Leeds Lieder 2019: “Then shall song’s magic break free”



Taking place from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 April 2019, the Leeds Lieder Festival returns for a weekend of talks, concerts, recitals, masterclasses, education projects, and more. Pianist Joseph Middleton, who has been Artistic Director since December 2014, introduced this year’s programme, saying:

“Then shall song’s magic break free,” so wrote the great lyric poet Heinrich Heine, and it is with great delight that we can invite you to join us at the 2019 Leeds Lieder Festival as we fill the city with song. The fascinating trio of Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms loom large across our programme this festival. Chamber music forms the cornerstones of each of their output and this year we too celebrate collaborative and community music making here in Yorkshire. // Continue reading

Guest of Honour Angelika Kirchschlager will open the festival leading a masterclass with singers and pianists from the Lieder Young Artists Programme, who also receive coaching from pianist Malcolm Martineau (Masterclass III) and mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE (Masterclass IV). Angelika will then appear in recital with regular partner Julius Drake on Friday, and in conversation with BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor on Sunday.

The festival continues to provide a platform for exciting young singers, with this year’s festival including performances from Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner William Thomas, Egyptian soprano and a former BBC New Generation Artist Fatma Said, and German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn. William and accompanist Michael Pandya appeared on BBC In Tune on Monday, performing live ahead of their concert on Friday.

In addition to working with the Young Artists Programme, Malcolm Martineau joins Leeds Lieder regular Nicky Spence for an evening recital, while fellow accompanist and Leeds Lieder honorary patron Graham Johnson returns for Thursday’s opening concert with baritone Benjamin Appl. Watch Nicky singing Strauss and discussing love and the human condition in song with Anna Lapwood here.

Closing the festival, Swedish soprano Miah Persson makes her Leeds Lieder debut with a programme that explores femininity and motherhood in the first half, before turning to her Scandinavian roots in the second.

For those unable to be in Leeds for the festival, all the events below will be streamed live online. Find out more here.

Later this year, Leeds Lieder will travel to London for a special fundraising gala at Wigmore Hall, with artists including Sir Thomas Allen, Joseph Middleton, Kate Royal, Jennifer Johnston, Nicky Spence, David Webb, William Thomas and Malcolm Martineau.

Thursday 25 April

Friday 26 April

Saturday 27 April

Sunday 28 April


Related reading: “Interview: Joseph Middleton on Leeds Lieder, the art of teaching, The Myrthen Ensemble’s Wigmore debut and his upcoming CD releases”

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