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January – August 2020


LEEDS LIT FEST CITYWIDE CELEBRATION OF WORDS & THOUGHT. THE NEXT CHAPTER: MARCH 4—8 2020

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WELCOME From the start of the year all the way through to summer 2020 we look forward to welcoming you to Leeds Town Hall for the very best in stand-up comedy, children’s entertainment, film, live music, TV personalities and much more. Matthew Sims Head of Arts, Events & Venues

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LEEDS LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC Leeds City Organist Darius Battiwalla invites world-class organists to perform at the Town Hall.

2 March

NEIL TAYLOR

Making his first solo appearance at the Town Hall, Neil has held organist’s posts at St Alban’s, Norwich and Sheffield Cathedrals, and has recorded and performed at major venues throughout the UK.

9 March

THE CHOIR OF LEEDS MINSTER

The choir sings J H Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary, “a fine example of music written for the late Victorian/early Edwardian Anglican church...”.

Mondays 1.05pm FREE ADMISSION

Full programme details at leedsconcertseason.co.uk. 13 January

DR GORDON STEWART

Gordon re-starts the recitals after the Christmas break with a wideranging programme, beginning and ending in Italy, featuring music by Respighi, Bernard Johnson, Mendelssohn, Bossi and more.

20 January

SARAH BALDOCK

A prizewinner at many international competitions, Sarah has held organists’ posts at Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals, and is now based in Cheltenham.

27 January

DAVID TITTERINGTON

David is Head of Organ at the Royal Academy of Music and Artistic Director of St Albans International Organ Festival, and has performed in festivals all over the world.

3 February

DARIUS BATTIWALLA

A programme including music from Africa to America featuring Fela Sowande’s Kyrie – based on Nigerian church melodies – pieces by William Farley Smith, and William Bolcom’s jazzy variations on Amazing Grace.

DR THOMAS TROTTER

One of our most popular regular recitalists, Thomas has been Birmingham City Organist since 1983, and is also Resident Organist of the magnificent Klais organ in Symphony Hall.

23 March

10 February

SIMON LINDLEY & PHILLIP MCCANN

The Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band performs brass band favourites.

City Organist Emeritus Simon Lindley makes a welcome return to the series with Phillip McCann, one of the country’s leading cornet players.

17 February

30 March

A chance to hear one of Britten’s most successful choral compositions Rejoice in the Lamb, along with Elgar’s two great anthems Great is the Lord and Give unto the Lord.

Darius finishes the season with Lemare’s spectacular transcription of Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, along with Bach’s arrangement of a Vivaldi violin concerto, and Jongen’s Sonata Eroïca.

RNCM BRASS BAND CONCERT

ST PETER’S SINGERS

24 February

DARIUS BATTIWALLA

Come and hear what you, the audience, has chosen in Darius’ Request Programme! 4

16 March

DARIUS BATTIWALLA


Photo © Gary Salter

Wed 15 January 8pm • The Crypt

Thu 16 January 7.30pm

MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE ECSTATIC DANCES

SIR RANULPH FIENNES LIVING DANGEROUSLY

Paul Clark composer Poul Høxbro pipes and drums Manchester Collective string quintet Ecstatic Dances created by Poul Høxbro and Manchester Collective Poul Høxbro has been called “the great man of small instruments”. He’s an endlessly fascinating and inspiring musician – a Danish master of ancient flutes and bells, of bones and drums. This combination of instruments has literally never been heard before. Quite simply ancient music, brought vividly to life for 21stcentury ears. Rounding out the artistic team for the project is composer Paul Clark, who makes his Manchester Collective debut fresh off the back of a hugely successful collaboration with Renée Fleming and Ben Whishaw at The Shed in New York. A note from the Collective: “Ecstatic Dances feels scary for us. New work is always frightening, mostly because until you start making it, you never really know what you're going to end up with. Fortunately, we're not particularly fond of being comfortable.” TICKETS: £20.67 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken. Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously offers a personal journey through his life, spanning early childhood and school misdemeanours, right through the Transglobe Expedition and his many recordbreaking achievements; inspiring generations and making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell. TICKETS: £34.45, £29.15

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Sat 18 January 7.30pm

Sat 25 January 7.30pm

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Brian Newbould

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by David Fligg

BRITTEN SINFONIA

ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Thomas Gould director/violin Miranda Dale violin

Vasily Petrenko conductor Benjamin Appl baritone Stephanie Childress violin

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Pärt Fratres Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Bach Concerto for Two Violins Pärt Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 5 The Britten Sinfonia presents a programme of contrasting, yet perfectly matched, works of music old and new. This concert pays homage to Baroque composer JS Bach, master of writing for many parts as demonstrated in his Concerto for Two Violins, where he delicately weaves two solo parts in and out of the orchestra, always intertwined but never tangled.

