Four Songs from Northern Seas
October 3, 2009

Leeds Lieder+, The Venue, Leeds
I had been commissioned to write four songs for the Leeds biennial lieder festival, Leeds Lieder+, and I set four poems by the Scottish poet George Bruce, whose work I have now set a number of times. The programme was curious in that it included works by Vaughan Williams, Gurney and others from the English “pastoral school” whose work has never interested me very much. I attended the concert where the performers, tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Julius Drake (who is artistic director of the festival) were absolutely terrific.

Gavin Bryars