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Your guide for January – August 2013

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Welcome to your What’s On at Leeds Town Hall brochure for January to August 2013, proudly sponsored by the Yorkshire Evening Post. Read on to discover more about our fantastic programme of concerts, comedy, shows, educational events and more, all taking place at our city’s most iconic venue. We kick off the New Year with the epic sound of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain performing Holst’s The Planets (5 Jan) as part of Leeds International Concert Season. Other highlights of the orchestral programme include visits by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time in over twenty years (2 Feb) and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (23 Feb). Plus, following the Leeds International Piano Competition in September, we look forward to hearing one of the prize-winners perform with the Orchestra of Opera North (13 April) and we also welcome back previous prize-winner Tatiana Kolesova, performing with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (18 May). Other fantastic music events lined up include Nigel Kennedy presenting an eclectic range of music in his show Bach + Fats Waller (28 April), and Irish family group Clannad on their 40th anniversary tour as part of Irish History Month (19 March). Comedy continues to be highly popular at Leeds Town Hall so book quickly for returning acts with new shows: Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order (19 Feb, 8 March & 2 June) and Micky Flanagan: Back in the Game (12 March). Plus Milton Jones makes his debut appearance here as part of his On the Road tour (21 Feb). For young people, our exciting filmmaking competition, the Golden Owl Awards, returns as the opening of the Leeds Young Film Festival (27 March). Plus, Mimika Theatre presents Landscapes, an extraordinary journey using puppetry, animation and a captivating soundtrack (20 Feb). We hope to welcome you to Leeds Town Hall soon. Cllr Adam Ogilvie Executive Member for Leisure & Skills

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Sat 5 January: 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk by Catherine Tackley at 6.45pm

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Can you imagine what an epic symphony orchestra made up of Britain’s most talented teenagers sounds like? Well this January, you can hear it in all its vibrant reality as the 165-strong National Youth Orchestra comes to perform in Leeds.

John Wilson conductor Adams Guide to Strange Places Britten Four Sea Interludes: Peter Grimes Holst The Planets

You’ll be transported far outside the concert hall: up into space for a musical exploration of the giants of our solar system in The Planets, deep among the brooding ocean waves off the Suffolk coast in Four Sea Interludes and right into your own imagination via Guide to Strange Places. Come and be inspired by ‘the most uplifting orchestra in the world’ (The Times).

‘It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony’ Britten A £31.50

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Sat 12 January: 7.30pm

Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music

Alan Buribayev conductor Alice Sara Ott piano

Presented by

Dr Simon Lindley City Organist with special guests

St Peter’s Singers and Chamber Orchestra take to the stage on 18 February with Bach’s St John Passion, the University of Huddersfield Brass Band features on 11 February and The Choir of Leeds Minster closes the series on 25 March. There is also an opportunity to learn more about our magnificent organ at our Meet the Town Hall Organ presentation on Saturday 23 February. See inside back cover for dates or visit www.leedsconcertseason.com. Call 0113 247 8336 for a leaflet with full details.

Brahms Hungarian Dances 1, 3, 10 Liszt Piano Concerto No 1 Prokofiev Suite No 1: Cinderella Ravel La Valse

Brahms’ Hungarian Dances are comprised of 21 dance tunes, each lasting between one and four minutes. These were some of Brahms’ most popular works. Prokofiev dedicated his Suite No 1: Cinderella to Tchaikovsky. The eight movements each depict a different chapter of the story. In the introduction the two contrasting themes juxtapose Cinderella’s unhappiness with her hopeful, dreamy side. Listen out for the ugly sisters in the second movement, represented by the clarinets. Originally written as ballet music, La Valse was commissioned by Diaghilev who later failed to produce any choreography and rejected the score. At the beginning of the score, Ravel wrote: “Through whirling clouds, waltzing couples may be faintly distinguished. The clouds gradually scatter: one sees… an immense hall peopled with a whirling crowd... The light of the chandeliers bursts forth… Set in an imperial court, about 1855.”

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The Poetry Business

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Mondays at 1.05pm

In the fortieth anniversary year of the restoration of the organ at Leeds Town Hall, we are delighted to host so many guests and welcome back old friends; including singers and instrumentalists as well as organists.

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Free pre-concert talk by Peter Whitfield at 6.45pm

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Throughout 2013, the Town Hall opens its doors to a series of exciting events, giving you the opportunity to see what’s inside our landmark building. For more information visit www.leedstownhall.co.uk.

