This year, Leeds will be treated to a selection of Candlelight Concerts that promise a spellbinding evening with live music in an atmospheric venue. If you’re looking to forget the world for a while, listen to some moving melodies and soak up the soft glow of candlelight then these mesmerising concerts will be right up your street. All you need to do is take a seat in one of Leeds’ architectural gems and prepare to be transported by the soothing sound of classical compositions, reimagined pop hits or movie soundtracks…
1. Candlelight: Best of Magical Movie Soundtracks – May 31 & June 15
Step into the wonderful world of film at this captivating candlelight concert. Taking place at a yet-to-be-revealed venue in Leeds, the night celebrates the magical movie soundtracks from beloved classics such as Pocahontas, Mulan, Tangled, Moana and Shrek. You’ll no doubt find yourself humming along to the comforting, country-style melodies of ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’, feel your heart swell in synchronicity with the emotive build of ‘Hallelujah’ and picture the icy scenes of Frozen when listening to ‘Let It Go’. All of which will be performed by a talented string quartet, lit by atmospheric candlelight.
2. Candlelight: Tribute to Ludovico Einaudi – May 12 & 26
Lose yourself in the powerful music of Ludovico Einaudi. This intimate candlelight concert pays tribute to the iconic compositions of the Italian pianist and composer, bringing his music to life in a stunning setting which will be bathed in golden light from a sea of candles. A solo pianist will take a seat and unleash his talents in the serene surrounds of the venue. Expect to hear Primavera, Rêverie, Nuvole Bianche and many more. Whether you’re looking to treat a loved one or simply unwind, this concert will make a lasting impression.
3. Candlelight: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake & More ft. Ballet – May 11 & 25
It’s not just music getting the candlelight treatment; ballet is also rightfully getting its time in the ambient, flickering spotlight. You can enjoy the graceful moves of ballerinas and listen to the storied sounds of Tchaikovsky, Strauss and other composers at a secret location in Leeds. The sweeping bows of the string quartet will perfectly compliment the soaring leaps and wondrous waltzes of the dancers as they perform excerpts from the bewitching Swan Lake. This is set to be a truly magical night to remember.
4. Candlelight: A Tribute to Coldplay – May 5 & 19
Imagine it: a stunning venue drenched in yellow, the flickering glow across the ceilings looking like a sky full of stars, the rich harmonies and melodies sounding like your very own hymn for the weekend….sounds like paradise right? If you haven’t already guessed from those heavy hints, this fantastic candlelight concert celebrates one of the biggest bands to hit the charts over the last decade. Candlelight: A Tribute To Coldplay will feature hits such as Viva La Vida, Fix You, The Scientist, Clocks and more, only this time they will not be performed by the band but by a pianist and violinist who will beproviding their own acoustic twist on the well-known songs. Call yourself a Coldplay fan? Then you’re sure to love something just like this.
5. Candlelight Movie Soundtracks: Hans Zimmer, John Williams & more – May 4 & May 18
Music has a pivotal power to make or break a movie moment and there are some unforgettable scenes that you can instantly picture with nothing but a few notes, a simple melody or a grand emotive chorus. We all know the swelling build as you are introduced to the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, the ominous duh-dum of that bloodthirsty shark in Jaws and the twinkling, hopeful theme of Harry Potter. This candlelight concert will have a string quartet performing a riveting rendition of all your movie favourites; celebrating the incredible talents of composers such as John Williams and Hans Zimmer who know how to breathe musical life into a scene. Grab tickets now if you want to be whisked away into the captivating universe that only exists on screen.