Kirklees Concert Season Brochure 2018/2019

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Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019

WELCOME We are pleased to welcome you to the 2018/2019 Kirklees Concert Season. We are proud that our partnership with Opera North continues to develop, and we remain committed to work together to create a more sustainable future. Kirklees Council recognises the value of music in having a role to play in our towns and villages, and we appreciate that Kirklees is a district of world class music that stands proud on its rich and diverse musical heritage. Music is the beat of our heart, it is the sound of our communities and it is the pulse of our towns and villages.

There is a strong tradition of music-making in the district which the Council wishes to build upon in order to promote the area and bring communities together, and the Kirklees Concert Season is integral to this work. We hope you enjoy the array of musical delights in this season’s programme of Orchestral, Chamber and Organ concerts.

The Council’s commitment to maintaining world class music-making in Kirklees, and its resolve to keep culture at the centre of everyday life through support for the arts, is confirmed by the dedication shown by our audiences. Culture, after all, is what binds a community together. Attesting to the vital role of art in our lives, the centenary of the Armistice is commemorated throughout this season in compositions from the time, works directly influenced by the repercussions of war, or pieces looking retrospectively at the events of a hundred years ago.

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Lunchtime Concerts Cllr. Musarrat Khan Cabinet Member (Corporate) Kirklees Council

I am delighted to introduce the 2018/2019 Kirklees Concert Season and the 16th year of Opera North’s unique partnership with Kirklees Council.

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Cllr. Graham Turner Cabinet Member (Corporate) Kirklees Council

Once again, we’ve striven to showcase the best international talent, great artists from the region and of course, Yorkshire’s resident symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, which provides the backbone of the season and relishes its unique position as the only UK orchestra to have a year-round dual remit of both operatic and symphonic programming.

At just £5 per concert, and with lunch available from 11.30am at the Town Halls, this is a great way to meet friends and spend an afternoon listening to a variety of music.

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Highlands of Home

Arnold, Debussy, Bruch, Mendelssohn Garry Walker returns to Huddersfield to open the Kirklees Concert Season with a programme inspired by his homeland. Scottish landscapes have captured the imaginations of composers throughout Europe for centuries. Based on folk melodies from across the border, and one from poet Robert Burns, Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances feature clever imitations of bagpipes – an instrument synonymous with Scotland and a fitting way to herald the start of the concert. With its unmistakable Scottish flair, Debussy’s Marche Écossaise is filled with pastoral variations building to a dramatic conclusion; and a twilight visit to the ruins of Holyrood Chapel was the spark for Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3.

Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall Conductor Violin Arnold Debussy Bruch Mendelssohn

Garry Walker Jack Liebeck Four Scottish Dances Op. 59 Marche Écossaise sur un thème populaire (Scottish March on a Popular Theme) Violin Concerto No. 1 Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

Having closed the 2016-17 season with a stunning performance of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, violinist Jack Liebeck returns as soloist on the composer’s first violin concerto, one of the best-loved pieces in the classical repertoire and a former Classic FM Hall of Fame number 1. 4

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with live score We 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 conductor Carl Davis CBE to the podium to conduct his own score for this landmark film.

Thursday 18 October, 7.00pm Huddersfield Town Hall Conductor

Carl Davis CBE

Wings (1993) Dir. William A. Wellman, USA, 1927. Score by Carl Davis, 1993. Talking Music begins at 6.10pm

The Songs of War Will Todd and Górecki

Former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes returns to the helm of the Orchestra to present the world premiere of Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle. Dedicated to Opera North’s youth ensembles, Todd’s commission is a micro opera depicting the conflicting emotions of war through the words and poems of Maggie Gottlieb. Renowned for their melodic intensity and harmonic invention, Todd’s best-known works include Mass in Blue, The Blackened Man and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Górecki’s third symphony, known as his ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’, picks up the theme of loss and separation caused by conflict through three Polish texts. The second text, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, is arguably one of the most famous pieces of music from the late 20th Century.

