The Kirklees Concert Season is a unique partnership between Kirklees Council and Opera North in which the Opera North Orchestra brings world-class music to Kirklees with its orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as a concert series relaxed and friendly organs.
The Kirklees concert season brings the orchestra to stages in Dewsbury and Huddersfield, joined by international soloists and conductors, offering residents of Kirklees and surrounding areas a unique chance to experience world-class music at their gate, with many orchestra members living in the neighborhood as well.
After missing a full season due to Covid-19, the 2021-22 Kirklees concert season kicked off in September with a full program of orchestral, chamber and organ concerts.
The 2021/22 season brings the region ever closer to the Kirklees Music Year 2023, which will put Kirklees firmly on the music map and establish the region as a cultural hub for all forms of music.
Kirklees Concert Season is hosting a number of special events in the area in 2022 including:
Organist Emeritus Gordon Stewart and trumpeter Tom Osborne at Huddersfield Town Hall – Monday 14th February.
Sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun at Dewsbury Town Hall – Wednesday 16th February.
Opera North Orchestra: Shostakovich and Bartók at Huddersfield Town Hall – Sunday 27 February.
David Pipe, organist at Huddersfield Town Hall – Monday 14th March and Monday 28th March.
Opera North Chamber Orchestra: Farewell concert with Opera North conductor David Greed at Dewsbury Town Hall – Wednesday 16th March.
Opera North Orchestra: The Enigma Variations at Huddersfield Town Hall – Thursday 7 April.
Throughout the concert season, accessible, discounted tickets are available for orchestra concerts for under 30s (£4) and under 16s (£1).
Garry Walker, Music Director of Opera North, said: “I am delighted to be, finally, back in Kirklees and able to bring this great selection of programs to our beloved audience. We missed you!
“I am particularly proud of the variety and balance of the whole season, which will show the flexibility, excellence and virtuosity of our orchestra and choir. I think there is something for everyone tastes.
“The past year has been incredibly challenging for all of us – for Opera North, for our audiences and for our communities – so it is with real enthusiasm that we return to creating music live with audiences.”
Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, added: “This program also brings us one year closer to our Year of Music in 2023, and work has been done behind the scenes by a number of organisations, venues and groups, including our partner concert season Opéra Nord.
“Our Year of Music is about place, people and partnerships, it’s about how we work together and what we can achieve through shared ambitions.
“It’s this location-based approach that makes Kirklees unique in its approach to music. It’s why we live music.
“The richness and diversity of our music today is inclusive for everyone, and we hope everyone feels our wide-ranging musical offering is open and accessible for everyone to experience and enjoy.”
To find out more about the Kirklees concert season in 2022 visit: https://www.musicinkirklees.co.uk/kirklees-concert-season-announces-its-programme-for-2022/