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Leeds Arts Events & Venues - Covid-19 Update (15 June 2020)

In order to protect the safety and well-being of our audiences and staff, as we continue to manage the impact of COVID-19 in Leeds and stay at home as much as possible 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.

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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)
The Unbelievable Chris Kamara Show (14 May)
Black Dyke Brass Festival (21 June)
Manchester Collective: Enescu Octet (25 June)
Pandora Sykes (22 July)
Nightmares on Wax (1 April rescheduled to 20 September)

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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
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales (previously 16, 17 & 18 April): awaiting new dates
ZOG (previously 22, 23 & 24 May) new dates: 31 May, 1 & 2 June 2021 book here
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 2020): 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 2020): awaiting new dates
Leeds Conductors Competition Gala Final new date: 19 June 2021 book here
Russell Watson new date: 9 March 2021 book here
Nitin Sawhney new date: 22 March 2021 book here 
Sandi Toksvig new date: 30 May 2021 book here 

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Manchester Collective | Ecstatic Dances

Manchester Collective | Ecstatic Dances

Mon 1 January 0001 - Wed 15 January 2020
The Crypt

Manchester Collective: Ecstatic Dances

Paul Clark - composer
Poul Høxbro - flutes and percussion
Manchester Collective - string quintet:

Rakhi Singh - violin
Simmy Singh - violin
Ruth Gibson - viola
Abel Selaocoe - cello
Alan Keary - electric bass 

Warlock - Capriol Suite
Adés - Arcadiana (selections)
Clark - New Work (world premiere)
Trad. - Ancient Songs and Dances from England, Scotland, and Denmark

Poul Høxbro has been called “the great man of small instruments”. He’s an endlessly fascinating and inspiring musician - a Danish master of ancient flutes and bells, of bones and drums. As soon as we met him, we knew we had to work with him.

While we were building the show, we had a moment when we realised that this combination of instruments has literally never been heard before. The set that we are presenting is all new - terrifyingly, ink-barely-dry new. Ancient music, brought vividly to life for 21st-century ears.

Rounding out our artistic team for the project is composer Paul Clark, who will be writing new music for the show. Paul makes his Manchester Collective debut fresh off the back of a hugely successful collaboration with Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw at The Shed in New York. We’re thrilled to have him along for the ride.

Full disclosure - Ecstatic Dances feels scary for us. New work is always frightening, mostly because until you start making it, you never really know what you’re going to end up with. Fortunately, we’re not particularly fond of being comfortable. Come join us on tour. Let’s get risky.

Explore other Manchester Collective concerts here.

Poul Høxbro

Poul Høxbro is a true pioneer in the field of music. He has been called ”the great man of small instruments” and it is true that he is quite unique in the way he has taken the medieval instrument of pipe and tabor – played simultaneously by one person – out of the shadows and into the full glare of concert platforms all over the world.

Poul is currently Guest Conductor of Concerto Copenhagen, designing and managing projects that present baroque music in a slightly different way than the usual. Poul is also a guest teacher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

He has performed in intimate chamber music settings, as a soloist in a contemporary Danish Opera at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, on traditional music stages, and as a theatre musician. He has always amazed and delighted audiences with his virtuosity and lively musicality, crossing the borders of what might be expected from his ”small” instruments – instruments which, apart from pipe and tabor, include all types of historical percussion and traditional flutes.

Besides his music, Poul Høxbro is a much sought-after storyteller. He has received outstanding reviews for his dramatic and utterly magic way of drawing an audience into the world of myth and legend – be it in Danish, Swedish, German or English! His outstanding performing skills and his depth of knowledge in his field has led to invitations for Poul Høxbro to give concerts, lectures and courses in USA, Australia, China and throughout Europe.

He has recorded for Classico, ABC Records, Move Records, BIS, Exlibris, Gefion Records, Universal Records, Sony Music, Chandos and Naxos.

Paul Clark

Paul is co-artistic director of CLOD ENSEMBLE and has written critically acclaimed original scores for all the company’s productions to date – ranging from totally acoustic works, to multi speaker installations. Each score is a bespoke piece that is in a dialogue with the visual material; Silver Swan is an acapella piece for seven classical singers; Under Glass is an entirely recorded surround-sound installation; whilst An Anatomie counterpoints electronics, live orchestral music and a rock band.

As a leading composer on the British theatre scene, Paul has written dozens of scores for theatre in the UK and internationally. He has written music for and with a hugely diverse range of musicians from Manchester Camerata and Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik; to Dangermouse, the Welsh National Opera male chorus and Mark E Smith (The Fall).

Paul has a long-standing collaboration with theatre and opera director Katie Mitchell for whom he has written over twenty scores in theatres across Europe, including Waves and Wunschkonzert, and with Gare St Lazare with whom he created Here All Night (Lincoln Center, New York, Brighton Festival, The Abbey, Dublin) an acclaimed words and music piece using texts by Samuel Beckett. In Spring 2019 Paul composed the score for Norma Jeane Baker of Troy featuring Renee Fleming and Ben Wishaw, as part the inaugural season at The Shed, New York.

In TV and film, he has collaborated with Simon Amstell, French auteur Arnaud Desplechin, award winning Anglo Irish Director John Michael McDonagh and written scores for David Sedaris audio books. Other works include The Weather Man (Opera North) and Liebeslied/My Suicides, a collaboration with photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg (ICA/Genesis Foundation), gallery installations (ICA, Ceri Hands) museum installations (V&A) and one-off events (e.g. 500th anniversary of Hampton Court video/firework event).


Full: £20.67 inclusive of 6% booking fee
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s, full-time students, unwaged: 50% off

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