Enjoy oompahs and jumpers at free festive concerts

Caption: Woolly Warmers compere Howard Bradley at Leeds Kirkgate Market (if image used please credit Lizzie Coombes, Leeds Inspired 2012)

A series of free Christmas mini-concerts with a difference will be held in Leeds City Centre this December.

Eight family-friendly events will take place at Leeds Bus Station, Leeds Railway Station, Leeds Kirkgate Market and the German Christmas Market on Millennium Square with the aim of bringing some playful and unexpected festive cheer to shoppers, families and commuters during lunchtimes and rush-hours.

The concerts entitled ‘Woolly Warmers’ have been organised by Leeds Inspired, the cultural programme managed by Leeds City Council which celebrates culture through arts, sport and heritage events throughout the year.

The concerts begin on Wednesday 5 December, as brass quartet The Oompah Band bring their Bavarian-inspired, foot-stomping versions of disco classics to Leeds Kirkgate Market and Leeds Railway Station.

On Saturday 8 December, Leeds seven-piece, A Dread Supreme, will be spicing up Christmas songs with rhythms from the Caribbean and South Africa at the Christkindelmarkt, German Christmas Market on Millennium Square and in Leeds Bus Station.

Stockpot Stopcock, aka Leeds jazz musicians Richard Ormrod and Matthew Bourne, will premiere a new suite of music inspired by the Emmaus Furniture Stall in Leeds Kirkgate Market and at Leeds Bus Station on Friday 14 December.

The final concert will see Leeds band Hope & Social inviting passers-by to join them in ringing in the festive season with 100 bells at Leeds Kirkgate Market and Leeds Bus Station on Friday 21 December.

For both their concerts, Stockpot Stopcock and Hope & Social will be playing a specially-customised piano donated by Emmaus, the Leeds recycling project supporting homeless people. The piano will be available from January to borrow as a travelling piano and community resource to other organisations and projects in Leeds.

To help people get into the Christmas spirit ahead of the concerts, audiences are invited to pull on their favourite festive jumpers for the events, or take part in a free upcycling workshop in advance at a drop-in workshop to be held at the Fabric-ation shop in the Light (formerly Confetti) on Sunday 2 December between 12pm and 3pm.

Co-ordinator of Leeds Inspired Jane Earnshaw said:

“It’s the end of an exciting year for us working with brilliant creative talent across the city, so we wanted to give a warm festive thank you to the busy people of Leeds, in the company of some of the city’s most interesting and playful musicians.

“Woolly Warmers are for everyone whether you’ve five minutes or an hour to spare, so bring your nan, your kids – you can even bring your knitting!”

For more information on Leeds Inspired visit the website at www.leedsinspired.co.uk or @leedsinspired on Twitter.

For more details on the Christmas concerts, call Fran Graham on 07815 790189 or fran@spaceacademy.co.uk/@frangraham or Jenny Harris on 07505 127631/jenny@jennyharrisuk.com.

Notes to editors:

Woolly Warmers – Dates & times of free events:

• Sunday 2 December: Upcycled Christmas Jumpers

Drop-in workshop 12-3pm at Fabric-ation, The Light, Leeds

• Wednesday 5 December: The Oompah Band

12.30-1.30pm at Leeds Kirkgate Market / 5.30-6.30pm at Leeds Railway Station

• Saturday 8 December: A Dread Supreme

11am-12pm at Leeds Bus Station / 2.30pm-3.30pm at Christkindelmarkt, Leeds German Christmas Market

• Friday 14 December: Stockpot Stopcock

12.30-1.30pm at Emmaus, Leeds Kirkgate Market / 5.30-6.30pm at Leeds Bus Station

• Friday 21 December: Hope & Social

12.30pm-1.30pm at Leeds Kirkgate Market / 5.30pm-6.30pm at Leeds Bus Station

About Leeds Inspired

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts, sport and heritage events throughout the year. It supports culture in the city through the Leeds Inspired website, grants schemes and commissions.

The Leeds Inspired what’s on website brings together the city’s annual highlights alongside independent events and fleet-of-foot DIY happenings to create an ever-changing inspirational cultural calendar.

Through annual grants schemes and commissions, Leeds Inspired fund cultural projects that create high-quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds residents and visitors alike.

Leeds Inspired is a Leeds City Council initiative and is led by a steering group of partners including West Yorkshire Playhouse, SAA-UK, Cultivate, Leeds Young Authors, Leeds Initiative, Leeds Met Gallery, Phoenix Dance and Duke Studios.

For more information visit www.leedsinspired.co.uk


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