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Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams (Baritone)

Roderick Williams was born to a Jamaican mother and a Welsh father in 1965, and worked as a music teacher before training as a singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His operatic repertoire includes Britten’s Billy Budd, Sid and Mr Gedge (Albert Herring), and Ned Keene (which he sings on Richard Hickox’s Grammy-winning Chandos recording from 1996), Mozart’s Papageno, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He is particularly celebrated for his interpretations of English song, and has recorded Vaughan Williams’s Willow-Wood and Songs of Travel, Finzi’s Earth and Air and Rain, I Said to Love and Let Us Garlands Bring, Britten;s Songs and proverbs of William Blake, and songs by Quilter, Ireland and Butterworth as part of Naxos’s English Songs Series.

Further Reading: Roderick Williams

 Interview, Vaughan Williams's folksong arrangements

Baritone Roderick Williams, pianist William Vann, and researcher John Francis discuss the first instalment in a new series of recordings, featuring previously unheard folksong arrangements by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

 Interview, Roderick Williams on the songs of Arthur Somervell

The English baritone talks to David about his new recording of two song-cycles by this rarely-heard Victorian composer, including a setting of Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad'.

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