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.

The Discovering Lieder Project runs for one intensive week in March when each primary school is visited for one hour by our team. During this hour the children explore the joys of attending a concert of Art Song and the artists help to present Lieder as a fun and relevant artform, full of characters and stories, that can excite the imagination and stimulate the mind.

On the concert day 300 children aged 9-11 from 10 schools across the Leeds area filled the Town Hall and were treated to a concert of Lieder. Myself (baritone), Charlie Trepess (soprano) and Ewan Gilford (piano) performed songs by Schubert, Poulenc, Head and Dove all in their original language. A picture selected for each song was beamed onto a big screen behind the stage and the children were not given written translations of the texts, allowing their imaginations to run wild! In what’s definitely a Leeds Lieder Education tradition, the concert finale was a mass-sing of Schubert’s Das Wandern, with each class singing their own verse specially written by them in the workshop sessions.

Here’s an example verse (to the tune of Das Wandern, Schubert):

Once there was a little girl skipping in the wood.

‘Round the corner was her friend, Red Riding Hood.

Jolly men in the pub dancing to an Irish jig,

An alpaca, a llama, a pig in a wig.

They took the yellow-brick-road

To a ball hosted by a toad!

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

Burley St Matthias Primary

Castleton Primary

Chapel Allerton Primary

Grimes Dyke Primary

Hawksworth Wood Primary

Stanningley Primary

Weetwood Primary

Westerton Primary

Whinmoor St Paul’s Primary

White Laith Primary

Discovering Lieder workshops and concert are free to participating schools.

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 


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 2019:

Carr Manor Community School

Corpus Christi Catholic College

Crawshaw Academy

Grammar School at Leeds

Prince Henry’s Grammar School

Rodillian Academy

This project has produced some stunning performances and was led by animateur Richard Robbins, story-teller Nick Hennessey and pianist Jenny Martins, 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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