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Roderick Williams: Holding Hands with Composers Past

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Roderick Williams is one of the United Kingdom's country’s most sought after baritones and is constantly in demand on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the year award. He is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio. From 2022/23 season he takes the position of Composer in Association of the BBC Singers. He was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2017.

CD cover for Tom + Will by King's Singers

Roddy Williams' most recent composition inspired by an English renaissance composer, Thomas Weelkes, was commissioned and recorded by the King's Singers. Out on 13 January 2023, Tom and Will is now available for pre-order.

In this charming video, Roddy gives us a peek into his lifelong relationship with Byrd's music, from his boyhood as a chorister, to singing the ultimate 'emergency piece' (Byrd 3) in a close harmony performance, to his commission responding to Byrd's Ave Verum Corpus for the Ora Singers.


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