Leeds today: sinfonia, Lady Killers, Six Lips, Schnauss, Meanwood, Holmes, lights, and more.

Good morning readers! Sn……no I can’t be bothered.

There are plenty of musical treats this week. Following St Patrick’s day celebrations, Celtic music giants Clannad are at Leeds Town Hall tomorrow evening. Former Mercury prize nominees Roller Trio give their debut album a hometown performance. For ‘stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs and electronic soundscapes’ head to the Leeds College of music this Friday evening. Otherwise, the Brudenell has Ulrich Schnauss’s ‘multilayered synthesizers with beats and ethereal vocals’ tonight and Republica (!), tomorrow.

The Leeds Amateur Operatic Society begins their final week of The Sound of Music at the Leeds Grand this week. If you want to take part instead of just watching, their homepage invites you to complete an application though this inevitably does involve a singing audition for onstage roles.

Incidentally, if you are ‘female, over the age of 55, no taller than 5’ 5”, dress size 8 to 14, and available every day from Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th April’ then do apply for The Ladykiller auditions for the role of ‘a swarm of old ladies’. Applications are to be made to the Leeds Grand theatre for the voluntary role.

Sinfonia of Leeds, acclaimed as ‘one of the finest amateur orchestras in Great Britain’ (Simon Lindley), will perform at St Edmund’s Church, Roundhay this Saturday (23 March) at 7:30pm. Highlights of the programme are Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Stephanie Gonley (Leader of the English Chamber Orchestra) and Rachmaninov’s 3rd Symphony.

Six Lips Theatre is an all-female York based professional theatre company. One, their new solo story telling show is at The Library Pub on Wednesday and combines music, burlesque and dance from an original text. I think the set design features a lot of steampunk as well…always a good thing.

I often see TV script writer Kay Mellor taking her daily constitutional in Meanwood Park. She seems to be a very gracious and humble lady, an opinion completely validated by this weekend’s interview in the YEP in which she talks about collaborating with Steven Spielberg whilst wearing her slippers. The second series of The Syndicate is on TV.

Kay’s probably too busy for this next opportunity – Temple Newsam House are looking for a freelance scriptwriter to bring ‘some of the historical characters of the house to life through the medium of Twitter’ mixing fun, facts and entertainment. This must be someone’s dream job so do spread the word.

Sherlock Holmes is the theme for Thursday’s club night, at the Leeds University union, by the Beautiful Octopus Group. The club is run by people with learning disabilities in collaboration with the WYP. For more information or to attend, contact them here.

With the cost of the city’s night lighting running at £4 million a year, the council are running a consultation for part-night street lighting to see whether perhaps one in eight lamps on main roads, or one in fourteen lamps on residential roads could be switched off.  You can have your say here or pick up a questionnaire from the local library or One Stop centre. Interestingly, I dreamed it was World War II all over again last night. No need to wonder why.

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