“The Great Outdoors”
This extra Festival concert brings Roderick Williams to the new King’s High School campus for the first time. It is a chance to celebrate King’s Hall as a new venue for Warwick and there is also a new Music Department for King’s High School and Warwick Prep opening this year.
Williams has been hailed as a national treasure and is a supreme interpreter of English Song. This programme of works by the great English masters – Butterworth, Ireland, Warlock, Gurney, Vaughan Williams and Britten – shows Roderick at his absolute best.
Tickets: £20 unreserved
£1 Student Standby
Plentiful parking available with entry via Banbury Road
Tea and cakes served after the concert with tours of the school possible
James Pillai horn, Benjamin Nabarro and Claudia Ajmone-Marsan violins,
Rachel Roberts viola, Gemma Rosefield cello, Elena Hull double bass, Tim Horton piano
Howard Skempton Man and Bat
Howard Skempton The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Howard Skempton’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was first performed by Roderick Williams with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and then taken on by him and Ensemble 360 for performances in Sheffield, the Wigmore Hall and the 2017 Leamington Music Festival. The setting of D.H. Lawrence’s Man and Bat by Howard followed in July 2017, premièred in Sheffield, and this will be its first performance here in Leamington.
Tickets: £24 and £19 reserved, £14 unreserved sides.
Concert sponsored by Presto Classical
Schubert Winter Journey
Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn perform Schubert’s winter song cycle in English, echoing their critically acclaimed CD release of the work earlier this year. This concert forms part of Roderick’s Schubert Project in which he has sung Schubert’s three mighty song cycles all over the world alongside work in schools to teach youngsters how to sing the music of the great composer.
Browne To Gratiana Dancing and Singing
Farrar Silent Noon
Butterworth A Shropshire Lad
Schubert Schwanengesang D957
Hailed as today’s leading singer of English song, the first half of Roderick Williams’s recital is of British composers, whose lives were cut short in the Great War, including William Denis Browne who was born in Leamington. In the second half he completes his Schubert Project, having already sung Winterreise and Die schöne Mullerin in Leamington Music concerts.
Concert generously supported by Paul and Jane Watts