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In line with national guidance to manage the impact of Coronavirus in Leeds, Leeds City Council (LCC) has closed a large number of buildings and facilities to the public. These include Leeds Town Hall, Carriageworks Theatre and Pudsey Civic Hall. The safety and wellbeing of staff and the people of Leeds demands that we now stay at home, unless it is absolutely essential to go out, in order to protect our NHS and save lives.

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As a result of the closure period all of our events from now until the end of April have been cancelled or postponed. During this unprecedented time, the loss of ticket sales for cancelled events in the closure period and beyond across all our venues is of huge concern, particularly as we look to the future and the redevelopment plans for Leeds Town Hall. It is with this is mind that we ask if you would consider making a donation to help sustain Leeds Town Hall – perhaps the most iconic and best loved building in the City, and one of such historic value to the people of Leeds and beyond. If preferred, tickets holders can choose to add credit to their account to use on a future performance. Refunds (minus the booking fee) are also available.

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Leeds International Orchestral Season 2019/20 posted 03 Jun 2019

Leeds International Orchestral Season 2019/20

We are delighted to open and close the season with international tours by firm favourites the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Simonov and the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.

Making debuts at LICS this season we look forward to visits from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the Swedish Philharmonia with soloist Viktoria Mullova. Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, makes a welcome return to the series in February 2020 with the orchestra of Leeds’ Twin City, the Orchestre National de Lille, its first visit since 2000.

The UK’s finest orchestras continue to have a major place in the season. Sir Mark Elder conducts The Hallé and James Ehnes in Bruch’s Violin Concerto, whilst Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic give the world premiere of Edward Gregson’s Oboe Concerto, written for the orchestra’s principal oboe Jennifer Galloway.

A Spanish flavour permeates the season as Miloš Karadaglić is soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, in a programme that also presents Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture alongside de Falla’s El amor brujo, and a suite from Bizet’s Carmen. The theme continues in February as Alexandre Bloch conducts Debussy’s Iberia with the Orchestre National de Lille.

Leeds’ two great choral societies play an important role in the season. Leeds Philharmonic Chorus is joined by Cambridge University Symphony Chorus to perform Elgar’s The Kingdom and Leeds Festival Chorus presents Mendelssohn’s great oratorio Elijah in March before both choruses join together with a performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C in May. In 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the RLPO presents his Pastoral Symphony and soloist Ning Feng performs the Violin Concerto with the CBSO.

Leeds International Orchestral Season continues to be one of the finest orchestral programmes in the country.

We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds Town Hall during the 2019/20 season.

Matthew Sims
Head of Arts, Events, and Venues.


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