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November 2016

Mahler Song Series II

5th November 2016 - 7:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds , West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
Joseph Middleton piano

Programme to include Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Rückert Lieder, and songs by Wagner and Liszt

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Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

26th November 2016 - 7:15 pm
Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6NU United Kingdom

Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Joseph Middleton piano

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December 2016

The Royal Northern College of Music Songsters

14th December 2016 - 1:05 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Matthew Nuttall baritone
Rhiain Taylor mezzo-soprano
Kimberley Raw soprano
Yulia Vershinina piano

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January 2017

Anne Schwanewilms and Malcolm Martineau

19th January 2017 - 7:30 pm
Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6NU United Kingdom

 

Anne Schwanewilms soprano
Malcolm Martineau piano

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February 2017

Winterreise: Pre Concert Talk by Dr Clive McClelland

18th February 2017 - 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

The idea of the wanderer in relation to the winter landscape.

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Ian Bostridge and Joseph Middleton

18th February 2017 - 7:30 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Ian Bostridge baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

Franz Schubert Winterreise

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March 2017

‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ Pre-Concert talk

4th March 2017 - 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds , West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

A focus on one song from Mahler’s ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ – Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Where the beautiful trumpets blow).

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Mahler Song Series III

4th March 2017 - 7:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds , West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Gemma Lois Summerfield soprano
James Newby baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

In association with the Kathleen Ferrier Awards

Gustav Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn

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October 2017

Schubert Song Series I

14th October 2017 - 7:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds , West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Nika Gorič soprano
James Newby baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

Two of the finest British-trained young singers open our Schubert series. James Newby, prizewinner in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and Wigmore Hall International Song Competition makes a welcome return to Leeds Lieder following his outstanding recital for BBC Radio 3 in our Mahler series last season. He is joined by Nika Gorič whose recent performances have taken her to the Salzburg Young Singers Programme, Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall and Vienna Musikverein. She has recently been selected as a YCAT artist. They will perform solos and duets from that inspired partnership: Goethe and Schubert.

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Leeds Lieder on Tour – Schubert in Sheffield: Schubert Song Series I

15th October 2017 - 7:30 pm
Firth Court, Western Bank
Sheffield, England S10 2TN United Kingdom

Nika Gorič soprano
James Newby baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

Two of the finest British-trained young singers open our Schubert series. James Newby, prizewinner in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and Wigmore Hall International Song Competition makes a welcome return to Leeds Lieder following his outstanding recital for BBC Radio 3 in our Mahler series last season. He is joined by Nika Gorič whose recent performances have taken her to the Salzburg Young Singers Programme, Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall and Vienna Musikverein. She has recently been selected as a YCAT artist. They will perform solos and duets from that inspired partnership: Goethe and Schubert.

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November 2017

Schubert Song Series II

1st November 2017 - 7:30 pm
The School of Music The University of Leeds
Leeds , West Yorkshire LS2 9JT United Kingdom

Mary Bevan soprano
Joseph Middleton piano

Both recent recipients of the coveted Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Awards, Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton appear at Leeds Lieder following recitals together last season at Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Musée d’Orsay Paris. Mary’s stellar season has also taken her to Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Centre, Vienna’s Theater an den Wien, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and London’s Royal Opera House.

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Leeds Lieder on Tour – Schubert in Sheffield: Schubert Song Series II

21st November 2017 - 7:30 pm
Firth Court, Western Bank
Sheffield, England S10 2TN United Kingdom

Mary Bevan soprano
Joseph Middleton piano

Both recent recipients of the coveted Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Awards, Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton appear at Leeds Lieder following recitals together last season at Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Musée d’Orsay Paris. Mary’s stellar season has also taken her to Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Centre, Vienna’s Theater an den Wien, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and London’s Royal Opera House.

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Benjamin Appl and Joseph Middleton

22nd November 2017 - 7:15 pm
Entrance via Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate
Leeds, England LS1 6NU United Kingdom

Benjamin Appl baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

Described as ‘the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’ (Gramophone Magazine), Benjamin Appl is already celebrated by audiences and critics the world over. The last private student of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Appl was a BBC New Generation Artist, ECHO Rising Star, is an exclusive SONY Classical recording artist and winner of the 2016 Gramophone Young Artist of the Year. In a characteristically thoughtful programme, Appl juxtaposes two of the greatest cycles in the repertoire with little-known settings of Yeats.

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December 2017

Royal Northern College of Music Songsters: A Celebration of Women Composers of Song

13th December 2017 - 1:05 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Programme to feature songs by Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler, Pauline Viardot, Cécile Chaminade, Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Liza Lehmann and Madeleine Dring.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome back our neighbouring conservatoire, the excellent RNCM, to offer a lunchtime concert of superbly-performed chamber music. Coached by leading interpreter of song, Julius Drake, this crack team of young singers and pianists specialises in the song repertoire. The perfect recital for a Friday lunch break.

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January 2018

Christiane Karg and Joseph Middleton

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

Christiane Karg soprano
Joseph Middleton piano 

One of the world’s foremost lyric sopranos, award-winning Christiane Karg is a frequent guest at the finest music centres and is praised by audiences and critics alike for her stylish sensitivity to words and engaging stage presence. Following performances together with Leeds Lieder Director and RPS Award-winner Joseph Middleton at Wigmore Hall, Luxembourg’s Philharmonie, Copenhagen’s Opera Festival, and in Germany and South America, the duo present a heady programme of exotic romanticism to commemorate Debussy’s anniversary year.

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February 2018

Leeds Lieder on Tour – Schubert in Sheffield: Schubert Song Series III

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

Ashley Riches bass-baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

A BBC New Generation Artist, bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at Cambridge University, before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Recent appearances have included with the Berlin Philharmonic/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and at Wigmore Hall.

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March 2018

To the distant beloved: Schubert Song Series III

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

Ashley Riches bass-baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

A BBC New Generation Artist, bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at Cambridge University, before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Recent appearances have included with the Berlin Philharmonic/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and at Wigmore Hall.

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Celebrity Recital

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

Toby Spence tenor
Joseph Middleton piano 

Toby Spence’s cleverly constructed recital explores the musical kinship between three of the finest twentieth century song composers. Poulenc, Britten and Finzi all cut their teeth writing miniature forms before turning to larger scale works later in life, and all explored thoroughly individual musical languages while painting the finest words with abundantly colourful accompaniments.

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November 2018

Sir Thomas Allen and Joseph Middleton: Ancient and Modern

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

Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world and an acclaimed recitalist. Guest of Honour at our most recent Festival, we are thrilled to welcome him back to Leeds Lieder. Programme to include Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Duparc, Ives and Warlock. This concert is supported by members of FUAM

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Christopher Maltman and Joseph Middleton: From Severn to Somme

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

Acclaimed British baritone Christopher Maltman is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton for a recital marking the centenary year of the end of the Great War, featuring a selection of music by composers from across the span of the major nations involved in the First World War including Butterworth, Gurney, Mahler, Fauré, Ives, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Wolf and Poulenc

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