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Songs of the Exotic

Roger Vignoles

Roger Vignoles

Rowan Pierce soprano
Roger Vignoles piano

Henri Duparc 1848-1933
L’invitation au voyage

Maurice Ravel 1875-1937
Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques
Le réveil de la mariée
Là-bas, vers l’église
Quel galant m’est comparable?
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
Tout gai!

Olivier Messiaen 1908-92
Trois Mélodies
En sourire
La fiancée perdue

Aaron Copland 1900-90
Nature, the gentlest Mother

Iain Bell

Iain Bell

Samuel Barber 1910-81
St Ita’s Vision
The Crucifixion

Roger Quilter 1877-1953
Arab Love Song

Edward Elgar 1857-1934
Arabian Serenade

Iain Bell 1980-
Away (Leeds Lieder commission)

Lennox Berkeley 1903-89
Five Chinese Songs
People hide their Love (Wu-ti)
The Autumn Wind (Wu-ti)
Dreaming of a dead Lady (Shen-Yo)
Late Spring (Yang Knang)
The Riverside Village (Ssu-K’ung Shu)

It is with great pleasure that we invite back Yorkshire-born Rowan Pierce to Leeds Lieder. Rowan gave a standout performance, as the representative from London’s Royal College of Music, during the 2015 Day of Song Masterclass with Carolyn Sampson. Today marks her Festival début, for which she will be partnered by the legendary Roger Vignoles.

They will give the world première of the 2017 Leeds Lieder Festival commission, Away, by Iain Bell, a cycle that explores the theme of journeying in its many forms. Taking the spiritual and mercurial texts of Rabindranath Tagore, Bell has woven a cycle of magical and haunting colours. Around this cycle Pierce and Vignoles have programmed works that juxtapose and compliment Bell’s: a magical flight to imagined nations, exotic locations and lost lands.

We are live streaming this event. Click HERE to join us!

.‘…Pierce, at once fearless and flexible, was charming… but also expansive’ The Press, York

‘…wonderful pianist, superb musician and ace accompanist’ Classical Source on Roger Vignoles

‘technically exceptional’  ‘gripping and moving’ The Stage and The Telegraph on Iain Bell’s third opera In Parenthesis premièred at WNO and reprised at the Royal Opera House

Tickets: £15; £13 unwaged/Disabled; £5 Under 26s/Full-time Students. BOOK HERE