Thursday 22 November, 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall Conductor Richard Farnes Soprano Fflur Wynn Baritone Johnny Herford Opera North Youth Chorus Opera North Young Voices Opera North Children’s Chorus Will Todd Songs of Love and Battle (World première) 1. A Zeppelin crashes 2. A poem and a dying man 3. A recruitment fair 4. Letters home 5. Newspapers and bombs 6. Singing at night 7. Bring them home safe 8. Requiem Górecki Symphony No. 3 Talking Music begins at 6.40pm


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The Gruffalo’s Child and The Highway Rat Our family event is a double-bill of Julia Donaldson creations accompanied live by René Aubry’s original orchestral scores. When the Gruffalo’s child disobeys her father’s warning, our heroine sets out on a magical adventure into the deep, dark wood. This delightful sequel to The Gruffalo is a number one best-seller, and a must for the Christmas calendar. Premièred last year on BBC One on Christmas Day, The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who, craving all sweet things, tears along the highway searching for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end. With the voices of David Tennant (Highway Rat), Rob Brydon (Narrator), Frances de la Tour (Rabbit), Tom Hollander (Squirrel), Nina Sosanya (Duck) and Husaam Kiani (Kitten). This enchanting concert is a wonderful panto alternative that’s perfect for all ages.


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Thursday 13 December, 6.00pm Huddersfield Town Hall Conductor René Aubry

Terry Davies The Gruffalo’s Child The Highway Rat

Opera North Christmas Concert Garry Walker makes his second visit to the Kirklees Concert Season to conduct the Orchestra of Opera North and the massed voices of the Chorus of Opera North, Opera North Youth Chorus and Opera North Young Voices in the annual Christmas Concert at Dewsbury Town Hall.

Thursday 20 December, 7.00pm Dewsbury Town Hall Conductor

Garry Walker

Chorus of Opera North Opera North Youth Chorus Opera North Young Voices

Britten’s Ceremony of Carols brings together the young and female voices of Opera North Youth Chorus and Young Voices. Featuring settings of medieval and 16th Century poems, this popular cantata was composed by Britten on a dangerous wartime voyage across the Atlantic, as he returned to England from New York. This December marks the 75th anniversary of its first complete performance, conducted by Britten himself in the Wigmore Hall. The second half will feature Opera North’s Chorus accompanied by the Orchestra with a miscellany of festive classics, seasonal treats and of course, audience carols!



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Viennese Whirl

Saturday 29 December, 4.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

See out the old year and welcome in the new with a celebratory concert from the Orchestra of Opera North, with conductor Christopher Bell guiding you through this annual foray into one of the most musically significant cities in the world.


This Viennese-inspired afternoon programme includes a glittering collection of much-loved music, including the ever-popular ‘Blue Danube’, and will see the Orchestra waltz, polka and march you into the New Year with style! A sparkling musical journey through some of the finest music from the Strauss family, as well as other classical masterpieces from the giants of Austrian waltz, the Viennese Whirl is a must for your diary and a wonderful addition to your New Year festivities.


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Christopher Bell

Music of Consequence Wagner, Ravel and Shostakovich

Thursday 24 January, 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Few pieces demonstrate the effects of war more starkly than Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D major, written for the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in World War I. This extraordinary work will be performed by award-winning French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a renowned exponent of Ravel’s music who makes his Kirklees début alongside conductor Christoph Altstaedt.

Conductor Piano

Christoph Altstaedt Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Wagner Ravel Shostakovich

Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod Piano Concerto in D major Symphony No. 15

Sandwiching the concerto are Shostakovich’s 15th and final symphony, and Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde. Shostakovich’s 15th is a profound piece where nothing is quite as it seems. Quotations from other musical works litter the symphony, none more poignantly than the leitmotif from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

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Russian Spirits

Lyadov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Sunday 24 February, 4.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor The legendary Russian nymph, Kikimora, inspired Lyadov’s tone poem for orchestra, feeding the composer’s Piano fascination with folklore. Darkly expressive, the piece Lyadov evokes the sprite’s evil intentions for the world.

From the unmistakable opening horn chords to the folk tunes woven throughout the thematic material, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is a masterpiece of concerto writing. Boris Giltburg, lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling musician, débuts in Kirklees to perform the expressive solo. Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 is an homage to the spirit of man. Inspired in the summer of 1944, during World War II, this symphony is distinctly Prokofiev in both substance and style and quotes his beloved ballets Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. Fresh from conducting Opera North’s new production of Tosca, we’re pleased to welcome Antony Hermus to the podium for the afternoon’s concert. 12

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Tchaikovsky Prokofiev

Anthony Hermus Boris Giltburg Kikimora Op. 63 Piano Concerto No. 1 Symphony No. 5


Lutosławski, Strauss and Bruckner Following her vibrant UK début at the Kirklees Concert Season in March 2018, Dalia Stasevska returns to conduct our season finale, opening the concert with Lutosławski’s intense Musique Funèbre for small string orchestra. Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs are the composer’s gloriously serene and transcendent swansong, with reflections on life and death woven throughout the piece. The vocal lines, supported by solo horn, are a poignant reminiscence on his upbringing and are renowned as some of the most stunning song settings in the canon.

Thursday 4 April, 7.30pm Huddersfield Town Hall Conductor Soprano Lutosławski Richard Strauss Bruckner

Dalia Stasevska Ana Maria Labin Musique Funèbre Four Last Songs Symphony No. 7

Talking Music begins at 6.40pm

There are few finer culminations to a symphony than the ending of Bruckner’s 7th, and the great adagio is a song of farewell. Bruckner’s music was given little appreciation in his lifetime, but the Seventh Symphony was an exception; an unqualified success at its première in 1884, it remains one of his most popular works. Inspired by Richard Wagner, our Wagner tubas get an outing too as part of the phalanx of brass performing. 13


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Bite-sized Gilbert and Sullivan

Whistle Stop Opera

Songs of Love and War

Brass Band Christmas Spectacular

Wednesday 19 September, 12.30pm

Wednesday 10 October, 12.30pm

Wednesday 14 November, 12.30pm

Wednesday 12 December, 12.30pm

A delightful romp through the risqué wit of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas. Jeremy Peaker (Chorus of Opera North and formerly D’Oyly Carte) and friends will guide you through extracts of much-loved favourites from the likes of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Trial By Jury and many, many more in an afternoon of music and merriment, with backstage anecdotes from the group’s time performing G&S classics on tour.

Never tried opera before? Dip your toe in with Opera North’s brilliant pop up opera. Be entertained by a group of professional opera singers and an accordionist, who will make you laugh – maybe even cry – in an operatic taster packed with comedy, deceit, love and tragedy. Be treated to scenes and songs from a variety of operas and experience what opera does best: everyday emotions amplified by epic music.

The first of two concerts with Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North David Greed and acclaimed pianist Ian Buckle, Songs of Love and War is a poignant reflection in homage to the centenary of WWI. Both Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin for piano, and Elgar’s Sonata for Violin and Piano were created from the composers’ personal connections to the conflict and are a fitting way to mark the Armistice at Dewsbury Town Hall.

The ever-popular Christmas Brass Band concert returns to Dewsbury Town Hall with an abundance of festive favourites that are sure to get you in the seasonal spirit. A joyful sleigh-ride through holiday classics including pieces synonymous with the season along with carols to sing, this rousing concert is a must for your Christmas calendar.

Followed by a Q&A session.


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2018 – 2019 SEASON


THE RITE OF SPRING Stravinsky A co-production with Phoenix Dance


Concert staging

World of Percussion

Opera North Oboe, Bassoon and Piano Trio

David Greed (Violin) and Ian Buckle (Piano)

Wednesday 30 January, 12.30pm

Wednesday 20 February, 12.30pm

Wednesday 27 March, 12.30pm

Opera North’s Principal Percussionist, Chris Bradley reunites former students of the University of Huddersfield from the last 30 years. All professional percussionists, the ensemble will perform a programme centred around Steve Reich’s Six Marimbas and also includes the aptly titled Music for Pieces of Wood and some arrangements of well-known melodies taken from the Musser Marimba Orchestra’s 1920s repertoire.

