Leeds Lieder launches 2020/21 season

This week sees the launch of the 2020/21 Leeds Lieder Festival with its first live performances of the season as well as being among the first socially distanced recitals to take place outside of London since the outbreak of the Covid Pandemic. Under the Artistic Directorship of pianist Joseph Middleton, Leeds Lieder has boasted a 60% increase in audiences in the last four years, been shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and had enjoyed glowing critical acclaim.

Opening on Thursday 29th October and featuring an all Askonas Holt line-up throughout the week with appearances by Ian Bostridge CBE, Joseph Middleton, Louise Alder and Iestyn Davies MBE, the artists return to the mainstage of Leeds Town Hall in front of audiences of up to 180 people per recital as well as being streamed online.

On Thursday 29th October at 6pm, Ian Bostridge CBE is joined by Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton to perform a work with which he has become synonymous: Schubertʼs Winterreise. Ian Bostridge writes:

“Winterreise is to me the ultimate work that I perform. Itʼs a work that ranks with the greatest in the operatic and symphonic repertoire.”

Friday 30th October at 6pm sees Louise Alder and Joseph Middleton return to Leeds Lieder following the release of their much acclaimed second recital CD, Lines Written During a Sleepless Night  performing works from the disc including Grieg’s Six Songs Opus. 48, Rachmaninov’s Six Songs Opus. 38 as well as Alder giving her first performance of Strauss’ Four Last Songs.

The final evening on Saturday 31st October at 6pm sees twice Gramophone Recital Award and Wigmore Medal winner Iestyn Davies MBE take to the stage with Joseph Middleton to perform Schubertʼs Die schöne Müllerin.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased via the Leeds Town Hall box office here.

All recitals will also be livestreamed and can be viewed on the Leeds Lieder website here.

Listen to Joseph Middleton talk about the 2020/21 festival below:

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