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What’s On Your guide for January – August 2018

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Amongst these pages the Leeds Town Hall Spring/Summer 2018 programme offers a feast of music, comedy, film, and special events. A world-class programme awaits in Leeds’ most iconic building. Leeds International Orchestral Season continues to be one of the finest orchestral programmes in the country. Continuing the 2017/18 season the Hallé, one of the world’s finest symphonic ensembles, performs the first concert of the year with Anna Tsybuleva, the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition winner, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto. The season continues with the finest British orchestras and visits from world-class ensembles including Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (10 Feb), Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra (10 Mar) and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (19 May). In an extra special performance Maxim Vengerov – the greatest living string player in the world today – conducts and performs with the Würth Philharmonic Orchestra (9 Jun). A rare opportunity to witness the full magnificent range of his artistry.

A number of famous faces from the world of comedy, stage and screen also make a visit to the Town Hall – including Jason Manford (24 Jan), Suggs (15 Feb), No Such Thing As A Fish (11 Mar), Dan & Phil (20 May), Brian Blessed (29 Jun) and Clare Teal (30 Jun). After phenomenal success at Glastonbury 2017, the rocket-fuelled classical outfit Army of Generals joins forces with the world’s only professional ensemble of disabled musicians – the British Paraorchestra – to bring to life the world of classic computer game themes in Play! (20 Mar). Dust off your SNESs, N64s and boot up your Playstations as we embark on a musical adventure into some of the gaming world’s most memorable soundtracks. There’s plenty more to enjoy – take a look. We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds Town Hall and hope you enjoy the show!

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Saturday 13 January 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Mark Pallant

The Hallé Sir Mark Elder conductor Anna Tsybuleva piano

Winner, Leeds International Piano Competition, 2015

Delius Paris – ‘The Song of a Great City’ Ravel Piano Concerto in G Bach (orch Elgar) Fantasia and Fugue in C minor Elgar Enigma Variations A £37.10

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A rare chance to hear Bradford-born Delius’ lyrical and fascinatingly textured impression of the French capital. His first developed orchestral masterpiece is followed by Ravel’s jazz-influenced piano concerto; the three movement work is full of rhythmically exciting passages, beautiful melodies and energising dissonant harmonies. Elgar’s arrangement of Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, orchestrated as a way to help him through the grief of losing his wife, is a haunting contrast to the English composer’s famous Enigma Variations. The engima of the variations is still unknown, and continues to tease musicians even today, whilst the fourteen musical pictures characterise the composer’s wife, friends and even himself in music. Amongst the world’s top symphonic ensembles, The Hallé makes a welcome return to the Leeds International Orchestral Season.

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Saturday 20 January 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Peter Whitfield

BBC Philharmonic Ben Gernon conductor Louis Schwizgebel piano Mozart Overture: Don Giovanni Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor) Brahms Symphony No 2

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Mozart’s Don Giovanni features his liveliest, most extreme and most romantic music, with the melodramatic and kaleidoscopic overture perfectly outlining the synopsis of this dark opera. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5, his last completed piano concerto, is a flood of beautiful and intense sound. The epithet given to this three movement work after Beethoven’s death depicts its stature, difficulty and impressiveness. Whilst it took Brahms fourteen years to complete his first symphony, his second – with its cheerful and flowing melodies – was penned in just a single summer holiday, and led to a series of triumphant European concert tours.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3


Saturday 27 January 7pm

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Free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm by Brian Newbould

English Chamber Orchestra Alexander Shelley conductor Heejae Kim piano Jason Evans trumpet Schubert Symphony No 8 (Unfinished) Mozart Piano Concerto No 17 Haydn Trumpet Concerto Mozart Symphony No 35 (Haffner) A £37.10

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Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony composed in 1822 was abandoned for reasons unknown. The yearning, sweeping first movement is one of the most profound openings in symphonic music, whilst the optimistic second movement shows this composer’s true mastery of orchestration. “Mozart is sweet sunshine” declared Dvořák, perhaps a thought Mozart’s pet starling agreed with. The bird learned the theme from Mozart’s elegant concerto, though sang G sharp where was written G natural, leaving the rendition somewhat off-key! Haydn’s ‘most popular concerto’ is a firm favourite in the trumpet repertoire. It sparkles with glittering articulated passages and vibrant melodic lines. Commissioned by the Haffner family, Mozart’s Symphony No 35 is a light but powerful work with a dramatic opening and a finale to be played “as fast as possible”. The English Chamber Orchestra – the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world – presents an evening of three composers in the great Viennese musical tradition. www.leedstownhall.co.uk

