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April 2020

Ode to Joy – Leeds Lieder Festival 2020

16 April - 19 April
University of Leeds, School of Music
Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom

This year’s 10th Leeds Lieder Festival will take place from 16-19 April 2020. Full festival information can be found here.

Priority booking for Friends (post only) – Monday 18th November
General booking – Monday 2nd December

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Festival Masterclass I with Dame Felicity Lott

16 April - 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Patron of Leeds Lieder, the great British soprano Dame Felicity Lott, gives the first of four masterclasses in this year’s Festival.

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Pre–Concert Talk with David Hoult and Kathleen Evans

16 April - 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm
University of Leeds, School of Music
Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Our past and current Chairs of the Leeds Lieder Festival have contributed much to the success of the charity. Join David Hoult and Kathleen Evans in conversation as they discuss the history of the organisation.

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10th Festival Opening Gala – A Leeds Lieder Acrostic

16 April - 7:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

The Tenth Leeds Lieder Festival opens with a gala recital spelling out Happy Birthday Leeds Lieder in song.

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Supporters’ Reception

16 April - 9:45 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

An exclusive reception for Leeds Lieder Friends and those who have joined the 20/20 Club to celebrate the opening of the 10th Festival.

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Festival masterclass II with Sir Thomas Allen

17 April - 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Sir Thomas Allen leads the second festival masterclass with our Leeds Lieder Young Artists.

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Lunchtime Recital – Siobhan Stagg and Joseph Middleton

17 April - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Siobhan Stagg joins our Festival Director Joseph Middleton for a Lunchtime Recital featuring works by Messiaen and Strauss.

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Bring and Sing! Rehearsal

17 April - 2:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT 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!

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Bring and Sing! Concert

17 April - 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Following an afternoon of rehearsals the 2020 Leeds Lieder Bring and Sing Chorus performs English Coronation Anthems.

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Pre-Concert Talk with Richard Stokes

17 April - 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm
University of Leeds, School of Music
Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom

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

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Evening Recital – O Solitude

17 April - 7:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook perform works by Purcell, Schubert and Barber alongside a Leeds Lieder première from Jonathan Dove.

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Pop-Up Poetry

17 April - 9:45 pm
Clothworkers' Centenary Hall, University of Leeds, School of Music
Leeds, LS2 9JT 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

18 April - 10:30 am
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

The finest young duos coached over the weekend showcase the songs they have been exploring. An opportunity to enjoy the next generation of Lieder singers and pianists.

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Composers and Poets Forum – Session 1

18 April - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
University of Leeds, School of Music
Leeds, LS2 9JT 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.

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Lunchtime Recital – From the Distant Beloved

18 April - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

James Newby and Joseph Middleton offer a programme of wandering and romanticism before they tour the programme to Wigmore Hall, Vienna, Brussels, Budapest, Lisbon, Baden-Baden, Stockholm, Cologne, Amsterdam and Hamburg.

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Composers and Poets Forum inc. Pyramid of Arts Presentation

18 April - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Leeds, School of Music
Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom

This Forum session will be preceded by a short presentation from the Pyramid of Arts Group who have been taking part in this year’s project.

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Festival Masterclass III with Ann Murray DBE

18 April - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Our outstanding duos work with the great Irish mezzo-soprano, Ann Murray DBE in this afternoon’s festival masterclass.

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Composers and Poets Showcase

18 April - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
University of Leeds, School of Music
Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Our Composers and Poets programme showcase.

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Pre-Concert Talk with Richard Stokes

18 April - 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm
University of Leeds, School of Music
Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom

This pre-concert talk with Richard Stokes will illuminate Graham Johnson’s re-imagining of the tradition song recital.

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Evening Recital – The Songmakers’ Almanac

18 April - 7:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

For tonight’s recital, Graham Johnson has devised a programme of Lieder based on the plot of Così fan tutte and containing numerous Mozartian echoes.

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