Leeds Lieder Festival 2013

Friday 11th October – Sunday 13 October 2013

WELCOME to the Leeds Lieder Festival, a feast of song from the great Western European tradition which fuses poetry and music. Nearly all of our greatest composers have been inspired to write songs and yet the genre is still under-represented in today’s concert halls and not well known by the general music-loving public. Leeds has three wonderful chamber music halls with perfect acoustics for singers to communicate the intensity, drama, subtlety, fun and beauty of this most intimate and affecting repertoire and Leeds Lieder makes use of all of them.

Graham Johnson, our Artistic Director, has chosen the most exceptional singers and devised programmes which are imaginative and entertaining. If you are unfamiliar with the song world, this is your opportunity to dip your toes into the stream of great art that you have been missing and join with audience and performers in the buzz of excitement which characterises this festival.

Graham Johnson is revered as the doyen of song accompanists, his reputation based not only on his acclaimed performances with many of the world’s greatest singers but also on his scholarship and imaginative skills in programming. The 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth provides a starting point for the programmes and Graham Johnson is well placed to explore Britten’s influences having, in his youth, worked closely with him and Peter Pears.

Our opening and closing programmes are sung by outstanding young British singers. On Friday four of them explore Venice in music from Monteverdi to Gilbert and Sullivan and on Sunday the exceptional baritone Benedict Nelson will close the festival. Recognised as one of the most exciting singers of his generation, he has attracted comparisons with Simon Keenlyside and Gerald Finley and his superb recital of Dichterliebe in the Leeds Lieder Day of Song in 2012 enchanted the audience. We welcome him back with a programme to include the world première of one of our two new commissions.

Leeds Lieder also brings international singers of great distinction, hand-picked by Graham Johnson, to the North of England for the first time.

Download the full programme here

Friday 11th October

Welcome Party!
6.00pm – 7.00pm

Pre Concert Talk with Graham Johnson
7.15pm- 8.00pm

Opening Concert – Martha Guth, Anna Huntley, Benjamin Hulett, Marcus Farnsworth, Graham Johnson

Saturday 12th October

Composers & Poets Forum
11.00am – 5.00pm

Pre-Concert Talk – Prof Terence Cave
10.15am – 10.45am

Martha Guth and Graham Johnson
11:00am – 1.00pm

In Conversation with Ann Murray DBE
2.30pm – 3.30pm

Anna Huntley and James Baillieu
4.15pm – 5.15pm

Composers & Poets Showcase
6.00pm – 7.00pm

Pre-Concert Talk – George Kennaway
7.15pm – 8.00pm

Celebrity Recital – Christiane Karg and Graham Johnson

Sponsors and Patrons Reception
10.30pm – 11.00pm

Sunday 13th October

Masterclass: Ann Murray DBE
10.00am – 12.30pm

Historic Leeds Walk
10.30am – 12.00 noon

South African Click Singing Workshop
1.00pm – 1.45pm

South African Click Singing Concert – Njabulo Madlala
2.00pm – 2.45pm

Pre-Concert Talk – David Hoult
2.15pm – 2.45pm

Made in Yorkshire
3.00pm – 4.00pm

Fringe Concert
4.15pm – 5.00pm

Pre- Concert Talk – Judith Bingham, Alec Roth & Graham Hearn
5.15pm – 5.45pm

Celebrity Recital – Benedict Nelson and Graham Johnson

Friends Reception