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Opera North Lunchtime: French Melodies

Opera North Lunchtime: French Melodies

Fri 23 October
Leeds Town Hall

Members of the Orchestra of Opera North
French Melodies: Ravel, Renié, Faure and Debussy
Lunchtime Concert 

Ravel Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp, string quartet 
Henriette Renié Contemplation for solo harp 
Fauré, Debussy, Ravel French melodies for harp and singer 
Françaix A huit

Heady impressionistic beauty illuminated by flashes of modernism: a journey into the enchanted world of turn-of-the-century French music. 

Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro was commissioned by the Érard company in 1905 to showcase its new double-action pedal harp. Sometimes described as a miniature concerto, it shows the full range of the instrument in an exquisitely scored chamber setting. 

The French harpist Henriette Renié’s virtuosity inspired composers including Ravel and Debussy to write for the instrument, and her own compositions helped to establish it as a solo instrument. Contemplation (1898) is her earliest composition for solo harp.

Mezzo soprano and Opera North Chorister Helen Évora joins the ensemble for a selection of songs by Fauré, Debussy and Ravel. 

Coronavirus information

As a result of fast changing Government directions in response to the pandemic and increased infections rates, there is an ever present possibility that our events run the risk of being cancelled at short notice. Customers are advised to check that the event they have booked for is going ahead prior to setting off. Therefore to avoid disappointment and inconvenience please visit our website, social media channels or call the Box Office on 0113 376 0318 (Mon-Fri between 10am to 4pm).

This indoor concert is a crucial part of the process in helping live music performances return safely for both artists and audiences. The following measures are now in place at Leeds Town Hall to ensure the safety and comfort of the audience during their visit:

- Hand sanitising stations on entry and around the venue
- Clearly marked one-way system around the venue
- Socially distanced seating arrangements with predetermined entrance times
- Socially distanced toilet facilities. We ask that customers access the toilet facilities before the concert as re-entrance during the performance may not be possible.

Face Coverings: everyone is expected to wear a face covering unless excused for reasons of age, health or disability.

If you are feeling unwell (or suspect you have coronavirus) please do not attend the concert.

Latecomers cannot be admitted.

Lift access to the stalls and gallery areas is available through the Box Office entrance. This is limited to one person/one family unit or for accessibility access.

Photography is not permitted during the event.

Customers are kindly requested to stay seated during the performance and remain seated at the end of the concert until staff advise you of your exit route.

Please be aware that there will be no bars/refreshment stations open before or after the concert and there is no interval.

NHS Test and Trace

Customer contact details and the time you are present in our building will be recorded for NHS Test and Trace purposes. In accordance with NHS requirements this information will be held for 21 days and, if asked, we will provide them to NHS Test and Trace.

Please be reassured that your information will be stored securely, in line with data protection laws, and will not be shared with anyone else. We will also not use your data for anything else like marketing. We are doing this to help reduce the risk of any local outbreak - by sharing your information NHS Test and Trace can quickly identify people who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and ask them to take the necessary precautions.


Admission is free. 

Due to limited capacity and current social distancing measures, advance booking is required. We regret that booking tickets on the door is not currently an option.

Tickets & Times

  • Fri 23 Oct , 1:05 PM