Get festive with Opera North

Opera North are well known locally for providing an exceptionally varied and interesting programme of entertainment. This festive season they’ve really stepped up their game to provide a Christmas programme full of different festive flavours.

First up Opera North Children’s Chorus and Young Voices present Merry Little Christmas at Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds on 7 December. They’ll be telling The Legend of the Christmas Rose and singing lots of great Christmas carols.

The full Chorus of Opera North are serenading Christmas shoppers at Trinity Leeds on 9th December, which is one not to be missed! The full Orchestra of Opera North are out and about too, heading to Huddersfield Town Hall for The Nutcracker and The Snowman on 11 December. Playing along to Tchaikovsky’s twinkling ballet score, the Orchestra will be accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn illustrations.

The company’s Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus are heading to Dewsbury Town Hall on 12th December for a beautiful Christmas concert.

The theme of classical meets creativity continues at Leeds Town Hall on 22nd December. The orchestra plays Peter and the Wolf and The Snowman, which is going to be simply sublime.

The company is also hosting its first ever Relaxed Performance at Leeds Town Hall on 22nd December at 2.30pm. The festive double bill is designed to welcome people who prefer or need a more relaxed environment. From wintry medieval minstrels’ songs, through much-loved carols including O Little Town of Bethlehem and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, to the MGM magic of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Opera North’s Christmas Concert brings heartwarming festive tales.

The Huddersfield Lunchtime Concert Season includes an 80th birthday tribute to Andrew Carter on 2nd December. Organist Gordon Stewart is joined by joined by Hallé trumpeter Tom Osborne and mezzo-soprano Elinor Carter, Andrew’s daughter.

The University of Huddersfield Brass Band’s lunchtime Christmas Concert comes to Huddersfield on 9 December and Dewsbury on 11 December, and Gordon is back at the console of Huddersfield’s stunning Father Willis organ, joined by the Huddersfield Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs in Music for Christmas on 23 December.

Finally, the Orchestra of Opera North are putting on three Viennese Whirl concerts: Leeds Town Hall on 29 December, Huddersfield Town Hall on 30 December, and Hull City Hall on 31 December. Opera North’s former Head of Music Paul Daniel will be goined by Gavan Ring, performing selections from Lehár and splashes of Neapolitan colour from De Curtis and Tosti.

Opera North is truly excelling with its festive feast of fun this year! Which shows do you want to see?

Photograph credited to Amy Charles

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