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Feature Ludus Festival: White Cane
Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA
Visually impaired dancer Mickel Smithen and blind musician Takashi Kikuchi act as guides to Victoria Gardens as a sensory space of touch, vibration, movement and sound, in an unfolding dialogue between performers and public.
Using their long white canes, they build up a deep connection with their environment, ‘sounding’ and ‘dancing’ the Gardens. The cane’s ball moves across the ground, picking up bumps, cracks, grooves, levels and nuances, feeding back sensory information through the hands and bodies of the performers.
As they tune into their environs, patterns of movement and sound emerge. Working with co-composers Duncan Chapman and…
Feature Tour de Proms
Experience the very best of French and British classical music
Experience the very best of French and British classical music in the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall as we celebrate the opening of the Tour de France with a traditional, rousing prom concert!
Orchestra of Opera North
Christopher Seaman - conductor
Louis Schwizgebel - piano (Second Prize Winner 2012 Leeds Piano Competition)
Simon Lindley – organ
Programme to include:
Bernstein Overture: Candide
Bizet Suite: Carmen
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony: Finale
Walton March: Crown Imperial
Arnold Four Scottish Dances
Wood (orch. Zalva) Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No…
Thursday 26 June, 7.30pm| St George’s Hall, Bradford
Following their success on the BBC hit show Strictly Come Dancing, Katya and Pasha have paired up offstage. Bradford audiences can see Pasha and Katya in their fabulous show at St George’s Hall on Thursday 26 June.
Pasha and Katya along with their stunning dancers bring you their spectacular brand new Ballroom and Latin show. It is a carnival of music, dance, costumes and sparkles!
The show features a kaleidoscope of dance. There will be the Fiery Cha Cha Cha, Romantic Waltz, Passionate Rumba and Dramatic Paso Doble. Their stunning choreography will be further enhanced by an array…
Making Friday 13th very lucky with this international musical feast Fusion – A taste of jazz, folk, flamenco Africa and the East
Following their concert in November 2013, multi-instrumentalist band Fusion are making a welcome return to Square Chapel Centre for the Arts on a very lucky Friday 13 June (8pm) with their highly original style of performance.
Breaking new ground in world music, Fusion blend songs and sounds from a variety of traditions, as well as their own original material. They play a staggering range of instruments – from jazz percussion, saxophones, flute, mandolin and violin, to keyboards, flamenco and folk guitars, darabuka, bag pipes, clarinet, Irish whistle, double bass and Arabic lute.
Feature One Equal Music
An exciting and innovative project is gathering pace in Leeds this summer
An exciting and innovative project is gathering pace in Leeds this summer: St. Peter’s Singers of Leeds are preparing to bring inspirational modern sacred music to the fabulous space, light and acoustics of that modern cathedral of commerce - the Victoria Quarter in Leeds.
The project will feature two impromptu appearances by the St Peter’s Singers in the Victoria Quarter during shopping hours, and then a live Prom-style concert, on Sunday 6 July at 8.00pm (admission £2), just as Leeds starts to settle down after the huge excitement of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart the previous day. If sufficient…
Kamelia Kountcheva reviews two rising stars in the Leeds music scene.
On the cold Wednesday evening of February 8th, in the heart of Leeds, a little epicentre of excited heat radiated from the Nation of Shopkeepers bar. Fans gathered, eagerly waiting to see two of their rising local bands perform.
Hunting Bears, a five-piece folk band from Leeds, took to the stage first, warming up a steadily thickening crowd of edgy fringes, floral dresses and schoolboy jumpers. The folk feel was imminent with this band, as the violin rang and the ukulele jangled the first chords of ‘Heavy Tree’. Their beautiful harmonies were only enhanced by the infectious chemistry between the…
Live Review Reel Big Fish
Cat Marr reviews the veteran pop-punkers who bring their party vibes back to Leeds one more time.
The ska pop-punk band Reel Big Fish once wrote a song called, "Don’t Start A Band" and after a sixteen plus year career, this isn’t their mantra.
If you haven’t heard or seen Reel Big Fish, imagine an American Madness, with a lead singer sporting a 50s style. Their music is ska-influenced and live they are extremely entertaining and the one simple word to sum them up is fun!
Without a song appearing in the charts recently, it was difficult to imagine how good they were going to be, they jumped on to stage and the first noticeable thing was…
Live Review Still Corners
Neil Chapman checks out the English Sub Pop signings whose recent album has received a good deal of praise.
Still Corners arrive at the Brudenell Social Club with some strong recommendations. The debut album Creatures of an Hour received universally strong reviews. It made a prominent appearance in the Leeds Guide album of the year list and was named Album of the Year by Jumbo Records. So it was with great expectations that a hardy few souls braved the bitter cold and snow on a Monday night to see what all the fuss was about.
Support for the night came from Just Handshakes (We’re British) and My Sad Captains. Both come and go having received a warm reception from…