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What’s On

Your guide for September – December 2018

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A world-class programme of arts and culture in Leeds’ most iconic building awaits... It truly is a festival season as the Leeds International Beer Festival (6–9 Sep) is the first of four festivals to visit Leeds Town Hall. Later that month, Thought Bubble (22 & 23 Sep) – the UK's largest celebration of comic art – takes in a huge footprint of the city, including our building. As the nights draw in, the awe-inspiring Light Night Leeds (4 & 5 Oct) welcomes tens of thousands of visitors to our illuminated city, and Leeds International Film Festival (1–15 Nov) returns with an epic celebration of film culture – in the city where the world’s first films were made. Leeds International Piano Competition will once again present the finals within the magnificent backdrop of the Victoria Hall (14 & 15 Sep), and we also welcome the world’s finest orchestras in Leeds International Orchestral Season – highlights include Brahms’ first symphony performed

by the BBC Philharmonic (29 Sep) and the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra (27 Oct) with a rousing programme under the baton of Yutaka Sado. Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, our programme of remembrance includes a performance of Britten’s War Requiem (17 Nov), the secondever performance of Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle (1 Dec), and a concert performance of War Horse (25 Nov) with guest narrator, the author himself, Michael Morpurgo. Our commemorative programme is marked with the ‘The City Remembers’ symbol throughout this brochure. There’s plenty more to see including comedy, gigs and special events. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Part of The City Remembers programme

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Behind the Lions A series of talks and exhibitions that reveal our culture and hidden histories…

Leeds Cultural Conversations

Wed 5 December, 12.30pm

October – January

talks programmed by the Centre for Culture and the Arts, Leeds Beckett University.

Young adult prisoners (17–21 years old) have long been perceived as a problem. Heather Shore introduces a history project which starts to untangle the evolution and experiences of the borstal system.

Leeds Festival Chorus, with the City of Glasgow Chorus and the Cantabile Choir, presents a touching and personal tribute to their ancestors who served during the First World War, and to the staff and patients at Leeds’ main war hospital at Beckett Park.

FREE Book via: leedsbeckett.ac.uk/lcc 0113 378 7192, arts@leeds.gov.uk

To mark the Armistice of 1918, the choruses perform Britten’s War Requiem with the BBC Philharmonic (see p14).

Revisiting Borstal: War Requiem Youth, Crime and Penality, Brodrick Exhibition Space Join us for a series of free cultural c.1902-1982

Wed 5 September, 12.30pm

Stitch and Bitch: Knitting, Femininity and Women’s Everyday Lives Katherine Harrison (Leeds Beckett University) and Cassie Ogden (Liverpool John Moores University) reveal findings on the often-overlooked importance of knitting in female relationships, identity and creativity. Wed 3 October, 12.30pm

Challenging the British Asian football exclusion Dan Kilvington draws on the oral testimonies of British Asian football communities to demonstrate the systemic racism, stereotypes and lack of role models that exclude British Asians from the game. Wed 7 November, 12.30pm

The Contemporary Gothic: Monstrosity in the New Millennium Sue Chaplin examines the changing representations of monstrosity in the new millennium – in particular the current popularity of vampires and zombies in postmillennial fiction, film and television.

Exhibitions Now until September

Pyramid of Arts: Beyond Festival Staircase/Brodrick Exhibition Spaces Pyramid Arts is a collective of around 200 artists with and without learning disabilities who work together to explore creativity, and to make great art for a wide public. Beyond Festival showcases some of the best work being produced by artists with learning disabilities in Leeds.

October – January

50 years Leeds-Lille partnership Staircase Exhibition Space To celebrate 50 years of friendship and the huge number of exchanges that have happened between the schools, universities, creatives, businesses, and residents of our cities in that time, this exhibition showcases photography of our twin city Lille. @Internatl_Leeds | #LeedsLille50

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Please note Leeds Town Hall hosts civic celebrations and ticketed and private events. As such, access to exhibition spaces may be restricted during stated opening hours. Please contact 0113 378 6016 to ensure viewings are available.

Town Hall Tours Unfortunately, due to extensive repairs to the roof, we are unable to take bookings for Town Hall Tours. We are hopeful that tours will once again be running in the new year.


Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music Join us at Leeds Town Hall for world-class recitals in our Lunchtime Organ Music Series. 12 November

Jonathan Hope Mondays 1.05pm FREE ADMISSION

Presented by

Darius Battiwalla with special guests

Leeds International Concert Season presents a series of free Monday lunchtime concerts with City Organist Darius Battiwalla and special guests. The Leeds Town Hall organ – the largest three manual organ in Europe – towers high into the splendid surroundings of Victoria Hall, silencing the sounds of the city with its earth-shuddering power. The magnificent nineteenth-century instrument takes centre stage in a programme celebrating composers as varied as Bach, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky. Full details of the programme: leedsconcertseason.co.uk 17 September

15 October

Gloucester Cathedral

Silent film accompaniment in association with Leeds International Film Festival 19 November

Darius Battiwalla Vivaldi/Bach, Humperdinck/ Lemare, Cocker, Lemare, Howells, Hollins 26 November

Tom Bell

Concert Organist Emma Nielsen, Bach, Gibbs, Wesley, Bolcom 3 December

Darius Battiwalla Mendelssohn, Herschel, Dupré, Bach, Reger

Darius Battiwalla

Darius Battiwalla

Bach, Saint-Saëns, Duruflé, Coates

Mendelssohn, Bach, Whitlock, Reubke

Choir of Leeds Cathedral

David Greed

22 October

Ben Saunders conductor

Simon Lindley

Halifax

24 September

Leader, Orchestra of Opera North City Organist Emeritus Elgar/Grace, Bach, Vaughan Williams, Jongen, Kreisler 1 October

Daniel Moult

London and Birmingham Bach/Liszt, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Thalben-Ball, Whitlock

Alan Horsey Buxtehude, Stanley, Bach, Brahms, Reger, Dupré, Vierne, Widor 29 October

Simon Lindley

City Organist Emeritus Peyee Chen soprano Ben Thapa tenor

10 December

Advent and Christmas Music including carols for all to sing Tuesday 11 December

University of Salford Brass Band Tom Davoren conductor with special guest Phillip McCann Advent and Christmas Music including carols for all to sing

Bach, Mendelssohn, Stainer, Lindley 17 December

Simon Lindley

8 October

5 November

Organ Club Prizewinner

CS Lang, Hamish MacCunn/Cull, Silent film accompaniment in Bédard, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, association with Leeds International Déthier Film Festival No Recitals on 24 December, 31 December, 7 January

Paul Greally

Widor, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Bach, Stocken, Howells

Darius Battiwalla

City Organist Emeritus

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Friday 14 – Saturday 15 September, 7pm

Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 September

Finals

Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival takes place in Leeds City Centre from 17 – 23 September, with a huge comic con over the weekend across a number of venues including Leeds Town Hall, Millennium Square, Carriageworks Theatre and more.

Leeds Thought Bubble International Piano Competition Comic Art Festival Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 5pm

The festival features something for everyone – from independent comics to international guests and superheroes and everything in between. Guests include Warren Ellis (Red, Red 2, Castlevania), Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead, Mars Attacks) and Victoria Ying (Frozen, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Moana). thoughtbubblefestival.com Day Passes: £18.02 (Cosplay £15.90) Weekend Pass: £29.68 (Cosplay £26.50) Under 12s, over 65s: FREE © STEPHANIE SON

Experience the world’s greatest young musicians in the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition. Throughout the 55-year history of this globally illustrious event, ‘the Leeds’ has played host to some of the finest musicians of our time – including Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida and Andras Schiff. 24 of the world’s finest young pianists will have competed in the University of Leeds’ Great Hall all vying for one of just five places in the finals held at Leeds Town Hall. Across two nights the five finalists will each deliver a concerto performance accompanied by The Hallé. The winner will receive £25,000, the Dame Fanny Waterman Gold Medal, their own concert tour and an appearance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko. A

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Thursday 27 September, 7.30pm

Our Finest Hour

Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain Presented by Kevin Whately

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, join the BBC Big Band and singer Annie Gill as they capture the spirit of the 1940s. Look back in words and music at the momentous turning point of World War II and Britain’s finest hour, from the miracle of Dunkirk to the decisive victory of the Battle of Britain, in this evocative tribute. From Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields to The Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller, celebrate the songs that won the war, including We’ll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and thrill to Glenn Miller’s classic hits, the Dam Busters March, the music from Ron Goodwin’s classic score to 633 Squadron and highlights from the Last Night of the Proms, in a unique celebration of our ‘finest hour’. Tickets: £37, £35, £31, £24, £18 Over 60s: £1.50 off Under 18s, students, unwaged: 50% off

Saturday 29 September, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Judy Blezzard

BBC Philharmonic

Omer Meir Wellber conductor Sergei Krylov violin Wagner Prelude to Act I: Lohengrin Sibelius Violin Concerto Brahms Symphony No 1

Despite being a violinist himself, Sibelius only wrote one violin concerto. The premiere was a disaster – Sibelius was suffering from alcoholism and had rushed to finish the piece. Neither the soloist nor the orchestra was prepared to perform the extremely difficult score and Sibelius eventually revised the work to make it less demanding. However, it soon became one of the most popular works in the Romantic concerto repertoire. Brahms was under immense pressure when he wrote his first symphony and he put it off for many years for fear of comparison to Beethoven. Despite Brahms’ confession that it took 21 years to write the piece, it didn’t take long for critics to draw similarities with Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, an observation to which Brahms retorted, “any ass can see that!”, and the work soon became known as ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’. The similarities are strongest in the final movements of both pieces, although during composition Brahms said he was thinking of John 14:10: “I am in the Father, and the Father is in me.” A £38.16