Rossini Overture: William Tell Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Schubert Songs with orchestra: arr Jackson – Die Forelle arr Webern – Du bist die Ruh arr Brahms – Geheimes arr Reger – Am Tage aller Seelen arr Liszt – Erlkönig

Beethoven Symphony No 6 (Pastoral) Rossini’s William Tell overture is known throughout the world, you might recognise it as the theme tune to the 1950s TV show The Lone Ranger.

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt leads a spiritual life, as did Bach. Though their music is very different, and composed two centuries apart, it is linked through their shared faith and religious inspiration. Pärt’s meditative Fratres has found its way on to many soundtracks, most notably in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 epic film There Will Be Blood.

On the day Britain entered WWI, Vaughan Williams was mistaken for a spy strolling along Margate coast. When he was arrested, his alleged enemy notes turned out to be sketches for The Lark Ascending!

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, originally a string quartet of epic proportions, doubles in catastrophic intensity in this chamber orchestra sized arrangement.

Despite his tragically short life Schubert still became master of the art of song. These five songs are each beautiful notes on life, love, longing and loss.

TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony is one of his most popular, and famously featured in Walt Disney’s 1940 Fantasia.

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TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off


Sun 26 January 2pm

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY CIVIC REMEMBRANCE EVENT Join the Lord Mayor of Leeds to commemorate six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust, and millions of other people killed under German Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The event responds to the Holocaust Memorial Day theme; Stand Together and 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of AuschwitzBirkenau. This year’s event features keynote speaker Dr James Smith, a performance by Opera North Youth Chorus, a reading of the seven statements of commitment with candle lighting and a traditional Hebrew mourning prayer sung by the president of the Braford Synagogue Rudi Leavor, BEM. The exhibition We Were There, Holocaust Survivors in Leeds accompanies the event. For more information turn to page 31. Image © Bill Hunt

FREE & OPEN TO ALL

Fri 31 January 7.30pm

NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA In its 54 years, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra has helped launch the careers of many of the UK’s most-admired jazz singers and instrumentalists, such as Amy Winehouse, Kwabs, Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Espa, Stan Sulzmann, and Gwilym Simcock. Tonight, the orchestra delivers a programme celebrating the greatest jazz classics ever written. Featuring tunes by the indisputable jazz masters, such as Ellington and Monk, this concert explores some landmarks of the jazz canon with the future stars of the UK jazz scene.

‘NYJO HAS NEVER BEEN CONFORMIST, NEVER HEWING TO ONE PARTICULAR LINE. [IT] IS A VEHICLE FOR NEW TWO POSSIBILITIES’ JAZZWISE

TICKETS: £18 Under 18s: £5 Students: 50% off

FREE UNDER 18s TICKETS PER ORDER

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Sat 1 February 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Julian Rushton

ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE LILLE Alexandre Bloch conductor Eric Lu piano

Mon 3 February 7pm

MELODY OF SPRING CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2020

Ravel Ma mère l’Oye Debussy Ibéria Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 Ravel La Valse

Presented by Leeds Chinese Community School and Guangzhou No 6 Middle School from China

Ravel’s enchanting Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) quotes magical fairytales and nursery rhymes, while Debussy’s Ibéria is a three-movement whirlwind trip through partying Spanish streets.

A Chinese youth music group joins Leeds artists to showcase a wide variety of performances including a traditional orchestra of 100 talented young musicians from China.

Beethoven starred as soloist in the premiere of his fourth piano concerto in 1808. The concerto is a sunny one with between-the-lines melancholy, but closes with a fiery finale.

The fascinating sounds and shapes of traditional instruments, authentic Chinese music, song, dance and culture provide a celebration of the diversity of Chinese and Western music.

