Leeds Lieder are pleased to announce the programme for the 2019 Lieder Festival, which is taking place from Thursday the 25th to Sunday the 28th of April. We invite you to join us for another packed festival of talks, concerts, poetry, recitals, masterclasses, a family event and much more.

The festival commences with a masterclass with Angelika Kirchschlager- the Festival Guest of Honour- who will work with 10 young singer and pianist duos as part of the Lieder Young Artists programme. Followed by a pre-concert talk with Richard Strokes and the opening concert. German baritone, Benjamin Appl, and Hugo Wolf Medal winner, Graham Johnson, will delight audience members on the first evening with A Heine Songbook. 

Artists and speakers across the four days include:

Miah Persson- Internationally-renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson has appeared at the Wiener Staatsoper; Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House; Aix-en-Provence Festival; Deutsche Staatsoper; Bayerische Staatsoper; Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; Theater an der Wien and at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, among many others.

Natasha Loges- Head of Postgraduate Programmes at the Royal College of Music.

Nicky Spence- Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a voice of real distinction,’ Nicky Spence is fast emerging as ‘one of our brightest young tenors.’ An artist of great integrity, his unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession. Plus many more!

On Friday there is an opportunity for budding singers to get involved and perform. If you would like to experience the thrill of being trained by one of the UK’s leading vocal trainers- Anna Lapwood- then Bring and Sing! is for you. Following an afternoon of rehearsals the Bring and Sing! Chorus will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Our Composers and Poets Forum returns with two forum events and a showcase. Student composers from national conservatoires and poets local to Leeds will perform and discuss new works. For families there is an informal concert on Sunday that is designed to introduce young children to the joys of the sung voice and piano.

Tickets for all events will soon be on sale on the Leeds College of Music’s website. To stay up to date with festival news, please follow Leeds Lieder on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.