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Thursday 4 – Friday 5 October, 6pm – 11pm

Light Night As darkness falls, experience the city in a new light... The sun sets and dusk is upon us – from the docks to the Town Hall, the University Quarter to City Square – the whole city is transformed. As day gives way to night the twilight hours become a playground of light and art. Light Night Leeds returns with a free multiart and light festival showcasing spectacular illuminated installations, awe-inspiring projections, and a diverse range of dance, music and street performance. Explore iconic landmarks and witness remarkable sights in one of the UK’s largest annual light festivals. lightnightleeds.co.uk #LightNightLeeds #ArtintheDark FREE

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Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Peter Whitfield

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Constantinos Carydis conductor Yulianna Avdeeva piano Skalkottas Four Images Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 Koukos In Memoriam Beethoven Symphony No 7 8

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“I am the new Bacchus, pressing out glorious wine for the human spirit!” Beethoven wasn’t known for his modesty – but until you’ve heard his seventh symphony you’ve never known just how intoxicating music can be. It’s the only way to end a concert that begins with Skalkottas’s riotous Greek wine festival, and which features the virtuosic Yulianna Avdeeva in Tchaikovsky’s barnstorming concerto. Tchaikovsky’s ubiquitous and much-loved concerto was written at a time when the composer’s feelings were in even greater turmoil than usual. The heroic and typically Russian melodies of the Piano Concerto No 1 have made it one of the most popular concertos today. Instantly recognisable are the flourish and grandioso piano chords which accompany the opening melody.

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Tuesday 9 October, 8pm

The romantic hero is bold and uncompromising, emotionally extreme, but also sensitive. Above all, the romantic hero is exceptional.

Manchester Collective

Pianist Jayson Gillham, one of the leading lights of a new generation of truly international musical stars, certainly embodies these characteristics. Hot off the back of critically acclaimed performances at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, Jayson will make his debut performance with Manchester Collective.

Romantic Hero Jayson Gillham piano Rakhi Singh violin Eva Thorarinsdottir violin Kimi Makino viola Nick Trygstad cello

Schumann Waldszenen Kurtág 12 Microludes for String Quartet Schumann Piano Quintet

Experience a programme that celebrates the breadth and scope of this unique voice with works by musical mavericks Robert Schumann and György Kurtág.

‘A player of stunning dexterity and musical brilliance’ LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

Tickets: £19.06 Under 18s, students, over 60s, unwaged: £5.30

Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Brian Newbould

Russian State Symphony Orchestra Valentin Uryupin conductor Barry Douglas piano Khachaturian Suite: Masquerade Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 Rachmaninov Symphony No 2

Following the death of Stalin in 1953 the Soviet Union enjoyed a period of relative liberalisation, during which Shostakovich wrote some of his most passionate music. He wrote his second piano concerto for the 19th birthday of his son Maxim, who premiered the piece in 1957 at his graduation ceremony at the Moscow Conservatory. This light hearted work was recently voted 3rd most popular piano concerto in the 2015 Classic FM Hall of Fame. Twelve years after the disastrous premiere of his first symphony under the direction of a drunk conductor, Rachmaninov penned his second symphony. This time he took no chances and conducted the premiere himself and the piece was very well received, earning him a Glinka Award and restoring his confidence as a symphonic composer. This is one of Rachmaninov’s most famous works - monumental, grand and full of recognisable melodies. Listen out for the exquisite slow adagio with its long clarinet solo. A £38.16

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Sunday 14 October, 5.30pm VIP reception 4.30pm

Legacy Awards

Celebrating Excellence Celebrating #NHS70 as well as 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush, BHI (Leeds Black Health Initiative) hosts a high profile, black tie event, supported by the Leader of Leeds City Council – Cllr Judith Blake CBE, and Leeds City Council. BHI is pleased to present, from the Internationally acclaimed Windrush – Movement of the People by Phoenix Dance Theatre, an energetic and awe-inspiring scene with dancers and the phenomenal singer Rob Green plus additional entertainment. Special guests such as Sandra Martin from Channel 4’s Gogglebox and Lord Victor Adebowale, to name but two, will be joining us on this prestigious night. Dinner will be served with the cuisine a reflection of those who travelled from the Caribbean introducing exotic spices to the English palette. Book tickets at blackhealthinitiative.org

