The Kooks about to hit the road

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC -

THE Kooks hit the road again this Novem­ber to sup­port their fourth stu­dio al­bum, Lis­ten. Fa­mous for songs like She Moves In Her Own Way and You Don’t Love Me, Q Mag­a­zine have given their new re­lease a rave re­view, and the Sun­day Times’ Cul­ture has called it a ‘rad­i­cal, crash-and-band R&B change of di­rec­tion.’ This year, they have al­ready per­formed a sur­prise slot at Glas­ton­bury and con­quered Read­ing and Leeds Fes­ti­val. They will be at Leeds O2 Academy on Novem­ber 13. For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. o2a­cade­myleeds.co.uk FOUR decades ago Peter Crop­per, to­gether with his col­leagues in the Lind­say String Quar­tet, came to live in Sh­effield. His avowed in­tent was to cre­ate in the city the UK’s first ma­jor pro­vin­cial venue for cham­ber mu­sic.

He was to find the ideal lo­ca­tion in the fledg­ling Stu­dio, that formed an un­der­used part of the Cru­cible The­atre com­plex and its unusual con­fig­u­ra­tion of the au­di­ence sur­round­ing the performers even­tu­ally gave birth to the cre­ation of ‘Mu­sic in the Round’, a name that was to be­come syn­ony­mous with per­form­ing ex­cel­lence.

This au­tumn it cel­e­brates its thirtieth birth­day with pro­grammes fo­cussed on mu­sic by Beethoven, Brahms and Schu­bert, com­posers that Crop­per first used to in­tro­duce au­di­ences to the joys of cham­ber mu­sic in his an­nual se­ries of Spring fes­ti­vals.

In the years that fol­lowed he as­sem­bled the crit­i­cally ac­claimed res­i­dent Sh­effield group, En­sem­ble 360 – its ten mu­si­cians this au­tumn of­fer­ing a wide spec­trum of mu­sic from solo recitals to octets.

As founder mem­bers of the en­sem­ble, the Elias String Quar­tet re­turn to open the an­niver­sary with two

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