Sat 1 December
Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall)
Orchestra of Opera North
Opera North Youth Chorus
Opera North Young Voices
Opera North Children's Chorus
Richard Farnes - conductor
Fflur Wyn - soprano
Johnny Herford - baritone
Will Todd - Songs of Love and Battle
Górecki - Symphony No 3 (Sorrowful Songs) Listen
Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Will Todd.
Former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes returns to the helm of the Orchestra to present the second-ever performance of Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle. Dedicated to Opera North’s youth ensembles who are featured this evening, Todd’s commission is a micro opera depicting the conflicting emotions of war through the words and poems of Maggie Gottlieb, in eight parts.
Górecki picks up the themes of loss and separation caused by conflict using three Polish texts in his Symphony No 3. The first and third texts are written from the perspective of a mother who has lost a child, whilst the middle text is taken from a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, written by a child separated from her parents. Arguably one of the most famous pieces from the late twentieth century, the heartbreak is felt in every aspect of Górecki’s music.
The concert will be finished by approximately 9.15pm.
This concert is part of The City Remembers programme.
A £38.16, B £36.04, C £31.80, D £24.91,
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
(including booking fees)