Ravel’s post-war piece La Valse comments on the then Europe by introducing, decaying, and essentially destroying the musical form of a waltz. Dark satire at its most musical. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Food, activities and information stalls from 6pm. TICKETS: £10 Concessions/Child: £5 Under 5s: Free


Photo © Ben Tibbetts

Thu 6 – Fri 7 February 7.30pm

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR 2020

Tue 4 February 7.30pm David Johnson and John Mackay present

SANDI TOKSVIG LIVE! NATIONAL TREVOR Sandi Toksvig is touring her new, one-woman comedy show. Sandi realises some people harbour an ambition to be a National Treasure but following a misunderstanding with a friend has decided instead to become a National Trevor – half misprint, half Danish comedian, novelist, actor and broadcaster.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival brings together the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen. There are two shows, each with an entirely different selection of films: Red film programme (Thu 6 Feb), and Blue film programme (Fri 7 Feb). Double the adventure with a two-show discount by adding both tickets to your basket. A not-to-be missed event with free prize giveaways, guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel! See banff-uk.com for more details. TICKETS: £14.50 Concessions/Groups 6+: £13 Both nights: £26

Expect tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick fire Q&A and a quiz. Don’t expect tap-dancing, leotards or a forward roll. TICKETS: A £30, B £28 9


Sat 8 February 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Steve Muir

BBC PHILHARMONIC Ben Gernon conductor Jennifer Galloway oboe

Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture: Romeo and Juliet Edward Gregson Oboe Concerto (world premiere) Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet overture is a twenty-minute whistle-stop tour through the most famous love story ever written. Out of the tempestuous fighting passages emerges the utterly wondrous love theme. British composer Edward Gregson’s new oboe concerto A Vision in a Dream, is based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem of the same name, written in 1797. The poem came to Coleridge in an opium-induced dream, and describes the paradise gardens of Xanadu. Across the Channel, Berlioz wrote his Symphonie fantastique inspired by a tragically unrequited infatuation with the beautiful actress Harriet Smithson. The symphony comes with a narrative from Berlioz’s also opium-induced dreams; of a festive ball, hazy countryside frolicking – and of the resentful composer’s own execution for Harriet’s murder. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Photo © Matthew Shave

Tue 11 February 7.30pm

CONVERSATIONS WITH STACEY DOOLEY Twelve years into her career, Stacey Dooley has established herself as one of BBC’s most celebrated presenters through her hugely popular investigative series, which have covered a diverse range of topics and engaged a new generation of younger viewers. In this rare live appearance, Stacey talks about her remarkable career so far, where she’s headed next, and how news and investigative journalism are evolving in such a highly polarised global political climate and shifting media landscape. TICKETS: A £23.85, B £18.55


Fri 14 February 7.30pm

ABBA SYMPHONICA! THE HALLÉ Stephen Bell conductor Capital Voices Annie Skates, Emma Kershaw, David Combes, Stephen Weller

Four acclaimed vocalists from Capital Voices, The Hallé, a complete rhythm section and conductor Stephen Bell perform the greatest hits of the ultimate classic pop act – ABBA! This is the perfect Valentine’s night out, so put on your glitzy glad-rags and re-live these unforgettable songs. And, try not to start singing out loud when you read the wonderful line up… Set list includes Waterloo, The Name of the Game, Take a Chance on Me, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, The Winner Takes It All, and many more. TICKETS: A £37.10, B £31.80, C £26.50, D £21.20, E £14.84, O £10.60 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Sat 15 February 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Brian Newbould

ICELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano

Bizet Selections from L’Arlésienne Suites No 1 & No 2 Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand Anna Thorvaldsdottir Aeriality Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet Bizet’s L’Arlessienne (the lady from Arle) suites were originally incidental music to a play about one man’s struggle with his desire for two women. Ravel composed his Concerto for the Left Hand for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who’d lost his right arm in WWI. The result is a dark work mixed with jazzy rhythms, arguably one of the most challenging piano works ever written.

From Mozart to Muddy Puddles!

Tue 18 February 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm

PEPPA’S FIRST CONCERT Peppa Pig: My First Concert is a fun interactive introduction to a live orchestra with everyone’s favourite Pig family! Join Peppa Pig and her family on a musical journey at their first classical concert at Leeds Town Hall this spring.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality lies somewhere between symphonic music and sound art. Individual parts slowly cascade together, joining to form a mass of sound, and then separate once more, suspended in space and time.

Watch as Daddy Pig learns how to conduct an orchestra, explore all the different sounds that the instruments make and enjoy familiar songs as well as discovering some exciting orchestral pieces perfect for little ones – from Mozart to Muddy Puddles!

Prokofiev’s ballet score for Romeo and Juliet is one of his greatest works, the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers masterfully told through the orchestra. The battle of the Montagues and Capulets has accompanied many tense on screen moments, notably in the BBC TV series The Apprentice.