Lunchtime Talks Working with Leeds University’s Brotherton Library and Leeds Central Library we present a series of talks about objects in the University’s Special Collection. Wed 9 January: 7.30pm Fri 18 Jan, Leeds Central Library Bettakultcha A Secret History of the Brontës by Sarah Prescott, Literacy An evening of five minute improvised stories given by over Archivist, University of Leeds. a dozen people all accompanied Fri 22 Feb, Leeds Town Hall A Leeds Miscellany by Katy by interesting slides, a musical interlude, comedy commentary Goodrum, Head of Special and an atmosphere fizzing with Collections, University of Leeds. fascination. Fri 15 Mar, Leeds Central Library Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh Until you’ve experienced by Chris Sheppard, Brotherton Bettakultcha for yourself you Fellow, University of Leeds. won’t know what a gem of entertainment this is! Fri 12 April, Leeds Town Hall www.bettakultcha.com From Glass Plate to Pixels: A digital journey through Tickets: £7.50 Godfrey Bingley’s Yorkshire by Beccy Shipman, Digital Content Wed 20 February: and Copyright Coordinator, 10.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm University of Leeds.

Landscapes

by Mimika Theatre

For info on talks after April visit www.leedstownhall.co.uk

Set inside a beautiful calico All talks 12.30pm – 1.30pm dome, Mimika Theatre takes Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions) young audiences and their families on an extraordinary journey. Using puppetry, digital animation and an immersive soundtrack, Landscapes travels from the desert to the rainforest and from beneath the sea to the South Pole. For children aged 4 – 11 years.

An afternoon of writing workshops and an evening of readings all under the guidance of experts The Poetry Business whose poets have won or been shortlisted for almost every major poetry prize, including the Forward Prize on eleven occasions and ten Poetry Book Society awards. “One of the most vital and vitalising literary organisations in the country.” Andrew Motion Writing Workshop, 1pm – 4pm Tickets: £13 (£10 concessions)

Reading Evening, 7pm – 8.30pm Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions)

Town Hall Tours Last Sat & Mon of the month (Jan – July) Sat 10.30am, Mon 11.30am & 2.30pm

This tour is your chance to stand at the dock where prisoners once stood, or sit at the judge’s bench of the Borough Court, to descend the stone steps into the dark prison cells below and climb the 203 steps to the top of the clock tower to see the clock itself whilst taking in a view of Leeds unlike any other. Please note: for those unable to ascend the clock tower stairs an audio-visual presentation will be available upon request. If the weather is particularly bad then we will not be able to take people onto the outside of the clock tower. Tickets: £4 (advance booking essential)

23 May – 2 June

Breeze International Youth Festival Visit www.breezeleeds.org/biyf for more info.

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Sat 26 January: 7pm*

Sun 27 January: 2pm

Free pre-concert talk by Judy Blezzard at 6.15pm

Sat 2 February: 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk by Brian Newbould at 6.45pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Fabien Gabel conductor Janina Fialkowska piano

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Brahms Tragic Overture Chopin Piano Concerto No 2 Beethoven Symphony No 6 (Pastoral) * Please note this concert begins at 7pm

Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 was actually the first piano concerto he wrote, but the second to be published. Listen out for influences of Italian opera in the second movement. Chopin was inspired by his crush on a singer at the Warsaw Conservatory and was aged just twenty when he wrote this work. In the third movement we hear the influence of the Polish mazurka. Look out for the violins playing with the wood of the bow in the finale. Inspired by his love of nature and the countryside, Beethoven gave the five movements of his sixth symphony, nicknamed the ‘Pastoral’, very descriptive titles. Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the country, is the opening movement, Scene at the brook is the second, with strings representing rippling water and woodwind representing birdsong. The third movement, Happy gathering of country folk, takes the form of a joyful dance, followed by the dramatic Thunderstorm; Storm and finally, Shepherds’ song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm. A £31.50

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Holocaust Memorial Day

Originally written as incidental music to Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name, Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite was not published until after his death in 1908 and has since been widely used in popular culture – from Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation to featuring in The Simpsons, Father Ted and many other popular television shows and films. The most recognised section is the Morning Mood theme.

Everyone is welcome at Leeds Town Hall for the Holocaust Memorial Day event to mark the anniversary of the liberation of AuschwitzBirkenhau on 27 January 1945. The event is hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and will include speakers, artwork, music and performances based around the theme ‘Communities Together: Build a Bridge’. The event is free and open to all. For more information please call 0113 247 6419. www.hmd.org.uk

Andrew Litton conductor Christian Ihle Hadland piano Grieg Suite: Peer Gynt Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 Prokofiev Suite: Romeo and Juliet

‘It was clear from the start that Prokofiev had a special gift for ballet music which placed him in the big league alongside Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Stravinsky, but it was a gift directed towards satire and social comment rather than romance’ Frank Granville Barker

