Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 8pm

A voyage around Hardy

Finzi – Songs to texts from Thomas Hardy from Earth, Air and Rain, op 15 and Before and After Summer, op 16

Schubert – Lieder

Roderick Williams needs no introduction to Ilkley. This immensely charismatic baritone brings alive the worlds of lieder and of English song. Returning for a third visit, he will be accompanied by Iain Burnside, who has appeared with many of the world’s greatest singers and is also a leading writer and broadcaster.

They will perform songs by Finzi based on poems by Hardy, the writer who spoke most deeply to him and whose poetry brought out the best in his gift for responding to words. These will be interleaved with a selection of lieder by Schubert, another composer who could set words in a way in which the musical shape is derived entirely from the text. It promises to be an intriguing and enjoyable evening of song.

“Williams is an unfailingly intelligent singer and is matched every step of the way by Burnside. Intepretatively they barely put a foot wrong…” THE GRAMOPHONE