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The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AD
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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Directed by: Yutaka Sado (cond)
  • Written by: Dvorak

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1922 as the 2ZY Orchestra before becoming absorbed into the BBC in 1934 as the BBC Northern Orchestra. It voted to take its present name in 1982, having become a nationwide ensemble. It has a strong reputation for performing contemporary works. The present chief conductor is Juanjo Mena.

Sat 26 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Anna Clyne, Saint‐Saëns and Mahler at Leeds Town Hall. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor Camille Saint‐Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Anna Clyne: Masquerade

Sat 23 Nov

Prices to be confirmed

Elgar's The Kingdom at Leeds Town Hall. Edward Elgar: The Kingdom

Ben Elton

Ben Elton

The legendary comedian, author and playwright heads out on a stand-up tour for the first time in 15 years.

Wed 16 Oct

£29.50

The Centre Is Everywhere

Programme

LIGETI Métamorphosen nocturnes VIVALDI Four Seasons FINNIS The Centre is Everywhere (Touring Premiere) STRAUSS Metamorphosen

Artists

Edmund Finnis Composer Rakhi Singh Solo Violin Manchester Collective String Orchestra

About The Show

His music is a breath on the wind. His music is light dancing on water. His music is a lover’s whisper in the dead of night. It is both beautiful and strange.

This season, we’re very proud to be touring a new work by Edmund Finnis. It’s called The Centre is Everywhere, and we gave the first ever performance of it this summer, at the Southbank Centre in London. Now, we’re bringing this mysterious and beautiful object on tour, to be performed in seven cities by the full Manchester Collective lineup - eleven solo string players.

Alongside Edmund’s “iridescent and compelling” music (The Guardian), the show also features an unholy mashup of Ligeti’s Métamorphosen Nocturnes and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, performed by our very own Rakhi Singh. We close the show with Richard Strauss’ devastating Metamorphosen - a piece of music written by an old, dying man during the last months of the Second World War. The piece is an elegy for Europe.

Metamorphosen is a piece we’ve wanted to play for a long time - it’s a real “Mount Everest” for string players - and we can’t wait to share it with you in this, our largest and most ambitious programme to date.

Our commission of The Centre is Everywhere by Edmund Finnis is kindly supported by the PRSF Foundation’s New Music Biennial.

At The Door

As our concerts tend to sell out before the day of the show, we encourage all of our guests to buy tickets in advance. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door.

Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective is redefining how a new generation of audiences engage with the arts in the UK. Recently described by the Yorkshire Post as a "powerful, moving, & extraordinary" addition to the UK music scene, Manchester Collective produces world-class, innovative, and outward facing musical experiences for new audiences across Britain. Their thrilling live performances, allied with daring programming and a brazen approach to convention, have seen the Collective reach more than 200,000 people across their first two seasons.

In December 2017, Manchester Collective was appointed Ensemble in Residence at The Stoller Hall, a new flagship concert hall for Manchester. In 2018, Manchester Collective has been featured by publications including The Strad Magazine (twice), Bachtrack (“intimate, immersive experiences without parallel”), and Seen and Heard International (“an astonishing evening”). Classic FM and the BBC have also featured the work of the Collective on an ongoing basis, and in March 2018, MC presented a groundbreaking two hour classical broadcast on NTS Radio.

Recent performing highlights include concert debuts at Kings Place in London, a PRSF supported tour of the Collective’s latest major commission, 100 DEMONS, (featuring electronic musician Vessel, cellist and Radiohead collaborator Oliver Coates, and music by Daniel Elms), and a packed performance of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” in The Stoller Hall, broadcast live on Facebook to over 10,000 viewers.

Thu 28 Nov

£21.61 (£11.09–£20.04)

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years Of Frank

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years Of Frank

Frank Zappa's son and his band play their favourite tracks from Frank's extensive repertoire.

Tue 10 Dec

Prices to be confirmed

Ecstatic Dances

Programme

To include

CLARK New Work (World Premiere)

Artists

Paul Clark Composer Poul Høxbro Pipes and Drums Manchester Collective String Quintet

About The Show

Poul Høxbro has been called “the great man of small instruments”. He’s an endlessly fascinating and inspiring musician - a Danish master of ancient flutes and bells, of bones and drums. As soon as we met him, we knew we had to work with him.

While we were building the show, we had a moment when we realised that this combination of instruments has literally never been heard before. The set that we are presenting is all new - terrifyingly, ink-barely-dry new. Ancient music, brought vividly to life for 21st century ears.

