Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Arts: Classical

Roderick Williams, baritone and Susie Allan, piano

Saturday 24 November 2018 at 7:30pm

Henderson Hall, Moor Park, SY8 4DZ

Roderick Williams brings the centenary of the Great War to a close with songs commemorating the war.

Turn of the Century Empire

Arthur Somervell: The street sounds to the soldiers' tread (A E Housmann)
Edward Elgar: A War Song (C Flavell Hayward)

The storm clouds gather

Ivor Gurney: Black Stitchel (W W Gibson)
George Butterworth: On the idle hill of summer (A E Housman)
Gerald Finzi: Channel Firing (Thomas Hardy)

In the trenches

Martin Shaw: Venizel (Captain W A Short)
Ivor Gurney: In Flanders (F W Harvey)
John Ireland: The Cost (Eric Thirkell Cooper)

The noble spirit in adversity

John Ireland: In Boyhood (A E Housman)
Charles Ives: In Flanders Fields (John McCrae)
Ivor Gurney: Captain Stratton's Fancy (John Masefield)

Counting the cost

William Denis Browne: To Gratiana, Singing and Dancing (Richard Lovelace)
Ernest Farrar: Silent Noon (Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
George Butterworth: The lads in their hundreds (A E Housman)

Dead Poets Society

John Ireland: The soldier (Rupert Brooke)
Todd McNeal: Everyone Sang (Siegfried Sassoon)
Elaine Hugh‐Jones: Futility (Wilfred Owen)
Anthony Payne: Adlestrop (Edward Thomas)


Gerald Finzi: Harvest (Edmund Blunden)
Ian Venables: Flying Crooked (Robert Graves)
Pain (Ivor Gurney)


Ralph Vaughan Williams: The twilight people (Seumas O'Sullivan)
Gerald Finzi: Only a man harrowing clods from Requiem da Camera (Thomas Hardy)

Roderick Williams needs no introduction to Ludlow audiences or, in fact, anywhere. He was the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Singer of the Year’ in 2016. His repertoire is rich and varied and he makes a very welcome return to Ludlow with Susie Allan.

Mr. Williams proved a natural and expressive communicator ... his rich, burnished baritone lovely throughout the evening. The contrast when his voice soared on a particular phrase ... proved particularly compelling when following moments of poignant intimacy. Vivienne Schweitzer The New York Times

This concert is the third of a 5-concert subscription series, with savings over tickets for individual concerts. You can see details of the whole series and subscribe now HERE

Tickets for non-subscribers (available from 1 August 2018): £18 (£6 students, accompanied u16 free) from Ludlow Assembly Rooms Box Office, online HERE or at the door

Roderick Williams
Susie Allan