Evening Recital: but I like to sing...

Carolyn Sampson soprano, Joseph Middleton piano

Friday 19 April 2024

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Praised in The Guardian for the “crystalline beauty” of her “glorious soprano”, Carolyn Sampson has become a firm favourite of Leeds Lieder audiences, particularly in partnership with Joseph Middleton.

For this evening recital, Sampson and Middleton present a selection of songs entitled but I like to sing… a witty line from Bernstein’s song written for children: “I hate music!”. Their programme ranges far and wide in celebration of music and all the possibilities it offers as consoler, inspirer, explainer of the human condition. Well-known repertoire by Schubert, Brahms and Wolf are placed side by side with evocative masterpieces by Paladilhe, Kaija Saariaho, Marx, Rita Strohl and Cheryl Frances-Hoad. The programme ends with a special prayer by Errollyn Wallen: ‘Peace on Earth’.

This programme marks the launch of Sampson’s 100th recording as a soloist and the CD, but I like to sing…, will be available for purchase after this recital.

Join us for a celebration of all song can do to uplift and inspire!

Part of Leeds Lieder Festival 2024.



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Hubert Parry ‘My heart is like a singing bird’
Leonard Bernstein ‘I Hate Music!’ (from I Hate Music)
Franz Schubert ‘An die Musik’
Hugo Wolf ‘An eine Äolsharfe’ (from Mörike Lieder)
Johannes Brahms ‘An ein Veilchen’
Joseph Marx ‘Nocturne’
César Franck ‘Nocturne’
Rita Strohl From 12 chants de Bilitis
‘La nuit’

Francis Poulenc Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
‘Fêtes galantes’


Cheryl Frances-Hoad ‘Something More Than Mortal’
Émile Paldilhe ‘Psyché’
Henri Duparc ‘L’invitation au voyage’
Kaija Saariaho ‘Parfum de l’instant’ (from Quatre Instants)
Deborah Pritchard ‘Everyone Sang’
Samuel Barber ‘A slumber song of the Madonna’
Ivor Gurney ‘Sleep’
Errollyn Wallen ‘Peace on Earth’

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