Two days after his superb performance of Howard Skempton’s marvellously spare The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Music in the Round’s May Festival, Roderick Williams was in the limelight at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards last Tuesday, the 10th of May.
The baritone, recently appointed as Music in the Round’s first Singer-in-Residence, received the Singer Award for 2016.
The citation read: The jury found much to celebrate in the work of all three short-listed singers this year. The winner, however, stood out for a remarkably wide-ranging year of song, in particular his exemplary performances of British 20th and 21st century repertoire, including his own compositions. A consummate artist and a singer with whom composers and fellow musicians find it a joy to work. The award goes to Roderick Williams.
A further fanfare! It has just been confirmed that ‘Roddy’ will record Skempton’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written for him and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, this autumn for release in 2017.
Premiered at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham in December and repeated at London’s Wigmore Hall the following evening, undoubtedly it will have been a contributing factor in the RPS Music Award.
The recording will probably be with the BCMG, although Music in the Round’s resident group, Ensemble 360, should possibly not be completely ruled out.