After The Orchestra of Opera North’s socially distanced concert at the end of August I was wondering when – or if – the next live theatrical events would take place. Thanks to a collaboration between Opera North and Leeds Playhouse, the answer is October! This time, however, it is not just a one-off event but…Read More
The Orchestra of Opera North Bring Live Music Back To Leeds Town Hall
I can hardly believe that I am writing this, but last Friday I was at Leeds Town Hall to hear a concert performed by members of Opera North in a socially distanced performance to take the first baby-steps out of lockdown. Anyone who reads my reviews will know two things; I love Opera North, and…Read More
The Orchestra of Opera North Is Back!!!
https://www.operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/orchestra-of-opera-north-mendelssohn-schubert-mozart/ This is something I have been dreaming about writing for the last five months. The Orchestra of Opera North will be performing at Leeds Town Hall on Friday, 28th August, 2020. This is Leeds Arts Events and Venues’ pilot indoor concert to pave the way back to normal after the lockdown. There will be…Read More
Chow Down @ Temple Arches in a Nutshell
Never can the expression ‘out of something bad always comes something good’ been more appropriate. I was fortunate enough to be asked along to the inaugural Chow Down at the Piece Hall, Halifax in 2018 and to say I was impressed would be an enormous understatement. A new food and drink festival in a freshly…Read More
Tragedy – A Film by Lynne Marsh
Tragedy – no, not a documentary about the BeeGees in their disco phase, but one about the less glamorous aspects of an Opera North production. I have to say that I have been a little disappointed by some of the streamed theatre and opera productions during lockdown. A couple of them which I have loved…Read More
Couch to Chorus with Opera North
Now here’s an offer you don’t get every day. How would you like to sing in an Opera North choir? From Couch to Chorus is a new initiative set up by Opera North to get people involved in singing in a programme of choruses from three operas; The Bartered Bride by Smetana, The Chorus of…Read More
99 Second Playlist
99 seconds. No, not my daily demands at school dinners or the number of attendants at a boxing bout which has got badly out of hand, but a challenge set by Yorkshire musician, George Reid, during lockdown. At the beginning of the restrictions in March, George set up a platform on his YouTube page the…Read More
Back To School – But Not As We Know It!
Will you stop making that racket!!!!!!!!!! Are you – and your neighbours – sick of hearing your little darling turning their amp up to 11 and doing some serious string bending on guitar during lockdown? Perhaps they have been making the most of that drum kit you thought would be a good idea the other…Read More
Trouble in Tahiti from Opera North. Enjoy it free at home.
If you think that you don’t like opera, take a look at this. Opera North are streaming Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein on their YouTube channel from 7.00pm on Wednesday, 6th May until Monday, 1st June. This production was first performed at Leeds Grand Theatre in October, 2017 as part of their Little Greats…Read More
Also Sprach Zarathustra by The (Isolated) Orchestra of Opera North
One of the things I was looking forward to before the C word struck was a performance by The Orchestra of Opera North of Also Sprach Zarathustra, which was due to take place in Leeds Town Hall and Huddersfield Town Hall. They always say that you can tell if someone is cultured by how they…Read More