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Wednesday 24 January 7.30pm

Jason Manford Muddle Class

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Muddle Class features a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion. Tickets: £29.15

Sunday 4 February 4pm

From Hollywood with Love Orchestra of Opera North

Tobias Ringborg conductor/violin Ian Buckle piano Andrew Collins presenter

Sunday 28 January 2pm

Holocaust Memorial Day

Civic Remembrance Event Join the Lord Mayor of Leeds and hundreds of local people for an afternoon of commemoration in response to the Holocaust Memorial Day theme ‘The Power of Words’. The event remembers the millions who were murdered in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. With a keynote speech by the Cambodian Ambassador, Her Excellency Dr Rathchavy Soeung, music performed by members of the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and a performance by Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s Youth Dance Company. There will also be a reading of the seven statements of commitments with candle lighting and a traditional Hebrew memorial prayer sung by the President of Bradford Synagogue, Rudi Leavor, BEM. Free and open to all

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A guide through the world of Hollywood film scores celebrating the breadth of music that the films have inspired. With classic scores from Korngold, Williams, and Rota and lesser known gems from Addinsell, Provost and Webb, this is a concert where you’re bound to know the tunes even if the names are unfamiliar. Featuring the music from Gone with the Wind, Star Wars, Schindler's List, The Godfather, Superman and many more. Supported by Arts Council England and Leeds City Council

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Monday 5 February 7pm

Chinese New Year Celebration

Rhythm of China

An introduction to the traditional Orchestra Leeds Chinese Community School hosts a unique event to celebrate Chinese New Year. Showcasing music performed by the Chinese Traditional Music Orchestra consisting of 60 talented young people originating from Guang Zhou, China. Local artists along with youth music groups will also be performing to celebrate this remarkable occasion. Audiences will appreciate the fascinating shapes of traditional instruments, experience authentic Chinese music, song, dance and culture, and celebrate the diversity of Chinese and Western music. Tickets: £6

Thursday 8 & Friday 9 February 7.30pm

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline-packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. This year, two evenings of film will ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. For double the adventure come along to both nights for two entirely different film programmes.

People under 12 can attend if they are accompanied by an adult

Image: Larry Shiu, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park © John Price

Tickets: £14 Concessions: £12 Groups 6+: £12 Festival Ticket (both nights): £25/£22 concessions

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Saturday 10 February 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by David Fligg

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Tomáš Netopil conductor Josef Špaček violin Dvořák Two Slavonic Dances Dvořák Violin Concerto Dvořák Symphony No 9 (From the New World)

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The years 1878–80 are often described as Antonín Dvořák’s ‘Slavonic period’, during which he was particularly inspired by Slavonic folk music of the time. The Slavonic Dances were inspired by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and are considered amongst his most popular works. Dvořák’s Violin Concerto is without doubt a masterpiece, containing some of his most haunting melodies and its central theme is one of the finest creations in the concerto repertoire. The best known tune in all Dvořák is the main theme from the second movement of the Symphony No 9 – it was the music from the old Hovis ads, with the cloth-capped little lad pushing his bike up the cobbled road past the coal pits. The influence from his time in America is clear, where Dvořák wanted to understand the ‘music of the people’. The Czech Philharmonic’s mastery of its instruments goes hand in hand with the ability to contribute its skill towards the ensemble’s unified, inimitable sound.


Thursday 15 February 7.30pm

Suggs

What a King Cnut: A Life in the Realm of Madness… By popular demand, and after his first tour-de-force sell-out tour My Life Story, Suggs treads the boards again with a brand new show. If the first show was about how on earth he got there, Suggs: What a King Cnut is about the surprises that awaited him when he did. Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie’s driveway. Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London. Fame is a tightrope and Suggs talks us through his incredible experiences whilst performing songs from his extensive catalogue. Tickets: £30.21

Friday 16 February & Wednesday 14 March 7.45pm

The Magic of Motown

Celebrating the sound of a generation

EXTRA DATE ADDED

The biggest party of the year begins as the unstoppable Magic of Motown steams into town. Seen by over a million people, prepare yourself for back-to-back classic hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated by an exceptionally talented cast and band. This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Dancing in the Streets, My Girl, Blame It on the Boogie, All Night Long and many, many more. Tickets £30.21 Concessions: £28.09 1 in 10 go free

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Saturday 17 February 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by George Kennaway

European Union Chamber Orchestra Handel’s instantly engaging Water Music, packed with catchy and now famous tunes, was written for King George I and a performance on the Thames. The result, alongside Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, is some of the most popular instrumental music before Mozart.

