Hull 2017 Highlights: 25 Nov – 1 Dec

Singing for Blokes, Chaps & Other Men

25 Nov, 10am. (Free)
Albemarle Centre

The power of the male voice is massively underrepresented in the majority of UK choirs, and Dominic Stitchbury (UK member of the Spooky Men’s Chorale) is aiming to get more men singing once again.

This one day workshop will teach a variety of beautiful inspiring songs, arranged for male voices to allow those to stretch beyond what they may be always accustomed to, particularly encouraging those whose last memory of singing was back in their school days.

All parts will be taught by ear in a welcoming inclusive atmosphere, and places are limited with pre-booking essential.

Writing Workshop: Hopefully, Somewhere

25 Nov, 12pm. (Free)
Humber Street Gallery

Pens at the ready? Hopefully, Somewhere is a workshop aiming to introduce you to writing as a creative tool. Engage with the world around you, open yourself up to the experience of writing and explore how to write creatively and critically. Lead by Humber Street Gallery’s writer-in-residence Devon Forrester-Jones, the workshop will explore the history of reactionary writing – get inspired and respond to iconic exhibition Hull, Portrait of a City and the moving Torn too.


25 Nov, 7:30pm. (£5 – £27)
Hull City Hall

Marking the centenary of the Russian revolution in 1917, former BBC Young Musicians String Winner Callum Smart returns as soloist to perform an eclectic mix of classical music, including Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812 and Symphony No 12 “The Year of 1917” by Shostakovich.

Also featuring as part of this special performance are some of own very special Hull 2017 volunteers, who have teamed up with Opera North’s principal percussionist Chris Bradley, to recreate the sound of cannon fire using large bass drums!


27 Nov – 13 Dec, from 12 noon (Free)
King William House (former Argos building)

This year No Limits, Hull 2017’s Learning & Participation has unleashed creativity in the classroom and taken risks never seen before. LIMITLESS is a colourful, joyful festival of learning, celebrating the work of our city’s young people this year.

Curated with schools taking part in the programme, this disused space will become a gallery space, cinema, library, workshop space and even a café, with coffee from The Two Gingers.

Nourishment (A Remix)

30 Nov, 7pm. (Free)
Humber Street Gallery

Nourishment is a collective response to the output of American artists Jean Michel Basquiat, remixing the successful format of the original Nourishment from two years ago.

Some of those performing as part of the event is FREEMETRE, with a live improvised response to the themes of Basquiat’s work, London-based live loop musician and performance artist XANA, exploring the theme of ‘Otherness’, and Hull-based performance artist William Vinegrad, exploring a key theme in Basquiat’s work – that of being an outsider.

Nourishment (A Remix) is directed by Michael Barnes-Wynters, with music being provided by Doodlebug Nuggets (Residents Association / Freetownway Productions).

Where Do We Go From Here?

1 Dec – 7 Jan*, from 5pm (Free)
Hull Old Town 

Experience this jaw-dropping installation of light, robotics and sound by the award-winning Jason Bruges Studio. Taking place in the streets of Hull’s Old Town, Where Do We Go From Here? creates an immersive experience unlike anything seen in a public space before, responding to the four locations of Beverley Gate, Trinity Square, Wilberforce House and Museum Gardens. The installation also invites us to take part in a timely conversation about art, technology and culture in society. Join in online at #WhereDoWeGo

*Except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Substance Film Festival: Award Winning Films

1 Dec, 7:30pm (£4)
Vue Cinema, Princes Quay

Substance, a festival celebrating creativity, culture and the future of the north, brings to the big screen an excellent selection of some of the winners from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, all with a connection to the North of England.

Catch Irregulars, a hard-hitting documentary of the thousands of people fleeing war and poverty and heading to Europe, How I Didn’t Become a Piano Player, a hilarious story of the worlds clumsiest boy, and Stutterer, an engaging drama where a man with a debilitating speech problem must overcome his biggest fear.

BBC Singers & Sam Corkin – Advent Reimagined; Antiphons for Choir and Saxophone

1 Dec, 7:30pm (£10 – £20)
Middleton Hall

The BBC Singers bring their unrivalled performing expertise together with one of the most in demand soloists, Sam Corkin, for an evening of thrilling and diverse contemporary music.

This fusion between the BBC’s versatility to perform anything from Byrd to Birtwhistle, and Sam Corkin’s excellent saxophone repertoire, this is sure to be an evening to remember for choir and music fans alike.