TICKETS: A ADULT £18, CHILD £14, B ADULT £15, CHILD £10 Four or more tickets: 10% off

TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Sat 29 February 7.30pm

LEEDS PHILHARMONIC CHORUS

AIREDALE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Thu 20 February 7.30pm

JIMEOIN Superb world-class stand-up from the Irishman from Australia acclaimed worldwide as one of live comedy’s true masters. Jimeoin brings his brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious comedy to Leeds Town Hall for one night only as part of his latest smash-hit tour. Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed and his shows sell out across the UK, Europe, USA and of course Australia. Hailed as a genuine ‘fair dinkum’ standup alumni, don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning star of TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Conan, Royal Variety Performance, CH4’s O2 Gala and Sunday Night at the Palladium – Live! TICKETS: £17.49

John Anderson conductor Ian Banks leader Sarah Power soprano Neil Balfour bass-baritone Programme to include: Gershwin Porgy & Bess concert version Gershwin An American in Paris Rodgers & Hammerstein Suite: South Pacific Kern Overture: Showboat Celebrating the very best of American choral and orchestral music, the concert opens with the original overture to the musical Showboat, followed by one of the most famous baritone songs Ol’ Man River, made famous by the great American baritone Paul Robson. Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess was first performed in Boston in September 1935, before it moved to Broadway in New York City. Despite an initially unpopular public reception, it is now one of the best-known and most frequently performed operas. The concert version, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, features the very best music from the opera including Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So. TICKETS: A & B £23, C £17, D & E £13 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Fri 6 March 8pm

TOMMY TIERNAN TOMFOOLERY

Thu 5 March 8pm Blue Jeans Management presents

RHOD GILBERT THE BOOK OF JOHN It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show. In a seven-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it s**t. And just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke... called John. This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before. Raw, personal and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense. As seen on Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, Would I Lie to You?, Taskmaster, QI, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Live at The Apollo, Have I Got News for You?, and much more. TICKETS: £29.15 LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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Tommy Tiernan’s brand new show Tomfoolery sees the now 50 year old comedian back onstage with an exhilarating mix of the highly personal and flamboyant storytelling. Renowned for his no holds barred approach to the art of stand-up, this promises to be a delightful trip through the mouth and mind of one the world’s most respected comic performers. Age has not dulled him, in fact he seems more full of fire and mischief now than he ever was. He wonders aloud about God, sex, and family in a way that seems equally sacred and profane at the same time. The star of Channel 4’s hit show Derry Girls and Live at the Apollo (BBC) is also the host of his own highly critically praised improvised chat show on Ireland’s RTE 1. Age guidance: 15+ TICKETS: £22.26


Sat 7 March 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Julian Rushton

SWEDISH PHILHARMONIA Jaime Martín conductor Viktoria Mullova violin

Tchaikovsky The Tempest Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 2 Mendelssohn Symphony No 5 (Reformation) The Tempest is a one-movement work that describes Shakespeare’s play in sound; calm seas, Caliban’s devious plotting, and Ferdinand and Miranda’s euphoric love theme. Prokofiev wrote his second violin concerto (complete with castanets) in Paris, Russia and Spain where it premiered. Jewish composer Mendelssohn’s Reformation symphony draws on Catholic liturgy and Lutheran hymn tunes, creating a sense of acceptance – a sentiment as relevant now as it was hundreds of years ago. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

Wed 11 March 8pm Off The Kerb Productions presents

FOIL, ARMS & HOG SWINES Ireland’s top sketch trio are back on tour with their new show Swines. With over 100 million hits, the group are best known for their online sketches, but it’s the live show where they really shine. The trio achieved critical acclaim this year with the best reviewed show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, and are now hitting the road around the UK. They’re even going to Wales. Come see a show of scripted nonsense, twisted characters, music and unintentional improvisation. TICKETS: £21.20

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Sat 14 March 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by George Kennaway

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC Chad Kelly director, harpsichord and organ Alison Balsom trumpet Soraya Mafi​ soprano

Thu 12 March 8pm

MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE CRIES & WHISPERS Manchester Collective string quartet Widmann String Quartet No 2 (Choralequartett) Britten String Quartet No 1 Gesualdo Selected Madrigals Shostakovich String Quartet No 8 Manchester Collective’s string quartet concerts are some of our most personal shows – like there’s a direct connection between each of the four players, and every listener in the room. Widmann’s Chorale Quartet, inspired by the seven last words of Christ on the cross, is augmented by unsettling sounds of rubbing and scratching that evoke skin and bone on wood. Britten’s music emerges from a mist: fragile, lost, and precious. The Collective performs some intensely expressive and sacred music by Carlo Gesualdo, an Italian musical genius hundreds of years ahead of his time. The concert concludes with the huge emotional impact of Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet, a biographical scream written by a man desperate to create, haunted by fear and political oppression. This music will move you if you let it – it will scare you and inspire you. TICKETS: £20.67 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Programme to include: Purcell Sound the Trumpet (arr Come Ye Sons of Art)

