Opera North returns to Huddersfield and Dewsbury

Published: 13 May 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Sitarist and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun Credit: Justin Slee
Christian Jones Credit: Justin Slee

Opera North is to bring back live music to Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls after a year of silence, with a full programme of orchestral, chamber and organ concerts.

The Orchestra of Opera North’s programme at Huddersfield Town Hall ranges from a belated birthday celebration for Beethoven to "the drama and dissonance of the twentieth century" to a world première Concerto for Bass Trombone. Conducting his first concert in post, Opera North's Music Director Garry Walker opens the season with a programme of Elgar, Shostakovich and Britten on 23 September.

A successful entry to Opera North's Minute Masterpieces competition, which offers emerging composers the opportunity to write a 60-second piece for Opera North's ensemble, will be premièred at each orchestral concert.

Intimate chamber concerts return to Dewsbury Town Hall on Wednesday lunchtimes, concluding with a farewell to leader David Greed. Under new Guest Curator David Pipe, Monday lunchtime concerts on Huddersfield Town Hall’s famous Father Willis organ include guest debuts, works by contemporary composers and more traditional repertoire, as well as the return of former Borough Organist Dr Gordon Stewart.

A programme of Mozart and Bach concertos featuring the Orchestra of Opera North, pianist Ian Buckle and violinist Jack Liebeck is available to view now for free on the company's ONDemand platform.