Live music returns to Leeds Town Hall

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Orchestra of Opera North at a social distance...

The first concert of live music at Leeds Town Hall since lockdown in March will be performed by the Orchestra of Opera North this Friday

The programme, of music by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Mozart, will be performed by the orchestra with tenor Nicholas Watts, from 6pm. The pilot indoor concert will reveal whether the venue can safely return to live music.

Members of the reduced-capacity audience – who will be asked to use masks unless exempt – will be asked to record contact details for the NHS Test and Trace programme, operate distanced seating arrangements and toilet facilities; use a one-way entry and exit system and make use of hand sanitising stations.

Tenor and former Opera North chorister Nicholas Watts most recently appeared in Opera North’s production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw as Peter Quint – first on stage then on YouTube following the lockdown.

He will be joined by Opera North's Head of Music David Cowan at the piano, in a selection of songs from Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Mullerin.

Tickets (£20 standard and £10 for under 18s, students and the unwaged) will go on sale at noon on Monday. Tickets must be booked through the Town Hall website here, or on 0113 376 0318. The concert will last about an hour with no interval, and there will be no bars or refreshment stations.

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