Torelli Trumpet Concerto in D Handel Let the Bright Seraphim Award-winning trumpeter Alison Balsom takes centre stage in performances of Purcell’s muchloved Sound the Trumpet – originally written for two voices mimicking trumpets, Torelli’s Trumpet Concerto in D, and Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim, also featuring soprano Soraya Mafi. Performing with Alison is the internationally acclaimed early music ensemble, the Academy of Ancient Music. This specialist ensemble takes inspiration directly from the composers, using historic techniques and period instruments which bring this music to life in their vibrant performances. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off


Sun 15 March 7.30pm

CITY OF LEEDS YOUTH ORCHESTRA Dougie Scarfe conductor Elgar Overture: Cockaigne Elgar Lux Aeterna Shostakovich Symphony No 7 (Leningrad) The City of Leeds Youth Orchestra is now nearly 100 strong and its performances under conductor Dougie Scarfe are one of the great success stories of music making in the region. This programme is the perfect showcase for the orchestra’s wonderful talents. CLYO’s British orchestral heritage is on show in the first half with Elgar’s depiction of London town, a work he dedicated to “My many friends, the members of British orchestras”. Then Elgar’s most famous piece of music – Nimrod from his Enigma Variations set to words of the requiem mass in a moving eight part unaccompanied choral arrangement. CLYO sings! Shostakovich’s seventh symphony remains a uniquely resonant revelation in 20th-century history. Written during the siege of Leningrad in the Second World War and dedicated to the people of that city, it remains one of the most powerful of all symphonic works. The orchestra welcomes back CLYO alumni to take what is already set to be a moving and powerful concert to the next level.

Thu 19 March 7.30pm

MILTON JONES MILTON: IMPOSSIBLE One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with a twist, or at least a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense or is there a deeper meaning? Every man has his price. Sainsbury’s, where good food costs less. TICKETS: £29.15

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Sat 21 March 7pm Please note start time Free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm by Judy Blezzard

ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA

LEEDS FESTIVAL CHORUS Simon Wright conductor Rebecca Evans soprano Sara Fulgoni mezzo soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Matthew Brook bass

Fri 20 March 7.30pm David Johnson & John Mackay present

FASCINATING AÏDA They’re back at last! Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour with a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical – the glamour is unstoppable. With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song how can you possibly miss them? Age guidance: 14+ TICKETS: A £27, B £24.99

Mendelssohn Elijah Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah tells the story of the Prophet Elijah in the perilous Old Testament, chosen by God to straighten things out in the troubled kingdom of Israel. It premiered at Birmingham Town Hall in 1846 and was an instant hit with the two thousand-strong audience. Against all the odds Elijah manages, but not before performing a few miracles along the way including resurrection of a child, summoning the rain, being fed by angels, dividing the River Jordan, and lastly, ascending to heaven on a chariot of fire. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Sun 22 March 6pm

EXILE OF THE AFRICAN WARRIOR ‘IF YOU LOVE THE LION KING, YOU WILL LOVE THIS AFRICAN MUSIC CONCERT’ TRIBE URBAN RADIO

Age guidance: 6+

Exile of the African Warrior is centred around the àjo.yo. Festival and focuses on the tale of how an exiled African Warrior became a LEGEND! The production takes you on a spectacular visual and musical journey depicting the life (Urban legend) of Odùduwà a Yoruba Deity, considered to be the birth father to the Yoruba tribe, years before he assumed that title. The story is brought to life through the vocal chords and ancestral inspired melody of Bimbi Philips music, a perfect blend of visual and musical representation formed into a masterpiece. For one-night-only, experience the perfect blend of traditional and vibrant costumes, powerful vocals with beautiful harmonies, African instruments and percussions, energetic dancing, humour and lots of audience participation. Share the experience, experience the adventure! TICKETS: £66.78 – £24.38 19


Sat 28 March 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Steve Muir

ORCHESTRA OF OPERA NORTH Tobias Ringborg conductor

Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra Rachmaninov Vocalise Rachmaninov Symphony No 3 Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, based on Nietzsche’s novel of the same name, explores the Superman and the balance of good against evil making the world go round. This epic journey makes for epic music, notably in the sunrise opening of Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Vocalise, originally written for soprano, and here performed as an orchestral arrangement has been rearranged and performed by many, including the Pet Shop Boys in their song Happiness is an Option. Rachmaninov’s third symphony opens with an eerie hushed Orthodox chant, giving no clue to the power and energy that is to follow. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

