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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


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Keep safe and well.


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City Organist Darius Battiwalla posted 24 Jun 2019

City Organist Darius Battiwalla

Leeds City Organist Darius Battiwalla is a regular on the stage at Leeds Town Hall as he performs in the Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music series, a collection of weekly free recitals that he curates. 

He told us about his season highlights, and let us in on what to watch out for for future organ concerts. 

View the Lunchtime Organ concerts online.

Lunchtime Organ concerts are free to attend and take place on Mondays at 1.05pm from September to March. 


Hi Darius, thank you for sitting down to chat to us. How have you found the 2018/19 season of Lunchtime Organ Music concerts?

I’ve really enjoyed all the concerts - it’s great for me to enjoy listening to a huge variety of talented players all using the organ in different ways. We’re very fortunate with our audience – the recitals are consistently well-attended and generously supported, which I greatly appreciate, and the audience seems to enjoy a wide range of music. And they often tell me what they like – and what they don’t! 


What have been your highlights of the season, and why?

All the visitors were memorable in their own different ways – I particularly enjoyed some of Tom Bell’s programme which presented some unusual music in a really exciting way, and Nigel Ogden is a joy to watch – he translates the theatre style to a ‘traditional’ organ so well and makes it look so easy. Another highlight was Thomas Trotter’s own arrangement of Jupiter – I would never have believed it could work so well on the organ. From my own recitals, the arrangement of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody attracted so much attention it seemed to take on a life of its own! – and was great fun to play. And the opportunity to learn and perform Reger’s monumental choral fantasia on Wachet Auf – a real mountain to climb but worth the effort. 


How does it feel to have the prestigious title of Leeds City Organist and regularly perform on the Town Hall organ?

Very fortunate! I’ve been lucky enough to take on a series which Simon Lindley has made into one of the most successful in the country, so it’s really a matter of building on the success of what’s already there, rather than changing a successful formula. One thing I’d particularly like to do is develop the use of the Town Hall organ for education and encouraging younger organists.  


You’ve been curating the Lunchtime Organ Series for two seasons now, and are heading into your third season. What have you found to be the biggest challenge when putting together the programme of organists? 

There are challenges but they are enjoyable ones – achieving a balance between experienced players and giving a chance to younger and less well-known organists, and finding those who can really get the best out of the organ with a variety of music. I’m also trying to get the programme a bit more balanced by inviting more women organists, we’ve still got some way to go but are making progress. 


Do you have a favourite piece to perform, and if so have you ever performed it in the series?

The Reubke Sonata is one of my favourites, and it was great to have an opportunity to perform it last season.


Can you share a preview of the next season? What are you looking forward to the most?

I’m not sure I could pick out any particular concert, but I always look forward to our ‘regulars’ particularly Thomas Trotter and Gordon Stewart who really know how to make a Town Hall programme work well. I’m also looking forward to hearing Thomas Gaynor from New York, who won the St Alban’s International competition recently.  


Darius Battiwalla has recently been appointed Leeds City Organist, performing regularly in the highly successful recital series in Leeds Town Hall, and has given organ recitals at cathedrals and concert halls throughout the country, as well as recordings and broadcasts on Radio 3. For more information on Darius, please see his website

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