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Issue 495, 26 January 2004
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Centenary events


Free city lunchtime concert
Monday 8 March 1.05pm, Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Philharmonia, orchestra of the School of Music, makes a guest appearance at the Town Hall, directed by Eno Koço. Programme to include Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. All welcome

A midsummer night’s dream
Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 March, 7.30pm, Great Hall

Performances by LUU theatre group. Tickets £3.50, £4.50, £5.50 available from the Union foyer from 1 March

Free lunchtime recital
Thursday 11 March, 1.10pm,
Parkinson Court
African drumming and Latin music ensembles from the School of Music. All welcome

Rush hour concert
Friday 12 March, 6pm, Great Hall
To include the School of Music chorus performing a repertoire by former honorary graduands. All welcome

Centenary concert ‘Symphonic Dances'
Friday 19 March, 7.30pm, Refectory

Leeds University Union Music Society Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ben Oliver. With LUUMS Choir, conductor Graham Barber. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK. Music by Leonard Bernstein, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Tickets £5 students/concs and £10 non-concessions


OSA dinner
Wednesday 7 April, 7 for 7.30pm, University House

Dinner organised by the Leeds University Old Students’ Association in Yorkshire. Open to all former students of the University. For tickets, please contact Gillian Roche on 0113 261 4564 (tel/fax),

Centenary opening ceremony & supper
Thursday 22 April, 6.30pm, Parkinson Court

Opening of the centenary exhibition and conferment of honorary degrees on Emeritus Professors Zygmunt Bauman, Maurice Beresford and Duncan Dowson followed by supper. A limited number of tickets available. Please contact Helen Pickersgill
0113 343 4036,

Centenary exhibitions
23 April to 23 July Centenary Gallery, Art Gallery, Brotherton Library

(all accessed through the Parkinson Court).
Open 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday

Alumni Day
Saturday 24 April

A celebration of 100 years of Leeds graduates with a range of events open to all former students as well as reunions and activities targeted at particular groups of alumni by departments. See: or email for more information

Union open house
Saturday 24 April

Leeds University Union welcomes back all former students to an open house throughout the day. There is a packed programme of events including displays showing LUU then and now, reunions and stories-over-a-beer-or-two in the Old Bar and The Terrace, displays in the Riley Smith and guided tours of what the union offers in 2004. See

Convocation AGM lecture and lunch
Saturday 24 April
Convocation annual general meeting 9.45am, Council Chamber, open to all graduates. The Convocation lecture, Making the difference – the secret life of the BBC, 11.30am, Rupert Beckett lecture theatre, will be delivered by Leeds alumnus and BBC director of drama, entertainment and children’s programmes Alan Yentob, open to all. Lunch is open to all graduates, cost £15, tickets from Rosie Akerman on 0113 343 6683,

Faith in the University: a celebration of the centenary of the University of Leeds
Sunday 25 April, 4.30pm, Leeds Parish Church

An ecumenical service of thanksgiving and celebration led by the University’s Liturgical Choir with an address by the Rt Rev John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds.

Centenary lectures
Monday 26 April, 6pm, Rupert Beckett theatre

Professor ACT ‘Tony’ North on Bragg, Astbury and the foundations of molecular biology; Dr Peter Evennett on Irene Manton and early electron microscopy in Leeds and ‘9+2’ structures. Break for refreshments between lectures. Presented by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society; for more information, contact secretary Dr John Lydon on 0113 343 3036 Open to all

Centenary Celebration Ceremony
Thursday 29 April, 2.45pm, Great Hall

The ceremony will include the conferment of honorary degrees upon Jack Charlton, Tony Harrison, Dame Julie Higgins, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Ken Morrison, Baroness (Usha) Prashar and Professors David Rhodes and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Tickets available from Helen Pickersgill. 0113 343 4036,


Centenary conference ‘From Yorkshire college to international university’
Wednesday 12 May, 9am-5pm, Council Chamber

Keynote speaker is Leeds alumnus Richard Hoggart, founder of the first university centre for contemporary studies in 1964 and author of seminal text The uses of Literacy; Aspects of working class life. Organised by Dr Graeme Gooday, director of the Centre for Heritage Research. See or telephone 0113 343 3274

Centenary play, Encounter with Africa
May, various locations.

Devised with students from Leeds University and the City of Leeds School, the play looks at young people’s perceptions of culture and society between Africa and the UK. Touring the first two weeks of May to Leeds secondary schools, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the University, and finale on May 14 at the Leeds University Centre for African Studies conference Performing Africa at Weetwood Hall


Re-opening of the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall
Friday 25 June

Recital by Murray Perahia. Further information will be published in the Reporter

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