Joseph Middleton and Roderick Williams invite you to join them as they discuss how they have curated the 2016 Festival. This informal ‘In conversation’ will be accompanied by a celebratory drink to welcome you to the opening of the 2016 Festival. ‘What I’m wanting is to look people in the eye and share the experience.’ Roderick Williams (Financial Times)More information and booking
Recognized for her superlative gifts as a performer, the celebrated Dutch soprano Elly Ameling performed for more than forty years in virtually every major cultural centre in the world. Firmly established as one of the greatest singers of our age, it is a great thrill for Leeds Lieder to receive our esteemed President at the 2016 Festival.
Artists: Elly Ameling and Iain Burnside
Central to this Festival’s theme is Roderick Williams’s passion for sharing stories. His desire to communicate the essence of the text and music he’s performing is apparent in every recital he gives and this morning he explores some of the tools he uses as he presents a masterclass with the finest student duos from Britain’s top conservatoires.
Artists: Roderick Williams, Jo Blake Cave
As more student singer and pianist duos are nominated than can be accommodated in the limited time available for the Masterclass, here is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the exceptionally gifted young musicians perform a wonderful array of songs of their own choice in an informal Fringe recital.More information and booking
Few art song duos have had such enduring popularity or critical success as that of ‘Flott and Graham.’More information and booking
Debussy among the Poets
Barbara Kelly is Director of Research at the Royal Northern College of Music. She is a leading expert on early twentieth-century French music and has published widely on Debussy, Ravel and Les Six. She is interested in placing music in the cultural, aesthetic and social context of its time. She has recently organised a major international festival and conference at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Glasgow with David Code to mark the centenary of Debussy’s death. She will discuss songs to be performed by the Kathleen Ferrier Award winners in today’s Lunchtime Recital.
Previous luminaries of our Composers and Poets programme have included South-Yorkshire born Ian McMillan, as well as composers from Russell Group universities. This showcase promises to be an unpredictable and fascinating concert, which may well point out new directions for art song.More information and booking
A vital and creatively rich component of Leeds Lieder’s work, the Composer and Poets Forum is a day-long culmination of work initiated in November when student composers from the national conservatoires and selected northern universities met poets local to Leeds in a creative venture to encourage the composition of new art songs. Today they return to perform and discuss these new works.More information and booking
A vital and creatively rich component of Leeds Lieder’s work, the Composer and Poets Forum is a day-long culmination of work initiated in November when student composers from the national conservatoires and selected northern universities met poets local to Leeds in a creative venture to encourage the composition of new art songs. Today they return to perform and discuss these new works. We welcome other aspiring composers and poets to take part in the discussions from the floor.More information and booking
Our Composers and Poets programme has been a cornerstone of the Leeds Lieder Festival from the very beginning, and has featured luminaries such as South-Yorkshire born poet Ian McMillan.
Robert Schumann, one of our featured composers this year, wrote “Sometimes it seems as though I am embarking on completely new paths in music” and this showcase promises to be an unpredictable and fascinating concert, which may well point out new directions for art song.More information and booking
This relaxed, family-friendly and informal concert is specially designed to introduce young children to the joys of the sung voice and piano. Aimée, Neil and Ewan are highly experienced workshop leaders and their programme will transfix toddlers, babies and grown-ups alike.More information and booking