News Recent and future engagements
News page of British Soprano, Sarah Leonard
November 24th – 26th
English & American Song weekend workshops at Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts, with Stephen Gutman, piano.
AESS Unsung Heroes concert, Robinson College Cambridge. Songs by C.W. Orr, Graham Peel and Arthur Somervell.
Masterclass of English and American songs. Trinity Laban.
Launch of The Silver Hound. CD of songs by Betty Roe.
August 7th – 11th
Sarah Leonard’s Summer School. Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts.
Powerful Women song recital with Stephen Gutman, piano, at St. George’s Beckenham, Kent.
Masterclass for the singers of the Junior Dpt. Trinity Laban.
Leading Coma Voices workshop with composers at Trinity Laban.
April 3rd – 7th
Tutor at Spring Song Festival, Benslow Music Hitchin Hertfordshire.
Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony. Hull City Hall. Conductor David Lawrence.
Beethoven Mass in C. Hull Bach Choir. Hull.
March 17th – 19th
Tutor at Jackdaws, Somerset. English Song workshops.
Schoenberg 2nd String Quartet. Manchester University. Quatuor Danel
March 3rd – 5th
Tutor on the Coma Voices Workshop Weekend.
– Release of Mandala 3 CD on Métier Recordings. Chamber music by David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu with Gemini Ensemble.
Masterclass at Trinity Laban of English & American Song.
Soprano soloist in the premier of Dies Irae by Ian Assersohn at The Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey. www.dorkinghalls.co.uk
Canterbury Sounds New Festival – in concert with John Harle and Marc Almond. Venue the Colyer- Fergusson Hall, Canterbury. soundsnew.org.uk
Recital of French songs with Stephen Gutman at Benslow Music Hitchin. 8pm
August 8th – 12th
Sarah Leonard’s Summer School at Benslow Music with Stephen Gutman, piano.
Recital of French songs by Berlioz, Ravel, Satie, Chausson, Duparc and Poulenc at St. George’s Parish Church Beckenham, accompanied by Stephen Gutman.
Coma Voices all day workshop of new compositions by students of Trinity College of Music.
April 18th – 21st
Spring Song Festival at Benslow Music with Graham Trew.
Adjudicated The John Ireland Prize at The London College of Music.
CD Recording of English Songs including Seven Sappho Songs by Ivor Gurney for The English Poetry and Song Society.
March 11th & 12th
Performances of Lost in Music by Luke Stoneham at Camden Arts Centre
Workshop and performance of Troubairitz by Tansy Davies at the COMA Festival of Contemporary Music Celebrations at Kings Place, London.
Recital of songs by Handel and John Harle at The International Study Centre, Canterbury with The Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Anthony Halstead.
November 28th – 29thEnglish and American song course at Benslow Music Hitchin Herts
King Edward’s School Bath, singing in the Unsung Heroines Concert of the AESS.
August 25th – 26th
Recording new English Songs in Bath for The English Poetry and Song Society.
August 10th – 14th
Sarah Leonard’s Vocal Summer School at Benslow Muisc Hitchin, Hertfordshire, with Stephen Gutman piano.
Recital of American Songs with Stephen Gutman, Morrison Hall, Benslow 8pm. Sondheim, Gershwin, Barber, Ives.
August 2nd - 8th
Coma Summer School, High Melton, Doncaster, running classes in solo voice and voice and percussion repertoire, and work -shopping new voice and cello compositions. www.coma.org
Ode Machine 1 in Paragraph 5 of The Great Learning by Cornelius Cardew. Union Chapel, Islington.
American Song Recital at All Saints Church, West Dulwich with Stephen Gutman piano. Songs by Ives, Copland, Barber, Milton Babbitt, Sondheim, Gershwin.
April 20th – 23rd
Spring Song Fest at Benslow Music with Graham Trew.Four days of workshops. www.benslowmusic.org/
St Margaret’s Church Lee SE13 5EA 7:30pm Soprano soloist in Fauré Requiem with Blackheath Choir
February 27th – March 1st
Jackdaws Music Education Trust Frome, Somerset.With Stephen Varcoe leading English Song Weekend workshops.www.jackdaws.org.uk
Short recital of English Songs by Parry, Quilter, Gurney, Armstrong Gibbs and Walock, at St. Georges Church, Beckenham, Kent. 12:30pm
Record six songs by Betty Roe for her forthcoming CD, at Roslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, with Nigel Foster piano, and Madeleine Mitchell violin.
Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts Song Recital with Stephen Gutman. Settings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Benslow Summer Music Festival, Morrison Hall. 8pm
Blackheath Choir Le Paradis Perdu by Theodore Dubois. St Margaret’s Church, Brandram Road, London SE13 5BT. 7:30pm conductor Patricia Taylor.
Milton Keynes Chorale Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. The Venue, Walton High, conductor Oliver Neal Parker.
Canterbury Cathedral, Festival Chamber Orchestra, conductor Stephen Barlow, with Michael Chance, John Harle and Sarah Leonard. Includes Silencium, Since First I Saw Your Face and The Three Ravens by John Harle.
The Birley Centre, Eastbourne College. 3;30pm. AESS Unsung Hero’sSongs by Michael Head.
Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol 8pmRecital of new songs written by The Severn Composers Alliance.Jolyon Laycock, Trevor Jones, Steven Kings, Julian Leeks, Sulyen Caradon and Aria by John Cage.
May 12th – 15th
Spring Song Festival at Benslow Music, Hitchin Hertfordshire. Tutors Sarah Leonard and Graham Trew.
Rossini – Petitte Messe Solennelle Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers, All Saints Leighton Buzzard. Conductor Alan Childs.
March 2nd Barbican, 3rd Manchester, 4th Cambridge, 5th, Brighton, 6th Bristol
The Tyburn Tree Tour with John Harle Saxophone, Marc Almond voice.
November 8th – 10th Benslow Music. Weekend course studying music by English and American composers. Sarah Leonard tutor, Stephen Gutman accompanist.
November 2nd. Song Recital Ripley Arts Centre, Sundridge Avenue, Bromley,Kent 7:30pm A Celebration of Youthful Genius – songs and piano music by Schubert, Strauss, Berg and Britten. Sarah Leonard soprano, Stephen Gutman piano. Tickets at the door.
October 25th Recital of American Songs, Sarah Leonard soprano, Stephen Gutman piano. Middleton Hall, Hull University 1:15pm. Songs by Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, John Cage, Milton Babbitt and William Bolcom. Tickets at the door.
October 4th Recital of English Songs with Sarah Leonard, soprano, Stephen Varcoe baritone and Nigel Foster piano. St. James Piccadilly, London, 7:30pm. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of The English Poetry & Song Society. Gurney: Seven Sappho Songs and Lights Out, Britten: Tit for Tat and On This Island and songs by Betty Roe, Janet Oates, Clive Pollard and Robert Hugill. Tickets at the door.
August 13th Song Recital Sarah Leonard soprano, Stephen Gutman piano as part of the Benslow Summer Music Festival, Morrison Hall, 8pm. www.benslowmusic.org A Celebration of Youthful Genius – songs by Schubert, Strauss, Berg and Britten, and piano solos by Britten and Berg. All pieces were composed by the time the composers reached the age of 25.
August 12th – 16th Sarah Leonard’s Summer School at Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, for solo singers.
August 10th & 11th The Golden Age of English Song weekend at The City Lit, Keeley Street, London, WC2 for solo singers led by Sarah Leonard, accompanist Clive Pollard. Studying songs by Warlock, Quilter, Bridge, Ireland, Finzi, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Michael Head.
August 2nd – 4th Tutor on the East Anglia Summer School for solo singers and pianists at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk.
June 27th Beverley Minster, Humberside, Midsummer Music Series. Lunchtime concert of new songs for voice, clarinet and piano on poems by Phillip Larkin. Sarah Leonard soprano, Colin Blamey clarinet, Jonathan Gooing piano. Songs by Louis Johnson, Nathaniel Seaman, Christopher Hutchings, Marcello Messina and Raymond Yiu.
June 8th Ealing Choral Society, St. Barnabas Church, Ealing, London, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle conducted by Jonathan Williams
May 29th London Song Festival, St. Paul’s Church Covent Garden, London. A recital of English Songs. Sarah Leonard soprano, Stephen Varcoe baritone, accompanied by Nigel Foster. A recital to celebrate the centenary year of the Association of English Singers and Speakers and to perform many of the songs in the forthcoming volumes of A Century of English Song.