Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Sun 28 Jul 2019
Opera North in the City 2019, part of Millennium Square Summer Series
The action-packed adventure pits man against prehistoric predator in the ultimate battle for survival. Featuring stunning imagery and ground-breaking special effects, this epic film is sheer movie magic 65 million years in the making.
Now audiences can experience Jurassic Park as never before: in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.
Welcome… to Jurassic Park!
TM & © Universal Studios
Conductor: Ben Palmer
Why you need to be there:
Information about the venue:
Doors | 4pm
Film | 5pm-7.30pm
Interval of 20 minutes
PG certificate. Under 13s must be accompanied by an adult
Access to exclusive area inside Civic Hall. Avoid the queues with access to the VIP bar and enjoy exclusive use of the Civic Hall toilets and cloakroom. Free tea, coffee and juice included, other beverages are available to purchase at the VIP bar.
Conducting our live soundtrack screening of Jurassic Park, Ben Palmer returns to Millennium Square in Leeds with the Orchestra of Opera North on Sunday 28 July, following the success of last summer’s Brassed Off Live.
He told us about his lifelong love of John Williams’ gloriously nerve-shredding Jurassic Park soundtrack, and let us in on what’s in store for the spectacular closing event in this year’s Opera North in the City…
What’s your personal experience of the film?
“I saw Jurassic Park in the cinema the year it was released, 1993, when I was 11. Like everyone else, I loved the film and the soundtrack, but it only hit me really hard a year later, when we played some of the music in my school orchestra. As a young trumpet player, it was a huge thrill to play THAT theme, as the helicopter drops down to land at Isla Nublar, and that whole sequence is still the most exciting part of the movie for me when I conduct it 25 years later.”
How does John Williams’ score heighten our sense of tension, terror and wonder?
“I’ve always felt that a significant part of John Williams’ greatness is his ability to compose in any style. This versatility means every moment in his films can have the perfect accompaniment, but that the whole somehow holds together as the work of one composer. It’s astonishing. Jurassic Park is more varied than most Williams scores: There’s the music for the dinosaurs, that grand, reverent, hymn-like main theme, the exciting trumpet fanfare that represents Jurassic Park itself, and then all the tense, violent, and aggressive music associated with the velociraptors and the T-Rex chase.
“But there are also moments like the jazzy Tom and Jerry-style cue for the DNA cartoon, what can only be described as a love theme for the sick triceratops, and luscious, almost French-sounding Ravel-like music for the treetop brachiosaurus encounter:
“Somehow, these contrasts throw the scary and exciting moments into even greater relief, so that the big surprises in the film are really enhanced by what the orchestra is playing.”
What are the challenges for you as the conductor?
“It’s always a challenge keeping a 75-piece orchestra in time with a film. The movie won’t wait for you, so the conductor has to be very precise with each tempo, so that the big synchronisation points where music and picture come together are perfectly timed.
This will be my 12th performance of Jurassic Park in Concert, so opening the score feels like greeting an old friend. The film has a few challenging spots – mostly big ‘shocks’ in the middle of long sequences of music – so it’s all about making sure we’re perfectly aligned in the run-up to these moments, so that, for the audience, the music feels as organic and spontaneous as it does on the original soundtrack. I’ve always found opera orchestras are very good at playing for films – and the Orchestra of Opera North is no exception – because they’re so used to accompanying singers.”
What are your memories of your Opera North debut?
“Brassed Off Live in Millennium Square last summer was an incredible experience. It was my first time conducting that film, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the Orchestra, so it felt like quite a big day for me personally. But there was something about the warmth from the audience, and the knowledge that the film resonated so strongly with so many people who were there watching – after all, ‘Grimley’ was only 20 miles away – that made the whole evening extremely special for us all.”
What can this year’s audiences expect?
“Jurassic Park in Concert is one of the great film-with-orchestra experiences. Of course, firstly it’s just a great family film, and wonderful music. But there’s something amazing about hearing and seeing a live orchestra creating the soundtrack for you in real time, while you watch the movie on a huge cinema screen with a few thousand other fans. After every film-with-orchestra I conduct, there’s usually someone who posts a photo to social media with the caption, ‘From now on, I’m only going to see a film if there’s a live orchestra playing’. For me, that pretty much sums it up.”