Hans-Peter Hofmann director Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello Handel Suite: Water Music Haydn Cello Concerto in C Delius Two Aquarelles Mozart Symphony No 29

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Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C was considered lost until 1961, when a copy of the score was found in the Prague National Museum. Its opening movement is a virtuoso display. The music of Delius’ Two Aquarelles has a sense of sweetness crowded into the smallest space. Mozart’s Symphony No 29 is one of the composer’s most popular works combining intimate chamber music style with a fiery and impulsive manner.


Tuesday 20 February 7.30pm

An evening with

Ant Middleton Adventurer, survival expert, ex elite forces soldier and TV presenter Ant Middleton’s appetite for adventure and extremes knows no limits. Having achieved the elite forces ‘holy trinity’ serving in the Paras, Marines and Special Boat Service, his tales defy belief for their sheer bravery and utter danger. Ant is a modern-day explorer and expedition leader – a role that has led him to take on some tough and amazing challenges both in the military and his TV roles, SAS (Who Dares Wins), Mutiny and Escape. Join him in this adventure filled one-man show as he recounts his extraordinary experiences and exploits. Tickets: £23.85

Friday 23 February 7.30pm

Jonathan Pie Back to the Studio

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Following his sell-out nationwide tour, the frustrated news reporter is back with a brand new show... and this time he’s angrier than ever. Join him as he attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously hoping to smash the system from within. A night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos. Political satire at its finest, Pie is...

‘...the most exciting satirical creation since Partridge’ RORY BREMNER

Tickets: £23.85 Students & Unwaged: £18.55

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

The Hallé Karina Canellakis conductor Sunwook Kim piano

Winner, Leeds International Piano Competition, 2006

Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Beethoven Symphony No 4 Brahms Piano Concerto No 1

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Praised internationally for her technical and musical gifts, in 2016 Karina Canellakis won the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. She is joined by Hallé favourite, and Leeds International Piano Competition winner, Sunwook Kim for Brahms’ monumental First Piano Concerto, an absolute tour de force of the repertoire and a piece he has recorded with the orchestra. Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is now a Hallé party piece that thrills audiences wherever the orchestra plays it. The programme sets sail with Mendelssohn’s evocative Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage. Inspired by both the poetry of Goethe and the music of Beethoven, it’s one of the greatest of all musical seascapes.


Friday 2 March 7.30pm

Purple Rain

A celebration of Prince

In 2016 the world lost a musical icon, now you can experience the ultimate tribute to an artist who dominated the charts for over three decades. A world-class celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince, a nine piece band recreates the look and sound of his Revolution era. With a set that delivers a non-stop, hit packed show including Let’s Go Crazy, 1999, Little Red Corvette, Kiss, When Doves Cry, You Got the Look and of course, Purple Rain. Tickets: £27.03 (£23.85 restricted view)

Saturday 3 March 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sister Act Live Choir

EXTRA PERFORMANCE ADDED

See the brilliant film Sister Act like never before – on a large screen whilst a live 35-piece gospel choir and band accompanies the on-screen nuns singing hit songs from the film. Watch the feel-good musical film as the Uplifted Voices choir (featured on The Voice and The X Factor) give powerful, goosebump-inducing performances of songs like My God and I Will Follow Him. To get you into a soul-stirring gospel mood, the show opens with a special guest gospel performance. A brand new and unique live cinema experience that you’ll thank God you didn’t miss.

Some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

Tickets: £26.50, £23.32, £19.08

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Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 March 8pm

EXTRA DATES ADDED

Control Enthusiast Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you! Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome. You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit. Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy. Tickets: £29.15

Sunday 11 March 8pm

No Such Thing As A Fish The 2018 Tour

Join Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin on their brand new UK tour as they serve up their pick of the most bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts known to man. The award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish gets 1.5 million downloads a week, has been transformed into the spin-off topical BBC2 TV series No Such Thing As The News and was named one of iTunes’s top ten most downloaded podcasts of 2016.