Beethoven was the soloist at the premiere of his Piano Concerto No 3, after which the page-turner said: I saw almost nothing but empty pages; at the most... a few Egyptian hieroglyphs wholly unintelligible to me were scribbled down to serve as clues for him; for he played nearly all the solo part from memory... he had not had time to set it all down on paper. Prokofiev wrote the Romeo and Juliet Suite for the Kirov Ballet. He originally wanted to change the conclusion of the story to a happy one to allow for more dance, saying “living people can dance, the dying cannot” but his idea was rejected. A £31.50

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Sat 9 February: 7.30pm

Sat 16 February: 7.30pm

Free pre-concert talk by Julian Rushton at 6.45pm

Leeds Festival Chorus & Northern Sinfonia

BBC Philharmonic

Bach: Mass in B Minor

Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor Augustin Hadelich violin

Simon Wright conductor Elin Manahan Thomas soprano Jennifer Johnston mezzo Andrew Tortise tenor Matthew Brook bass

Beethoven Violin Concerto Webern Passacaglia Brahms Symphony No 4

Bach’s great B Minor Mass is like a vast gothic cathedral in music: displaying towering architecture and yet intimate moments of precise detail; addressing the infinitely mysterious while deploying captivating simplicity. It is an awe inspiring work that gladdens both the heart and the mind. Pablo Casals said: ‘to give wings of eternity to that which is most ephemeral, to make divine things human and human things divine: such is Bach’. Concert promoted by Leeds Festival Chorus: www.leedsfestivalchorus.co.uk This concert is not part of the Leeds International Subscription Season.

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Franz Clement, soloist at the premiere of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, was shown the music for the first time just before the performance. As such, it was said that he was so unprepared that between the first two movements, he played one of his own compositions using just one string and holding the violin upside down! Listen out for the four-beat theme of the first movement, which begins on percussion and lasts over twenty minutes. Webern wrote his Passacaglia (a Spanish or Italian dance originating in the 17th century) in 1908 at the end of his course in composition, taught by Schoenberg. He commented that this and all subsequent works he wrote were influenced by the death of his mother. The passacaglia form also features in the fourth movement of Brahms’ Symphony No 4. Before the premiere, Brahms performed in a version for two pianos. It is said that after this event, a critic commented on hearing the first movement “…I had the feeling that I was being given a beating by two incredibly intelligent people.” A £31.50

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Sun 10 February: 10.30am onwards

Tues 19 February, Fri 8 March & Sun 2 June: 8pm

The Leeds Chinese Community Association is once again hosting a Chinese New Year Festival for the 2013 arrival of the ‘Year of the Snake’.

Brand new show, brand new jokes, same old Jimmy.

The occasion promises to deliver a much wider Chinese experience than at previous events, as in addition to the usual theatre performances of Chinese Dancing, music and Tai Chi, there will also be trade stands offering a variety of Chinese food, crafts and professional face painting.

Gagging Order promises to be an hilarious night out... let’s see shall we. The show will be packed with one-liners, stories and jokes. Some clever, some rude and a few totally unacceptable. Everybody’s welcome. Just leave your conscience, sense of common decency and moral compass at home and come on out for a laugh.

Many thanks in advance to all those who have already shown support for the event and we look forward to seeing them and everyone else on the day.

Jimmy has sold over a million DVDs and hosted countless TV shows but live comedy is what he does best, come and see for yourself.

Tickets: £3

Tickets: £25

Recommended for ages 16+ years.

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Sat 23 February: 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk by Peter Whitfield at 6.45pm

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Thur 21 February: 8pm

Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour, this time imaginatively entitled On The Road. If you like the stuff he’s done on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo or in any of the nine radio series he’s done for Radio 4 then this is the show for you. Hundreds of his celebrated one-liners, plus pictures he drew and some hats. Clever, surreal but mainly just stupid stupid stupid. He’s won awards you know.

‘He’s fast absurd, and very funny’ Radio Times

‘No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride’ The Guardian Tickets: £20 10 Box Office: 0113 224 3801

The overture from Bernstein’s Candide is a very popular orchestral work, first performed as a concert piece in 1957, a year after the complete operetta was composed. Listen out for tunes from the show’s songs The Best of All Possible Worlds, Battle Music, Oh, Happy We, and Glitter and Be Gay.

Jacek Kaspszyk conductor Mikhail Rudy piano Bernstein Overture: Candide Penderecki Chaconne Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 Schubert Symphony No 9 (The Great)

Schubert wrote his ninth symphony in 1839, but after his death the score was lost and not discovered until ten years later when Schumann found it. Although the work was written for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of Friends of Music), they rejected it for being too challenging. Indeed it was the longest and most complex symphony Schubert wrote, utilising lots of brass. Listen out for the horn in the slow movement which Schumann described as “calling as though from another sphere. Everything else is hushed, as though listening to some heavenly visitant hovering around the orchestra.”

