A Thomas Hardy Songbook
RODERICK WILLIAMS baritone & CHRISTOPHER GLYNN piano
Wed 25 Nov 2020 1:00pm
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plus special guest baritone GARETH BRYNMOR JOHN as part of the Momentum: Our Future, Now initiative
includes FINZI Before and After Summer alongside songs by Benjamin Britten, John Ireland and more
Our Singer-in-Residence, Roderick Williams, is without a doubt one of the greatest performers of English song. In this concert, Roderick and Christopher will carry us through the wonderful Wessex world of Thomas Hardy’s poems set to music. From cider-drenched outbursts of joy in spring, to the falling yellow leaves of autumn, expect to be completely absorbed by an idyllic landscape with these outstanding musicians.
Roderick and Christopher will also be joined by guest baritone Gareth Brynmor John, who will be performing a few songs in this concert. His special appearance is part of the 'Momentum: Our Future, Now' initiative established in response to the pandemic, which sees leading soloists and conductors supporting younger colleagues by inviting them to share the stage at concerts and events taking place over the coming seasons.
Gareth first wowed Sheffield audiences back in December 2017, when he stood in for Roderick Williams who was unable to perform due to illness. Music in the Round is absolutely delighted to be welcoming them both back to Upper Chapel this autumn, as we do all that we can to support musicians in these challenging times.
“I can think of no better way to nurture the enormous musical talent that is facing such a threat in the face of this pandemic. I dearly hope that performers, promoters and audiences alike become used to the idea that, for the time being, opportunities to make music can be shared rather than competed for. We need to help each other now more than ever.” Roderick Williams
“[Roderick Williams is] our greatest living baritone” The Daily Telegraph