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Friday 19 October, 7.30pm

Hawkwind In Search of Utopia – Infinity and Beyond plus guests

The Black Heart Orchestra Due to overwhelming public demand and having sold out the iconic London Palladium ten months in advance, Hawkwind have announced further UK dates with their brand new concept show In Search of Utopia – Infinity and Beyond. For the very first time in their legendary career, the band will be joined by a full 25-piece live orchestra. This promises to be one of their most explosive, exciting and ambitious live concerts to date. Tickets: £40.81, £34.45, £30.21


Sunday 21 October, 3pm

Airedale Symphony Orchestra Leeds Philharmonic Chorus Jacqueline Cima leader John Anderson conductor Sarah Power soprano Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm

Wings

with live score Orchestra of Opera North Carl Davis CBE conductor Wings (1993) Dir William A Wellman, USA, 1927 Score by Carl Davis, 1993 Leeds Town Hall and the Orchestra of Opera North mark the centenary of both the end of World War I and the formation of the Royal Air Force with a special screening of the 1927 silent film, Wings, with Carl Davis’ 1993 live score performed in sync with the movie. The winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929, Wings is a romantic action picture written and directed by combat pilots John Monk Saunders and William Wellman. In a small town in America, rivals Jack and David both vie for the affections of Sylvia Lewis. As romance starts to blossom, both men are called up to enlist and the pandemonium of war threatens to tear the lovers apart. For this commemorative concert screening, we’re pleased to welcome Carl Davis CBE to conduct his own score for this landmark film. A £31.80

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Elgar Cockaigne (In London Town) Elgar The Spirit of England Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue Elgar Lux Aeterna Nimrod John Williams Hymn to the Fallen: Saving Private Ryan Eric Whitacre Sleep Verdi Va Pensiero: Nabucco Tchaikovsky Overture 1812 with Chorus Established in 1898, the Airedale Symphony Orchestra is widely recognised as one of the leading community orchestras in the UK. In this special remembrance concert it is joined by Leeds Philharmonic Chorus. Tickets: £20, £15, £10

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Tuesday 23 October, doors 7pm alt-J – one of the most successful British bands of the millennium – are Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. Released last year, ​Relaxer flew straight into the top 10 of the UK album chart, a follow up to their number one, Grammy and Brit Award-nominated album This Is All Yours​, and their 2012 Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut ​An Awesome Wave​. In an intimate UK and Ireland tour taking in just six venues, alt-J performs against the iconic backdrop of Leeds Town Hall in the city that birthed them – an extra special gig. Tickets: £39.75

Wednesday 24 October, 7.30pm The annual Ocean Film Festival is sweeping

Ocean Film Festival

World Tour

towards Leeds with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface. Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Mountain Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. Be wowed by the mind-blowing marine life; exhilarated by the power of the waves, and inspired by the characters who dedicate their lives to answering the call of the ocean.

No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film unless accompanied by an adult.

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Tickets: £13.50 Concessions/groups 6+: £11.50

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Friday 26 October, 7.30pm

30th Anniversary Tour Iconic British band Soul II Soul performs in Leeds as part of their 30th anniversary tour. With huge hits including Keep On Movin’ and the UK number one single Back to Life (However Do You Want Me), Soul II Soul progressed from being one of the leaders of the 1980s warehouse scene to pioneering British black music around the world, securing long term critical and commercial success for themselves in the process. Tickets: £34.45, £30.21, £28.09

Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Peter Whitfield

Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra Yutaka Sado conductor Angela Hewitt piano Sibelius Finlandia Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor) Sibelius Symphony No 5

Finlandia is a patriotic tone poem that was written in protest against the increasing censorship in Sibelius’ home country of Finland, largely controlled by Tsarist Russia. The music includes the Finlandia Hymn, and rousing, turbulent melodies representing the struggle of the Finnish people. Beethoven’s last complete piano concerto, No 5, is grand and triumphant, fully showcasing the piano. The three-movement Emperor concerto is a flood of beautiful and intense sound, and the title, given after Beethoven’s death, reflects the work’s stature, difficulty and impressiveness, as it re-wrote the relationship between orchestra and piano. Sibelius was commissioned to compose his Symphony No 5 by the Finnish Government in celebration of his fiftieth birthday which had been declared a national holiday. Writing in his diary at the time of composition, Sibelius compared his musical ideas and motifs to streams and rivers, all flowing towards the sea. A £38.16

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Monday 29 October, 7.30pm

Levison Wood

Journeys through the Badlands and Beyond In his second adventure-filled live show, Levison Wood will share tales from his most recent journeys across some of the most perilous danger zones on earth. With behind-the-scenes moments from his travels over the Caucasus Mountains and his circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula, Levison will challenge the myths and stereotypes that plague these ancient lands. Combining current affairs with rip-roaring adventure, Levison’s fascinating and humorous anecdotes reveal the real life stories of the ordinary people he met who call these places home: from Palestinian fighters to Iraqi snipers; refugees to Bedouin nomads. If you want to know what it’s like to be ambushed by ISIS, have tea with Hezbollah and cross pirate-infested waters in a wooden dhow – then don’t miss Levison in person this year. Tickets: £26.50

