshments Bar and catering facilities are available from 6.15pm. You may wish to pre-order your interval drinks at the bar to beat the rush!

How to Book You can book your ticket in person, by phone or online as follows: Holmfirth Information Centre, tel: 01484 222444 Huddersfield Visitor Information Centre, tel: 01484 223200 Dewsbury Box Office, tel: 01924 324501 Book online at

Single tickets for all concerts go on sale from Thursday 1 August 2013. The information contained in this booklet was correct at the time of printing. However, Kirklees Council and Opera North reserve the right to alter the programme without prior notice.

ticket hotline 01484 223200 online booking


Kirklees Concert Season 2013/14  

Orchestral Concerts Lunchtime Chamber Concerts Organ Recitals Dewsbury Town Hall Huddersfield Town Hall Kirklees Council

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