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Opening Concert: Songs of Travel

21 April - 7:30 pm

£5 - £28.00
Opening Concert with Simon Keenlyside, 21 April 2017

‘The heavens above and the road below me…’

Simon Keenlyside baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

Programme to include Schubert’s Schwanengesang, extracts from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel, and songs by Sibelius.

One of the world’s most sought after and charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside is noted for his highly charged performances, probing intellect and rich baritone voice. Tonight he opens the 2017 Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton in an exploration of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, that towering non-cycle, which explores the theme of a distant and unattainable beloved, described by Schubert’s publisher Haslinger as ‘the final blooms of Schubert’s creative muse’. To open the recital, Keenlyside and Middleton perform extracts from that great Romantic English cycle Songs of Travel in which Stevenson had composed the words of the opening song ‘to an air of Schubert.’

Supported by Elizabeth and Olav Arnold

...the best baritone interpreter of Schubert this country has ever had... Gramophone Magazine on Simon Keenlyside

…a born collaborator…one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder BBC Music Magazine on Joseph Middleton

Photo credit: Uwe Arens

Tickets: £28; £25 Unwaged/Disabled: £5 Under 26s/Full-time Students

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21 April
7:30 pm
£5 - £28.00
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Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom
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