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Friday 9 June – Opening Gala recital: Mark Padmore CBE and Ana Manastireanu

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Mark Padmore CBE tenor
Ana Manastireanu piano

£25 (unwaged/disabled)
FREE (U30/students)
Part of the Evening Recitals Pass. Find out more about our new Festival Passes here.
n.b. Leeds Conservatoire is the Box Office for all Festival events.

Robert Schumann
Hans Christian Anderson Lieder Op. 40
Der Soldat
Der Spielmann

Robert Schumann
Liederkreis Op. 39 (Eichendorff)
In der Fremde
Die Stille
Schöne Fremde
Auf einer Burg
In der Fremde
Im Walde


Benjamin Britten
Who Are These Children?

Gerald Finzi
Channel Firing

Rebecca Clarke
The Seal Man

Michael Tippett
Full Fathom Five

Rebecca Clarke
Tiger, Tiger

Gustav Holst

Tansy Davies
Destroying Beauty

Sally Beamish

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Frank Bridge
Journey’s End

Gerald Finzi
Fear No More the Heat O’ the Sun

What better way to open the 2023 Leeds Lieder Festival than with Mark Padmore, one of the great song recitalists of our time, and a firm favourite with Yorkshire audiences.

In a typically wide-ranging programme, Schumann stands at the head of the recital, first in partnership with Hans Christian Andersen. The poems are by turns folkish, macabre, touching and heartfelt. Twilight and shadows are painted in these songs, and these themes are continued most masterfully by Eichendorff in one of the pinnacles of German Romanticism: Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 39.

The second half of the programme turns to the highways and byways of English song. Finzi’s masterpiece ‘Channel Firing’ rubs shoulders with new works by Tansy Davies and Sally Beamish.

One of the real success stories of recent years remains our burgeoning Young Artists Programme. Through our rigorous training, Leeds Lieder has seen the blossoming of a new generation of song enthusiasts, and it is especially welcome to see Ana Manastireanu, a Leeds Lieder Young Artist from 2019, appear alongside Padmore in this opening recital.

Book online via the Leeds Lieder website – click the “book tickets” button on this page.
Book over telephone via the Leeds Conservatoire box office: 0113 222 3434.