Iain Burnside returns to Leeds Lieder Festival



This weekend sees Iain Burnside return to the Leeds Lieder Festival for two recitals. Well-known to Leeds Lieder audiences as pianist and past Festival Artistic Director, Iain will also appear also in conversation with President of the festival; the celebrated soprano Elly Ameling on Saturday 2 April. 
Following this, Iain will collaborate with tenor Nicky Spence for a coffee and cake recital. The recital programme will include Britten’s ‘Who are these children?’, Finzi’s ‘Farewell to arms’ and the world premiere of Leeds Lieder commission ‘Magic Lantern Tales’ by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, setting poetry by Ian McMillan. 
On Sunday 3 April to close the festival, Iain will once again reunite with baritone Roderick Williams for his ‘Shining Armour‘, a re-working of Brahms’ ‘Die schöne Magelone’. Iain has penned spoken interludes, as though told by Clara Schumann (read by Victoria Newlyn), that illuminate the song cycle as well as her relationship with Brahms. He will also give a pre-concert talk to discuss his reworking of the song cycle. 
Selected events, including Iain and Nicky’s recital and ‘Shining Armour’ will be available to watch via a live stream. More information here
Leeds Lieder runs from 1 to 3 April 2016 in venues across Leeds. Also in the festival: 

Director of Leeds Lieder Joseph Middleton curated this year’s programme alongside baritone Roderick Williams, and you can join them for a welcome talk on 1 April from 6.15pm. Joseph will also perform in a morning recital with Katarina Karnéus.
Read an interview with Joseph in which he talks about his vision for Leeds Lieder. 
Soprano Christina Gansch will give a recital on 3 April with pianist Christopher Glynn. The programme will include songs by Mozart and Mahler, as well as the world premiere of Leeds Lieder commission ‘The Just Form’ by Edward Rushton. This recital will be available to via a live stream, here

The Myrthern Ensemble will perform a programme of songs, duets and quartets by Schumann, Brahms, Fauré and Saint-Saëns at Opera North’s Howard Assembley Room.
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