Kirklees Concert Season brings music back to Huddersfield and Dewsbury

Opera North and Kirklees Council announce the return of live music to Huddersfield and
Dewsbury Town Halls with a full programme of orchestral, chamber and organ concerts for the Kirklees Concert Season 2021-22.

First up on 23rd September, Garry Walker takes the podium. Elgar’s Cello Concerto will be performed by former BBC Young Musician of the Year Guy Johnston.

Opera North’s Principal Guest Conductor Antony Hermus leads the world premiere of a Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra by acclaimed British composer Benjamin Ellin on 7th October.

On 2nd December, Joanna MacGregor the classical pianist will perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto.

Audiences will be anticipating this year’s festive period with more excitement than ever, with families and friends reunited and the chance to celebrate with music and singing in person once again as part of the Opera North Christmas Concert. It returns to Dewsbury Town Hall on 16th December.

On 21st December in Huddersfield, the Orchestra of Opera North accompanies a double bill of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler animations, The Snail and the Whale and Stick Man, on the big screen. The Viennese Whirl is being performed on the 30th December so, if you’re looking for something to do in between Christmas and New Year this is the one for you!

Howard Shelley, who has recorded of all of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra with the
Orchestra of Opera North, had planned to conduct a combined celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth and his own 70th year in 2020. The rescheduled date (27th January 2022) will be well worth the wait. If you’re a Beethoven fan, you won’t want to miss that one.

Garry Walker, Music Director, Opera North, comments: “I’m delighted to be, at last, back in Kirklees and able to bring this great selection of programmes to our beloved audiences. We’ve missed you! I’m particularly proud of the variety and balance of the overall Season, which will show off the flexibility, excellence and virtuosity of our Orchestra and Chorus. I feel there’s something here for everyone.”

Colin Parr, Strategic Director responsible for Culture, Kirklees Council, comments: “After a tough year, we are extremely pleased to be welcoming back live music to Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls. With an exciting programme confirmed from September, we can’t wait for concert-lovers from across the borough to finally return and hear their favourite music.

“We hope this will mark a key point in time for the restart of live music in Kirklees, building up to the Year of Music in 2023, which aims to shine a spotlight on the richness and diversity of music today, bringing in all communities, formats and genres.”

Tickets for all events will go on sale in July – visit the Opera North website for more details.

Photography credited to Justin Slee

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