Ben Palmer is one of Europe’s foremost specialists in conducting live to film, leading over 40 performances each year in addition to his commitments as Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, and founder and Artistic Director of Covent Garden Sinfonia. He conducts the Orchestra of Opera North in Jurassic Park in Concert on Sunday 28 July, part of Opera North in the City on Millennium Square, Leeds.
Handy and helpful event information:
Jurassic Park In Concert
Gates open at 4pm
Start time 5pm
End time 7.30pm
Before 5pm on Friday 26 July (recommended to beat the rush!), tickets can be collected from the Box Office they were purchased from:
Opera North Box Office:
46 New Briggate
(opening hours 10am to 6pm and 12pm – 8pm on performance nights, including Sat 27/7/19)
0113 223 3600
City Centre Box Office:
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, LS1 3AD
(Mon to Sat 10am to 6pm)
0113 376 0318
Over the weekend, tickets can be collected from Carriageworks Theatre Box Office located on Millennium Square which will be open:
Friday 26 July
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 27 July
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Sunday 28 July
3.30pm – 6.00pm
Millennium Square FAQs
For your safety, the venue security team will be running bag searches ahead of entering the arena for all events in Millennium Square. We advise you to plan your travel arrangements in advance and arrive in plenty of time.
There’s lots of useful information to help you enjoy your night in this handy guide, including where to park and where the entry points are.
Please note, you cannot bring your own food and drink (other than small 500ml water bottles with unbroken seals) into the arena. Free drinking water will be provided.
A selection of hot food will be available to purchase inside the arena along with a licensed festival bar offering beer, cider, wines, a selection of spirits and soft drinks. So if you’re in a hurry and rushing straight from work, there’ll be something you can grab inside the arena. This year's traders will include Falafel Street Kitchen, Slap & Pickle, Knead and Feed as well as a coffee van.
The Great British Weather
It is an outdoor event – there is no roof cover and there will be no patio heaters. You are advised to dress warmly as, even on a nice day, the temperature will drop in the evening.
In the case of bad weather, you are advised to pack a waterproof as no large umbrellas are allowed, and umbrellas in general may restrict the views of others so you may be asked to put it down by a steward. Waterproof ponchos will be available to buy inside the arena at all three events.
Please note, there are no cash machines within the arena. The nearest is near Carriageworks, however due to long queues in previous years you may want to plan in advance.
The nearest secure parking is available at The Light (accessible via Great George Street) £8.50 between 6pm and 9am.
24 hour, 7 days a week parking is available at Woodhouse Lane car park. Price: £2.20 for 2 hours, £4.40 for 3 hours, £6.50 for 4 hours, £8 for 12 hours.
On-street parking is also available. For further information on parking, please see the Leeds City Centre car parking map
How do I get into the arena?
Millennium Square can be accessed off Portland Gate / Portland Crescent, Cookridge Street, Rossington Street, Great George Street or Calverley Street with level / sloped access provided at each of these points.
Can I leave the arena if needed?
No. There are no pass outs issued – when you’re in, you’re in.
Anyone aged under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Jurassic Park is Cert PG.
VIP ticket holders
VIP ticket holders at Jurassic Park in Concert can collect their VIP wristband and complimentary poncho from staff members on the door of the Civic Hall, in the north-western corner of the arena. In addition to VIP Bar access, the wristband allows entry to the Civic Hall to enjoy free tea and coffee and use of the toilets and cloakroom.
Glitter Station & Face-painting
New for 2019! Get into the festival spirit with Radio Aire’s glitter and face painting station. Available for the entire weekend – and don’t forget to tag #ONintheCity when you post your selfies on social.
Millennium Square is fully accessible, with a raised viewing platform, disabled toilets and a Changing Places high dependency unit. Full accessibility information and companion ticket details are available in PDF form or by calling the City Centre Box Office.
Adults from £24
Child under 13 from £12
VIP upgrade £10 (sold out)