Mhairi Lawson

Mhairi Lawson

at Harewood House, Leeds
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Heroism, Love, Mythology and the Classics

Mhairi Lawson: soprano
Matthew Brook: bass
Peter Seymour: fortepiano

For Schubert and Haydn, as for their predecessors and contemporaries, the study of Greek rhetoric and mythology was an integral part of their general and musical education. It is no surprise then that some of Schubert’s most dramatic and inspired songs derive
from his focus on opera librettos telling tales of heroism from kings, queens and knights of the Crusades, or from the heroes, gods and goddesses of Olympus. Alongside these blood-and-thunder heroes, love - fulfilled or unrequited - unsurprisingly also finds a place. Haydn’s ambitious dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos portrays the turbulent emotions of
the famous abandoned heroine.

Mhairi Lawson

Acclaimed soprano and recitalist who is one of the UK’s leading early music specialists. '... crystal clear tone and flawless technique...' (St George's Bristol).

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Matthew Brook

A bass baritone singer who has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe, Australia, South Africa and the Far East.

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Peter Seymour

A harpsichord, organ and fortepiano player, who works both as a soloist and ensemble player. He is also director of Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and Yorkshire Bach Choir.

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Harewood House

Harewood
Leeds
LS17 9LG