‘Knowledge-packed and riotously funny’ THE TIMES

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Saturday 10 March 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Brian Newbould

Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra Valery Polyansky conductor Alexander Sitkovetsky violin Tchaikovsky Suite: The Sleeping Beauty Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 1 Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4

The true magic of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, even for dancers, is created by his score: “The score is the ballet” the critic Croce wrote. A dancing symphony about fate and life woven from an old tale of a princess who pricks her finger and is put under a hundred-year spell. Together with those by Bartók and Shostakovich, Prokofiev’s two violin concertos are considered the finest of the twentieth century; his first demanding the utmost of its soloist to delight listeners. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4 is one of music’s most dramatic pieces, “Never yet has any of my orchestral works cost me so much labour, but I’ve never yet felt such love for any of my things” he wrote. The Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra – ranking among the finest symphonic ensembles in Russia – performs some of the most melodious, rich and passionate music ever written.

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Saturday 17 March 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Dan Holden

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Joshua Weilerstein conductor Anna Tsybuleva piano Winner, Leeds International Piano Competition, 2015

Anna Tsybuleva – winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition – is a real poet of the piano. Schumann’s dreamy, deliriously romantic Piano Concerto could have been written for her.

Bach/Benjamin Canon & Fugue: The Art of Fugue Schumann Piano Concerto Mahler Symphony No 1

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“The symphony must be like the world” said Gustav Mahler. “It must embrace everything!” And in his first symphony, he was as good as his word: it begins with the dawn of life itself, and ends by bringing the house down. It’s an epic journey, and no recording can ever do it justice. Performed live, under the inspirational Joshua Weilerstein, it will positively soar.

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Tuesday 20 March 7.30pm

The British Paraorchestra, Army of Generals & All Star Collective

Charles Hazlewood conductor

Dust off your SNESs, N64s and boot up your Playstations in a musical adventure into some of the gaming world’s most memorable soundtracks. The internationally renowned conductor Charles Hazelwood’s quest for the most exciting music takes him on a journey from well-known classical repertoire into the soundtracks of the gaming world. PLAY! promises a full blooded, symphonic rollercoaster ride of classic computer game themes alongside the well-known orchestral masterworks which paved the way. Taking Holst’s The Planets and Strauss’ iconic tone poems as a starting point, the programme takes in the high-octane pursuit of Grand Theft Auto, the legendary theme to Tetris, the cinematic soundtrack to Final Fantasy VIII and many more. Uniting gamers young and young at heart the programme will include iconic computer game themes from the last four decades. Originally formed for the closing ceremony of the Para-Olympics, The British Paraorchestra first performed PLAY! at Glastonbury Festival 2017. In Leeds, the world’s only professional ensemble of disabled musicians is joined by Hazlewood’s virtuoso ensemble Army of Generals and his jazz fuelled All Star Collective to create a 44-piece AAA ensemble that will lift the roof and set consoles on fire. A £31.80

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Saturday 24 March 6.30pm

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Free pre-concert talk at 5.45pm by Judy Blezzard

English Chamber Orchestra Leeds Festival Chorus

Simon Wright conductor James Gilchrist tenor (Evangelist) Christopher Purves bass (Christus) Elin Manahan Thomas soprano Lawrence Zazzo countertenor Joshua Ellicott tenor David Wilson-Johnson bass Bach St John Passion

The St John Passion, first performed on Good Friday 1724 and here in the week leading to Easter, is a remarkably powerful work, particularly so in its dramatic crowd scenes. Emotionally charged, perhaps the biggest joy of the St John Passion is that, for all the ferocity and sorrow of the Good Friday story, it’s a truly optimistic work, anticipating the resurrection with music suffused with light and hope. Selected as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras, the English Chamber Orchestra performs with the magnificent Leeds Festival Chorus.

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Leeds Lieder Friday 23 March 11.30am

Cool Lieder

Young people from Leeds have been working with a creative team led by a storyteller, alongside a singer-animateur and pianist, learning and exploring some of the great songs of the Lieder repertoire.

