FOR OPERA NORTH'S SUMMER ORCHESTRAL FESTIVAL
The Orchestra of Opera North will return to Millennium Square, Leeds for another long weekend this summer, joined by Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones and more for 80s Classical on Friday 26 July, and special guest vocalists for the third instalment of The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics on Saturday 27 July, with a live soundtrack screening of Jurassic Park to close the festival on Sunday 28 July.
Part of Leeds City Council’s summer programme on Millennium Square, the third Opera North in the City festival gets underway with 80s Classical, featuring the sounds of the musically momentous decade specially revamped, expanded and rearranged for Opera North’s 60-piece orchestra with vocals from the original artists.
Founder and lead vocalist of Bronski Beat and The Communards, solo star and icon of the LGBT rights movement Jimmy Somerville will mark the 35th anniversary of his era-defining debut single Smalltown Boy by joining the Orchestra for a newly orchestrated version.
Jimmy is joined on the bill by synth-pop superstars Howard Jones (New Song) and Nik Kershaw (Wouldn’t It Be Good), pure pop gold with T’Pau singer and songwriter Carol Decker (Heart and Soul), and sophisti-pop from Johnny Hates Jazz (Shattered Dreams). A talented ensemble of backing vocalists will step up to perform more 80s favourites.
This is the first UK show to combine a symphony orchestra with multiple original artists from a musical decade brimming with nostalgia, and it promises to be a night to remember!”
On Saturday night the focus shifts to the sounds that defined the next decade for a generation of Leeds clubbers, as The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics reunites legendary ‘Purveyor of Good Times’ Dave Beer with the Orchestra of Opera North.
Opera North in the City goes out with a blockbuster bang courtesy of another 90s classic, Jurassic Park, on the afternoon of Sunday 28 July. Following last year’s sold out screening of Brassed Off, the Orchestra of Opera North is back beneath the big screen to accompany the epic multi Oscar®-winning film’s groundbreaking special effects, marauding raptors and deadly T-Rex in HD with John Williams’ colossal, white-knuckle score.
Tickets for all three events are now on sale from The City Centre Box Office 0113 376 0318