Tuesday 30 October, 8pm

I’m About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett Pop in and see Joe Lycett’s brand new stand-up tour, where he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and The Royal Variety Performance. Tickets: £21.20

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Thursday 1 – Thursday 15 November

Leeds Town Hall is transformed into the North’s largest cinema for two weeks of new and classic film experiences from around the world. Visit leedsfilmcity.com for the programme announcements. As part of the celebrations there are also two extra special events at Leeds Town Hall… Wednesday 31 October, 7pm

2001: A Space Odyssey Experience Stanley Kubrick’s epic sci-fi masterpiece and its famous soundtrack on the giant screen and with concert hall acoustics. This classic of cinema cemented the lauded director as one of the most revolutionary film-makers of all time. Tickets: £12 Concessions: £10

Tuesday 30 October – Sunday 11 November

Various times, see website for detail

Sound&Fury’s Charlie Ward

Presented by Fuel Theatre, Sound&Fury’s intimate, immersive and immensely powerful sound installation places audiences in the heart of a makeshift wartime hospital, where an unlikely therapy brings solace and comfort to those injured on the battlefield.

‘A hauntingly beautiful installation’ THE TELEGRAPH

15 minutes, presented to audiences of just ten people at each performance. Co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW and Fuel. Tickets: £5.30

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Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Steve Muir

BBC Philharmonic Leeds Festival Chorus City of Glasgow Chorus Cantabile Choir Simon Wright conductor Evelina Dobračeva soprano Andrew Staples tenor Benjamin Appl baritone Britten War Requiem Sunday 18 November, 8pm

An Evening with

Afro Celt Sound System Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System is a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. Their acclaimed live performances are energetic and captivating and innovatively combine folk traditions of different cultures to breath-taking effect. With sales now topping 1.5 million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, the winners of the Songlines Music Best Group Award 2017 recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary. The band is currently in the studio writing and recording a much-anticipated follow-up to 2016’s The Source, described by fRoots as “a colossus of an album”. Tickets: £26.50

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Britten’s choral masterpiece delicately weaves the Latin Mass with nine of Wilfred Owen’s war poems through the voices of three soloists, two orchestras and choirs of adults and children. Britten brutally bares the reality of one human obeying an order to kill another through heartwrenching harmony, melody and orchestration. Britten had a strong message: “My subject is War, and the Pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity... all a poet can do today is warn”, is the Owen inscription on the title page. In a concert marking the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War, we also remember the members of Leeds Festival Chorus and ancestors of the choruses performing this evening who served during the conflict. An exhibition accompanies this event – see page 4.

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Monday 19 November, 7.30pm

Owen Jones

Building a New Britain The old unjust order is crumbling. The British people are turning against a system rigged in favour of bankers, tax dodgers, and low pay bosses. A new society is in reach: one that puts the needs and aspirations of the many ahead of profit for the few. How do we build a new Britain and a new world free of the injustice that currently defines it? In our historic, turbulent times, we must debate it. Owen Jones is one of the most popular and in demand public speakers in Britain today. Join the acclaimed author, journalist, broadcaster and campaigner to discuss his trademark analysis of contemporary British politics.

Tickets: £16 Students, unwaged: £12

Thursday 22 November, 8pm The Crypt

Pierrot Lunaire Manchester Collective Schoenberg

Pierrot Lunaire

Lotte Betts-Dean soprano

Elizabeth Alker presenter

Timothy Burke conductor

Polly Graham director Nate Gibson designer David Pountney libretto

The wild, seductive chords of Schoenberg’s masterpiece have intrigued and confounded audiences for over 100 years. This season, Manchester Collective brings this sensual and dangerous world to life, performed in English, in a new translation by David Pountney. An intimate concert performed in-the-round, this visceral staged production delves deep into the inner world of the unnamed female protagonist. Acclaimed Australian soprano Lotte Betts-Dean paints a vivid picture of a woman on the edge – inspiration, struggle, ambition, and self-doubt. Presented by NTS/BBC Radio 6 broadcaster Elizabeth Alker, who guides audiences though the emotional wreckage of this musical apocalypse.