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Tues 12 March: 8pm

Sat 2 March: 7.30pm

Sat 9 March: 7.30pm

Free pre-concert talk by Julian Rushton at 6.45pm

Free pre-concert talk by Clive McClelland at 6.45pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

BBC Philharmonic

Mozart Symphony No 38 (Prague) Mozart Deh vieni non tardar: The Marriage of Figaro Geme la tortorella: La Finta Giardinera Padre, germani, addio: Idomeneo Mahler Symphony No 4 Mozart wrote his Symphony No 38 at the same time as the Marriage of Figaro was being performed in Prague. He had a strong fanbase in the city and wrote this symphony for its people. Shortly after his death, a local paper wrote “Mozart seems to have written for the people of Bohemia, his music is understood nowhere better than in Prague.” Mahler wrote a collection of songs called Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn) and they influenced his first four symphonies. Themes from the song Das himmlische Leben, (The Heavenly Life) are hinted at throughout the first three movements of Symphony No 4 with the whole song, portraying a child’s idea of heaven, included in the last movement. Listen out for sleigh bells in the first movement, and in the second movement, a solo violin depicts the skeletal ‘Friend Henry’, the German personification of death.

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Micky Flanagan

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

Andrés Orozco-Estrada conductor Klara Ek soprano

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Live Nation in association with CKP presents

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Sun 3 March: 2pm

New York, New York

A Celebration of American Classics With the LUU Concert Orchestra and Choir Cuban Overture George Gershwin An American in Paris George Gershwin Selection of Gershwin songs A Weekend in New York Philip Sparke Hymn to the Fallen John Williams

Gershwin’s compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, with his most popular songs being widely known. He contributed a huge amount of music to the American repertoire including jazz standards, television and film scores, musical shows and orchestral pieces. An American in Paris is one of Gershwin’s best-known compositions depicting the hustle and bustle of Parisian life and a nostalgic American away from home during his visit to Paris in the 1920s. This paired with the energetic Cuban Overture following Gershwin on his visit to Havana, will kick start the afternoon’s concert. LUUMS will be joined by the LUU Big Band to present a truly irresistible range of timeless songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr et al, including Days of Wine and Roses, Try a Little Tenderness, New York, New York, Angel Eyes, For All We Know, Autumn in New York, and Bewitched. Tickets: £20, £15, £10, £5

Micky Flanagan’s Back in the Game tour follows on from the huge critical and commercial success of last year’s Out Out tour where over 200,000 tickets were sold and all 150 dates a sell-out. The DVD – Micky Flanagan Live: The Out Out Tour – has been the number one selling stand-up DVD in 2012 with his show stealing performances on the small screen earning him a prestigious British Comedy Award nomination and The Sun’s Comedian of the Year Award.

Haydn The Creation

Proceeds going to Lost Chord

Come and enjoy an afternoon of American classics with ensembles from Leeds University Union Music Society.

Back in the Game

David Hill conductor Sarah Fox soprano Adrian Dwyer tenor Neal Davies bass

Haydn was a devout Catholic and wrote the words ‘Praise to God’ at the end of every composition he wrote. He was inspired to write The Creation upon visiting London and hearing some of Handel’s oratorios. The text was taken from Genesis, the books of Psalms and Paradise Lost, translated into German, however, this evening it will be sung in English. The archangels Gabriel (soprano), Uriel (tenor) and Raphael (bass) narrate the story. Part One depicts the creation of light, water, weather and plants, Part Two celebrates the birth of sea life, animals and man, and in Part Three the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Micky has appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats – amongst others – cementing his reputation as one of the superstars of British stand-up.

‘Gut-wrenchingly hilarious’ Daily Mirror

‘Excellent, funny and poignant’ The Observer

‘Side-splitting’ The Sunday Times Recommended for ages 14+ years.

This is widely considered to be Haydn’s greatest masterpiece. He spent eighteen months composing the work and after conducting the premiere he collapsed with exhaustion!

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Sat 16 March: 7.30pm

Tues 19 March: 8pm

40th Anniversary Tour The City of Leeds Youth Orchestra’s performances in recent years are one of the great success stories of music making in the region. The orchestra now numbers over 100 young musicians and this programme is perfect to show off these wonderful young talents.

Dougie Scarfe conductor Jake Brown percussion Elgar Cockaigne Overture Dave Heath African Sunrise: Manhattan Rave Shostakovich Symphony No 12 The Year 1917

African Sunrise: Manhattan Rave was commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for Evelyn Glennie and is a work of great beauty and stunning virtuosity; the soloist Jake Brown has been a member of CLYO for five years and is also a member of the National Youth Orchestra. Shostakovich was one of the greatest film music composers of his time and his 12th Symphony demonstrates this brilliantly in a work that conjures the atmospheres and events of the October 1917 Revolution.

