Roderick Williams – English Orpheus

March 25, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Roderick Williams (Photo: Theo Williams)

Baritone Roderick Williams is in constant demand in opera, recital, and concert in repertoire spanning the Baroque to world premieres. In 2016, his portrayal of Christus in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion as staged by Peter Sellars received international acclaim. Williams is also a composer and arranger whose works have been commissioned by the BBC Singers, ORA, and Voces8. Roderick Williams returns to Chicago next month as soloist in Music of the Baroque’s presentation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

Watch Roderick Williams performing selections from George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad below.


Franz Schubert: “Aufenthalt” from Schwanenegesang
Roderick Williams, baritone
Iain Burnside, piano

Henry Purcell: “We blustering brethren of the skies” from King Arthur
Gabrieli Consort
Paul McCreesh, conductor

Ivor Gurney: Black Stitchel
Traditional Irish, arr. Benjamin Britten: The Salley Gardens
Gerald Finzi: “It was a lover and his lass” from Let Us Garlands Bring
Roderick Williams, baritone
Susie Allen, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach: St John Passion
No. 24 “Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen”
No. 32 “Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen”
Roderick Williams, baritone
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Stephen Layton, conductor

Samuel Barber arr. Roderick Williams: Sure on This Shining Night
Roderick Williams, baritone
Coull Quartet

Roderick Williams: Ave Verum Corpus Re-imagined
Suzi Digby, director

Roderick Williams: Let Nothing Trouble You
Daisy Walford, soprano
Archie Buchanan, tenor
Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir
Ralph Allwood, conductor

George Butterworth arr. Roderick Williams: A Shropshire Lad
III. Look not in my eyes
VI. Is my team ploughing?
Roderick Williams, baritone
Hallé Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder, conductor