Tickets: £19.06 Under 18s, students, over 60s, unwaged: £5.30

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Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Judy Blezzard

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Vasily Petrenko conductor Elena Urioste violin Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini Korngold Violin Concerto Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Originally conceived as an opera, Tchaikovsky’s symphonic fantasy was inspired by the story of Francesca and Paolo. This tempestuous piece follows two souls lost in hell owing to their adulterous affair. Korngold’s Violin Concerto marries cinematic style with the concert hall in an unashamedly romantic work for solo violin and orchestra. Writing in 1940s Hollywood, from the hearttugging opening theme to the lively final movement, Korngold blends big tunes with shimmering orchestral textures to create a work ranked as one of the best concertos of its time. When Mussorgsky’s close friend, architect and painter Victor Hartmann, died, an exhibition of his work was arranged in St Petersburg. It was here that Mussorgsky conceived his tribute – a suite of piano pieces depicting a selection of the paintings, which was later orchestrated by Ravel.

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Orchestra of Opera North Sunday 25 November, 4pm

War Horse

The Story in Concert

St Peter’s Singers

David Angus conductor Michael Morpurgo narrator In the centenary year marking the end of the First World War, the Orchestra of Opera North performs War Horse: The Story in Concert. Author Michael Morpurgo narrates the emotionallycharged story of Joey, the young farm horse who finds himself taken from the calm of the English countryside and thrust into the horrors of the Western Front’s battlefields. This performance features Adrian Sutton’s acclaimed score, composed originally for the National Theatre’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s tale, alongside hand drawn visuals to illustrate the story.

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Friday 30 November, 7pm Sunday 2 December, 4pm Thursday 6 & Friday 7 December, 7pm

Silent Night Opera North

Nicholas Kok conductor Tim Albery director The UK premiere of a Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Inspired by real events, Silent Night tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce, when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and British troops in the trenches during WWI.

Monday 26 November, 8pm

Madeleine Peyroux

plus support, Tom Baxter Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploring beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork of loping, skipping, sassy, feisty and sexy tunes delivered in a captivating mélange of funk, blues and jazz. Recorded with electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori, Secular Hymns is a collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness and inner dialogue, a communal consciousness and a spiritual essence.

Tickets: £41.87, £37.10

German opera singer Nikolaus Sprink, now a soldier, is ordered to perform for the Crown Prince Wilhelm, behind the front line on Christmas Eve, 1914. Back at the front later that night, upon hearing Scottish soldiers singing, Sprink responds with a rousing song, and raises a Christmas tree above the bunker. Yet the moment of hope and humanity that follows proves to be only a brief respite from the futility and horror of the War. Lyrical, cinematic and expressive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning score by American composer Kevin Puts, combined with a multilingual libretto by Mark Campbell, is a deeply emotional work. Directed by Tim Albery, this UK premiere production is staged as part of a series of events marking the centenary of the end of World War I. Sung in English, German and French with English titles. Silent Night, based on the screenplay by Christian Carion for the motion picture Joyeux Noël produced by Nord-Ouest Production. Commissioned by Minnesota Opera. A Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative Production. Music by Kevin Puts. Libretto by Mark Campbell. By arrangement with Aperto Press, publisher. Bill Holab Music: Sole Agent.

Tickets: £10 – £47.50 Book tickets at www.operanorth.co.uk, or by calling 0844 8482720

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Saturday 1 December, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Will Todd

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Opera North Youth Chorus Opera North Young Voices Opera North Children’s Chorus Richard Farnes conductor Fflur Wyn soprano Johnny Herford baritone Will Todd Songs of Love and Battle Górecki Symphony No 3 (Sorrowful Songs)

Former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes returns to the helm of the Orchestra to present the second-ever performance of Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle. Dedicated to Opera North’s youth ensembles who are featured this evening, Todd’s commission is a micro opera depicting the conflicting emotions of war through the words and poems of Maggie Gottlieb, in eight parts. Górecki picks up the themes of loss and separation caused by conflict using three Polish texts in his Symphony No 3. The first and third texts are written from the perspective of a mother who has lost a child, whilst the middle text is taken from a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, written by a child separated from her parents. Arguably one of the most famous pieces from the late twentieth century, the heartbreak is felt in every aspect of Górecki’s music. A £38.16

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Handel’s Messiah

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Halifax Choral Society Members of Dortmund Choirs (Leeds’ twin city) David Hill conductor Fflur Wyn soprano Caitlin Hulcup mezzo soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Nicholas Mogg baritone

The Leeds Philharmonic Chorus performs Handel’s Messiah accompanied by the multiaward-winning Black Dyke Band, one of the oldest and best-known brass bands in the world. The performance of Messiah with brass band is a rare treat and well worth coming along to see. Leeds Philharmonic Chorus has led the way in performing different versions of Messiah in the last few years; singing alongside Florilegium in the baroque version to critical acclaim in 2014. A £31.80

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Sunday 9 December, 7.30pm

John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra At The Movies plus special guest Kim Criswell