Rounding out our artistic team for the project is composer Paul Clark, who will be writing new music for the show. Paul makes his Manchester Collective debut fresh off the back of a hugely successful collaboration with Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw at The Shed in New York. We’re thrilled to have him along for the ride.

Full disclosure - “Ecstatic Dances” feels scary for us. New work is always frightening, mostly because until you start making it, you never really know what you’re going to end up with. Fortunately, we’re not particularly fond of being comfortable. Come join us on tour. Let’s get risky.

At The Door

As our concerts tend to sell out before the day of the show, we encourage all of our guests to buy tickets in advance. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door.

Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective is redefining how a new generation of audiences engage with the arts in the UK. Recently described by the Yorkshire Post as a "powerful, moving, & extraordinary" addition to the UK music scene, Manchester Collective produces world-class, innovative, and outward facing musical experiences for new audiences across Britain. Their thrilling live performances, allied with daring programming and a brazen approach to convention, have seen the Collective reach more than 200,000 people across their first two seasons.

In December 2017, Manchester Collective was appointed Ensemble in Residence at The Stoller Hall, a new flagship concert hall for Manchester. In 2018, Manchester Collective has been featured by publications including The Strad Magazine (twice), Bachtrack (“intimate, immersive experiences without parallel”), and Seen and Heard International (“an astonishing evening”). Classic FM and the BBC have also featured the work of the Collective on an ongoing basis, and in March 2018, MC presented a groundbreaking two hour classical broadcast on NTS Radio.

Recent performing highlights include concert debuts at Kings Place in London, a PRSF supported tour of the Collective’s latest major commission, 100 DEMONS, (featuring electronic musician Vessel, cellist and Radiohead collaborator Oliver Coates, and music by Daniel Elms), and a packed performance of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” in The Stoller Hall, broadcast live on Facebook to over 10,000 viewers.

Fri 24 Jan

£21.61 (£11.09–£20.04)

Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar

Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar

The legendary comedian is back with a brand new show, Wunderbar, which he is touring across the country at 40 venues. Izzard hints that his new show covers everything from talking dogs to animal superheroes.

Thu 17 Oct

£30–£45

Fri 18 Oct

£30–£45

The Football Ramble

The Football Ramble are back! And they’re going global! Join the gang as they bring their chart-topping podcast to life in a multimedia extravaganza. Expect all your favourites from the show as they cast an eye over the best - and most ridiculous - moments from the footballing circus.

It’s a football show, but not as you know it…

Thu 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Henry Rowley Bishop

Discover the work of one of the most popular and prolific composers of Shakespeare opera, Henry Rowley Bishop.Well take a journey through Bishops work, and explore what operatic life was like on the 19th century London stage.Featuring soprano Suzi Saperia and our Artistic Director, David Ward.This is a free performance, ahead of Musical Confusion at Leeds Town Hall.

Tue 27 Aug

Free

Jimeoin: Result!

Jimeoin: Result!

Jimeoin presents his new show, fresh from a smash-hit New York off-Broadway season.

Thu 20 Feb

Prices to be confirmed

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Fri 19 Jun

£29.50

Fri 9 Oct

£29.50

Jonathan Pie: Fake News

Jonathan Pie: Fake News

Jonathan Pie provides more scathing take-downs of politicos and journalists alike.

Thu 31 Oct

£17.50–£24.50

Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicombe

The comedian and TV presenter returns.

Wed 11 Dec

£20

Kate Rusby at Christmas

Kate Rusby at Christmas

The singer-songwriter performs seasonal songs and carols.

Fri 13 Dec

£29

Lenny Henry: Who Am I Again?

An Evening with Lenny Henry

Comedian Lenny Henry recounts his experiences of growing up in the Black Country and his experiences of racism.

Tue 29 Oct

£29.50–£32.50

Lloyd Cole

Lloyd Cole

The urbane expatriate pop crooner performs material from his latest album alongside Commotions classics.

Tue 15 Oct

£36.40–£50.40

Milton Jones

Milton Jones

English comedian as seen on Mock the Week and heard on BBC Radio 4.

Thu 19 Mar

£27.50

Musical Confusion

From the very early beginnings of opera, Shakespeares plays have been adapted for the musical stage by composers across the world.In this engrossing new performance - devised by Northern Opera Group - we bring together Shakespeares original plays with the operas inspired by them, taking us on a journey through 400 years of opera and Shakespeare.__Join us at 7pm for a FREE pre-show concert exploring the work of one of the most prolific Shakespeare opera composers, Henry Rowley Bishop.

