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Preview: What the World Needs Now at Leeds Town Hall

Opera North’s orchestra celebrate fifty years of Burt Bacharach with What the World Needs Now at Leeds Town Hall this November.

One of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, Burt Bacharach wrote, produced and arranged fifty two Top 40 hits in the 1960s and 70s alone. Working with everyone from Dionne Warwick to Tom Jones, his work is iconic, becoming synonymous with the term ‘easy listening’… and fans of Austin Powers.

With special orchestrations and the talent of conductor Richard Balcombe, Opera North will be the latest to perform What The World Needs Now, following in the footsteps of The Royal Philharmonic and Halle orchestras, with the show being a hit worldwide.

Saying that What the World Needs Now has something for everyone might seem a bit forced, but in this case, it’s true. From ‘Alfie’ to ‘What’s New Pussycat’, Burt Bacarach’s back catalogue is so far reaching, we’re not really sure that a single concert at Leeds Town Hall will be able to do it justice. The show aims to explore the diversity of his compositions, taking in bonafide pop songs, heart wrenching ballads and the odd theme song through the course of the evening.

It’s strange to think that Burt Bacharach’s songs really have stood the test of time. ‘Close To You’ and ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’ have been on constant rotation for decades, covered musicians all over the globe. Why? Because they’re accessible, catchy and appeal to almost everyone.

Leeds Town Hall have scored a coup with this unmissable concert. What the World Needs Now is for you to grab a ticket and spend a Sunday evening in the company of the talented Opera North orchestra.

What The World Needs Now is at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 2nd November 2014. Tickets are available.

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