A fabulous new show from the 70-piece superstar orchestra including songs and music from the movies including Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, ET, The Philadelphia Story, People, The Shadow of Your Smile, There’s No Business like Showbusiness and much more. The orchestra has established an international reputation performing repertoire from the golden era of Hollywood and Broadway. Joined by guest soloist Kim Criswell, “the only UK singer who can measure up to the art of putting over a show tune perfected by those on Broadway” (The Telegraph), this will be a wonderful evening full of fabulous songs and music. Tickets: £51.94, £46.64, £41.34, £30.74

Thursday 13 – Friday 14 December, 8pm

Ross Noble El Hablador

Who is El Hablador? It’s Ross Noble. No, but who is the one they call El Hablador? I just said, it is Ross Noble. You know? Long hair, does stand up where he dances about the stage. But what is the legend of El Hablador? I don’t think it’s a thing. It’s clearly Ross coming up with a name for his show, so he can make out like he is some sort of mysterious shadowy figure. Ross Noble returns to dance around the stage spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a hilarious stand up show. At some point, he may wander into a shadowy part of the stage and look a bit shadowy. Book now to see the one they call El Hablador. (Ross is the only one that calls himself El Hablador.)

Tickets: £26.50

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Tchaikovsky Suite: Nutcracker Howard Blake The Snowman The score to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is arguably the most cherished soundtrack to the Christmas season. Always a Christmas favourite at Leeds Town Hall, the Orchestra of Opera North performs the music live in all its heart-melting splendour to a screening of the animation. Sure to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike, this is not only the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, but a wonderful introduction to the thrills, chills and power of a symphony orchestra performing live. Before the screening, live narration transports us to a magical land of toys and sweets as the orchestra performs a suite from Tchaikovsky‘s ballet music The Nutcracker. A

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All your favourite carols and songs, traditional and new, will put you truly in the festive spirit. The programme includes Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Do You Hear What I Hear?, plus many more festive favourites.


Wednesday 19 December, 7.30pm

G4 at Christmas

Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting... Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and multi-platinum selling operatic vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric Christmas tour. Their intimate performance sees Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Nick recall the musical experiences of their childhoods. Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want for Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered up-close and personal against the majestic back drop of Leeds Town Hall. The Pauline Quirk Academy of Performing Arts will also be performing in association with G4 Young Voices. VIP Tickets: £82.15 (meet and greet from 6pm, a glass of wine and premium seats) Tickets: £39.75, £34.45, £29.15, £23.85, £18.55

Thursday 20 December, 6.30pm & 8.30pm

The 2018 Lord Mayor’s Carol Concerts Leeds Philharmonic Chorus Rothwell Temperance Band

Joseph Judge chorus master Alan Horsey organ Introduced and conducted by Simon Lindley Celebrate Christmas at Leeds Town Hall’s annual family carol concerts. After the concert there will be a collection for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal. Councillor Graham Latty is the 125th person to hold the Office of Lord Mayor of Leeds, and has chosen St Gemma’s Hospice as his charity, an organisation that has worked with the community of Leeds for 40 years, to ensure that when local people face the end of life, it can be pain-free, dignified and peaceful. Tickets: £6.50, Concessions: £3.50

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Friday 21 December, 7.30pm

The Unthanks Sing Emily Brontë

In this worldwide premiere, The Unthanks play their new Emily Brontë Song Cycle for the first time in front of a live audience. Commissioned by the Brontë Society to mark Emily Brontë’s 200th Birthday, Yorkshire-born Unthanks pianist and composer Adrian McNally has turned a selection of her poems into song, performed with Rachel and Becky Unthank. McNally created the songs using Emily Brontë’s piano which is still housed in the Parsonage Museum in Haworth where Emily lived and worked. The only live performance of this new work promises to be an atmospheric and unique collaboration between a literary great and one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands working today.

Tickets: £21.20

Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm George Hinchliffe’s

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain With Bells On

The original ukulele orchestra, the group that made the uke cool, and the band who gave us uke mania invite you to join them in a bit of festive frivolity! This is definitely not shameless seasonal cashing in, just a little midwinter mischief and the chance to play or sing along with the odd well-worn Christmas classic. Watch the tutorials online, learn the parts and join in live. From the North Pole to Sydney Opera House, the Ukes tour planet Earth with their legendary live shows that plunder all genres of music, from Wagner to Nirvana, with wit and sheer plucking brilliance. Tutorials and music for the play along: ukuleleorchestra.com

Tickets: £26 Concessions: £24

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Sunday 30 December, 3pm

Orchestra of Opera North

David Bell conductor Join us in the magnificent surroundings of Leeds Town Hall as we celebrate the coming of the New Year with an afternoon full of wonderful Viennese waltzes, marches and polkas. An enchanting celebration in the Viennese tradition – the opulent architecture of Leeds Town Hall is the perfect place to clink glasses in a toast to usher in 2019 and hear the splendid Orchestra of Opera North perform tunes of, amongst others, FREE Viennese waltz king Johann Strauss. bubbly or A £31.80