Friday 23 March 2pm

Discovering Lieder Over two hundred primary school children will be having fun in this concert by Leeds Lieder favourites Aimee Toshney, Phil Wilcox and Ewan Gilford.

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Sunday 25 March 7.30pm

Tuesday 27 March 7pm

City of Leeds Youth Orchestra Dougie Scarfe conductor Britten Symphonic Suite: Gloriana Puccini Fantasia: La bohème Holst The Planets The City of Leeds Youth Orchestra is one of the great success stories of music making in the region. Numbering nearly 100 musicians this programme will once again show off their wonderful talents.

Free – booking not required

Leeds Young Filmmakers

Golden Owl Awards The Golden Owls awards returns for its seventh year, presented in partnership with Leeds Young Film Festival, ArtForms and We Are Vista. This Oscars style red carpet, black tie extravaganza will showcase the best new films from emerging young filmmakers across the city. This is a private event for Leeds young filmmakers and their families. To find out more and to submit a film visit leedsyoungfilm.com.

A range of music includes Puccini’s most popular work with the full symphonic treatment and all the great melodies from the opera in Fantasia on La bohème. Holst’s ever popular Planets Suite is sure to provide the perfect vehicle to celebrate the region’s finest young orchestral musicians. Tickets: £11.50 Over 60s: £9.50 Under 18s, students, unwaged: £5.50

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Saturday 7 April 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Dan Holden

Orchestra of Opera North To celebrate composer Leonard Bernstein's centenary, the Orchestra of Opera North performs a concert of American music, including his iconic Symphonic Dances from the groundbreaking, award-winning musical West Side Story.

Dalia Stasevska conductor Sofya Gulyak piano

Winner, Leeds International Piano Competition, 2009

Bernstein Symphonic Dances: West Side Story John Adams The Chairman Dances Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances A £37.10

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John Adams’ The Chairman Dances, taken from his opera Nixon in China, is also known as Foxtrot for Orchestra and it’s easy to understand why given its rhythmic drive. Gershwin’s epic Rhapsody in Blue needs no introduction; it serves to fuse jazz and classical elements showcasing the versatility of the Orchestra, soloist Sofya Gulyak and Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska. The concert concludes with Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. Written while he was in New York, this colourful composition is his final orchestral work, and, for many, his greatest achievement.

Supported by Arts Council England and Leeds City Council


Sunday 8 April 4pm

It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish Inspiration Choir with the Orchestra of Opera North It has been said that Inspiration has the power to make every song sound like a finale, so they thought they would perform just that. In this concert, the massed voices of Inspiration Choir are joined by the Orchestra of Opera North to perform the final songs and scenes of musical theatre, from classics through to the new modern masterpieces. Tickets: £24, £19, £13.50

Thursday 19 April 7.30pm Sunday 22 April 4pm Wednesday 25 April 7.30pm

Salome Strauss

Concert performance Based on Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, this is the savage and bloody tale of King Herod’s step-daughter. When Herod’s prisoner Jokanaan rebuffs her advances, Salome vows she will kiss him – no matter the consequences. From the seductive ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ to the explosive vocal parts, the violent sensuality of Strauss’s score illustrates every moment of the story with unflinching vividness. This is opera at its most extreme, concentrated into 100 exhilarating minutes.

‘...places the orchestra right at the heart of the drama... pure theatre in its own right’ THE GUARDIAN ON THE 2017 CONCERT STAGING OF TURANDOT

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Saturday 21 April 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Mark Pallant

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Harish Shankar conductor Boris Giltburg piano Darius Battiwalla organ Ravel Suite: Mother Goose Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 Saint-Saëns Symphony No 3 (Organ)

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The orchestra thunders and roars, everyone’s silent, and then with one mighty chord, the Town Hall organ blows the roof off. However well you know Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony, experiencing it live in concert never gets any less exciting. The composer himself said of his third Symphony, “I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again”. The evening also features Boris Giltburg in Prokofiev’s high-octane Piano Concerto No 3 – the most popular of his five piano concertos, and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite as a playful and upbeat opener.