Sun 29 March 4pm The massed voices of Inspiration and the Orchestra of Opera North present

WEST END & BROADWAY THE BEST OF CURRENT MUSICALS If you’re trying to decide which West End or Broadway show to see next, let the massed voices of Inspiration and the Orchestra of Opera North help you decide. The concert will be packed full of songs from currently running musicals such as Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Company and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, as well as long runners by composers such as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Steven Schwartz. Inspiration is a vibrant family of choirs based in Leeds and Newcastle, with a passion for celebrating the power of song. For more information, including how to join, visit inspirationuk.com. TICKETS: £24, £19, £13.50

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Sat 4 April 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Peter Whitfield

THE HALLÉ Dalia Stasevska conductor Kian Soltani cello

Strauss Suite: Der Rosenkavalier Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Dvořák Symphony No 8 Strauss’ comedy opera Der Rosenkavalier tells the story of a young woman’s escape from an unwanted engagement through cunning plotting, and dazzling waltzes. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme showcases a virtuosic solo cello part that sings heartfelt, lyrical melodies.

Wed 1 April doors 7pm

NIGHTMARES ON WAX LIVE

Dvořák’s eighth symphony, written to celebrate a new job at the Prague Academy, is filled with birdsong, country life, folksong, and a rustic dance from his beloved Bohemia. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

Leeds born George Evelyn, aka Nightmares on Wax or DJ E.A.S.E. returns home to celebrate 25 years of the classic studio album Smokers Delight. TICKETS: £26.50

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Sat 11 April 2.30pm (RP) & 4.15pm

ROOM ON THE BROOM & THE HIGHWAY RAT ORCHESTRA OF OPERA NORTH Terry Davies conductor

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A kind witch invites assorted animals to join her on her broom in Room on the Broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The witch’s companions ultimately save her from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude, she rewards them with a magnificent new broom, which has room for everyone. And the magic doesn’t stop there. The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end... Illustration © Orange Eyes Limited 2012

TICKETS: A £28.62, B £26.50, C £24.38, D £21.20, E £15.90 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

Relaxed Performance (RP): Relaxed Performances allow members of the audience to move around freely, leave or enter the auditorium as needed, lights never go completely dark and sound effects are softened. These performances are open to all and are designed to welcome people with an autistic spectrum condition, learning disability, dementia or sensory and communication disorder.


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TIDDLER & OTHER TERRIFIC TALES Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. From the team behind Zog and Tabby McTat, funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed!

‘A DELIGHT FROM START TO FINISH. A ROOM OF CHILDREN LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY, ALL TOTALLY MESMERISED BY THE ACTION’ TIME OUT

‘BRINGS SUCH JOY TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE. THE SHOW WAS SO CAPTIVATING THAT NO ONE WANTED TO MISS A MOMENT’ THE SPY IN THE STALLS © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Macmillan Children’s Books and Scholastic Children’s Books.

TICKETS: Adult £15.37 Children/groups 10+: £13.25 Schools: £10

Thu 23 April 8pm

MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE VOICE OF THE WHALE Alex Groves composer Manchester Collective ensemble Joyce High and Low Groves New Work (world premiere) Korngold Piano Trio: iii & iv Hamilton In Beautiful May Crumb Vox Balanae In 1969, George Crumb heard a tape recording of undersea sounds emitted by a humpback whale. The experience never left him, and eventually inspired one of his most enigmatic pieces of music: Vox Balanae, or, Voice of the Whale. Performed under blue light by anonymous, masked musicians, on instruments that are amplified and modified, it’s music from another world, an undersea world that audiences will experience on stage, together with the Collective. Alongside Vox Balanae, hear newly commissioned music by Alex Groves, Molly Joyce’s exuberant High and Low for solo piano, electro-acoustic madness from Andrew Hamilton, and selections from Erich Korngold’s swashbuckling piano trio. In association with ‘Nature Unwrapped’ at Kings Place

TICKETS: £20.67 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Sat 25 April 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Dan Holden

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Osmo Vänskä conductor Ning Feng violin

Sibelius Pohjola’s Daughter Beethoven Violin Concerto Beethoven Romance No 2 Sibelius Symphony No 7 Pohjola’s Daughter is a fairy tale about a Finnish demigod who tries to win the heart of the beautiful daughter of the North. Sadly, he fails to pass all the trials she sets him, so reluctantly leaves her to be on her rainbow. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Romance No 2 are much-loved gems of violin repertoire. Sibelius’ seventh, and final symphony, first performed in 1924, when it was called Symphonic Fantasy is widely regarded as one of the most ambitious and extraordinary symphonies in the repertoire. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Sun 26 April 3pm

