START OF THE SCHUBERT PROJECT

The internationally acclaimed baritone who lives just south of Warwick, RODERICK WILLIAMS is currently working on and giving performances of the three great song cycles by Schubert. 

Roderick Williams 12 July 2010

These are generally considered the greatest compositions in the field of German Lieder.

Accompanied by IAIN BURNSIDE, Roderick Williams will perform Winterreise on Sunday 13 November at 7pm in the Performance Hall of King’s High School in WARWICK and there is already a big demand for tickets.

Winter Journey, as Winterreise is translated, is a setting of twenty four poems by Wilhelm Muller.  The cycle covers many emotions ending with the bleak poem about the Hurdy- Gurdy Man.  It is the outstanding example of Romantic music in song.  Schubert wrote over 600 songs in his short lifetime and no other composer of any sort approaches that achievement.

Dates have already been fixed for Roderick Williams to sing the other two cycles; Die schone Mullerin on 30 April 2017 and Schwanengesang on 8 May 2018, both in concerts in the Leamington Music Festival Weekends.

Richard Phillips, Festival Director, adds, “It is wonderful that such a busy singer performing in opera houses and concert halls all over the world can make the time to bring a project like this to the area where he lives.  He is finding time to do workshops in local schools too.

“Roderick Williams is currently singing the title role in Britten’s opera Billy Budd for Opera North and we will be going to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham on the Thursday after the Warwick concert to hear him.  We gather we are lucky to get tickets.”

Roderick Williams is also a talented composer and a work of his will be included in the Christmas Concert that the Choir of Clare College Cambridge is giving in St Mark’s Church Leamington on 17 December.  He was seen and heard by millions when he sang Rule Britannia at the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall two years ago.

This concert is one of the twenty two promoted over the winter months by Leamington Music, which celebrated its tenth anniversary at the start of October.

 

Tickets for all Leamington Music concerts are on sale at www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk or call 01926 334418.  Full details can also be found on www.leamingtonmusic.org

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