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Clannad, the Irish family group responsible for such timeless music as Theme From Harry’s Game, In A Lifetime, I Will Find You and the soundtrack to the Robin of Sherwood TV series, make a welcome return to the UK to mark their 40th Anniversary. Over the decades, Clannad have made music that entwines the traditional and the modern, the past and the future, with stunningly beautiful results. With their haunting songs, mesmerizing vocals, and captivating sound the group has sold over fifteen million records worldwide. The band first came to prominence in the UK in late 1982 when, after the hard hitting drama Harry’s Game was aired, their evocative theme song was propelled into the high reaches of the UK singles chart.  Comprised of siblings Moya, Ciaran and Pol Brennan, along with their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan, the band began life performing in the family owned tavern in a remote part of North West Ireland.

The group is currently putting the finishing touches to a brand new album for release in early 2013. The upcoming UK tour will be the first time they have performed in the UK with the original five members since 1989 and the show will comprise songs from right across their career as they celebrate their 40 year career as recording artists. For this close-knit group, their musical journey is both remarkable in its personal accomplishment and historic in its contributions to Irish culture. In celebration of Irish History Month, celebrated annually in March co-ordinated by the Irish Arts Foundation www.irisharts.org.uk

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Sat 23 March: 7.30pm

Wed 27 March: 7pm

Free pre-concert talk by Judy Blezzard at 6.45pm

Golden Owl Awards Night 2013

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Following the huge success of the first Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owls Awards in 2012, this prestigious city-wide competition is back even bigger and better for 2013. An exciting filmmaking competition for young people aged 3 – 19, the Golden Owl Awards form the glittering opening ceremony of Leeds Young Film Festival on the evening of Wednesday 27 March 2013 and celebrates the best of young people’s filmmaking across the city.

Kees Bakels conductor Natalie Clein cello

Thur 21 March: 7pm

Beethoven Overture: Coriolan Elgar Cello Concerto Sibelius Symphony No 2

The Choirs, Choral Society, Orchestra and Concert Band of St Peter’s School, York

If you make films on your own or with friends, or are part of a community group then check leedsyoungfilm.com to find out more about the competition and to download an application form. Schools and colleges interested in submitting films can find out more at artformsleeds.co.uk. The competition is supported by Leeds City Council through the Leeds Young Film Network, ArtForms, the Leeds Young Film Festival and Leeds City Learning Centres in partnership with Logistik.

Paul Miles-Kingston, Keith Wright & Christopher Blood conductors Sixth Form Soloists: Rebecca Widdicombe soprano Sarah Carlton mezzo-soprano Bill Goss tenor Guy Cowman-Sharpe baritone Nicholas McLeish trumpet Bliss Kenilworth Suite Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E flat Mozart Coronation Mass in C K317 Following on from the ambitious performance of music from the Ellington Sacred Concerts in York Minster in 2012, the School Choir and Choral Society of St Peter’s School, York are performing for the first time in Leeds Town Hall. The Concert Band will begin the performance with a specially created arrangement of the Kenilworth Suite by Sir Arthur Bliss, directed by Christopher Blood. The orchestra will then perform Haydn’s famous Trumpet Concerto with soloist Nicholas McLeish, Principal Trumpet of City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, directed by Keith Wright. Mozart’s dramatic Coronation Mass will be performed in the second half by the combined choirs and orchestra, featuring soloists in the sixth form at the school. Tickets: £10 (£5 senior citizens and under-18s) 16 Box Office: 0113 224 3801

Elgar’s Cello Concerto was his last major composition and made a distinct departure from his previous works, being more introspective and contemplating themes of death and mortality. Moved by the events of the First World War, Elgar began writing the opening melody whilst recovering in hospital from tonsillitis in 1919. Over 40 years later it became the work which launched Jacqueline du Pre’s career when she made a recording in 1965. Sibelius paints a picture of the Finnish landscape with his second symphony. He was considered a national hero as he continued to assert his identity as a Finnish composer, although the second movement of this work does appear to show Russian influences with a rousing theme which reappears in the finale.

‘My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require’ Elgar A £31.50

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Thur 4 April: 7.30pm Sally Morgan Enterprises Ltd proudly presents

Psychic Sally On The Road Star of Sky Living’s Psychic Sally On The Road, Britain’s favorite TV psychic, Sally Morgan returns with her outstanding 2013 nationwide tour. Often referred to as ‘Psychic to the stars’, Sally has built up an extensive client list having read for well known faces like Katie Price, George Michael and the late Princess Diana. Since touring, each year Sally packs out theatres as people from all over the country come to witness her incredible gift. Her down to earth nature and infectious personality has attracted a whole new audience to the spiritual world and her astounding accuracy keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. This unique theatrical experience should leave you feeling uplifted and enlightened… as they say seeing is believing! Tickets: £23.50 Sally Morgan is investigational and the show is for the purpose of entertainment.

