Hearty congratulations to Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton, winner of the Young Artist category in the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3. He received his award at the presentation dinner in London on Tuesday 9 May.
The citation read:
‘In a shortlist notable for creativity, artistic excellence and impact, the winner in this category has been hailed as a born collaborator, equally at home in partnerships with leading international artists and also supporting young performers whose careers he nurtures. Demonstrating dedication to the field of chamber music and song, his commitment is exemplified as Director of Leeds Lieder, a festival of imaginative programming, wide-ranging activity and community engagement.’
Leeds Lieder was delighted to be shortlisted in the Chamber Music and Song category. The award went to the viol consort Fretwork, an ensemble renowned for their commitment to repertoire ranging from English consort music of the 16th century to contemporary works and new commissions. They celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2016 and we congratulate them on receiving the award.
Congratulations too to our friends at Opera North, who received the opera award for their magnificent Ring Cycle, and to Richard Farnes, who was the clear winner of this year’s Conductor Award in recognition of his twelve years as Music Director of the Company, culminating in those wonderful performances of the Ring.
All in all, it was a good night for music in Leeds!
Photo credit: Simon Jay Price