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Saturday 27th March, Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano)

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Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano), Madelaine Newton and Kevin Whately (actors), Joseph Middleton (piano)
with Momentum Artists Laurence Kilsby (tenor) and Ian Tindale (piano)

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British mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately released This Other Eden: A Landscape of English Poetry and Songin 2015, supported by the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme. Featuring her regular duo-partner, pianist Joseph Middleton, the recording also brought together English song with poetry read by Kitty’s parents, actors Kevin Whately (best known as Lewis in Morse) and Madelaine Newton. Split into five landscape-inspired themes, the collection includes songs by composers from Warlock to Horowitz and features words by Shakespeare, Housman and Hardy among many others. For their Leeds Lieder recital Whately and Middleton also shine a light on female composers, repertoire that is close to their hearts.

“Her voice is magnificent—warm, voluptuous, and winsome. Her technique is excellent; her diction is pristine; her careful use of dynamics is laudable…Middleton’s partnership is exemplary in the entire program.” American Record Guide – Shortlisted for Best Disc of 2015


This Other Eden

This England:
Reading: Shakespeare – This Sceptred Isle
Ireland – Earths call
Warlock – My Own Country
Poem: Walter de la Mare – England

Forests and gardens:
Poem: Clare – In hilly wood
Rebecca Clarke – The Salley Gardens
Poem: Berry – The peace of wild things
Howells: King David
Poem: Thomas Hardy – The Darkling Thrush
Joan Trimble – Green rain
Poem: Jackie Kay – The world of trees 

Fields and meadows:
Vaughan Williams – Silent Noon
Poem: C. Rosetti The lambs of Grasmere
Head: A green cornfield
Ireland: Spring will not wait
Poem: Thomas – Adlestrop
Gurney: The fields are full

Coasts and Seas

Poem: Housman – Into my heart an air that kills
                            – O stay at home my lad and plough
Trad. Ma Bonny Lad
Poem: Anon – The Great Silkie
Rebecca Clarke: The Seal Man

Britain’s Bard- The words of William Shakespeare
Reading: As You Like It – Act II, Scene I
Arne: Under The Greenwood Tree
Elizabeth Maconchy: Ophelia’s Song
Reading: Hamlet – Act IV Scene VII
Korngold: from Four Shakespeare Songs Op.13
Desdemona’s Song (The Willow Song)
Dialogue: from Macbeth – Act 1, Scene 7
Horowitz – Lady Macbeth – A Scena 


Momentum Artists: Laurence Kilsby (tenor) and Ian Tindale (piano)

Schubert – Auf dem See, D. 746
Schubert – Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774
Schönberg – Waldsonne, op. 2, no. 4
Wolf –  Mörike-Lieder: Im Frühling
Wolf – Mörike-Lieder: Der Gärtner
Wolf – Mörike-Lieder: Er ist’s