Filling the city with song


MMus student Hannah Morley and BMus student Michael Rose, vocalist and pianist respectively, have won places at Leeds Lieder Festival 2022. Hannah and Michael are one of ten duos who have been selected from across the UK’s conservatoires to be Leeds Lieder Young Artists.

The event will take place from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May in the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, and will be the 11th festival aiming to widen the audience for art-song, and inspire generations of performers, composers and poets. 

Hannah and Michael will work closely with Ann Murray DBE, Dorothea Röschmann, Graham Johnson OBE, or Joan Rodgers CBE who will share their experiences of working on the international stage and explore the special ensemble relationship of voice and piano.

They will also take part in a masterclass, one of the highlights of the festival, with other student singers and pianists to benefit from the experience and advice of an internationally-celebrated singer and the Festival’s Guest of Honour.

Hannah and Michael will also take part in a live-streamed concert, with the chance to perform in a study event led by Dr Katy Hamilton. As a Young Artist, they will also receive free tickets to all events featuring artists such as Louise Alder, Ian Bostridge, Imogen Cooper, Christopher Glynn, Ruby Hughes, Graham Johnson, Joseph Middleton, Dorothea Röschmann and Robin Tritschler to ‘immerse themselves in the festival’.

Hannah said: “I am very excited to join the Leeds Lieder Young Artist programme with Michael. I have always had great passion for Art Song, there is something so intimate and delicate about this type of repertoire, where a connection happens that sparks musical intuition between the singer and pianist. I look forward to learning more about this special relationship and developing our artistry and performance further at the festival, learning from renowned experts in the industry.”

Michael said: “What a privilege it is to be able to take part in the 2022 Leeds Lieder Young Artist Programme. Hannah and I have collaborated extensively, exploring a variety of repertoire for voice and piano. The opportunity to learn from established artists, developing our connection with this repertoire, as well as with each other, is one that we will cherish greatly.”

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