Two of the Orchestra of Opera North’s Wind Principals, Richard Hewitt and Adam Mackenzie, join Assistant Head of Music, pianist Annette Saunders for this concert of music built around Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano. Stepping out from the middle of the orchestra to take centre stage, these seasoned performers will demonstrate both their versatility and virtuosity, showcasing the wonderful sonorities of the ensemble’s double reed instruments.

Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North, David Greed, returns to Dewsbury for his second concert this season with a wonderful celebration of violin music to mark the Company’s 40th anniversary. Joined once again by pianist Ian Buckle, David will perform Walton’s Violin Sonata and Elgar’s ‘Lollipops’ on the J.B.Guadagnini violin owned by the ‘Yorkshire Guadagnini 1757 Syndicate’. For full venue listings and booking:

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MUSIC FOR EVERYONE... HELP US TO KEEP MUSIC AT THE HEART OF KIRKLEES The Kirklees Concert Season, in association with Opera North, brings internationally renowned musicians and performers to Kirklees each year. By making a gift today, you will play a vital part in ensuring world class music for the Kirklees audiences of the future.

Show your support today // Make your individual or monthly donation // Leave your donation in a Town Hall donation box // Sponsor an orchestral, organ or chamber concert // Become a corporate season sponsor

If you sponsor a Concert or Season, we show our thanks with... // Verbal recognition at the start of the concert // Sponsorship acknowledged on posters and flyers // Sponsorship acknowledged on the concert’s programmes // Four complimentary tickets // Logo or dedication on the stage trims (season sponsorship only)

To make your donation or to sponsor an orchestral or chamber concert, get in touch: Online: support-kirklees Email: development@ Phone: 0113 223 3553 A huge thank you to all organ concert sponsors for supporting the 2018/19 season and helping us keep music at the heart of Kirklees. If you are interested in sponsoring an organ concert, please contact Roz Garthwaite on or call 01484 221 000.





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Monday 24 September, 1.00pm

The season opens with Noel Rawsthorne’s rousing ‘March’, then the wonderfully varied programme ranges from the opening fantasia from Bach’s ‘Leipzig Chorales’ to Mendelssohn’s last sonata for organ and Enrico Bossi’s seldom heard ‘Toccata’.

The Father Willis Grand Organ is one of the finest concert organs in the country. Changes made by Harrison and Harrison in 1980 gave it many of the colours required in French Classical music, such as Louis Marchand’s massive ‘Grand Dialogue’ which opens the concert. Best remembered now for his Canon, Johann Pachelbel wrote a huge amount of other music, including this beautiful ‘Chaconne’.

Rawsthorne Bach arr. Bate J. S. Bach Mendelssohn Vierne Carter Bossi

Marche Triomphale Bourrée (Third Cello Suite) Fantasia on ‘Komm, Heiliger Geist’ BWV 651 Sonata 6 (first movement) Divertissement Aria Toccata di Concerto

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Grand Dialogue Chaconne in F Minor Fugue alla Gigue Minuet Magnificat Elfentanz Dance Suite

In loving memory of Judith Bainbridge – concert kindly sponsored by Terry Bainbridge

Monday 15 October, 1.00pm

Monday 29 October, 1.00pm

A recording on the Huddersfield Willis organ by the former Borough Organist, Jonathan Bielby, brought Lefébure-Wély’s Sortie back into the repertoire. Although a sortie would normally be played at the end of a service, this one, almost fairground music, makes a lively start to a wideranging programme. Starting and ending in Paris, it journeys to Austria, Germany and England in between.

The Halloween concert gives the Town Hall’s Technicians a chance to show off their lighting effects for the Lunchtime audiences! Although some of the pieces appear regularly in this programme, Garth Edmundson’s Gargoyles is being heard for the first time.

