Programme for 2018-2019 Season: April 2019

Thursday 11 April 2019 (at 7.45pm)

Bedford Girls' School

KATHRYN RUDGE mezzo soprano
A Springtime Garland of Song and Opera

Gerald Finzi: Let us garlands bring (RW)

Herbert Howells: King David (KR)

Roger Quilter: Go Lovely Rose; Fair House of Joy (KR)

William Denis Browne: To Gratiana Dancing and Singing (KR)

Benjamin Britten: Folk Songs: The Brisk Young Widow, Down by the Salley Gardens, Oliver Cromwell (KR)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Adieu, Think of me (RW, KR)

George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad (RW)

Eric Coates: Birdsongs at Eventide (KR)

Frank Bridge: Thy Hand in Mine; Where She Lies Asleep; Love went a riding (KR)

Surprise opera arias and duets (RW, KR)

Baritone Roderick Williams needs no introduction. One of the finest baritones in the world, and an exquisite song performer he won the Singer of the Year Award in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and was awarded the OBE for services to music in June 2017. BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge was nominated in the Young Artist category of the prestigious RPS Awards 2016. They are joined at the piano by prize-winning Bedford Music Club Artistic Director William Vann.

"…[Roderick] imbued each song with myriad colourful nuances, his rich, burnished baritone lovely throughout the evening." The New York Times
"Rudge's voice is golden, rich and even; and her phrasing superb." American Record Guide

Roderick Williams

Kathryn Rudge

William Vann


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