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Artistic director Joseph Middleton

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Leeds Lieder 2017 to explore ‘Songs of Travel’

11:43, 22nd February 2017

The theme for the seventh Leeds Lieder Festival is ‘Songs of Travel’.

The festival, which will take place 21-23 April, will open with a recital by baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist and Festival artistic director Joseph Middleton, featuring Schubert’s Schwanengesang, excerpts from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel, and songs by Sibelius.

A study event led by Roger Nichols will precede a festival highlight: Clara Mouriz and Benedict Nelson will be joined by Middleton, flautist David Moseley and cellist Philip Higham for a programme of Ravel. Titled ‘Une Rare Émotion’, the concert will feature Chansons madécasses for mezzo soprano, flute and cello, a rare performance of the original version of Shéhérazade, and Histoires Naturelles.

Other recitals come from Sophie Rennert and Graham Johnson, Rowan Pierce and Roger Vignoles (featuring Iain Bell’s festival commission), and the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, and the festival will conclude with a gala featuring Dame Felicity Lott, Joan Rodgers, Susan Bickley, Clara Mouriz, Benedict Nelson and Philip Smith, and pianists Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Gary Matthewman, Joseph Middleton and Roger Vignoles.

The event also encompasses a day-long event showcasing songs created by student composers from national conservatoires and local poets; a ‘Lieder for Littleuns’ event aimed at children under five; a historic Leeds walk; a masterclass led by Roger Vignoles; a storytelling and poetry workshop led by Timothy West; and a discussion between Dame Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside.

Ticket cost £4-£28.


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