Saturday 12 May 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by George Kennaway

Orchestra of Opera North Leeds Festival Chorus Leeds Philharmonic Chorus Opera North Young Voices Opera North Children’s Chorus Simon Wright conductor Rachel Kelly mezzo soprano David Butt Philip tenor David Soar baritone Ashley Riches bass

Part opera, part cantata, this ‘dramatic legend’ is an epic retelling of the Faust story that captures the extremes of man’s ambition and folly in music by turns exquisite and grotesque. While angels worship the Lord for his creation, Mephistopheles, the Devil, complains about the state of affairs in the world. Mankind is corrupt, he claims, and he revels in the evil and disaster that he is able to cause. Faust, turning to sin and evil, makes a pact with the devil… and so the story begins.

Berlioz The Damnation of Faust

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Saturday 19 May 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Julian Rushton

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra Michael Sanderling conductor Jennifer Pike violin Weber Overture: Euryanthe Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony No 5

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“If Wagner was the epitome of 19th -century German opera, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute its precursor, then it was Carl Maria von Weber who fanned the flames into life”, so writes the Independent on a composer whose overture to his sublime opera opens the final concert of the Leeds International Orchestral Season. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – one of the best known violin concertos of the repertoire, but one whose difficulty led the intended original player to refuse its premiere performance – then follows. A virtuoso display from Jennifer Pike awaits. With its instantly recognisable opening (‘Da da da dum’), Beethoven’s Fifth is the best known composition in classical music and the most frequently performed symphony. An emphatic and euphoric close to the season with ‘one of the most important works of all time’.


Sunday 20 May 7pm

Dan & Phil Interactive Introverts

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Two internet dwelling, insecure nerds standing under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories... and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, cringe and puts the audience in control unlike anything before! Daniel Howell and Phil Lester are two of the world’s biggest YouTube stars. From producing their own comedy videos, amongst other stellar achievements they have gone on to present an award-winning show for BBC Radio 1, host international coverage of the BRIT Awards, and have a Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Their last tour became the biggest world tour ever undertaken by YouTube creators... until now. Tickets: £63.60, £47.70, £26.50, £15.90 VIP: SOLD OUT

Sunday 27 May 4pm

Musicals Rock! Orchestra of Opera North and West End stars Michael England conductor Musicals Rock! takes you on a journey through the highlights of some of the world’s most-loved musicals. As the rock world comes crashing into stage musicals the result is wonderful, spectacular and sometimes off the wall. Featuring music from Mamma Mia!, Fame, We Will Rock You, Rent, Wicked, Evita and many more, never before have these excerpts been put together in one concert. The result is a feast of thrilling music together with exceptional performances from a vibrant cast, backed by the power and energy of an orchestra and rock group.

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Sunday 3 June 3pm

Black Dyke Brass Festival 2018 The world’s most famous brass band returns to Leeds Town Hall for a Gala Concert. Featuring the Black Dyke Band and its star soloists, plus special guests The Yorkshire Youth Band. The programme will feature music for everyone with favourites including James Bond 007 suite, a fantastic soloist showcase, and a world premiere from Philip Wilby featuring Black Dyke Band and the magnificent organ at Leeds Town Hall. The Grand finale with Black Dyke Band, joined by over 200 musicians from Armthorpe Elmfield, Friezland, Delph, City of Bradford, BD1 and Buckley Bands performing classics including Dambusters, I’ll Walk with God and Respighi’s triumphant march from the Pines of Rome.

Tickets: £15, £13, £12, £11

Friday 29 June 7.30pm

An Evening with

Brian Blessed Larger-than-life British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice.

 An evening with Brian Blessed is an experience that nobody should miss. His eloquence and humour will have the audience captured from the moment he walks on stage until the moment he leaves.

 Brian will talk about his career on stage and screen including anecdotes from Flash Gordon, Black Adder, I Claudius, Z Cars and his many appearances in Shakespearean productions. He is also an avid climber and has conquered Everest and Kilimanjaro amongst others. Tickets: £26.50

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Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy and multiaward-winner Maxim Vengerov performs an extra special concert. In the first half he takes on the solo role in Bruch’s magnificent violin concerto, and in the second returns to conduct the musicians of the virtuosic Würth Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s Symphony No 10, judged by many to be the composer’s most magnificent work. Witness a violinist who transcends boundaries, and whose gleaming tone and heartfelt insight gives new meaning to everything he plays. As soloist and conductor, this is a chance to experience the full, magnificent range of Vengerov’s artistry.

