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Friday 21 October – Kitty Whately and Joseph Middleton

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Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano
Joseph Middleton piano

£20 (standard)
£15 (unwaged / disabled people)
Free (under 35s / students)

General ticket offer: Buy tickets for all three evening concerts and get a ticket to the Young Artists’ lunchtime concert on Saturday 22 October at 1pm for free.

Anon arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Willow Song

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Three Songs from Shakespeare
Take, O take
When icicles hang by the wall
Orpheus with his lute

Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
Ophelia’s Song
From Four Shakespeare Songs
Come away, death
King Stephen

Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)
Take, O take those lips away
It was a lover

Grace Williams (1906-1977)
The Lament of the Border Widow

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
The Seal Man
The Salley Gardens

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The House of Life
Love Sight
Silent Noon
Love’s Minstrels
Heart’s Haven
Death in Love
Love’s Last Gift

During the much-lauded series of livestreams Leeds Lieder presented in 2021, Kitty Whately and Joseph Middleton gave a recital praised by Bachtrack as “musically excellent…a communicative and expert duo, comparing favourably to such famous English song teams of recent memory: Janet Baker with Gerald Moore, Felicity Lott with Graham Johnson.” They make a welcome return to Leeds Lieder to celebrate the music of Vaughan Williams in his anniversary year, performing his major cycle The House of Life, setting words by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Juxtaposing this great work are selections from his pupils, highlighting art song compositions from British women in the twentieth century.

Kitty Whately, Kevin Whately and Joseph Middleton at Leeds Town Hall in 2021: