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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.

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)

*Please scroll down below this message if you decide to use the ‘book here’ options to access the booking page.
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: 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


Leeds Conductors Competition



The Orchestra of Opera North holds a unique place amongst British orchestras as the only ensemble in the country to have a year-round dual role in the opera house and concert hall. The Orchestra plays a significant part in the major concert series of the region, appearing with numerous international guest conductors and soloists.

Important relationships with Leeds International Concert Season and Leeds Town Hall see the Orchestra performing regular concerts of major symphonic repertoire, gala concerts, and collaborating with the region’s choral societies. It is also the resident orchestra for the Leeds Conductors Competition.

Since the turn of the century, Opera North has worked with Kirklees Council in a ground-breaking partnership to curate the Kirklees Concert Season based in Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls. As a result, new relationships have been formed with groups across the Kirklees area, including performing ensembles and educational institutions. In collaboration with Opera North Education, the Orchestra has a strong commitment to educational and community projects, increasing accessibility and encouraging new audiences and the musicians of tomorrow.

The Orchestra has received international recognition for its recordings; a close relationship with Naxos produced a series of highly acclaimed recordings of William Walton’s orchestral music conducted by former Opera North Music Director Paul Daniel, and works by Bliss, Delius, Lambert and Vaughan Williams conducted by the Orchestra’s founder conductor David Lloyd-Jones. In the operatic field, Opera North has made several important recordings, including for Chandos, Walton’s Troilus and Cressida conducted by Richard Hickox, which won the prestigious Gramophone Award for best opera recording, Nabucco conducted by David Parry, Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Verdi’s Don Carlos, conducted by the Company’s former Music Director, Richard Farnes.

The Orchestra also recorded a complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with Howard Shelley as soloist/director for Chandos. Most recently its recording of Elgar’s Caractacus with Huddersfield Choral Society and Martyn Brabbins for Hyperion found widespread praise. The Orchestra received universal acclaim for the Company’s signature concert staging of six cycles of Wagner’s complete Ring in 2016, which it followed with equally successful performances of Turandot (2017), Salome (2018) and, last summer, a new concert staging of Verdi’s Egyptian epic Aida.

Who's Who

First violins
David Greed (Leader)*
Andrew Long (Acting Co-Leader)
Byron Parish
Michael Ardron*
Brian Reilly*
Tamsin Symons
Claire Osborne
Susannah Simmons
Catherine Landen

Second violins
Katherine New*
Ian Bone
Cristina Ocaña Rosado
Catherine Baker*
Wendy Dyson*
Alison Dixon
Helen Greig*
Jacqueline Cima

David Aspin
Lourenço Macedo Sampaio
Anne Trygstad
Elizabeth Wyly*
Clare Gardiner
Vivienne Campbell*
Vince Parsonage*

Jessica Burroughs
Daniel Bull
Andrew Fairley*
Zöe Long

Genna Spinks
Claire Sadler*

David Moseley*
Luke O’Toole

Richard Hewitt*
Catherine Lowe*

Colin Honour*
Andrew Mason

Adam Mackenzie
David Baker*

Robert Ashworth*
John Pratt
Alexander Hamilton
Max Garrard

Michael Woodhead*

Blair Sinclair
Robert Burtenshaw*

Bass trombone
Christian Jones

Brian Kingsley*

Christopher Bradley*
Mark Wagstaff

Celine Saout

* Indicates Opera North Company member for 25 years or more

Leeds Conductors Competition