Abbotsholme Arts Society
June 5, 2019 7:30 pm http://www.grovesartists.com
BeethovenAn die ferne Geliebte Op. 98
SchubertSchwanengesang D. 957
Roderick Williams encompasses a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. He won the Singer of the Year Award in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and was awarded the OBE for services to music in June 2017. He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and is particularly associated with the baritone roles of Mozart. He has also sung world premieres of operas by, among others, David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa and Robert Saxton.
His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos. Roderick Williams is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio. He was Artistic Director of Leeds Lieder+ in April 2016. For his Abbotsholme recital he will sing Beethoven’s only songcycle and Schubert’s last. Susie Allan is best known for her work as a vocal accompanist and has partnered many established singers. I n Britain she has performed at most of the major recital venues and many festivals including the Three Choirs, Covent Garden, Harrogate, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh and Mananan. She appears regularly on BBC Radio Three, especially the Voices programme.
“Mr. Williams proved a natural and expressive communicator, conveying the drama and anguish in the songs without ever resorting to excessive vocal or theatrical gestures.” The New York Times
This concert is supported by the Patrons of Abbotsholme Arts Society