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Leeds Arts Events & Venues - Covid-19 Update (13 May 2020)


To manage the impact of Covid-19 in Leeds and ensure the safety and well-being of our audiences and all Leeds City Council staff, we must continue to stay at home as much as possible in order to control the virus and save lives. 


Our events through to the end of July have either been cancelled by the promoter or postponed to a later date.


The following events have either been cancelled by the promoter or postponed to a later date:
*Please scroll down below this message if you decide to use the ‘book here’ options to access the booking page.


Cancelled:
Royal Northern Sinfonia (21 March)
Orchestra of Opera North (28 March)
The Hallé (4 April)
Room on the Broom & The Highway Rat (11 April)
Manchester Collective: Voice of the Whale (23 April)
Robert Webb (24 April)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (25 April)
Free lunchtime talks: Before Grenfell Tower (6 May)
Manchester Camerata (16 May)
Bryony Gordon (28 May)
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (30 May)
Black Dyke Brass Festival (21 June)
Manchester Collective: Enescu Octet (25 June)
Pandora Sykes (22 July)


Postponed:
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Milton Jones: Milton Impossible new date: 19 February 2021 book here
Fascinating Aida new date: 21 October 2020 book here
Exile of the African Warrior new date: 28 February 2021 book here
Inspiration Choir: West End and Broadway new date: 11 April 2021, 4pm book here
Nightmares on Wax new date: 20 September 2020, doors 7pm book here
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales (previously 16, 17 & 18 April): awaiting new dates
Russell Watson new date: 29 September 2020 at 7.30pm book here
The Unbelievable Chris Kamara Show (previously 14 May): awaiting new date
ZOG (previously 22, 23 & 24 May): awaiting new dates
Ross Noble new date: 13 January 2021 book here (limited availability)
The Water Diviner’s Tale / Opera North new date: 10 &11 June 2021 book here
Brian Wilson: Good Vibrations new date: 8 July 2021 book here
Julia Holter / Opera North (previously 24 June): awaiting new date, please check Opera North’s website
Jimmy Carr previously 2 & 19 June 2020) new dates: 1 & 4 April 2021 book here
Leeds International Beer Festival (previously 3-6 September): awaiting new dates
Leeds Conductors Competition Gala Final new date: 19 June 2021 book here


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The loss of ticket sales for cancelled events during these unprecedented times is very concerning, particularly as we look to the future and the redevelopment plans for Leeds Town Hall. With this in mind, 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, ticket holders can choose to add credit to their account to use on a future performance. Refunds (minus the booking fee) are also available.

If you have bought tickets to any of our events a member of our Box Office team will be in touch with you shortly. If you have any queries please contact: boxoffice@leeds.gov.uk and allow our team to either respond via email or call you back. If that’s not possible, please call the team on 0113 376 0318 (Mon-Fri between 10am and 5pm). Please be prepared for a short wait as our Box Office team are now working remotely. Voicemail messages will be collected on a regular basis and someone will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Please be assured that you will be contacted either by email, telephone or post. We won’t forget you.


Until it is safe to welcome audiences back to our events we will continue to share content with you on our website and social media channels, where we’ll also keep you informed of any changes and their implications as soon as we can.


Our sincere thanks for your understanding and continued support during these difficult times.
Keep safe and well.


With kind regards
Leeds Arts Events & Venues Team

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The Tenth Leeds Conductors Competition posted 13 Feb 2020

The Tenth Leeds Conductors Competition

The Leeds Conductors Competition returns in September 2020 for its tenth outing, offering transformative opportunities for young British conductors. 

View the Leeds Conductors Competition website.

Held at Leeds Town Hall in partnership between Leeds International Concert Season and Opera North, the Competition begins with a chance to take the podium in front of musicians from the Orchestra of Opera North, and climaxes with a gala concert with the full ensemble, prize money totalling £21,000, and a series of professional engagements with the country's other leading orchestras for the winner.

From its inception in 1984 to the last instalment in 2009, the Leeds Conductors Competition’s alumni are among the most illustrious names in orchestral music today. Inaugural winner Sian Edwards (pictured below) went on to become Music Director of English National Opera; and Opera North’s current Music Director designate, Garry Walker, won the Competition in 1999.

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The Competition begins on Tuesday 8 September, when sixteen selected entrants conduct small ensembles from the Orchestra of Opera North in the chamber music rounds. Twelve successful competitors will then go through to public rounds that are free to attend with the orchestra from Wednesday 9 September. The competition culminates on Saturday 12 September with a gala concert of Beethoven, Elgar and Sibelius, with the winner of the first prize of £10,000 announced at the end of the evening.

Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chair of this year’s jury (pictured below) says: “It is an honour and a privilege to chair the jury of this year’s Leeds Conductors Competition. I and my colleagues are tasked with identifying the next generation of British conductors. It is in one sense a forbidding task for brilliant musicianship abounds but the special quality that marks a truly great conductor is rare and when seen and heard the effect touches us in an almost other-worldly way.”

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Other members of the jury include conductor Richard Farnes, violinist Lyn Fletcher, and Colin Metters, Professor Emeritus of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. Find out more about this year’s jury.

For more information about the Leeds Conductors Competition view the website.

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