Opera North and Kirklees Council have announced the Kirklees Concert Season 2022-23, leading into Kirklees Year of Music 2023 with an all-embracing programme for Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls featuring orchestral masterpieces, international guest conductors and soloists, the opening night of a concert performance of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, lunchtime organ recitals, seasonal favourites for Christmas and New Year, traditional Indian music, and world premieres of brand-new compositions. 

Orchestral highlights include:

  • Opera North’s Music Director Garry Walker [pictured] conducts clarinet concerti by Copland and Artie Shaw with soloist Julian Bliss (15 Sep), and Gershwin, Gruber and Ellington rounding out a thrilling account of the exchange between club and concert stage
  • Opening night of Opera North’s concert performance of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (20 Oct) with Alice Coote (Orfeo), Fflur Wyn (Euridice), Daisy Brown (Amor) and the Company’s Principal Guest Conductor Antony Hermus on the podium. 
  • Opera North debuts from extraordinary young pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, soloist in Dohnányi’s Variations on a Nursery Tune, and Music Director of the Richmond Symphony Valentina Peleggi, conducting a programme completed by Puccini’s Preludio Sinfonico and Tchaikovsky 4 (1 Dec)
  • A traditional festive programme for Christmas and New Year
  • Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg returns for Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto (26 Jan 2023). Shostakovich’s gripping Tenth Symphony closes the evening, with Antony Hermus on the podium.
  •  Garry Walker conducts Elgar’s Violin Concerto with soloist Elena Urioste; Sally Beamish’s 1999 The Day Dawn opens the evening, and Nielsen’s Second Symphony, ‘The Four Temperaments’, concludes. 
  • Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza makes his Kirklees Concert Season debut alongside Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, plus Strauss’ Don Juan and Brahms’ First Symphony (6 April)