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March 2017

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

26th January 2018 - 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

13th February 2018 - 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

3rd March 2018 - 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

17th March 2018 - 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

3rd November 2018 - 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

22nd November 2018 - 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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December 2018

Royal Academy of Music Song Circle: A Schubertiade

12th December 2018 - 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm
Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7PD United Kingdom

Programme to include songs, duets and favourite part-songs by Schubert.

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Sophie Rennert and Joseph Middleton: Noël

20th December 2018 - 7:30 pm
Firth Court, Western Bank
Sheffield, England S10 2TN United Kingdom

A graduate of the Vienna University of Music and prize-winner in numerous prestigious competitions, Sophie appears in Sheffield alongside Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton fresh from recitals at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.

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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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June 2019

Leeds Lieder Fundraising Gala

19 June - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP

Tonight, a star-studded line up performs a Shakespearian programme to secure the financial stability of the organisation, led by Sir Thomas Allen and Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton, at the invitation of John Gilhooly.

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