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Saturday 27th November – Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano)

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Priority booking to Leeds Lieder Friends opens Monday 13th September
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General booking opens Monday 20th September

Full price – £20
Concessions (Unwaged/Disabled) – £15
Students – Free

*Ticket offer – purchase a full price ticket for all three recitals this November for only £50*

Dame Sarah Connolly needs no introduction, particularly to Leeds Lieder audiences. Honorary Patron of Leeds Lieder, regular star artist in our Festivals, and national treasure, Dame Sarah has delighted audiences the world over. To close our weekend of song recitals, Connolly and her regular duo partner Joseph Middleton perform Schumann songs to Hans Christian Andersen poetry and Wolf songs that span the full gamut of his writing style from the miniature Auch kleine Dinge to the towering Wagnerism of Kennst du das Land? The second half of the recital journeys through the highways and byways of British song, an area of repertoire in which Dame Sarah reigns supreme. Witty, jazzy, heartfelt songs by Richard Rodney Bennett, a close friend of Connolly, close the programme.

Robert Schumann Fünf Lieder op.40
Hugo Wolf Auch kleine Dinge
Gesang Wellas
Kennst du das Land
Die Zigeunerin


Rebecca Clarke The Lost Nightingale
Rebecca Clarke The Cloths of Heaven
John Ireland Earth’s Call
Herbert Howells King David
Benjamin Britten A charm of Lullabies
Charles Villiers Stanford A soft day
Ernest John Moeran Twilight
Ivor Gurney Thou didst delight my eyes
Ivor Gurney The fields are full
Ivor Gurney Sleep
Richard Rodney Bennett History of the Thé Dansant

“Connolly proves herself a worthy heir to Janet Baker in the lovely songs of Ireland, Moeran and Ivor Gurney, but this “garland” of 20th-century songs, superbly accompanied by Middleton as her equal partner, embraces “cycles” by the antipoles Britten and Tippett, whose Charm of Lullabies (1947) and Songs for Ariel (1962) are the meatiest items, sung with sumptuous tone, insight and perfect diction.”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times – 15 July 2018

“Sarah Connolly is at her characteristically supple, golden-toned and intelligent best throughout, and she enjoys impeccable support from Joseph Middleton”
Gramophone Magazine