This year’s Leeds Lieder Festival kicks off on Friday 21 April with an informal ‘In Conversation’ at Leeds College of Music with Festival Director Joseph Middleton and Richard Stokes discussing how the 2017 Festival has been curated. The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Songs of Travel’ which will be launched on Friday evening with Henk Neven and Joseph Middleton in recital performing Schubert’s Schwanengesang and extracts from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel amongst other pieces.
The Festival continues throughout the weekend with a lunchtime Ravel concert on Saturday involving Joseph Middleton, an ‘In Conversation’ with Patrons Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson who will be interviewed by Former Artistic Director Iain Burnside. Dame Felicity Lott is this year’s Festival Guest of Honour. On Saturday evening Graham Johnson will accompany mezzo-soprano Sophie Rennert in a programme of Schubert, Britten and Faure in a programme entitled ‘Travel the country thro’ and thro’’. There is something for all at this year’s Festival with a Storytelling and Poetry workshop lead by Timothy West CBE and Lieder for Little’uns for the under 5s.
The weekend will come to a close with a special concert, ‘A Garland for Jane’ in celebration of the life of Jane Anthony, Founder of Leeds Lieder who passed away in 2014. The concert will be an extravaganza of song with the following artists taking part: Dame Felicity Lott, Joan Rodgers, Susan Bickley, Anna Huntley, Nicholas Watts, Benedict Nelson, Philip Smith, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Gary Matthewman, Joseph Middleton and Roger Vignoles.
The full events list can be found on the Leeds Lieder Festival website.