Roderick Williams and Britten Sinfonia Voices set for Saffron Hall debut

January 27, 2014

Baritone Roderick Williams and Britten Sinfonia’s acclaimed professional vocal ensemble Britten Sinfonia Voices will make their Saffron Hall debut on Sunday 9 February in a beautiful afternoon concert centered on two masters of music for the voice, Schubert and Schumann.

Directed by the inspirational conductor and baritone Eamonn Dougan (who is also Associate Conductor of renowned early music ensemble The Sixteen), Britten Sinfonia Voices is made up some of the country’s leading vocalists.

Performing with Britten Sinfonia Voices will be tenor Nicholas Mulroy (Director of Chapel Music and Assistant Director of College Music, Girton College Cambridge), soprano Susan Gilmour Bailey and mezzo-soprano Alexandra Gibson.

Central to the programme are a selection of Schubert Lieder and drinking songs, including the joyous Der Tanz D826 and rousing Trinklied D75, alongside two works from Schumann’s song cycle Liederkreis Op.39.

Also joining Britten Sinfonia Voices on stage is the internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams. Roderick regularly performs with Europe’s major opera companies and orchestras and is soon to star in the world premiere of Michel van de Aa’s latest opera Sunken Garden, presented by English National Opera.

For this Saffron Hall debut, Roderick will be demonstrating two-sides of his musical talents, appearing as both composer and soloist – premiering his new, two-part work The Last hour on the River and In His Cups to Saffron Hall audiences.

Set to texts by writer, poet and librettist Karen Hayes, Roderick’s work is orchestrated for voices, clarinet and piano and complements the twin themes of the programme; a sense of eternity and drinking songs. Britten Sinfonia’s principal clarinet Joy Farrell and pianist Tom Poster complete the outstanding artist line-up.

Tickets £10

For booking details visit the Saffron Hall website

Event details and programme

Britten Sinfonia Voices and Roderick Williams
Sunday 9 February| 3pm (one-hour)

Roderick Williams baritone
Joy Farrall clarinet
Tom Poster piano
Britten Sinfonia Voices:
Susan Gilmour Bailey soprano
Alexandra Gibson mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Eamonn Dougan baritone/director

Roderick Williams Red Herring Blues
Schubert Der Tanz D826
Schubert Trinklied D75
Roderick Williams New work for voices, clarinet and piano
Schubert An die Sonne D439
Schumann Auf einer Burg
Schubert Schicksalslenker D763
Schumann Mondnacht
Schubert Lebenslust D609
Schubert Trinklied D183

Find out more
Roderick Williams reveals more about his thoughts about composing in a blog over on Britten Sinfonia’s website.