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Play, Sun 26 Aug 2018




_Part of the 2018 Left Bank Opera Festival_

_Join us from 1pm for free arts activities with our designer, Sophia Watts_

Discover 200-year-old British-Indian crossover music through story, song, and puppetry!

By 1780, the East India Company had transformed Calcutta into a small English city. Musicians travelled from London to India, bringing the music of England with them. Others played their harpsichords with local Indian classical musicians, and wrote down the Indian tunes they jammed on with European notes.

Explore music from a young Calcutta, where performers wound melodies from many cultures into their own traditions.

Ensemble Tempus Fugit melds this unusual combination of period music and Indian song with puppetry and drama to tell a story of a traveller making his way to the musical heart of the City of Palaces.

Repertoire includes music by British composers Dowland, Purcell, and Locke; music for sitar and voice; and 1780s transcriptions of Hindustani and Bengali songs made by the wives of East India Company officers.

What the critics said:

"Let Calcutta go to all corners, and speak for diversity." - Chichester Observer

"A very impressive musical invocation of a fascinating period of British and Indian history, well acted, well staged, well sung and well played." - Andrew Benson-Wilson

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 26 Aug 2018 14:30 to 15:30


£10 adults / £7 under-18 and full-time students


Cardigan Road,



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Map reference: SE 281348  Lat: 53.80962 Long: -1.57444

By Car:

Take the A65 out of Leeds for one mile. At the junction with a viaduct above, turn right on to Caridgane Road. At the next set of lights carry straight on. The venue is found on the right hand side after the entrance to Harold Grove.

Public Transport

Travel by Bus

Local bus number 19 from Leeds city centre stops within a minute’s walk from the venue in either direction.

Buses 49, 50/50A and 56 stop within 10 minutes’ walk of the venue.

Travel by Train

Leeds Train Station is a 10 minute taxi ride away (20 minutes at peak times). The Harrogate line train between Leeds and Knaresborough stops at Burley Park station, which is a 5 minute walk away.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station


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