Alongside the Festivals and between Festivals events, Leeds Lieder inspires hundreds of children to discover and perform the rich vein of art songs and compose their own songs, through a variety of education projects in primary and secondary schools including Discovering Lieder and Cool Lieder.

We offer exciting opportunities for over 500 young people in primary and secondary schools across Leeds to broaden their cultural horizons, explore their talents, discover and develop their voices through a series of specially devised projects. We promote access to classical music for people who would not otherwise have the opportunity or who may be on the fringes of society, and we strive to educate and encourage young people to engage with music in and outside of school. We currently run two projects:

Discovering Lieder introduces primary school children to the unamplified human voice and all of its capabilities, inviting them into the wonderful world of stories and characters found in art song.

Cool Lieder works with secondary school children to develop their musical and singing abilities. Both projects encourage healthy bodies and minds, active imaginations, social awareness and a sense of achievement among participants.

All our education projects are led by exceptional professional creative artists. The projects also offer opportunities for students and alumnae of Leeds College of Music to gain valuable experience of music making with young people.

For more information about any of our projects, or if you would like to get involved, please contact us here.


Leeds Lieder believes it is never too early to introduce art song and song recitals to the audiences of the future and we regularly work with primary schools across Leeds.


Leeds Lieder is firmly committed to engaging with young adults at an important stage of their development. Cool Lieder allows young people to discover for themselves how the drama of art song can reflect their own experiences and emotions. It also gives them the confidence to perform.

Discovering Lieder


An interactive introduction to classical song.

Be inspired by the creative experience of exploring songs and words of great composers and poets; use your own instrument – the voice – to engage with great art and to create your own songs. Discover that you don’t need a microphone to produce a mind-blowing vocal sound!

Explore and share musical ideas and develop aural awareness. Discover how notation, chord sequences, beat, time signature and melodic shape are used to create a sound-world and shape a story.

Eight Leeds primary schools took part in our most recent Discovering Lieder KS2 singing project  in w/c Monday 19 March 2018.  The project took place in curriculum time and was led by Aimee Toshney soprano, Philip Wilcox baritone and Ewan Gilford piano, all exceptionally gifted young professional musicians chosen for their ability to communicate their knowledge and their enthusiasm for singing with children of varying ages and abilities.

It was a fantastic week! Aimee, Phil and Ewan led a one-hour workshop in each school, introducing the children to some of the wonderful art song repertoire – mini-dramas set to music.  Imaginations fired, each class wrote their own original words to Schubert’s Das Wandern.  The creativity was amazing!  Everyone came together for a specially devised concert given by Aimee, Phil and Ewan at Leeds College of Music on Friday 23 March.  At the end of the concert, each class raised the roof with a performance of their verse.  It was the perfect end to a great week of music making and exploration.

We would like to say a big “Thank you” to staff and children from the participating schools:

  • Chapel Allerton Primary School
  • Castleton Primary School
  • White Laith Primary School
  • Grimes Dyke Primary School
  • Calverley Parkside Primary School
  • Westerton Primary School
  • Weetwood Primary School
  • Meanwood Primary School

Discovering Lieder workshops and concert are free to participating schools.  All we ask is that you pay for a coach to bring your class to the concert.

We’d love your school to get involved so, if you’re interested in taking part in future projects, please get in touch!  You can contact Rebecca Emery, the Festival Administrator by phone: 0113 234 6956 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, voice mail at other times) or by email to: info@leedslieder.org.uk 

‘I felt like I had achieved something big.’ Participant 2011

‘ I was blown away when I first heard you sing in the school hall, but when I saw your concert on Friday I think my ears exploded!’  Participant, 2009

‘Your singing took me to a remote planet’ Participant, 2009

Cool Lieder

This project enables young people to discover some of the great composers’ repertoire of songs and perform them in choirs, small ensembles or as soloists.

The Cool Lieder Song Book (available to download as a free resource for schools here) contains 10 specially selected songs, newly translated with simple accompaniments for teaching purposes alongside the original.  Teaching notes are provided for each song.

Students from six Leeds secondary schools took part in the Cool Lieder project and concert 2018:

  • Rodillian Academy
  • Carr Manor School
  • Allerton High School
  • Crawshaw Academy
  • Otley Prince Henry’s School
  • The Grammar School at Leeds

This project has produced some stunning performances and was led by animateur Richard Robbins, story-teller Jo Blake Cave and pianist Philip voldman, assisted by students of Leeds College of Music.  Together, they introduced the young people to the music, poetry and performance of art-songs.  Teachers were encouraged to be actively involved, teaching and rehearsing the songs with their students in between visits by the creative team.

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