Cut-throat playfulness in the dynamic storytelling world of Forced Entertainment

November 1, 2011


Assorted fragments of gay soldiers and pirates, wizards in forests, cleaners in offices, murderous children, philosophical robots, tyrannical despots, lost knights and adulterous travelling salesmen...

Posted in: Performance, Words

Goodbye Stalin! Endymion’s Philip Venables on the fraught relationships between Soviet composers and officialdom

October 24, 2011


Endymion celebrates 20 years since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Video: Endymion perform Arvo Part’s Summa

October 21, 2011


On Friday 4 November, chamber ensemble Endymion bring a programme of 20th century music from Russia and Estonia to the Howard Assembly Room for Goodbye Stalin! Featuring works by two major composers of the Soviet era, Schnittke and Shostakovich, the performance will also include Arvo Part’s ‘Summa’ for string quartet. Here is a video of […]

Arthur Jeffes new Sundog project comes to the Howard Assembly Room

October 14, 2011


It was “Arthur Jeffes breaking out” – a glorious slew of lyrical music, romantic experiments, and a boffin-like delight in telling endearing stories about the music.

Posted in: Gigs

Psychopaths and CEOs: Jon Ronson journeys through the madness industry

October 12, 2011


Join award-winning writer and documentary maker Jon Ronson for a talk event at the Howard Assembly Room on Friday 21 October, where he will discuss his most recent book, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry. Combining Jon’s trademark humour, charm and investigative incisiveness, The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through an […]

Posted in: Words

The Howard Assembly Room becomes an enchanted forest of screens for Light Night 2011

October 10, 2011


Friday 7 October was Leeds’ annual Light Night festival, and the Howard Assembly Room opened its doors for a free five hour performance installation: O Let Me Weep. Featuring mezzo soprano Claire Bradshaw, guitarist Craig Ogden and oboist Hazel Cropper, Opera North Projects and Lightmap transformed the Howard Assembly Room into an enchanted forest of screens. […]

From Britten’s Canticles to Tinie Tempah: DARE Fellow Cheryl Frances-Hoad

October 4, 2011


Cheryl Frances-Hoad's new composition, Schumann Revisited: One Life Stand will be performed by mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston on 11 October.