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Sat 13 April: 7.30pm

Sat 20 April: 7.45pm

Sun 21 April: 4pm

Sun 14 July: 7.30pm

And the Winner is…

Do You Hear the People Sing?

In the first of Inspiration’s year-long journey through the greatest musical theatre hits, And the Winner is… features hit songs from previous Tony Award-winning Musicals. Phantom, Cats, Les Mis, South Pacific; so many of your favourites will be given the unique Inspiration treatment.

Inspiration presents a powerful concert showcasing the epic wall of sound that only Inspiration can provide – straight from their hearts to the audience. They have chosen some of the greatest uses of the Chorus from the traditional Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma) to the more contemporary (We Will Rock You, Rent), to emphasise the moving and massive sounds that a huge chorus can produce. You will certainly Hear the People Sing.

Free pre-concert talk by Anastasia Belina at 6.45pm

Orchestra of Opera North Michail Jurowski conductor Jiayan Sun piano (Prize-winner at 2012 LIPC)

Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5

Tickets: £20, £15, £10

Tickets: £20, £15, £10

Although never performed during his lifetime, Night on a Bare Mountain was introduced to a wide audience courtesy of Walt Disney’s 1940 animated classic Fantasia which used the Stokowski arrangement of the piece. This evening’s arrangement, the ‘fantasy for orchestra’, was produced after Mussorgsky’s death in 1881 by his friend Rimsky-Korsakov and has become a concert favourite. Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony begins with a funeral-style theme, which, by the fourth movement, has transformed into a more optimistic march. The most famous performance of this work was in 1941, when, during the Siege of Leningrad, the orchestra continued to play as bombs were heard dropping in the distance. It became a popular piece from then on, used by the choreographer Massine for a ballet, and Glenn Miller set lyrics to the second movement for his song, Moon Love.

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Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough to keep The Magic of Motown from getting to you... It’ll be there on the double: direct from The States, the UK’s biggest Motown concert tour celebrates 50 years of number one songs with its brand-new arena show. There in a hurry: the non-stop spectacular features 36 massive hits from The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Lionel Richie and more. An all-star cast, that original Detroit sound, 16 sparkling costume changes plus amazing choreography: The Magic of Motown will be getting to you in 2013. The Press says... ‘...an incredible cast, dazzling costumes and classic tracks... this is a must-see show for all Motown fans’ ‘From an era of style and sequins, the show was slick, stylish, smooth and infinitely sexy’ www.easytheatres.com Tickets: £24.50, £20

Sun 28 April: 7.30pm

Nigel Kennedy presents

Bach + Fats Waller Nigel Kennedy violin Jarek Smietana guitar Yaron Stavi bass Krzysztof Dziedzic drums World-famous violinist, Nigel Kennedy, presents a typically maverick musical programme celebrating the music of Bach and Fats Waller. The concert begins with Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin, after which he is joined on stage by an acoustic guitarist, a drummer and a double bass player to perform Kennedy’s own arrangements of the music of the legendary Fats Waller.

‘Playing Bach and Fats Waller on one show is a dream for me – two amazing keyboard players, both masters of harmony and melody’ Nigel Kennedy

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Sat 4 May: 7.30pm

Sat 18 May: 7.30pm

Free pre-concert talk by Julian Rushton at 6.45pm

Free pre-concert talk by Anastasia Belina at 6.45pm

The Hallé

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Cristian Mandeal conductor Lynsey Marsh clarinet

Pavel Kogan conductor Tatiana Kolesova piano

Beethoven Overture: Egmont Mozart Clarinet Concerto Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Khachaturian Adagio: Spartacus Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 (Pathétique)

Sat 25 May: 7.30pm Free pre-concert talk by Catherine Tackley at 6.45pm

The Hallé

Leeds Festival Chorus & Leeds Philharmonic Chorus Written shortly before Mozart died and not performed until after his death, much debate surrounds the origins of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Only 199 bars were ever proven to have been written by him. He wrote for his friend Anton Stadler who was particularly proficient in the lower registers of the clarinet, writing various low passages which demanded a special extended version of the instrument, invented by Stadler. Widely considered to be the finest piece written for clarinet, this concerto recently featured in the 2010 Colin Firth film, The King’s Speech. Berlioz’s first ‘Fantastic’ symphony was subtitled An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts. It tells the story of a gifted artist who tries to commit suicide because he is haunted by his love for a woman. This ‘haunting’ takes the form of a melody that reappears throughout the work in different forms. The five movements are entitled Daydreams – Passions, A ball, Scene in the Country, March to the Scaffold and Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath. A £31.50

