1979 Festival

The 1979 festival was one of the last to be staged, so it may be of interest to see the range of events included.  These are listed in the festival programme booklet, a substantial volume of 144 pages, 252x203mm, glossy paper throughout.  The only colour pages are the cover, a bright (not to say lurid) green.

As well as the order of events (transcribed below) there are full programme notes, texts and translations, biographical notes for performers and lists of members of the choirs and orchestras taking part.  (The list for Leeds Festival Chorus still shows the town from which that member came.)

The subject of the 1979 festival is Liszt; as the Artistic Director, John Warrack, says in the programme:

He remains less well known than he deserves, though interest and understanding have been growing in recent years. Our programmes are designed to help appreciation of his extraordinary music by setting him in various contexts; and in turn, we may perhaps hear some familiar and well-loved works rather differently when they are grouped in these special contexts. This is not exclusively a Liszt Festival: it is a festival stimulated by Liszt.


FRIDAY 25 MAY
7.30 p.m.
LEEDS PARISH CHURCH
0 clap your hands

Music for His Majesty’s Sackbuts and
Cornetts (1661)
Via Crucis
Motets: Afierentur regi, Ave Maria, Locus iste, Ecce sacerdos
Rejoice in the Lamb

Parish Church Choir,
Emerson Wind Ensemble.
Organist Tom Corfield
Conductor Simon Lindley
Vaughan Williams
Locke

Liszt
Bruckner
Britten





SATURDAY 26 MAY
11.00 a.m.
LEEDS GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Crisantemi
String Quartet No. 3
Piano Quintet (‘The Trout’)

Ian Hobson,
Medici String Quartet
Puccini
Britten
Schubert
SATURDAY 26 MAY
A GOETHE CONCERT
7.30 p.m.
LEEDS TOWN HALL
National anthem
Overture: Egmont
Die erste Walpurgisnacht
A Faust Symphony

Helen Attfield, Philip Langridge,
Christopher Underwood, Neil Howlett,
Leeds Festival Chorus,
BBC Northern
Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor Norman Del Mar
(arr. Britten)
Beethoven
Mendelssohn
Liszt
SUNDAY 27 MAY
10.30 a.m.
LEEDS PARISH CHURCH
Festival Service, to include a new Te Deum and Jubilate by Brian Kelly

Preacher The Lord Bishop of Ripon
Organist and Master of the Music Simon Lindley
SUNDAY 27 MAY
8.00 p.m.
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Impromptus D. 935
Sonata in G minor
Sonata in B minor

Sir Clifford Curzon
Schubert
Schumann
Liszt

MONDAY 28 MAY
8.00 p.m.
BRAHMS AND LISZT
INN,
DEVEREUX HOUSE, EAST PARADE
An informal evening of part-songs by Schubert, Weber, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Liszt, with busking before and after.

A group from the Leeds Festival Chorus, with Geoffrey Emerson, Honor Wright, Jeremy Beckett, directed by Simon Wright; and the Cambridge Buskers.
TUESDAY 29 MAY
7.30 p.m.
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Overture: Les Francs-juges
Psalm XIII
Piano Concerto in G
Symphony of Psalms

Robert Ferguson, Michel Dalberto,
Leeds Festival Chorus,
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor John Eliot Gardiner
Berlioz
Liszt
Ravel
Stravinsky
WEDNESDAY 30 MAY
11.00 a.m.
ST. AIDAN'S CHURCH
ROUNDHAY ROAD
Venetian music for brass, wind and chorus, with plainchant antiphons.
Jubilate Deo
Magnificat
Canzon in double echo
Magnificat
Canzona noni toni a 12
Beatus vir
Sonata pian e forte
Psalm 150

Monks of Ampleforth Abbey,
Emerson Wind Ensemble,
Leeds Festival Chorus.
Conductor
Simon Wright


Gabrieli
Zieleński
Gabrieli
Monteverdi
Gabrieli
Monteverdi
Gabrieli
Schütz
WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 7.30 p.m.
LEEDS TOWN HALL
A SHAKESPEARE CONCERT
Overture. A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hamlet
Romeo and Juliet (Suite No. 2)
Falstaff

BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor Sir Alexander Gibson

Mendelssohn

Liszt
Prokofiev
Elgar
THURSDAY 31 MAY
1.10 p.m. CLOTHWORKERS’
CENTENARY CONCERT HALL,
THE UNIVERSITY
Variations on 'L’amour est un enfant trompeur’
Nocturne and Drinking Song (Chopin),
Fruhlingsnacht (Schumann),
La regata veneziana (Rossini)
Un rêve, Une caresse a mafemme
Tarantella styrienne
Españaña
Saudades do Brasil No. 9
Caprice italien

Keith Swallow
Dussek

Transcriptions by Liszt


Rossini
Debussy
Satie
Milhaud
Poulenc
THURSDAY 31 MAY
7.30 p.m.
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Prelude and fugue on B.A.C.H.
Cantata No. 12, ‘Weinen, klagen’
Variations on ‘Weinen, kiagen’
Cantata No. 21, ‘Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis’

Felicity Palmer, Alfreda Hodgson,
John Elwes, Neil Howlett,
Leeds Festival Chorus,
Birmingham Chamber Orchestra.
Organ Simon Wright
Conductor John Alldis
Liszt
Bach
Liszt
Bach

THURSDAY 31 MAY
9.45 p.m.
LEEDS CIVIC HALL
SERENADE SUPPER
An informal buffet supper, with wine, after the Town Hall concert, organized by the Festival Ladies’ Group.
Music, chiefly Mozart, will be played in the musicians’ gallery by students from the City of Leeds College of Music.

Tickets: £5.00 (all-inclusive).
FRIDAY 1 JUNE
1.00 p.m.
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Ave Maria
Ave Maria von Arcadelt
Ave verum
Miserere
Evocation de la Sainte Chapelle

Parish Church Choir
directed by Simon Lindley
Arcadelt
Liszt
Mozart
Allegri
Liszt
FRIDAY 1 JUNE
7.30 p.m.
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Brigg Fair
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 4

Victoria Postnikova,
BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Delius
Liszt
Tchaikovsky
SATURDAY 2 JUNE
7.30 p.m.
LEEDS TOWN HALL
National anthem
La Damnation de Faust

Isobel Buchanan, Peyo Garazzi,
Bernard Kruysen, John Tranter,
Leeds Festival Chorus,
BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
arr. Elgar
Berlioz
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