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Classics in the City at Hull City Hall

Hull Philharmonic Orchestra to play a programme chosen by the audience at concert on May 13
Hull Philharmonic Orchestra will play a programme of music selected by the audience at their Classics in the City concert at Hull City Hall on Saturday, May 13.

Concert goers were asked to vote for the pieces they wanted to hear earlier this year with the orchestra promising to play their selection where possible.
Pianist Peter Donohoe also agreed to perform, taking on whatever challenge came-up.
With the results now in, it can be revealed that Peter will be soloist in Tchaikovsky's much-loved Piano Concerto No.1 and in the lesser-known Konzertstucke by Weber.

The orchestra will also play a celebration of Hull streets by local composer Anthony Hedges and music from Argentina's cowboy country.
The orchestra’s musical director, Andrew Penny, said: "It is not strictly a first past the post system as we have to take out the recently performed, the impractical and the unavailable before deciding on a short-list for a balanced and practical programme.
"The vote usually brings a surprise or two. While Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite was a shoe-in for this concert, we're also enjoying rehearsing Estancia by the Argentina composer Alberto Ginastera, which is a great nomination.

"Although Venezuela's Simon Bolivar orchestra has brought it to the wider world, this exciting music is unlikely to have been heard before in our region.
"But there is no surprise about requests for the Tchaikovsky No.1. It's one of the great piano concertos."
Peter Donohoe's debut with the Hull Philharmonic was 35 years ago soon after taking joint first place in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
He has since made nearly a dozen visits as player and conductor.
The orchestra also has a long relationship with Anthony Hedges, who moved to the Hull area in the 1960s.
They will play his Kingston Sketches written in 1969, which depicts locations including Ferensway, Silver Street and Whitefriargate.

"Anthony's piece was widely nominated and is very appropriate in this special year for the city,"said Mr Penny.
"And we are very fond of playing his music."

The full-programme for the concert is as follows -
Anthony Hedges: Kingston Sketches
Weber: Konzertstucke in F minor for Piano and Orchestra
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Ginastera: Dances from Estancia
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1

Ticket holders also have the opportunity to attend a free Meet the Artist event prior to the concert when Peter Donohoe will be in conversation with Andrew Penny from 6.30pm.

The concert is the final chance for audiences to enjoy music from Hull Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2016/17 Hull City Hall Classics season.

Hull City Hall Classics is a partnership between Hull City Council, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra.

The season has been the most successful to date with two of the concerts selling-out – Hull Philharmonic Orchestra’s world premiere of 6000 Pipes! by Sir Karl Jenkins, commissioned for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of the music of John Williams.

Janice Wincott, Theatres and Halls Manager, Hull Culture and Leisure, said:  “Hull City Hall is a tremendous venue for orchestral music and it’s wonderful that so many people are taking the opportunity to see world class musicians perform right here on their doorstep.”

The season has also seen performances from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

After the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra’s Classics in the City concert, there is one remaining performance this season which sees the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to Hull with Beethoven’s classical tour-de-force, Symphony Number 9 and his Piano Concerto Number 4.

This concert, on Thursday, May 25, also offers a unique opportunity to meet some of the members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra who will mingle in Hull City Hall’s Victoria Bar from 6.45pm to 7.15pm.

Tickets for Hull Philharmonic Orchestra’s Classics in the City concert on Saturday, May 13 are from £8 with concessions available.

Tickets for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on Thursday, May 25 are from £18 with concessions available.


Dave Spikey to appear at Hull City Hall
Comedian brings Juggling on a Motorbike tour to venue in 2017
Dave Spikey is celebrating his 30th year in comedy with a nationwide tour that includes a date at Hull City Hall in May 2017.
Dave had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a biomedical scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words, ‘You’re really funny, you should be a comedian’ and for some reason, he took them seriously.

Only a few short months later he was crowned the winner of the national talent show Stairway to the Stars.
Larry Grayson, one of the judges, told him that it was a close run thing on the night but what clinched the title for Dave was his routine about a juggler on a motorbike.

Fast forward 13 years to Friday, October 13 2000, the day Dave switched off his microscope for good and found himself, the following Monday, sitting on rain swept local car park dressed as a giant berry on the first day of his full-time career in showbiz.
2017 marks the third decade of his comedy profession and in this anniversary tour, he will look back on his remarkable life and his incredible journey from working class lad to Chief Biomedical Scientist to much loved performer and writer via Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, Dead Man Weds, Magnolia, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more.

Dave often reflects that maybe none of this would have happened and he might still be looking down his microscope today if it wasn’t for the juggler on the motorbike.