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Having suffered from depression and writer’s block for around two years, Rachmaninov wrote his Piano Concerto No 2 to mark the end of this period of his life, dedicating it to his doctor who used hypnotherapy to improve his mental health and self-confidence. The music features heavily in the 1945 film Brief Encounter and Clint Eastwood’s 2010 film Hereafter. Of his Pathétique (‘Passionate’) Symphony, Tchaikovsky said “I give you my word of honour that never in my life have I been so contented, so proud, so happy in the knowledge that I have written a good piece.” However, nine days after the premiere he committed suicide. The work’s main theme became known as ‘symphony as suicide note’, being particularly melancholic in the first and last movements. Listen out for the extreme dynamics in the first movement, which were previously unheard of, the waltz of the second movement, and the march of the third movement.

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repeat the project with American composers during the Second World War. Copland said “[i]t is my idea to make these fanfares stirring and significant contributions to the war effort...”

David Hill conductor Joseph McDermott treble Copland Fanfare for the Common Man Bernstein Chichester Psalms Bernstein Symphonic Dances: West Side Story Adams Harmonium Inspired by Henry A Wallace’s 1942 speech on the ‘Century of the Common Man’, Copland wrote his Fanfare for Eugene Goossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. During World War 1 Goossens asked British composers to write fanfares to be performed before every concert, and now he wanted to

Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story bring exciting jazz rhythms and Latin-inspired melodies. After composing the soundtrack for the hit musical, he arranged this suite of orchestral music from the music in nine parts, including Mambo, Cha-Cha and Somewhere. Adams based the three movements of Harmonium, a piece for chorus and orchestra, on poetry: Negative Love by John Donne, and Because I could not stop for Death and Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson, saying “…John Donne examines the qualities of various forms of love… from the carnal to the divine… The two Dickinson poems show the polar opposites of her poetic voice…”

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Sat 15 June, Wed 19 June, Sat 13 July: 4.30pm

Sat 17 August: 7pm

Siegfried

National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain

Dramatic performance for the concert hall Orchestra of Opera North

Under 13 Orchestra

Richard Farnes conductor

.‘..so far this Ring has been nothing short of stupendous’ The Daily Telegraph

Siegfried takes possession of the ring as Opera North continues its acclaimed journey through Wagner’s epic drama Der Ring des Nibelungen. Sung in German with English titles. A collaboration with the Sage Gateshead and Symphony Hall, Birmingham Tickets: £51 – £17.50 Book at Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office 0844 848 2720 www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

Sat 22 June: 7.30pm

Roger Clarkson conductor The Nation’s most talented young musicians make their greatly anticipated return to Leeds Town Hall, all set to deliver a stunning classical programme. Performing material from their latest repertoire, explored at their recent summer course, the youngsters are sure to impress with their fantastic sound and infectious enthusiasm. Don’t miss your chance today to see the musical stars of tomorrow.

‘A magnificent concert’ Classic FM Tickets: £18, £15, £10 (Concessions £2 off, Under 16s £5)

To establish a new full-time professional symphony orchestra in Leeds with a world-class reputation based on showcasing the exceptional talent of music graduates from UK colleges: 1 to create enthusiasm and exuberance in live performance 1 to give its members a first class base in which to develop their orchestral playing careers

The aim of Leeds Orchestra Project is simple:

1 to create for Leeds and the region a major music resource to further classical music – particularly symphonic – music education and audience development 1 to provide a major cultural ambassador for the city and the region 1 to find new ways in presenting and performing some of the greatest music every written Join us for a milestone event in Leeds’ cultural history, and help make it happen. For more information about this exciting project, go to www.leedsorchestra.org or follow us on Facebook.

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Why not host your event at Leeds Town Hall? Iconic, historic and refurbished, Leeds Town Hall is the ideal destination for all kinds of events, great and small. The Victoria Hall offers one of the largest spaces available for hire in Leeds, perfect for a presentation to an audience of up to 1200 people or a banquet for 400 people. With seating removed, the hall can be used for a wide variety of events, including dinners, conferences, exhibitions or dances. Flexible meeting room spaces are also available with a choice of eleven meeting rooms. For further information please contact a member of the Commercial Team on 0113 247 7988 or email leedstownhall@leeds.gov.uk.

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Peter and the Wolf 12 noon & 2:30pm Tickets: £8, £7 & £28 family

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Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD (next to Leeds Town Hall)

Tues 1 & Wed 2 October: 8pm

Sarah Millican Home Bird

The British Comedy Award’s Queen of Comedy Sarah Millican is giving up the party scene (Ann Summers), easing off on the drinking (fizzy pop equals wealthy dentists) and is settling down (taking her bra off). Determined to put down some roots, she now has a cat (furry baby) and even a tree (she has a lot of mugs).

