80's Classical

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Retro gets a radical makeover this summer as some of the most iconic songs of the 80s are reworked into breath-taking new orchestral versions and performed live by the original artists. Featuring Jimmy Somerville, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Johnny Hates Jazz and Carol Decker (T’Pau) together with Opera North’s 60-piece orchestra, this is hit after hit of 80s gold.*


*The show producers/organisers reserve the right to change the line up and/or set list.

Featuring

Jimmy Somerville

Jimmy Somerville appearing at this event

Iconic singer and political debater, Somerville is the man with the unmistakable voice who fronted Bronski Beat and The Communards in the 80s with such hits of 'Small Town Boy' and 'Don't Leave Me This Way'. He continues today as a solo artist producing new material, but still peforming the old classics.

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Howard Jones

Howard Jones appearing at this event

A respectable face of eighties pop with strong feelings on animal rights and life's excesses. His catchy chart-topping tunes with erudite and meaningful lyrics have earned him a fans and respect the world over. He scored a string of worldwide hits including 'New Song', 'What Is Love?' and 'No one Is To Blame'. Best known for his synth work, Jones is also a classically trained pianist and released 3 albums in 2007, including 'Piano Solos volume 2'.

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Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw appearing at this event

80s pop hero and acclaimed singer/songwriter who has successful re-launched his career as a 'serious' musician. Expect a mixed selection of new material as well as all the old favourites.

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Johnny Hates Jazz

Johnny Hates Jazz appearing at this event

In 1987, as the era of Electronic Pop and New Romantics was reaching its culmination, Anglo-American group Johnny Hates Jazz featuring Clark Datchler and Mike Nocito were catapulted to success with the release of their single 'Shattered Dreams' on Virgin Records. It became a top 5 hit worldwide, reaching number 2 in the USA and Japan, and has since been played over 3.5 million times on American radio alone. 'Shattered Dreams' was followed by other hits including the anti-war anthem 'I Don't Want To Be A Hero', 'Turn Back The Clock' (featuring Kim Wilde) and 'Heart Of Gold'. Their album 'Turn Back The Clock' entered the UK charts at number 1, going double-platinum and selling 4 million copies in the process. It is arguably one of the definitive albums of the 1980's, and is one of only two debut albums released by Virgin Records that immediately went to the top of the charts upon its release — the other being ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ by The Sex Pistols. The band went their separate ways shortly afterwards, deciding to focus on other musical projects instead. In fact, over the next 20 years, they completely lost contact with one and other. However in 2010, original members Clark Datchler (lead singer/songwriter/keyboard player) and Mike Nocito (producer/engineer/ bass guitarist) decided to come back together to write, record and produce a brand new Johnny Hates Jazz album. At the same time, they began to perform live at international festivals. That album, titled 'Magnetized', was released in 2013, and the single of the same name became a huge radio hit in both the UK and Germany. Unfortunately, Clark collapsed in London shortly afterwards, and was diagnosed with a serious illness. All promotion came to an abrupt halt, and he spent much of the following year recovering. Fortunately, he made a full recovery and JHJ began to perform again at festivals in Europe and Asia. They toured the UK in 2016, appearing at theatres across the country. During this time, Clark also joined forced with Genesis legend Mike Rutherford to co-write the new Mike and The Mechanics album, ‘Let Me Fly’.

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Carol Decker

Carol Decker appearing at this event

One-time leader of the massively popular T'Pau with a string of UK chart hits to her name.

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Orchestra Of Opera North

Orchestra Of Opera North appearing at this event

The Orchestra of Opera North holds a unique place amongst British orchestras. Universally praised by audiences and critics alike, the orchestra is the only ensemble in the country to have a year-round dual role in the opera house and concert hall. The Orchestra has received international recognition for its recordings of music by Walton, Delius and Vaughan Williams and more recently has recorded the complete works for piano and orchestra by Beethoven with Howard Shelley as soloist/director for Chandos, which received universal praise from critics.

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Millennium Square

  • Calverley Street
  • Leeds
  • LS1 1UR
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