Lefébure-Wély Sortie in E Flat Clérambault Basse et Dessus de Trompette Bach Prelude on ‘Nun freut euch’ Bach Prelude on ‘Ein feste Burg’ Mendelssohn Sonata 3 Johann Strauss Radetzky March arr. Rawsthorne Wolstenholme Allegretto in B flat Widor Toccata (Symphonie 5)


Marchand Pachelbel Bach Boccherini arr. Lemare Koomans Johnson Rawsthorne

Concert dedicated to past and present members of Wakefield & District Organists Association – kindly sponsored by Pete Shakles

Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King Dubois Toccata Bedell All Hallow’s Eve Edmundson Gargoyles Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre Wagner Ride of the Valkyries arr. Lemare Concert kindly sponsored by Reginald Holmes in loving memory of Janet Holmes, devoted wife, mother and talented organist


Darius Battiwalla (Leeds)

Gordon Stewart

Monday 12 November, 1.00pm

Monday 26 November, 1.00pm

We’re pleased to welcome Leeds Town Hall’s new organist Darius Battiwalla to Huddersfield. Last year Darius played a programme in Hull which included several pieces by Alfred Hollins, who was born in the city. Gordon Stewart asked him to include two of those pieces in this Huddersfield programme, the very beautiful ‘Intermezzo’ and the virtuosic ‘Concerto Toccata’.

One of the most remarkable stops on the Father Willis organ is the Grand Tuba which will certainly be in evidence in the opening piece, Christopher Morris’s arrangement of Verdi’s Grand March. Georg Böhm’s Vater unser follows – one of the most beautiful pieces in the Baroque organ repertoire – with Liszt’s Fantasia and Fugue on a theme from Meyerbeer’s opera, The Prophet, ending our programme. Described as a ‘Gothic masterpiece’, the piece is perfectly suited to the Huddersfield Willis organ.

J Strauss The Blue Danube arr. Scott J.S Bach Sicilienne arr. Widor J.S Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel: Angel Scene arr. Lemare Hollins Intermezzo Hollins Concert Toccata

Verdi arr. Morris Böhm Bach Vierne Liszt


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Aida: Grand March Prelude on ‘Vater unser’ Trio Sonata 1 Allegro vivace (Symphony No.1) Fantasia and Fugue Ad nos, ad salutarem undam

Concert kindly sponsored by David Cutforth

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Nigel Ogden

Christmas Brass Band Spectacular

Music for Christmas

Monday 3 December, 1.00pm

Monday 10 December, 1.00pm

Thursday 20 December, 1.00pm

Nigel Ogden brings his own distinctive style to the Huddersfield Father Willis organ. From marches by Souza through to waltzes by Tchaikovsky and tributes to Lehár and Stanford, the programme leads to Christmas melodies arranged by the performer himself. All lovers of organ music, whether classical or theatre, will want to attend this concert just to hear the range of sounds and styles Nigel Ogden brings to his concerts.

The ever-popular brass band concert heralds the arrival of Christmas. It is the perfect way take a break from the Christmas shopping, relax over lunch, then sit back and let the seasonal music recharge your batteries and get you into the festive spirit. There are also carols for all to sing.

For many of our audience this concert is the real start of their Christmas as Gordon Stewart is again joined by the Huddersfield Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs in a programme of festive music from around the world. With organ solos including music by Bach, Aaron Shows and Richard Purvis, the hall decorated for the season, carols for all to sing, and the beautiful voices of the young choirs, this is a Christmas concert you should not miss.

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CONCERTS WITH GORDON STEWART Monday 7 January, 1.00pm Gordon Stewart opens the New Year with what is considered to be Sullivan’s finest Overture before our Kirklees Borough Organist goes on to present a varied programme with a first performance for many years of Dick Koomans’ jazz-based Basso Ostinato and Robert Cockroft’s Elegy, written in 2018 in memory of a local organist who was a regular audience member at these concerts.



Sullivan The Yeoman of The Guard: Overture Bach Toccata, Adagio and Fugue Koomans Basso Ostinato Butler Capriccietto Lemare Scherzo Fugue Cockroft Elegy Grison Toccata Concert kindly sponsored by Mr & Mrs Aldred – dedicated to The Aldred family

Monday 21 January, 1.00pm During each season audience members approach Gordon Stewart and ask for certain pieces to be played. This programme includes three of those requests. During the summer of 1975 Gordon Stewart studied in Belgium with the organist Flor Peeters, and the final piece is a tribute to him and to his influence on generations of young organists. Cook Fanfare Lübeck Praeludium in E Major Mozart Fantasia in F Minor Rheinberger Introduction and Passacaglia (Sonata 8) Dupré Prelude and Fugue in G Minor Carter Cantilena Peeters Concert Piece

