Kirklees Concert Season – 4 reasons to give it a go

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We are working with Opera North on an exciting new season of classical orchestral concerts in Dewsbury and Huddersfield Town Halls, as well as the lunchtime organ and chamber concert series.

It could be fun for all the family

Opera? It’s just for old people right? Maybe not – our latest concert season is aimed at a younger audience.

Why not take advantage of our great value family offer, which means adults can bring children aged 13 or under to watch any of the concerts in the season for just a pound.

Introduce the kids to classical music by joining the world’s favourite bear on his adventures as he arrives in England from darkest Peru in the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Paddington Bear’s First Concert (25 Oct).

In this special concert, Paddington arrives in London and goes to his very first concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn, Rossini and even Astor Piazzolla. Children of all ages are welcome and the concert will be narrated by Classic FM’s John Suchet.

Because – it’s only 24 weeks to Christmas

Yes Christmas really is closer than you think – so you might want to start planning your festive activities.

How about the Orchestra of Opera North’s festive spectacular in A Joyous Christmas (17 Dec). Enjoy the combined voices of the Chorus of Opera North, Opera North Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus in a wonderful concert that will fill you with merriment!

Nothing beats a sweet treat

If you thought that a Viennese Whirl was a tasty treat with a cup of tea then this concert might surprise you.

The Orchestra of Opera North’s Viennese Whirl (30 Dec) will sweep you off your feet and (nearly) into the New Year with an afternoon of Viennese classics. This regular season highlight is an ever-popular concert. The evening will be presented by John Suchet (Not to be confused with his brother who used to play Poirot on TV) and will feature soprano Jennifer France.

Get brownie points with your significant other

If you want to win their heart, swap the last minute wilted flowers from the garage for a night out with a difference.

Following on from hugely popular previous concerts, Classic FM returns to Kirklees with Classic Romance (14 Feb), a very special Valentine’s Day concert celebrating love in all its aspects – from the thrill of falling into it to the heartbreak of losing it. Conducting and on violin is one of the most prolific musical talents to emerge from Sweden, Tobias Ringborg, and the evening will be presented by Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall.

Phil Boughton Orchestra Director, Opera North said:

‘‘We are thrilled to be able to continue to bring world-class classical music to audiences at Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls. Given the rich musical heritage of the region, it is fitting that Kirklees can welcome internationally renowned conductors and soloists alongside emerging classical music talent. This year is of particular significance for Opera North as 2015-16 marks Richard Farnes’ last year as Opera North’s Music Director as he steps down after 12 phenomenal years. We welcome you all to bid him a fond farewell as he conducts a programme of Lutosławski and Mahler at Huddersfield in December. We are enormously proud of this year’s concert season and are keen that this unique partnership can continue to ensure future generations can nurture and grow a love for classical music in Kirklees.”

How to book

Tickets for subscribers go on sale on 7 July and tickets for the general public are on sale from 27 July. To book call 01484 223200 or visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls

 

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