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Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room is always impressively varied, with jazz, world music and film extensively represented, but this recital took them nearer to home base. Christopher Purves’ most recent appearance with Opera North was as Gianni Schicchi as recently as two years ago. The programme was cleverly planned, four contrasted sets of songs ...

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Roberto Fonseca – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson This exhilarating concert by Roberto Fonseca was the first in a short UK leg of a European tour – and how lucky we were to get it when only the Midlands and London, apart from Yorkshire, were able to hear this wonderful band. Roberto Fonseca is best known in Europe for being the pianist with the Buena ...

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Nanook of the North – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Film Director: Robert Flaherty Live Performer: Tanya Tagaq Reviewer: Ron Simpson This, a typically enterprising programme in Opera North’s Howard Assembly Room, brought together two pioneering artists, nearly a century apart, linked by the Inuit people of the Arctic. Robert Flaherty produced what is often considered the first full-length documentary film, Nanook of the North, about the Inuit in 1922. ...

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Winter Wonderland – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Musical Director: David Le Page Reviewer: Ron Simpson There are many different types of Christmas celebration concert and Winter Wonderland was the sort that provides more breadth than depth, 15 named items in a programme of some 70 minutes, very accomplished playing in a variety of styles. It’s no wonder that, in the musicians’ biographies, one commented that since she ...

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Transfigured Night – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The Hebrides Ensemble

Performers: The Hebrides Ensemble &Psappha Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha have much in common. Both are chamber music ensembles with a formidable reputation in contemporary music, both had long-term associations with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies who died in March, and both are celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year. What better way to commemorate their quarter-centuries than by a ...

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The Nash Ensemble – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Out of the Shadows festival continued with the Nash Ensemble, in typically assured and sensitive vein, playing Music in the Terezin Ghetto at the Howard Assembly Room. All the four composers whose work at Terezin (Theresienstadt in German) was represented, died in 1944 or 1945 at Terezin or another camp. So this is a tragic story; ...

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Moishe’s Bagel: Salt for Svanetia – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Poster Image of Moishe's Bagel

Film Director: Mikhail Kalatozov Music: Moishe’s Bagel Reviewer: Ron Simpson   It’s all in the programming. The programmers at Opera North deserve credit for providing Leeds with an unusual, entertaining and thought-provoking evening, but the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema deserve even more for originally uniting the exciting and accomplished Scottish-based five-piece Moishe’s Bagel, with a classic of silent cinema. ...

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The Mingus Big Band – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The Mingus Big Band. Image Credit Tom Arber

Musicians: The Mingus Big Band Leader: Boris Kozlov Reviewer: Ron Simpson It was a real coup for Opera North to get the Mingus Big Band for its only date outside London before a week at Ronnie Scott’s Club. One of the most enduring and exciting of “legacy” bands gave the sell-out audience a joyous and exhilarating two hours of jazz. ...

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