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Sunday 23 October – Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton

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Ashley Riches bass-baritone
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.

A Musical Zoo

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Die Forelle
Die Vögel

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Der Rattenfänger

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Die Drossel

Johannes Brahms (1833-97)
An die Nachtigall

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Le papillon et la fleur

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Le mort de la cigale

Déodat de Séverac (1872-1921)
Les hiboux

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Histoires naturelles
Le paon
Le grillon
Le cygnet
Le martin-pêcheur
La pintade


Modest Mussorgsky (1805-1937)
Mephistopheles’ song of the flea in Auerbach’s tavern

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
The cockroach

John Ireland (1879-1962)
The three ravens

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
King David

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
The monk and his cat

Vernon Duke (1903-1969)
Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo
The duck
The cow
The ant
Our dog
The frog
The mouse
The turkey
The kitten
The pig
The centipede
The calf
The rooster
The jelly fish
The germ
The sea gull
The fly
The firefly
The termite
The pigeon

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
The crocodile

Bass-baritone Ashley Riches wowed our Festival audience this year in a performance of Die schöne Müllerin and it is a pleasure to welcome him back to give a recital with Joseph Middleton featuring the repertoire from their latest album recording, A Musical Zoo – a recording that was shortlisted for a BBC Music Magazine Award. Demonstrating humans’ fascination with the animal kingdom and the subsequent inspiration of several composers, this programme offers a variety of songs spanning nearly 160 years, ending with Vernon Duke’s pithy, witty settings of Ogden Nash.

Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton at Leeds Lieder 2022 Festival: