Internationally acclaimed German pianist will be leading students at the Leeds college
Wolfgang Manz, an internationally acclaimed German pianist, officially took up the position of visiting professor at Leeds College of Music last week. The college is first education institution in the UK to welcome a world renowned pianist in an official teaching capacity, and Manz began his tenure in style with an exclusive recital of works by Beethoven and Liszt on the College of Music’s new Steinway Model D Concert Grand.
The recital on 20th November honoured the college’s recently acquired status as an All-Steinway School – the only English conservatoire to hold such a title. Earlier this year Manz’s…
Interview Adrian McNally, The Unthanks
The songwriter and pianist from the North Eastern folk 10-piece tells us about their collaboration with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band that's coming to Leeds Town Hall on 15th September
"I think that in some respects we are one of the most traditional acts in folk music," says Adrian McNally, "and in other respects we’re one of the most sonically adventurous." It’s hard to argue with his claim.
The Unthanks – based up in the North East and previously known as Rachel Unthanks & The Winterset – have over the course of four albums expanded from a five-piece traditional folk act into a 10-piece mini orchestra, included clog dancing as percussion on their records, covered acts as diverse as Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons and Nick Drake and rooted…
Two of Yorkshire’s leading national arts organisations join forces for their Four Seasons project
Four Seasons sees Opera North and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park collaborate on a series of four chamber concerts to celebrate each of the four seasons.
The opening concert was held on 9th April at the Chapel at YSP, a Georgian Grade-II listed building recently re-opened as a unique performance and exhibition space. There, a quartet performed music by Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and Argentinean tango composer Piazzolla, who both wrote compositions on the four seasons, as well as Austrian composer Franz Schubert and 20th century composer Charles Ives. The one-off 80-minute performance featured highly acclaimed cellist Matthew Sharp and…
Tom Goodhand watches a magnificent performance of two works by Mozart at Leeds Town Hall
For most people of my generation, classical music just isn’t something we do. It’s what your parents, and maybe your gran, listen to. However, the preconceptions that surround the music do nothing to reflect the sheer variety of styles lumped under the ‘classical’ banner, or the magnificence of actually sitting back and watching quality ensembles perform some of the greatest works of music ever written.
We visited the wonderfully ornate Leeds Town Hall to see Leeds Festival Chorus and the Northern Sinfonia perform two works by Mozart – Symphony No 40 and Great Mass in C minor. The audience lives…
Multi-award winning soprano comes to Howard Assembly Room with a tragic romance
Since graduating from the National Opera Studio in 2004, Kate Royal has gone on to receive a clutch of awards including the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2004 and the Royal Philharmonic Young Artist Award in 2007 – and it is easy to see why she is so highly rated.
Since graduating, Royal has performed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Royal Opera, ENO, the Paris Opera and at the New York Met. Royal first came to wider attention when she understudied and played the role of Pamina in Glyndebourne’s 2004 production of Die Zauberflöte to critical acclaim,…