RUSSELL WATSON 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOICE Singing sensation Russell Watson performs an intimate concert of career highlights. Russell will be joined on stage by his live band and choir to celebrate 20 years since his debut album The Voice was released. TICKETS: £47.70, £37.10, £26.50


Sat 16 May 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Judy Blezzard

MANCHESTER CAMERATA LEEDS FESTIVAL CHORUS LEEDS PHILHARMONIC CHORUS ST PETER’S SINGERS David Hill conductor Sarah Fox soprano Catriona Morison mezzo soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor David Soar bass

Thu 14 May 8pm

THE UNBELIEVABLE CHRIS KAMARA SHOW Popular TV personality Chris Kamara takes to the stage for the first time! Ex footballer Chris Kamara or Kammy – as he is best known – has now established himself as one of television’s most loved stars. He will talk about his life from start to present, sharing many fantastic stories including how his ‘unbelievable’ catchphrase has become so iconic. Kammy appears on your screens regularly presenting Ninja Warrior, Goals on Sunday and Gillette Soccer Saturday with ‘KammyCam’. He has also featured in many other shows such as Celebrity Bake Off, Celebrity Juice and Emmerdale. Join Kammy in what promises to be a brilliant show with plenty of laughs. You will see the highs and the lows but you can certainly expect to leave smiling. The show is suitable for all ages TICKETS: £26.50

Beethoven Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Mozart Symphony No 41 (Jupiter) Beethoven Mass in C Goethe’s poems Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage inspired Beethoven to compose his small but mighty piece, with full choral forces lamenting ships stranded in calm seas before winds rise to carry them on their way. Mozart’s Symphony No 41 was his last and perhaps most exciting symphony, nicknamed Jupiter due to its march-like imperial nature. All in all a dazzling culmination of his symphonic career. Beethoven’s Mass in C, completed and premiered in 1807, is a perfect illustration of his genius and is widely loved and performed the world over. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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Fri 22 May 4.30pm, Sat 23 & Sun 24 May 11am & 2pm Freckle Productions and Rose Original Productions present

ZOG By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madame Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know.

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Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet... a duel with knight, Sir Gadabout the Great! The smash-hit stage adaptation from Freckle Productions (the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat) is back in 2020 and promises to be bigger, brighter and more roar-some than ever before! With brand new songs from Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle Book, The Midnight Gang) and directed by Emma Kilbey, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog is a magical production for all ages. © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

TICKETS: Adult £15.37 Children/groups 10+: £13.25 Schools: £10


Sat 30 May 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by George Kennaway

ST PETERSBURG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Nikolai Alexeev conductor Noriko Ogawa piano

Prokofiev Suite: Cinderella Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 1 Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 Prokofiev’s popular ballet score for Cinderella is notable for its jubilant music and comic characterisations of the ungraceful ugly sisters. Rachmaninov was just seventeen when he began work on his first piano concerto. This astonishing first attempt is a playful work that displays glimpses of his almighty second piano concerto that followed ten years later. Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony has a recurring ‘fate motif’ throughout, and whilst often huge in scale, it lends a sombre nature that even Tchaikovsky himself couldn’t escape. The last movement however, is a triumphant return to a brighter mood, and a suitably spectacular ending. TICKETS: A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

Sun 31 May 8pm Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd presents

ROSS NOBLE HUMOURNOID What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand up? Nobody knows because that isn’t a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see it. This is it. Age guidance: 15+ TICKETS: £27.56

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BLACK DYKE BRASS FESTIVAL 2020

Fri 19 June & Fri 9 October 8pm

JIMMY CARR TERRIBLY FUNNY Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket. Age guidance: 16+ TICKETS: £31.27 LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR JUNE PERFORMANCE

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The world’s most famous brass band returns to Leeds Town Hall for an afternoon gala concert, featuring the Black Dyke Band with internationally renowned soloists and the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band. Featuring music for everyone, the programme includes Verdi’s Nabucco overture, Black Dyke’s Big Band set, Sweet Georgia Brown, Lil’ Darlin’ and Ol’ Man River. The grand finale with over 200 musicians includes Liberty Bell, the beautiful hymn setting of The Lost Chord, and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant 1812 Overture with the magnificent Leeds Town Hall organ. TICKETS: £15, £13, £12, £11