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Sessions in Kirklees from September: Mondays

Batley Central Methodist Church (Brimer Hall) 2.30pm – 4.00pm


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 3.00pm – 4.30pm There will be a free taster session at Lawrence Batley Theatre (Attic Theatre) on Thursday 9 August, 3.00pm – 4.40pm For more information on Sing ON sessions in Kirklees and venues across Leeds contact


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Andrew Dewar (Paris)

Gordon Stewart: A tribute to Sir Walter Parratt

Gordon Stewart with Tom Osborne (Trumpet)

Gordon Stewart

Monday 4 February, 1.00pm

Monday 25 February, 1.00pm

Monday 11 March, 1.00pm

Monday 25 March, 1.00pm

Andrew Dewar is one of the finest organists of his generation. For his first Huddersfield concert he has chosen a wonderfully varied programme including Ivor Atkins’s arrangement of Elgar’s Severn Suite, originally written for brass band, a movement from Whitlock’s Sonata, and César Franck’s exciting Final.

When Huddersfield Town Hall was being built, a son of the town, Walter Parratt, then organist at Magdalen College, Oxford, advised the Council to purchase an organ which Henry Willis had built for an exhibition hall in South Wales, but which they no longer required. Parratt played the opening concert in 1881. For this concert, you’ll hear Stanford, Parry, Howells and Erlebach works which were all dedicated to him.

Tom Osborne, Co-Principal Trumpet in The Hallé, is a Huddersfield lunchtime favourite. This year the programme includes Jean Baptiste Loeillet’s beautiful Sonata and the ‘Love Theme’ from Morricone’s music for Cinema Paradiso. It has become a tradition that Tom ends his Huddersfield recitals with a virtuoso piece for cornet; this year it’s Percy Code’s Caprice Zelda.

The season ends with another real Town Hall programme – a major Bach work, a couple of transcriptions, a little jazz and a virtuoso piece to end. The Willis Grand Tuba will be heard in a work written especially for Gordon Stewart and the Huddersfield organ.

Elgar arr. Atkins Second Sonata Beethoven arr. Zöhrer Adagio assai (Five Pieces for Musical Clock) Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue in F Minor Whitlock Scherzetto Franck Final

Stanford Felton Parry Howells Erlebach Britton

Fantasia and Toccata A Little Tune Fantasia and Fugue in G Psalm Prelude ‘Lo, the poor crieth’ The Cruel Father (Folk Song Suite) Variations on I Got Rhythm

Martini Toccata Loeillet Sonata in C J.S. Bach Fugue in G minor Bonnet Variations de Concert Morricone Cinema Paradiso: Love Theme Rogg Boléro Code Zelda Concert kindly sponsored by David Cutforth


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Lemare Fantasie Fugue Handel arr. Dupré The Cuckoo and the Nightingale J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in A Minor Gárdonyi Mozart Changes Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals: The Swan arr. Guilmant Rawsthorne Tuba Tune for Gordon Stewart Vierne Scherzo Symphony No. 2 Dupré Prelude and Fugue in B Concert kindly sponsored by Margaret Green and John Clark, keen supporters of the Lunchtime Organ Concert Season







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Please use Corporation Street for access to Box Office, Stalls and Old Court Room and Princess Street to access Balcony and Gallery.

Ground floor access to Box Office and stairs/lift to the Concert Hall is at the front of the Town Hall.

Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA

Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG

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There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces in the Stalls with free accompanying carer seats. Please book wheelchair spaces in advance for both Lunchtime and Orchestral events. Both Town Halls have lift access.

INDUCTION LOOPS Available at each venue.


Both Halls are within walking distances of public transport. For car parking information visit

To either renew or become a subscriber of the Kirklees Concert Season, simply complete this booking form and return it to Kirklees Town Hall (details below). Please note that subscription booking forms need to be processed carefully and so cannot be completed over the phone or while you wait at the counter. Individual concert tickets can be booked from Tuesday 26 June by calling 01484 225755 or online at


Lunchtime Concert Season Organ Lunchtime Concerts


Bar facilities are available at both venues at evening events with the ability to pre-order interval drinks. Lunch is served in the Town Halls from 11.30am on concert dates.

