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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:
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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


Support Leeds Town Hall


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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Leeds Conductors Competition

Leeds Conductors Competition

Leeds Conductors Competition

Postponement of The Tenth Leeds Conductors Competition

Leeds International Concert Season in partnership with Opera North have announced that in light of the Covid-19 worldwide health crisis the Tenth Leeds Conductors Competition, which was scheduled to take place 8 - 12 September 2020 at Leeds Town Hall, has been postponed until 15 - 19 June 2021.

Applications will remain open until 14 January 2021. Applicants must be 35 years of age or under on 12 September 2020.

The Tenth Leeds Conductors Competition
15 - 19 June 2021
Leeds Town Hall

The Leeds Conductors Competition is presented by Leeds International Concert Season in partnership with Opera North. Since its inception in 1984 the competition has had a significant role in supporting the careers of young British conductors. Following a break of eleven years, the competition returns in 2021 for its tenth outing.


A note from the chairman

“It is an honour and a privilege to chair the jury of the forthcoming 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.

Learning and technique are a given. The less obvious characteristics of a great conductor are revealed through character and personality, charisma, connection, and communication. In the hands of a great conductor an orchestra through its music has something to say that touches the head and heart and takes us to another place. The experience can be revelatory.”

Timothy Walker CBE AM
Chief Executive and Artistic Director
London Philharmonic Orchestra


Competition history

Held nine times from its inception in 1984, the Leeds Conductors Competition has played a significant role in empowering the careers of young British conductors. A continuing partnership between Leeds International Concert Season (Leeds Arts, Events & Venues Service) and the Orchestra of Opera North, the 2021 event is the tenth competition.

The original brainchild of Michael Johnson (then of Leeds City Council) and David Lloyd-Jones, Founder Director of Opera North, the Leeds Conductors Competition enjoyed for some years the unstinting support of Sir Charles Groves. Following Sir Charles' death, his successors as Jury Chairman have included Paul Daniel, John Carewe and David Whelton. Those who have served on the Jury over the years have included Hugh Bean (Philharmonia), John Ludlow, Brian Pidgeon (BBC), William Relton, Jorma Panula and Jac van Steen.

Winners of past competitions have been Sian Edwards (1984), Grant Llewellyn (1986), Martyn Brabbins (1988), Philip Ellis (1992), Brad Cohen (1994), Garry Walker (1999), Paul Watkins (2002), Alexander Shelley (2005), and Geoffrey Paterson (2009).

Leeds Conductors Competition