The programme consists of Schubert’s great song-cycle Winterreise, sung in German.
James Newby was the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award, and is a BBC New Generation Artist from 2018-2020. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert Lied) and overall Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition. In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
James was awarded the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Rising Stars prize for 2017-2019. Recent engagements with the orchestra include ‘Christus’ in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion; and various Bach Cantatas as part of the OAE’s ‘Bach, the Universe and Everything’ series at Kings Place, London. In 18/19 he sings the role of Apollo in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne under Jonathan Cohen, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem under Marin Alsop, and St Matthew Passion under John Butt.
James enjoys a busy schedule as a recitalist; recent and future highlights include appearances at Leeds Lieder Festival and Newbury Spring Festival with Joseph Middleton, Oxford Lieder Festival with Eugene Asti and his debut solo recital at Wigmore Hall. He also sang in the Perth International Arts Festival, Australia, including a performance of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, and performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe in the Trinity Laban Schumann and Poulenc Project led by Eugene Asti.
Supported by Hull City Council and Making Music
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Following a £9.5 million redevelopment, Middleton Hall re-opened its doors in late 2016 as a 400-seater concert hall. The versatile venue is used for classical music concerts, and with adaptable acoustics, it is also used as a surround-sound cinema and theatre space.