Following its launch last year, Kirklees Concert Season events continue at Huddersfield and Dewsbury town halls in 2022.

The Kirklees Concert Season is a unique partnership between Kirklees Council and Opera North in which the Orchestra of Opera North brings world-class music to Kirklees with its sumptuous orchestral concerts and uplifting chamber concerts.

Together with a series of relaxed and friendly organ concerts, Kirklees Concert Season delivers a world-class programme of concerts to Dewsbury and Huddersfield town halls.

The Kirklees Concert Season brings the orchestra to the stages of Huddersfield and Dewsbury, joined by international soloists and conductors. It’s a unique chance to experience world-class music on your doorstep, with many of the orchestra members living in the district too.

After missing a full season due to Covid-19, the 2021-22 Kirklees Concert Season began in September 2021 with a full programme of orchestral, chamber and organ concerts. The 2021/22 season brings the region ever closer to the Kirklees Year of Music 2023 which will put Kirklees firmly on the music map and will establish the area as a cultural centre for all forms of music.

As we enter 2022, the Kirklees Concert Season is holding a number of special events including:

  • Organist Emeritus Gordon Stewart and trumpeter Tom Osborne at Huddersfield Town Hall – Monday February 14;
  • Sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun at Dewsbury Town Hall – Wednesday February 16; 
  • Opera North Orchestra: Shostakovich & Bartók at Huddersfield Town Hall – Sunday February 27; 
  • David Pipe,  Organist at Huddersfield Town Hall – March 14 and 28;
  • Opera North Chamber Orchestra: Farewell Concert with Opera North’s Orchestra Leader, David Greed at Dewsbury Town Hall – Wednesday March 16 ;
  • Opera North Orchestra: The Enigma Variations at Huddersfield Town Hall – Thursday April 7. 

The full calendar of events for 2021/22 can be found here.

Throughout the concert season, accessible and special rate tickets are available for orchestral concerts for attendees under 30s (£4) and 16 and under (£1).

Garry Walker, Opera North’s music director, said: “I’m delighted to be, at last, back in Kirklees and able to bring this great selection of programmes to our beloved audiences. We’ve missed you!

“I’m particularly proud of the variety and balance of the overall season, which will show off the flexibility, excellence and virtuosity of our orchestra and chorus. I feel there’s something here for everyone.

“The last year has been incredibly tough for us all – for Opera North, for our audiences and for our communities – so it is with a real sense of enthusiasm that we return to live music-making with audiences.”

Will Simpson, Cabinet member for culture and greener Kirklees, added: “This programme brings us one year closer to our Year of Music in 2023, and work has been taking place behind the scenes by several organisations, venues and groups including our concert season partner Opera North.

“Our Year of Music is about the place, people and partnerships, it is about how we work together and what we can achieve through shared ambitions. It is this place-based approach that makes Kirklees unique in its approach to music, it is why we live music.

“Our richness and diversity of music today is inclusive to all, and we hope that everyone feels that our wide-reaching music offer is open and accessible for all to experience and enjoy.”

To find out more about Kirklees Concert Season in 2022, please visit: