Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

Opera North Chorus and Orchestra Director, Dougie Scarfe, explains why the live score for The Passion of Joan of Arc will create an unmissable event

May 31, 2011


One of the many hugely exciting things over the last two years in the programme of the Howard Assembly Room has been the ability for us to programme films with live orchestral accompaniment. On Thursday 9th June we will be showing one of the most important silent movies of all time; Carl Theodore Dreyer’s 1928 […]

‘The highest music you can reach:’ Violinist Tcha Limberger explains how he became interested in the gypsy music of Budapest

May 26, 2011


My name is Tcha Limberger, I am a Manouche musician, half Flemish, half Manouche. Manouche is a family of Western European gypsies. I became very interested in music played by Hungarian city gypsies because of, or thanks to, some beautiful recordings of that style I listened to when I was about fourteen. Manouche people consider […]

Art with a capital A: Will Conway from Hebrides Ensemble discusses Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments

May 20, 2011


I have long been a great admirer of the Hungarian composer György Kurtág and his Kafka Fragments, so when I had the opportunity to programme this work I jumped at it. You have the ingredients for a rich, enthralling evening of theatre and music-making, with wonderful international artists – Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Alexander Janiczek (violin) […]

The journey begins for Opera North’s epic Ring Cycle

May 17, 2011


The Howard Assembly Room has been overflowing with sound this week as rehearsals started for Opera North’s first ever full Ring Cycle. An augmented orchestra of 90 musicians, complete with musical anvils and Wagner tubas were led by Music Director Richard Farnes in the first rehearsal for the four year project. Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen begins […]

Orchestra of Opera North Leader, David Greed reveals all about the debut performance from Opera North String Quartet

May 13, 2011


It is extremely exciting for me to be able to talk about the Opera North String Quartet and its premier concert which takes place in the Howard Assembly Room on Sunday 22 May.  Some recent appointments to the orchestra have created a wonderful opportunity for such an ensemble to be formed. Katherine New first joined […]

“It was absolutely magic:” Participants in Sing ON: Carmen offer their feedback

May 11, 2011


It really made you feel as though you were part of the Opera North chorus...

Christian Fennesz reveals his music highlights for Spring

May 6, 2011


Groundbreaking Austrian electronic musician Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create lush, light filled compositions. Having carved a niche in experimental rock and improv, the 90s saw him turn his hand to electronic music and acoustic research, culminating in the release of the album Endless Summer in the new millennium – abstract, beat orientated and […]