Tickets for Dave Spikey: Juggling on a Motorbike at Hull City Hall on Thursday, May 4 2017 are £17.50.  They go on sale at 10am on Friday, November 25.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit www.hcandl.co.uk/hullcityhall to book online.


We Are The Future! at Hull City Hall

Presented by The Northern Academy of Performing Arts and the City of Hull Music Service
The Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) and the City of Hull Music Service are teaming-up for their first ever joint production.

The theatrical treat We Are The Future! will explore how today’s young generation can achieve their potential and embrace the journey of life.
Using music, singing, dance and drama, it will follow the milestones of growing up, such as the first day at school and a first kiss.
The Albemarle Music Centre’s 60 plus piece youth orchestra provides a full-bodied soundtrack to complement NAPA’s 200-strong chorus of singers, dancers and selection of brilliant soloists, all under the expert supervision of conductor Paul Frankish, direct from London’s West End.
The two performances of We Are The Future! on June 28 and June 29 will offer audiences the perfect opportunity  to experience what Hull has to offer in the way of culture.
This talented array of young performers are the next generation of creatives who will inherit the legacy of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and shape our cultural landscape for years to come.
Take your chance to support them and get a glimpse of what the future holds in store.

Tickets for We Are The Future! at Hull City Hall on Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29 at 7.30pm are £10. They go on sale at 10am on Friday, March 17.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.


That’ll Be The Day returns to Hull City Hall

Night of nostalgia on Thursday, October 24 2017

After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s number one rock ‘n’ roll variety production That’ll Be The Day returns to Hull City Hall with another brand new show.

Highly acclaimed for its stunning live entertainment value, the show on October 24 is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music.
This latest production features a fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed on-stage.
Originally established on the cabaret circuit in the late 1980s, That’ll Be The Day began playing regional theatres in the early 1990s. 
Now it performs more than 200 shows a year to capacity audiences across the UK. 
Trevor Payne, who first created the show back in 1986, still directs, produces and stars in the production today. 
Trevor spends at least six months planning and preparing each new show every year creating an unforgettable night of nostalgia, laughs and rock ‘n’ roll.
Complete with stunning costumes and incredible live music performances, That’ll Be The Day is the golden age of popular music revived! Visit www.thatllbetheday.com .

Tickets for That’ll Be The Day at Hull City Hall on Tuesday, October 24 2017 are from £23.50. They go on sale from 10am on Friday, March 17.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.


Monty Don: Down to Earth

An evening with renowned gardener at Hull City Hall in November
Renowned gardening writer and BBC television presenter and the nation’s favourite and most respected gardener, Monty Don is coming to Hull City Hall in November.
Hear him speak about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world and what really happens behind the scenes when filming.

Monty will also talk about how he made his own organic garden from a bare field and how understanding and working with nature enriches and empowers us all at the show on Monday, November 6.
Monty’s TV credits include Gardeners’ World, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Big Dreams, Small Spaces, Real Gardens, Lost Gardens, Fork to Fork, Growing Out of Trouble, Around The World In 80 Gardens, My Dream Farm and Mastercrafts. He also presents on BBC Radio 4’s Shared Planet.

for Monty Don: Down to Earth at Hull City Hall on Monday, November 6 2017 at 7.30pm are £20. They go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, March 22.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.


An Evening with Pat Metheny

Grammy award-winning guitarist at Hull City Hall in November 2017

Winner of 20 Grammy Awards, guitarist Pat Metheny will perform at Hull City Hall later this year.
The show, on Saturday, November 11, is part of Hull Jazz Festival and Metheny’s 2017 world tour. 
This special visit also celebrates Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the jazz festival’s 25th anniversary.
With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life, in 1975, Metheny reinvented the traditional jazz guitar sound for a new generation of players.

Over the years, he’s performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock to David Bowie. 
The sheer invention and energy of Pat Metheny’s music continues to shine - always searching for new sounds and ideas whilst retaining the melodic force and free-wheeling, joyous drive that has been his hallmark since he first took the jazz world by storm.

In this brand new quartet, his unmistakeable guitar style is matched with two stellar talents from a new generation, with UK pianist Gwilym Simcock joining the brilliant bassist Linda Oh and long-time Metheny sidekick, drummer Antonio Sanchez, in a band that positively exudes class.

Recently inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame as its youngest member, and only the fourth guitarist (joining Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery), Metheny will present a range of music from throughout his career.

Tickets for An Evening with Pat Metheny on Saturday, November 11 are £25 to £35. They go on sale at 10am on Monday, March 27.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.


