Events, Recent & Forthcoming
A Tribute to Wordsworth on his 250th Birthday, by Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, April 7, 2020.
The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed – BBC Radio 4 podcast series in which the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage talks to guests about life, language and music in his shed.
We’ll Sing Online World Premiere, Huddersfield Choral Society commissions two new works in response to COVID-19 inspired by its members. Lyrics by Simon Armitage with music by composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Daniel Kidane. The commissioned works and films can be viewed here.
Wed, Jan 6, 7.00pm – Winter Walks, BBC 4. This unique series was mostly shot pre-lockdown by the presenters themselves on hand-held 360-degree cameras, so audiences get an intimate and immersive view of each of the walks, mixed in with stunning aerial images. The presenters include Reverend Richard Coles, Selina Scott, Lemn Sissay, Simon Armitage and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi. Meeting locals and fellow walkers along the way, they each discover breathtaking views and forgotten histories, and offering personal insights on how they see the world around them. Also available on BBC iPlayer.
Sat, Jan 9, 9.00 am – Saturday Live, BBC Radio 4
From Thurs, Jan 14, Hallé Winter Season, Episode 3, With a passion for contemporary music, Jonathan Bloxham recalls a memorable occasion – the 2019 opening of the Oglesby Centre at Hallé St Peters – beginning, as then, with the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reading ‘the event horizon’, his poem set in steel at the entrance to the auditorium. Thereafter, orchestral colours are to the fore: Copland’s haunting portrait of urban solitude, Quiet City, features the Hallé’s own Thomas Davey and Gareth Small, playing the cor anglais and trumpet solos. Following the world premiere of Hannah Kendall’s new work, based on Lemn Sissay’s ‘Godsell’, virtuoso saxophonist Jess Gillam, whose infectious playing thrilled all at her Hallé debut last season, performs Glazunov’s late-Romantic Saxophone Concerto. Ravel’s masterly fairy-tale suite, Mother Goose, ends the evening in the most magical of enchanted gardens. Webcast from Thursday 14 January 2021, 12pm. Available until Wednesday 14 April 2021. Ticket required, details here.