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Wed 24 June 7.30pm

THE WATER DIVINER’S TALE

JULIA HOLTER: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

OPERA NORTH

Timothy Burke conductor Join us for an inspirational evening of music making as over 250 pupils from schools from across West Yorkshire join forces to perform a specially commissioned arrangement of The Water Diviner’s Tale written by award-winning film composer Rachel Portman and librettist Owen Sheers. The Water Diviner’s Tale focuses on the theme of climate change and how we are all responsible and accountable for our actions here on earth. School children will be performing as part of a massed choir, accompanied by professional soloists, narrator and members of the Orchestra of Opera North. TICKETS: £3.75

OPERA NORTH

The breathtaking, emotionally-charged soundworld of one of today’s most remarkable artists meets the intensely expressionistic universe of a landmark of early cinema. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, composer and producer Julia Holter performs her new soundtrack for the revelatory 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, scored for the mighty 36-strong Chorus of Opera North, plus her own band. Commissioned by Opera North Projects to score Carl Theodor Dreyer’s visionary film about the martyrdom of the French saint, she finds herself with an immense sonic tapestry at her fingertips, and an opportunity to dig deeper into her fascination with the music and art of the medieval era. Commissioned by Opera North Projects, co-produced by the Barbican and the Brudenell Social Club

France 1928 • 88 mins • Cert PG Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer TICKETS: £20 Available at operanorth.co.uk

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Manchester Collective string octet Bach Cello Suite No 1 in G Major Panufnik Modlitwa Tenney Koan Tavener The Lamb Enescu String Octet in C Major, Op 7

Quite simply, Manchester Collective has put a bunch of its favourite music into this show. Rather than sticking to a single theme or composer, in this programme, they get the chance to show off their musical range – to flex muscles and get up close and personal with some of the greatest music ever written. This show takes you from focussed and intense works for just one instrument (Bach’s G Major Cello Suite), to the huge combined string sound of Enescu’s String Octet; from the shape-shifting Koan by James Tenney to the haunting Modlitwa, a musical prayer by father-daughter compositional team, Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik. For the last time this season, Manchester Collective will be touring its trademark “radical human experience through live music” to concert halls, warehouses, clubs, and factories all over the UK. In the words of Stephen Pritchard, music critic for the Observer: “Catch it if you can – the future has arrived.” TICKETS: £20.67 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off

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BEHIND THE LIONS A series of free exhibitions and talks revealing the culture and hidden histories of Leeds and beyond.

EXHIBITIONS 13 January – 29 February Brodrick Room

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY EXHIBITION

WE WERE THERE:

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN LEEDS To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of AuschwitzBirkenau, We Were There is a photographic exhibition about children and young people who survived Nazi persecution across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. These children came to Leeds as refugees or survivors of the Holocaust, settled and made new lives here. Visitors will see poignant personal photos of the survivors and their families presented alongside survivors’ stories of discrimination, persecution, escape, hiding, ghettos, forced labour, concentration camps and liberation. Images/content featured in this exhibition are courtesy of the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association.

LEEDS CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS 2020 Public lecture series organised by the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University, in partnership with Leeds City Council. Supported by publisher Palgrave Macmillan Wed 5 February 12.30pm

VERNON LEE’S APPARITIONAL LESBIANS & TRANSVESTITE HAUNTINGS Wed 4 March 12.30pm

THE KING’S DINNER & THE NATION’S APPETITE

Wed 6 May 12.30pm

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FATAL FIRES & COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IN POST-WAR BRITAIN For further information and to book a free place please visit leedsbeckett.ac.uk/lcc

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PARKING The nearest secure parking is available at The Light, LS1 8TL (accessible via Great George Street).

1 The venue is equipped with a closed loop system for the hard of hearing. Please contact the Box Office for more information.

24 hour, 7 days a week parking is available at Woodhouse Lane car park, LS2 3AX.

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On street parking is charged at £3 after 6pm.

1 Designated on street Blue Badge Parking can be found nearby on Oxford Place, Alexander Street, Rossington Street and Portland Crescent. Blue badge holders can also park on street in any ‘general’ Leeds City Council controlled pay and display bays (i.e. bays which are not Blue Badge bays) on their Blue Badge, free of charge without a time limitation. Please be aware parking is not available at Leeds Town Hall.

CONCERT BUS A coach service is available for Leeds International Orchestral Season attendees, picking up from: Addingham, Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, Burley-inWharfedale, Otley, Menston, Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon and Horsforth. (Please note there is no service for the choral concerts on Sat 21 March and Sat 16 May.) Ticket price: £6 return journey (£5 from Yeadon).

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