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Saturday 12 January, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by David Fligg

The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor Prize winner Leeds International Piano Competition 2018 Bach Piano Concerto in D minor Shostakovich Symphony No 8

Bach’s majestic Piano Concerto in D minor was one of the earliest of the composer’s works to be taken up for publication. It is thought to be based on a lost violin concerto and features delicate passages and conversations between piano and orchestra. Shostakovich’s massive eighth symphony was composed over the summer of 1943, reflecting the horror of war. The inward-looking quality of the finale is some of the composer’s most terrifying music. In typically cryptic fashion, Shostakovich summed up its message in just three words, ‘life is beautiful’. It ends with just a faint breath of optimism – though not enough for the Soviet authorities who wanted a triumphant war symphony and deemed the piece counterrevolutionary.

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Saturday 2 February, 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Dan Holden

St Petersburg Philharmonic Saturday 19 January, 7pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm by George Kennaway

Royal Northern Sinfonia Jessica Cottis conductor Jess Gillam saxophone A programme including works by Debussy, Milhaud, Stravinsky, Villa Lobos and the RNS Young Composer Competition winner.

Yuri Temirkanov conductor Freddy Kempf piano Nadine Koutcher soprano Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 Mahler Symphony No 4 For more information and to view the upcoming orchestral season visit leedsconcertseason.co.uk. Tickets: £14.31 – £38.16

For more information and to view the upcoming orchestral season visit leedsconcertseason.co.uk. Tickets: £14.31 – £38.16

Sunday 20 January, 7.30pm

Paul Carrack

One of the most revered voices in music and a figurehead of soulful pop for decades returns to VALENTINE FABRE, DENT DU GÉANT © BEN TIBBETTS delight his legions of admirers with the new album These Days, performed life in the majestic and intimate setting of Leeds Town Hall. Thursday 7 & Friday 8 February, 7.30pm Tickets: £41.87, £36.57

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival and today’s most talented adventure film makers. Early Bird Tickets (book before 1 Nov): £13.25 Tickets (from 1 Nov): £14.84 Concessions/Groups 6+: £13.25 2 night Festival Ticket: £26.50, concessions £24.38

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Thursday 7 March, 7.30pm

Mnozil Brass Cirque

The newest escapade from Mnozil Brass, who enter the ring to combat the monkey business of daily life with music and humour, transforming it into a nice, tidy flea circus... Come one! Come all! Listen and be amazed!

Monday 1 April, 7.30pm

An Audience with

Simon Reeve

The world-famous BBC TV presenter and journalist recounts tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. Tickets: £26.50

Tickets: £28.62 Under 16s: £19.08

Friday 22 March, 7.30pm

Friday 24 May, 8pm

Roy Harper

Stewart Francis

Renowned folk singer-songwriter Roy Harper performs as part of a major UK tour celebrating 50 years of classic tracks. The show will include Harper’s famed epic McGoohan’s Blues from his 1968 album Folkjokeopus.

The star of Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Crackerjack embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour ever! See him before he heads off... into the punset.

Tickets: £47.70, £37.10, £26.50

Into the Punset

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Friday 9 November – Saturday 22 December Leeds’ annual traditional market brings a little piece of Germany and a whole 10.30am – 9.30pm (7.30pm Sundays) heap of festive spirit to the heart of the FREE ENTRY • MILLENNIUM SQUARE city. Complete with authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats, an old-fashioned carousel, a daily programme of light entertainment and much more...

German Christmas Market

Fri 23 Nov – Mon 31 Dec 2018 Join us on a journey of enchantment in one of the most loved fairy tales of all time. Featuring spellbinding special effects, glittering sets, stunning costumes, magic and mayhem, Beauty and the Beast guarantees to be the perfect festive treat for all the family. Tickets £21 – £12

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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. Ticket price: £6 return journey (£5 from Yeadon) For booking information please contact the Box Office on 0113 376 0318. * Please note there is no service for the choral concert on Saturday 17 November.


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Discounts are available on Leeds International Concert Season presentations for groups of 10 or more. Please contact the Box Office for details.

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A larger version of this seating plan is available from the Box Office or at www.leedstownhall.co.uk

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Gold: 25% discount – book all 20 concerts Silver: 20% discount – book 10 – 19 concerts Bronze: 15% discount – book 5 – 9 concerts

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Orchestral subscriptions

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What's On at Leeds Town Hall September - December 2018  

Leeds' favourite building, opened in 1858, hosting the best live music, comedy, film screenings, educational events & entertainment.

What's On at Leeds Town Hall September - December 2018  

Leeds' favourite building, opened in 1858, hosting the best live music, comedy, film screenings, educational events & entertainment.

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