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Saturday 30 June 7.30pm

and her Big Mini Big Band

Swing’s The Thing

A celebration of popular big band music from the golden age of song – upbeat and uplifting. One of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song, award-winning vocalist Clare Teal (BBC Radio 2) – along with her excellent musicians – effortlessly traverses a rich landscape of timeless material. From grand masters of the Great American Song Book (Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart) to the witty and urbane stylists of the 50s and 60s (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh and Dave Brubeck), with a nod to contemporary writers and originals too. The ensemble, packed with fantastic top flight jazz players, demonstrates the thrill and power of the big band age and gives a great backdrop for Clare to perform her eclectic songbook of intimate ballads, roaring blues, sophisticated swing and fiery Latin tunes. With arrangements by world renowned trumpeter/composer Guy Barker and jazz pianist extraordinaire Jason Rebello, songs include Cry Me a River, What Is This Thing Called Love, It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing and There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight. Tickets: £26.50

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Sunday 22 July 4pm

Another Day of Sun Inspiration Choir with the Orchestra of Opera North The massed voices of Inspiration Choir and the Orchestra of Opera North present a feel good concert for the summer with songs from the smash hit film La La Land and other toe tapping numbers. For more information about Inspiration visit www.inspirationuk.com. Tickets: £24, £19, £13.50

Saturday 18 August 6.30pm

National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain returns to Leeds Town Hall for a stunning performance by the Under 13 Orchestra. These brilliant young musicians have captivated audiences throughout the UK and now it is our turn to be amazed by their creative approach to the classical concert repertoire.

‘A spectacular conclusion to a memorable concert’ ILKLEY GAZETTE

Tickets: £23, £19, £16 Over 60s, Students & Unwaged: £21, £17, £14 Under 16s: £5 Under 5s: Free

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Friday 27 – Sunday 29 July MILLENNIUM SQUARE

The three-day open-air classical festival from Opera North returns to the heart of the city. Friday 27 July 6.30pm

DJs: 6.30pm / The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics: 8pm

The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics

An open-air concert packed with some of the most infectious and energetic dance anthems of the past three decades.

Saturday 28 July 7pm

A Classic Summer’s Evening An enchanting foray into popular classical music from the Orchestra of Opera North and acclaimed tenor Rafael Rojas (Turandot, Andrea Chénier), featuring orchestral and vocal blockbusters. Reserved Seating: £45 (VIP), £26.50, £23.50, £21

Sunday 29 July 5pm

The heart of Leeds will beat to a different rhythm as legendary Back to Basics DJ Dave Beer Brassed Off Live together with a 50-piece symphony orchestra No one under 15 may see a 15 film from the Orchestra of Opera North, and an array of amazing special guest artists come together to A screening of Brassed Off closes the festival in a moving celebration of Yorkshire pluck. Rousing deliver an epic live music celebration. and poignant, the score will be performed live by Join us to show how spectacular and vibrant the Yorkshire’s symphony orchestra and the true stars city of Leeds is in showcasing two of its much of the film – Grimethorpe Colliery Band. loved and contrasting musical institutions. Standing: Early Bird Tickets: £30 (book by 31 January 2018) Early Bird Leeds Card & Breeze Card Holders: £27 (book by 31 January 2018) Standard Tickets: £32.50 Leeds Card & Breeze Card Holders: £29.25

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Reserved Seating: £45 (VIP), £26.50, £23.50, £21 Opera North in the City Festival is presented by Opera North and Leeds City Council and supported by Arts Council England

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Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music Join us at Leeds Town Hall for world-class recitals in our Lunchtime Organ Music Series. Mondays 1.05pm

January – March recitals:

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Dr Gordon Stewart 22 January

Francesca Massey Durham Cathedral This season, not only do we welcome established international concert artists, we also provide a platform for some fine young players at the start of flourishing careers.

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With organ solo repertoire from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, and transcriptions from Bach to Johann Strauss and Gershwin, the series continues the tradition of combining well-loved favourites with less familiar – but no less thrilling – works.

Dr Thomas Trotter

FREE ADMISSION

Call 0113 378 6600 for a leaflet with full details

Darius Battiwalla Leeds City Organist 5 February

Birmingham City Organist 12 February

St Peter’s Singers 19 February

Brass Band Concert 26 February

Darius Battiwalla

Leeds City Organist Request programme – music@leeds.gov.uk 5 March

The Choir of Leeds Minster 12 March

Margaret McDonald mezzo soprano

Simon Lindley organ/piano 19 March

Jonathan Scott

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 26 March

Darius Battiwalla Leeds City Organist

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Behind the Lions The hidden histories of the Town Hall come to life in our talks, tours and exhibitions programme...

