Day 227 - Britain's Finest Baritone
Updated: Nov 2
Some people are almost too good to be true. Roderick Williams is one of them. Once shocked to be described as Britain's finest baritone he phoned up his agent in genuine shock suggesting that really all he was was one of South Warwickshire's more promising vocalists. But Roddy, as he is universally known is truly special. Son of a Welsh father and a Jamaican mother he is one of the UK's leading musical lights. I first came across him when he was singing at the 200th anniversary commemoration of the ending of slavery in Westmister Abbey. Perhaps the most communicative of all recitalists he has recently been performing Schubert's great song cycles in English in Jeremy Sams's wonderful new versions, opening up this music to those who find German too much of a barrier. In addition to his recital and concert career he is a consummate actor with frequent performances at the Royal Opera House. The fact that he is also a highly respected composer of choral music would be almost too much to bear if it weren't for one thing - the entire business agrees that he is genuinely the nicest man in the world. He has been to Perth four times and I for one can't wait to get him back.
Roderick Williams lockdown concert click here
Roderick Williams sings The Magic Flute click here
Roderick Williams sings Ol' man River click here