Tue 27 Aug

£10–£15

Oysterband & June Tabor 'Fire & Fleet' Tour

One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor & Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour. With separate distinguished careers to pursue, their appearances together are necessarily rare, so this is a must-see opportunity to catch them live.

The majesty and control of June’s voice combine with the passion of John Jones’ singing and the dynamic drive of Oysterband to illuminate dark traditional ballads and contemporary classics alike – witness their moving duet version of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, widely regarded as the best-ever reinterpretation of that much-covered track. Songs from their seminal 1990 album ‘Freedom & Rain’ and their multi-award-winning 2011 follow-up ‘Ragged Kingdom’ will of course be featured, plus exciting new material.

Age 8+

Reviews

“….a marriage made in heaven….”Rolling Stone

“If you can’t appreciate June Tabor, you should just stop listening to music.”Elvis Costello

www.oysterband.co.uk

Fri 1 Nov

£22

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John

Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert returns to comedy after a six year hiatus and discusses the unfortunate turns his life has taken since the last time he was on stage.

Thu 5 Mar

£27.50

Ross Noble: Humournoid

Ross Noble: Humournoid

Ross Noble's newest hour.

Sun 31 May

£26

Sirocco

Programme

SOLLIMA Lamentatio LAWES Aire in C TRAD. Click Song HAYDN Op. 76 No. 1, II. Adagio Sostenuto TRAD. Ibuyile (South Africa) TRAD. Echa monati (South Africa) STRAVINSKY Concertino TRAD. Old Reinlender from Sonndala (Denmark) TRAD. Little One Mine (Ghana) TRAD. O Fredik, O Fredik (Denmark) PURCELL Excerpts from The Fairy Queen TRAD. Takamba (Mali)

Artists

Rakhi Singh Violin Simmy Singh Violin Ruth Gibson Viola Abel Selaocoe Guest Director and Cello Alan Keary Electric Bass Sidiki Dembele African Percussion

About The Show

Sirocco is pure joy and energy - a great storm of music that celebrates the warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe. This is music for the people, by the people; music that will raise the hairs on your arms and bring a great big smile to your face.

When we toured this show in 2018, critics called it a “once in a lifetime experience” and our audiences were dancing in the aisles. Now, we open our 19/20 Season with this joyous revival - 16 shows across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Switzerland.

We’re thrilled to welcome back Abel Selaocoe as Guest Director - he’s a friend, a colleague, and most of all, a completely inspiring artist who stands alone as an utterly unique, mesmerising, musical voice. Abel will be joined by Sidiki Dembele and Alan Keary from Chesaba, and of course, by the string quartet of Manchester Collective.

The show covers everything from Selaocoe’s outrageous arrangements for solo cello to beloved classics by Stravinsky and Haydn; from a set of original African folk to a collection of gorgeous Danish folk songs.

At The Door

Please note that you will need to get a printed ticket from the RNCM box office on arrival. Please present your Eventbrite confirmation to the box office before proceeding to the performance space.

As our concerts tend to sell out before the day of the show, we encourage all of our guests to buy tickets in advance. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door.

Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective is redefining how a new generation of audiences engage with the arts in the UK. Recently described by the Yorkshire Post as a "powerful, moving, & extraordinary" addition to the UK music scene, Manchester Collective produces world-class, innovative, and outward facing musical experiences for new audiences across Britain. Their thrilling live performances, allied with daring programming and a brazen approach to convention, have seen the Collective reach more than 200,000 people across their first two seasons.

In December 2017, Manchester Collective was appointed Ensemble in Residence at The Stoller Hall, a new flagship concert hall for Manchester. In 2018, Manchester Collective has been featured by publications including The Strad Magazine (twice), Bachtrack (“intimate, immersive experiences without parallel”), and Seen and Heard International (“an astonishing evening”). Classic FM and the BBC have also featured the work of the Collective on an ongoing basis, and in March 2018, MC presented a groundbreaking two hour classical broadcast on NTS Radio.

Recent performing highlights include concert debuts at Kings Place in London, a PRSF supported tour of the Collective’s latest major commission, 100 DEMONS, (featuring electronic musician Vessel, cellist and Radiohead collaborator Oliver Coates, and music by Daniel Elms), and a packed performance of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” in The Stoller Hall, broadcast live on Facebook to over 10,000 viewers.

Thu 26 Sep

£21.61 (£11.09–£20.04)

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

The London-based pop singer returns to music after her stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

Sun 24 Nov

£53.50

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