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Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside

Before Life and After

Fri 2 Nov 2018
Classical

Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside

Before Life and After

Finzi The Clock of the Years
Childhood among the ferns
I need not go for life I had never cared greatly
‘Amabel’ (Before and after Summer)
‘Proud Songsters’ (Earth and Air and Rain)
Ireland Summer Schemes
Her Songs
Great Things
Dear, think not that they will forget you
Britten ‘Before Life and After’ (Winter Words)
Proud Songsters
Midnight on the Great Western
Venables A Kiss
Dankworth De Profundis 1

With poetry by Thomas Hardy, Elaine Feinstein, Adrian Mitchell, Edwin Morgan, Sharon Olds, WB Yeats and others.

Roderick Williams baritone
Iain Burnside piano
Sorcha Cusack narrator

‘The thrushes sing as the sun is going …
As if all Time were theirs.’ Proud Songsters

The poet Thomas Hardy had a lifelong preoccupation with memory and the passing of time, for what was loved, what was lost and what could never be. Acclaimed duo baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Iain Burnside delve into Hardy’s world, in which nature and the everyday take on startling spiritual power. Their sequence of words and music centres on settings by Britten, Finzi and Ireland, interleaved with poetry which responds to Hardy’s ideas from a woman’s perspective, with narration from renowned Irish actor Sorcha Cusack.

‘[Williams] imbued each song with myriad colourful nuances, his rich, burnished baritone lovely throughout the evening.’ New York Times

Date & time:Fri 2 Nov 2018 – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One

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