This yr’s Leeds Lieder Pageant is the most important ever, operating from 9 to 17 June 2023 having expanded from 4 to 9 days. Below inventive director Joseph Middleton, visitor of honour Dame Janet Baker is joined by performers together with Véronique Gens, Sarah Connolly, Mark Padmore, Louise Alder, Christine Rice, Peter Brathwaite, James Newby, Kate Royal, Ailish Tynan, Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, and Susan Manoff.
To have fun the 2 hundredth anniversary of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, Graham Johnson shall be giving a lecture recital on the good track cycle with tenor Ben Johnson. The pageant has commissioned Errollyn Wallen to compose a track cycle for voice and piano, Evening Ideas, which shall be carried out by the mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton as a part of the pageant’s closing gala.
A brand new initiative for 2023 is the introduction of A Leeds Songbook – twelve composers from the UK’s main conservatoires and Northern universities have been paired with Leeds-based poets to create songs that can inform distinctive tales in regards to the individuals of Leeds. These new songs shall be carried out in live performance by the 2023 Leeds Lieder Younger Artists, postgraduate singers and pianists drawn from throughout the UK, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and South East Asia.
An essential strand in every pageant is the Younger Artists Programme. This yr, twenty-four excellent Younger Artists will take part in a collection of masterclasses, and carry out to pageant audiences at a showcase live performance, a examine occasion led by Dr Katy Hamilton and on the late-night Lieder Lounge within the casual setting of Leeds Conservatoire’s rooftop bar.
The favored Deliver and Sing! occasion is inviting newbie singers to return collectively to carry out Mozart’s Requiem at Leeds Minster alongside the Younger Artists, and for the primary time Leeds Lieder will incorporate its two award-winning Studying and Participation tasks, Residing Lieder and Discovering Lieder, into the principle pageant with two college live shows that includes practically 1000 youngsters at Pudsey Civic Corridor.
The musical strolling path SongPath returns this yr to the wealthy pure setting of the 900-year-old ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, led by singers Jess Dandy and Joanna Harries, and the Pageant sees a collaboration with members of the Orchestra of Opera North, their Head of Music, David Cowan, and tenor Nick Pritchard in a recital of works by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Full particulars from the Leeds Lieder web site.