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January 2019

Catriona Morison and Joseph Middleton

31 January - 7:15 pm
Entrance via Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate
Leeds, England LS1 6NU United Kingdom

Fresh from being crowned Cardiff Singer of the World, the first British singer to win the accolade, Catriona Morison makes her Leeds recital debut in the stunning Howard Assembly Room alongside Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton, described in ‘Opera Magazine’ as ‘the rightful heir to the legendary Gerald Moore’.

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February 2019

Alessandro Fisher & Ashok Gupta – Ferrier Award Winners’ Concert

1 February - 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds , West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alessandro Fisher won joint first prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

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March 2019

Roderick Williams and Joseph Middleton

2 March - 7:30 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Renowned for the generosity of his musicianship and his ability to communicate with listeners, here he is joined by Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton to explore the musical nuances and emotional intensity of Schubert’s great non-cycle, Schwanengesang.

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Anna Stéphany and Joseph Middleton

28 March - 7:30 pm
Firth Court, Western Bank
Sheffield, England S10 2TN United Kingdom

Anna Stéphany is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting mezzo sopranos. In demand across the globe, she is a firm favourite with conductors and directors, garnering plaudits with each appearance.

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April 2019

FESTIVAL MASTERCLASS I: with Angelika Kirchschlager

25 April - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Last year we expanded our Young Artists programme with thrilling results. This year sees further expansion. Ten duos have been selected from competitive entry to take part in the festival as Leeds Lieder Young Artists. This afternoon they will work with festival Guest of Honour Angelika Kirchschlager. Hear her work with the young singers and pianists resident in Leeds over the weekend.

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PRE-CONCERT TALK: with Richard Stokes

25 April - 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Leeds College of Music
Leeds, Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Join one of the world’s pre-eminent Lieder experts, Leeds Lieder Patron Richard Stokes, as he introduces tonight’s recital and discusses Schumann’s Dichterliebe.

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OPENING CONCERT: Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson

25 April - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Described as ‘the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’ (Gramophone Magazine), Leeds Lieder favourite Benjamin Appl was a BBC New Generation Artist and an ECHO Rising Star artist for the 2015/16 season, appearing in recital at major European venues.

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FESTIVAL MASTERCLASS II: with Amanda Roocroft

26 April - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Lancaster-born Amanda Roocroft has secured an international reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting singers performing regularly at Covent Garden, the Met, Glyndebourne, the Bayersiche Staatsoper, and at ENO where she was won the Lawrence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

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LUNCHTIME RECITAL: with William Thomas and Michael Pandya

26 April - 1:00 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Continuing our recent tradition of showcasing a Kathleen Ferrier Award winner, it is with special pleasure that we provide a platform to winner of the First Prize 2018 British bass William Thomas. In addition to his triumph at the Ferrier Awards, at which his pianist Michael Pandya scooped the coveted Accompanist’s Prize, William went on to win the 2018 John Christie Award for his debut at Glyndebourne, placing his star firmly in the firmament.

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BRING AND SING! Rehearsal with Anna Lapwood

26 April - 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Calling all singers! Would you like to experience the thrill of being trained by one of the UK’s leading choral trainers? Now’s your chance! Anna Lapwood has appeared at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and works regularly alongside Gareth Malone and the BBC. She is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and today will lead rehearsals for a performance of Vivaldi’s joyful work, his Gloria.

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BRING AND SING! CONCERT

26 April - 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Following an afternoon of rehearsals under the inspirational leadership of Anna Lapwood, the newly formed Leeds Lieder Bring and Sing Chorus performs Vivaldi’s Gloria. Richard Gowers, formerly senior organ scholar at Kings College Cambridge accompanies.

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PRE–CONCERT TALK: with Richard Stokes

26 April - 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Leeds College of Music
Leeds, Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Join one of the world’s pre-eminent Lieder experts, and Leeds Lieder favourite, Richard Stokes for a pre-concert talk.

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EVENING RECITAL: with Angelika Kirchschlager and Julius Drake

26 April - 7:30 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

We are thrilled to welcome as our Guest of Honour one of the most important artists currently appearing before the public. Acclaimed as one of the foremost interpreters of Richard Strauss and Mozart, Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is heard on the world’s great stages and has the rare distinction of having given recitals on the main stages of La Scala Milan and the Vienna Staatsoper.

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POP-UP POETRY

26 April - 9:45 pm - 10:45 pm
Leeds College of Music
Leeds, Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Join us in the bar for a relaxed evening of poetry and local ales, and perform your own poems at this Open-Mic session.

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COFFEE CONCERT: Leeds Lieder Young Artists

27 April - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

The finest young duos, coached over the weekend by Angelika Kirchschlager, Amanda Roocroft, Malcolm Martineau and Ann Murray DBE, showcase the songs they have been exploring. An opportunity to enjoy the next generation of Lieder singers and pianists.

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COMPOSERS & POETS FORUM: session 1

27 April - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, LS2 7PD United Kingdom

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.

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LUNCHTIME RECITAL: with Fatma Said

27 April - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

This season, as well as her New Generation Artist commitments, Fatma will perform Die Schöpfung at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and in Budapest; Strauss Lieder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Birmingham; and will give recitals in Perth, Leeds, Dresden, Bonn, Mallorca, and at Wigmore Hall.

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COMPOSERS & POETS FORUM: session 2

27 April - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, LS2 7PD United Kingdom

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.

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FESTIVAL MASTERCLASS III: with Malcolm Martineau

27 April - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Described in the New York Observer as ‘one of the world’s finest accompanists’, Malcolm Martineau will share the hallmarks of his playing, his ‘outstanding musical intelligence and virtuosity’ (The Telegraph) with a new generation of singers and pianists, specifically invited to be Leeds Lieder Young Artists.

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COMPOSERS & POETS SHOWCASE

27 April - 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, LS2 7PD United Kingdom

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.

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