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There is full wheelchair access to Leeds Town Hall and wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities on all floors. Wheelchair access is located at the front of the hall between the right hand pair of lions. A number of spaces in the seating area are reserved for wheelchair users. Please let us know when booking of any special access requirements you may have.

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The venue is equipped with a closed loop system for the hard of hearing.

A number of free parking spaces are reserved at the front of the Town Hall for blue badge-holders. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Price: £6.50 between 5.30pm – 9am

Concert Bus A coach service is available for LICS orchestral attenders*, picking up from Addingham, Ilkley, Ben Rhydding, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Otley, Menston, Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon and Horsforth. Ticket price: £5 return journey (£4 from Yeadon) For booking information please contact the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or boxoffice@leeds.gov.uk

This brochure is available in alternative formats – please ring us on 0113 247 8336 for more details, or visit www.leedsconcertseason.com Support dogs are welcome.

* Please note there is no service for the choral concerts on 9 March and 25 May.

On this, her third national tour, you will learn what to take on a dirty weekend, the easiest way to blend in in posh restaurants and how to teach a pensioner to swear. Join her for some hilarious domestic bliss.

‘Sarah Millican is never less than belly-laugh hilarious’ The Mirror ‘An iron fist in a marigold glove’ The Guardian

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How to book

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0113 224 3801 The Booking Line is open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. Please note: a transaction fee of £2.50 will apply per booking for all Leeds City Council comedy and concerts outside of Leeds International Concert Season.

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BERGEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Organ Recital: Jonathan Bielby MBE The poetry business: Writing Workshop / Reading Evening BBC PHILHARMONIC CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL Organ Recital: University of Huddersfield Brass Band LEEDS FESTIVAL CHORUS & NORTHERN SINFONIA Organ Recital: St Peter’s Singers & St Peter’s Chamber Players JIMMY CARR: GAGGING ORDER landscapes: Mimika Theatre MILTON JONES: On The Road lunchtime talk: A Leeds Miscellany MEET THE TOWN HALL ORGAN TOWN HALL TOUR POLISH NATIONAL RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TOWN HALL TOUR Organ Recital: Joshua Stephens

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CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LUUMS: New York, New York – A Celebration of American Classics Organ Recital: Phillip McCann & Simon Lindley JIMMY CARR: GAGGING ORDER BBC PHILHARMONIC & LEEDS PHILHARMONIC CHORUS Organ Recital: Simon Lindley Micky flanagan: Back in the Game CITY OF LEEDS YOUTH ORCHESTRA Organ Recital: Thomas Trotter CLANNAD ST PETER’S SCHOOL, YORK: Choirs, Choral Society, Orchestra and Concert Band BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TOWN HALL TOUR Organ Recital: The Choir of Leeds Minster GOLDEN OWL AWARDS NIGHT 2013 TOWN HALL TOUR

Thursday 4 Friday 12 Saturday 13 Saturday 20 Sunday 21 Saturday 27 Sunday 28 Monday 29

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psychic sally on the road lunchtime talk: From Glass Plate to Pixels OrchEstra of opera north THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN INSPIRATION: And the Winner is... TOWN HALL TOUR NIGEL KENNEDY: Bach + Fats Waller TOWN HALL TOUR

Saturday 4 Saturday 18 Monday 20 23 – 2 June

7.30pm 7.30pm 11.30am & 2.30pm Various times 10.30am 7.30pm

The Hallé MOSCOW STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TOWN HALL TOUR BREEZE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL TOWN HALL TOUR THE HALLÉ, LEEDS FESTIVAL CHORUS & LEEDS PHILHARMONIC CHORUS

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JIMMY CARR: GAGGING ORDER SIEGFRIED: Orchestra of Opera North LEEDS ORCHESTRA PROJECT TOWN HALL TOUR TOWN HALL TOUR

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SIEGFRIED: Orchestra of Opera North INSPIRATION: Do You Hear the People Sing TOWN HALL TOUR TOWN HALL TOUR

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The following discounts are available for LICS orchestral concerts, identified by the LICS logo. Please call the Box Office for information on discounts for other concerts and events. Over 60s: £1.50 reduction Under 18s, full-time students and unwaged: 50% reduction Patrons with disabilities: Patrons with disabilities and their essential carers may obtain two tickets for the price of one for selected performances via our Essential Carer Scheme. Relevant documentation must be provided to prove eligibility for the scheme. For further information please contact the Box Office or visit www.leedsconcertseason.com.

CHILDREN Multi-artform Other

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national youth orchestra of great britain Organ Recital: Dr Gordon Stewart bettakultcha ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Organ Recital: Gerald Gifford Organ Recital: Thomas Moore TOWN HALL TOUR ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY TOWN HALL TOUR Organ Recital: Professor Ian Tracey

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