Talks A series of free cultural talks; Lunchtime Talks and the Leeds Cultural Conversations series.

Exhibitions Thursday 10 May, 1pm

Now showing

Changing Leeds and the Left Bank Leeds: Mysterious Photographs Humans of Leeds Featuring portraits and stories of Wednesday 7 February, 12.30pm of Godfrey Bingley people who have moved to Leeds, Dystopia, Apocalypse Photographer and researcher be it for work, family, study or to Michael C Coldwell talks about and Contemporary seek refuge. his work hunting down and Women’s Writing Novels and films that imagine the end of the world as we know it have never been more popular, but what are the reasons for these visions of bleak, dystopian or apocalyptic futures? Wednesday 7 March, 12.30pm

Forgotten Heroine? Recovering Emily Hobhouse

Widely commemorated in South Africa, less familiar in Britain, the humanitarian reformer and campaigner Emily Hobhouse is the subject of this talk addressing ‘forgotten heroines’. Thursday 8 March, 1pm

Discovering Treasure in Special Collections Discover The University of Leeds’ impressive collection of over 15,000 coins, medals and tokens dating from the ancient world to the 1960s. Wednesday 9 May, 12.30pm

Civic Pride in Victorian Leeds: the Heaton family and their Legacy Marking the 160th anniversary of the opening of Leeds Town Hall, this lecture explores the contribution of the Heaton family to the educational, charitable and cultural life of Leeds. 32 Box Office: 0113 376 0318

rephotographing locations of Leeds, revealing seismic shifts in the city’s landscape.

FREE – book via Eventbrite – 0113 378 7192, arts@leeds.gov.uk

Town Hall Tours Hear the secrets of the Victoria Hall, stand at the dock where prisoners once stood, descend the stone steps to the dark prison cells and climb the 227 steps to the top of the landmark clock tower. January: Sat 27, 10.30am & Mon 29, 2.30pm February: Sat 24, 10.30am & Mon 26, 2.30pm August: Sat 25, 10.30am & Mon 27, 2.30pm Due to extensive repair work on the roof, Town Hall Tours are unavailable between March and July. For those unable to ascend the clock tower stairs an audiovisual presentation is available if requested in advance. Tickets: £5 Private tours (25 people): £125

TOWN HALL TOUR

Until February

Northern Ballet Showcasing photographs from one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Bold, innovative and world-class storytellers. March – June

Leeds Grand Theatre Celebrating the magnificent Grade II* listed building, a milestone of Victorian design and a beacon in the city’s cultural landscape. July – October

Pyramid of Arts: Beyond Festival A biennial two-week event showcasing the best work currently being produced by artists with learning disabilities across Leeds. 5 – 22 July.


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FROM HOLLYWOOD WITH LOVE: ORCHESTRA OF OPERA NORTH LEEDS LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: DR THOMAS TROTTER RHYTHM OF CHINA: CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION LUNCHTIME TALK BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR CZECH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA LEEDS LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: ST PETER’S SINGERS SUGGS: WHAT A KING CNUT THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN EUROPEAN UNION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA LEEDS LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: BRASS BAND CONCERT AN EVENING WITH ANT MIDDLETON JONATHAN PIE: BACK TO THE STUDIO LEEDS TOWN HALL TOUR THE HALLÉ LEEDS LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: DARIUS BATTIWALLA LEEDS TOWN HALL TOUR

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The venue is equipped with a closed loop system for the hard of hearing. Support dogs are welcome.

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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 concerts on Saturday 24 March and Saturday 12 May.


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Booking fees Recent changes in the law now mean that we need to charge the same booking fee regardless of where and how you pay. A booking fee is added to all tickets booked, whether in person, online or over the phone. All prices quoted in this brochure are inclusive of booking fees. Booking fees are calculated at 6% of the ticket value. This fee contributes to our retail, distribution and technology costs. In turn, this allows us to stay an effective business and to invest in the cultural life of Leeds, our technology and the services we provide.

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