Joel Dommett: LIVE 2017

Comedian to perform at Hull City Hall in November
Comedian Joel Dommett is bringing his solo show LIVE to Hull City Hall on Thursday, November 16.
One of the UK’s most energetic and exciting comedians, Joel was the star of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Sky1’s Bring The Noise.

His tour will deliver high-octane comedy to venues up and down the country and has now been extended to include the Hull City Hall date after selling out at several other locations.

Joel arrived on the comedy scene in 2007 and has never looked back. After receiving great critical acclaim for his Edinburgh Fringe shows, he has gone on to appear on numerous television programmes, including Impractical Jokers (BBC3), Reality Bites (ITV2), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC), Drunk History (Comedy Central), and has performed in acting roles for Popatron (BBC2) and Skins (E4).
Tickets for Joel Dommett: LIVE 2017 at Hull City Hall on Thursday, November 16 at 8pm are £18.50. They go on sale at 10am on Friday, January 27. 

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit www.hcandl.co.uk/hullcityhall to book online or use this link http://bit.ly/2kcHhk6


Paul Chowdhry at Hull City Hall

Comedian to perform ‘Live innit’ tour at venue in December 2017
Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide.  
It arrives at Hull City Hall on Friday, December 22.
Tickets for Paul Chowdhry: Live innit at Hull City Hall on Friday, December 22 2017 at 8pm are £20. They go on sale at 9am online and over the phone on Friday, March 24. They can be booked in person at the Hull City Hall box office from 10am on the same day.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.


Russell Brand RE:BIRTH moved to new date

Comedian’s show at Hull City Hall next year brought forward from June to March

Russell Brand’s RE:BIRTH show which had been due to take place at Hull City Hall on June 6, 2018 has been moved to an earlier date on March 7, 2018.

A spokesman for the comedian said: “Due to unavoidable commitments of both a professional and personal nature this show has to be brought forward.
“Russell offers sincere apologies and a pledge to make the show 20 per cent funnier at no extra cost.”
All tickets bought for the show in June will be valid for the new date in March.
In RE:BIRTH, Russell wrestles with questions such as what is real, who are we, and where did this baby come from, while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death.
Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one.
Russell said: "How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents?
“What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility?
“What happens if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?".
Since rising to fame in 2003, Russell Brand has established himself as one of one of the world’s most celebrated stand-up comedians.
His acclaimed tours include 2006’s Shame, 2007’s Only Joking, 2009’s Scandalous (which marked his US live debut) and 2013’s critically acclaimed and hugely successful Messiah Complex, which was also a best-selling DVD.
Aside from stand-up, Russell is also a phenomenally successful broadcaster, actor, author, podcaster, columnist, political commentator as well as a mental health and drug rehabilitation activist.

Tickets for Russell Brand RE:BIRTH at Hull City Hall on Wednesday, March 7 2018 are £27.50 and are on sale now.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website
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Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent returns to Hull New Theatre

La Traviata and Madama Butterfly to be performed in 2018
Opera and Ballet International proudly presents two Ellen Kent productions with acclaimed soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra at Hull New Theatre next year.

Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will be performed at the venue in March 2018 following its £16m refurbishment.
A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th Century, La Dame aux Camelias.
Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta.
Highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.
Back by overwhelming public demand, Madama Butterfly returns with exquisite sets, including spectacular Japanese garden, and fabulous costumes.
One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results.
Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.
Both productions boast sumptuous sets and costumes and are sung in Italian with English surtitles (correct).
The operas will be performed at Hull New Theatre on Tuesday, March 27 2018 (La Traviata) and Wednesday, March 28 2018 (Madama Butterfly) but audiences do not have to wait until next year to enjoy opera from award-winning producer Ellen Kent.

Hull City Hall is hosting three nights of opera on consecutive evenings, opening tomorrow (Tuesday, March 21) with Puccini’s La Bohème, followed by Verdi’s Nabucco on Wednesday, March 22 and Aida, also by Verdi, on Thursday, March 23.

Tickets are still available for all three operas at Hull City Hall with extra seats now released for La Bohème due to demand.

Tickets for La Traviata at Hull New Theatre on Tuesday, March 27 2018 and Madama Butterfly on Wednesday, March 28 2018 are from £16 with concessions available. They go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, March 21) at 10am.

Tickets for this week’s operas at Hull City Hall (La Bohème - March 21, Nabucco - March 22 and Aida - March 23) are from £16 with concessions available and are on sale now and available on the door. Best available tickets for all three operas can also be booked for £75.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website 
www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.

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