Chamber Concerts

ORCHESTRAL SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES * Events included in your orchestral subscription package

Additional credits: The Opera North Youth Ensembles are supported by the late John Barchard and Dr Claire Barchard, The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and The Holbeck Charitable Trust. The Opera North Children’s Chorus and Young Voices are supported by The Carntyne Trust and The Bernarr Rainbow Trust. Opera North Education is supported by The Opera North Future Fund and The Whitaker Charitable Trust.

Highlands of Home

Music of Consequence

Wings with live score

Russian Spirits

The Songs of War


Please circle on the table below which price band you would like to sit in.

Band A – Balcony


Band B – Balcony Band D – Stalls, Balcony and Gallery

Photography credits: Tom Arber (front cover and backstage orchestral images; pages 1 & 32, pages 4-5, pages 18-19), Justin Slee (Phil Boughton page 2, Orchestra in Concert; pages 11, 12 and 13, Whistle Stop Opera page 15, Chris Bradley page 16, David Greed page 16, Sing ON page 27), Clive Barda (Richard Farnes; Das Rheingold page 7), Pictorial Press Ltd/ Alamy Stock Photo (Wings, page 6), The Gruffalo’s Child (page 8) © Orange Eyes Limited 2011, Amy Charles Media (Opera North Christmas Concert, page 9), Robert Workman (Trial by Jury, page 14), Michael Ardron (Brass Band Christmas Spectacular, page 15), John Woods (Father Willis organ photographs and Gordon Stewart pages 3, 20, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29), Rowan Morton-Gledhill (Music for Christmas page 25).


(7 concerts at Dewsbury Town Hall)


To request a large print, Braille or audio brochure, please contact Opera North on 0844 848 2720*

No. of tickets required


(15 Concerts at Huddersfield Town Hall)

Band C – Stalls


This booking form is for SUBSCRIPTION bookings only.





Season Subscription (6 concerts*)





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If you have chosen price band D, please tick your seating preference: Stalls


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Gallery Total cost of Orchestral subscription


OPTIONS FOR EXISTING SUBSCRIBERS I am an existing subscriber and would like to KEEP my seats

I am an existing subscriber and would like to CHANGE my seats

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PLEASE NOTE: Your current subscription seats will be held until the last renewal date: Friday 22 June. From Monday 25 June, any subscriptions that have not been renewed will be released for general sale.


BOLT ONS: Exclusive extras for our subscribers Programmes:


Please indicate how many programmes you wish to pre-order for each concert:

Open Rehearsal:


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Save 20% by pre-ordering programmes for events included in the subscription package. Usual price: £3 each. #hcmf2018

Thursday 22 November, 2.30pm – approx. 4.00pm Thursday 24 January, 2.30pm – approx. 4.00pm



The Gruffalo’s Child & The Highway Rat



Viennese Whirl Saturday 29 December, 4.30pm





Opera North Christmas Concert


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Thursday 13 December, 6.00pm

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Thursday 20 December, 7.00pm

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METHOD OF PAYMENT Payment by Debit/Credit card

If you would like to pay by card, please tick the box and the Box Office will call to arrange payment. Please make sure you have added the best number to contact you on in the detail section above.

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Payment by cheque

(Please make it payable to Kirklees Council)

RETURNING YOUR FORM (Renewal period: Friday 1 June – Friday 22 June)

In person: Bring your form to the Preview Evening (tickets will not be available on the night) or hand in at the places below: Huddersfield Visitor Information: Huddersfield Library, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2SU Dewsbury Town Hall Box Office: Dewsbury Town Hall, Old Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG By post: Subscriptions, Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2TA By email: with ‘Subscription’ in the email title.

16 – 25 November 2018

Opera North Box Office 0844 848 2720* @Opera_North


*Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company’s access charge

Kirklees Town Halls Box Office 01484 225 755 @kirkleesevents

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