Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside

A song recital given by the renowned baritone Roderick Williams, accompanied by Iain Burnside, who is a patron of this concert series. The concert marks the end of the First World War, which brought about a greater carnage than any previous war and features works by composers  who served, many of whom did not return. This will include Butterworth's 'Six Songs from Shropshire Lad’, together with ‘Songs of Travel’ by Vaughan Williams. Both composers enlisted in 1914 and served on the Somme. Vaughan Williams, then aged 42, became a medical orderly whilst Butterworth went into the Durham Light Infantry. He was killed by a sniper in August 1916. Vaughan Williams lost a close friend and mourned this tragic loss to English music.

Roddy Williams2Roderick Williams encompasses a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. 

He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses.  He has also sung world premieres of operas by, among others, David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa, Robert Saxton and Alexander Knaifel.

Roderick Williams has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  Abroad he has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Bach Collegium Japan amongst others.  

His many festival appearances include the BBC Proms (including the Last Night in 2014), Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Melbourne.

Recent opera engagements include Oronte in Charpentier’s Medée, Don Alfonso / Cosi fan Tutte and Pollux /Castor and Pollux  for English National Opera, Toby Kramer in Van der Aa’s Sunken Garden in the Netherlands , Lyon and London,  Van der Aa’s After Life at Melbourne State Theatre,  Sharpless in Madam Butterfly  for the Nederlandse Reisopera, the title roles of Eugene Onegin  for Garsington Opera and Billy Budd for Opera North.  , Cincinnati Symphony, Music of the Baroque Chicago, Virginia Arts Festival, BBC Proms, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as many recitals and concerts in the UK and worldwide.

He is also an accomplished recital artist who can be heard at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s, the Perth Concert Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival, the Musikverein, Vienna and appears regularly on Radio 3 both as a performer and a presenter.  In 2017/18 he will perform all three Schubert cycles at the Wigmore Hall.

Roderick Williams at the Proms 2014.  The composer George Butterworth was killed on the Somme in 1916


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Iain's numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos. Roderick Williams is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and in for the BBc Proms 2017.

He was Artistic Director of Leeds Lieder in April 2016 and won the RPS Singer award in May 2016.  He was awarded an OBE in June 2017. Iain Burnside Iain Burnside is a pianist who has appeared in recital with many of the world’s leading singers. He is also an insightful programmer with an instinct for the telling juxtaposition. His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Schubert to the cutting edge, as in the Gramophone Award-winning NMC Songbook. Recent recordings include the complete Rachmaninov songs (Delphian) with seven outstanding Russian artists (“the results are electrifying” Daily Telegraph). Burnside’s passion for English Song is reflected in acclaimed CDs of Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Ireland, Britten and Butterworth, with baritone Roderick Williams.

Away from the piano Iain is active as a writer and broadcaster. As presenter of BBC R3’s Voices he won a Sony Radio Award. For the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Burnside has devised a number of singular theatre pieces. A Soldier and a Maker, based on the life of Ivor Gurney, was performed at the Barbican Centre and the Cheltenham Festival, and later broadcast by BBC R3 on Armistice Day. His new project Swansong has been premiered at the Kilkenny Festival and will play in Milton Court in November.

Future highlights include performances of the three Schubert song cycles with Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall. A Delphian release of songs by Nikolai Medtner launches a major series of Russian Song in the 2018 Wigmore Hall season. Other forthcoming projects feature Ailish Tynan, Rosa Feola, Andrew Watts, Robin Tritschler and Benjamin Appl.

Iain Burnside is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera. He is also a founder patron of the Woodbridge Chamber Concerts.

William  Dennis Browne was killed in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915, together with the poet Rupert Brooke.

RCM mageThe RCM Strings under Mark Messenger make a welcome return. The concert includes repertoire from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and following the interval, works by later composers celebrating that golden age. Advanced students from the town's two secondary schools will join the RCM Strings in the Concerto Grosso.

The Royal College of Music is ranked as the Top Conservatory for the Performing Arts in the UK and second in the world  (QS  -  World University Rankings 2017)
Apart from training many world famous artists, it was the college where most of the important British composers studied, including Holst,. Bliss, Bridge, Vaughan Williams and Britten.

Vivaldi. Double Concerto in A minor RV522
Bach. Violin Concerto in E major BWv1042
Mozart. Divertimento in D major K136
Vaughan Williams. Concerto Grosso
Tchaikovsky. Serenade for Strings

Mark Messenger

Mark messenger3At the age of sixteen, Mark Messenger was awarded a scholarship to study violin at the Royal Academy of Music under David Martin and Sidney Griller. Three years later he made his Wigmore Hall debut. He has since played as soloist and chamber musician in all of London’s major concert halls and throughout the world, appearing in many national and international festivals. He has broadcast many times on television and radio, and has recorded for six labels.

For eight years he was a member of the Bingham String Quartet, which championed the cause of contemporary music through its adventurous commissioning and performance programme. Currently he is a member of the internationally renowned Bochmann String Quartet with whom he has a busy international concert and recording schedule. He is also much in demand as a solo recitalist as well as leader of the European Chamber Opera and Docklands Sinfonietta.

At the age of seventeen, he was appointed violin professor at Goldsmiths College. For four years from 1993 he was director of Chamber Music at the Aberystwyth International Summer Music Festival and was influential in the development of educational policies for orchestras through his work with the English Symphony Orchestra where he was Education Projects Manager. In 1999, he initiated the Essex String Orchestras project, a raft of string ensembles at all levels designed to re-invigorate string playing within the county. He has also been a consultant on music education policies for the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and for Colchester Borough Council. He also has much practical outreach experience, not only through the education programmes with the Bochmann and Bingham string quartets, but also through his conducting work for many youth orchestras throughout the country including the Essex, Goldsmiths, E.S.O. and Brighton Youth Orchestras. In 2001 he was appointed conductor of the Essex Young People’s Orchestra.

Michael Foyle, Maxim Stsura, Raphael Lang

Michael Foyle

Michael Foyle

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Maxim Stsura

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Raphael Lang


Vaughan Williams. The Lark Ascending (original version for violin and piano)
Ravel. Piano Trio in A minor
Shostakovich. Piano Trio No 2 in E minor Op.67

This concert sees the return of the violinist Michael Foyle and pianist Maxim Stsura. They will be joined by the French / American cellist Raphael Lang, to perform the works that Ravel and Vaughan Williams composed before enlisting and ending with Shostakovich’s piano trio written in Leningrad in the midst of the Second World War.

Michael Foyle

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‘playing of compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph)
 ‘full of sparkling detail, with tonal beauty and incisive rhythmic clarity, balancing wit and poetry’ (The Strad),

Michael Foyle won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016. His acclaimed performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto no.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led to an immediate invitation to give his debut recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In recent seasons, he also made his solo debuts at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Estonia Concert Hall and New York Chamber Music Festival, performing live on BBC Radio 3, NPO Radio 4 and Estonia Klassikaradio.

During 2016–17, Michael performs the concertos of Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms, Elgar, Korngold, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. In recital, he appears at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Usher Hall, Queen’s Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as in festivals in Austria, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia and the US. In addition to his solo and chamber performances, Michael is engaged this season as Guest Concertmaster of BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra.

Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut at Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and the Royal Over-Seas League String Competition 2013, subsequently performing as artist for City Music Foundation, Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society and Making Music Young Concert.  His acclaimed duo with pianist Maksim Štšura won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition and the Salieri–Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in 2015.

Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, Michael was awarded the Regency Award for Excellence and the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. Alongside his studies with Maureen Smith, he received artistic guidance from Olivier Charlier, James Ehnes, Stephen Kovacevich and Maxim Vengerov. He completed his studies with a Certificate of Performance degree with Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Konservatorium. Michael plays a Gennaro Gagliano violin (1750) on loan and is represented by Interartists Amsterdam.

Maksim Štšura

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Maksim Štšura is an Estonian pianist  and chamber musician who has performed in concert halls across the United Kingdom, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room and  Wigmore Hall, as well as the Lichfield , Harrogate and King’s Lynn Festivals. He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in 2013, studying under Gordon Fergus-Thompson and has also completed the prestigious Artist Diploma course with him in 2014. Maksim is currently on a Doctoral course at the Royal College of Music taking part in master classes with Dmitry Bashkirov, Stephen Hough, John Lill and Barry Douglas,

He has won prizes in several international competitions, including First Prize at the 7th Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004) and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000) .Maksim has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, Finland, Estonia and Russia. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera Estonia Symphony Orchestra,

Maksim is in demand as a chamber musician. He is a regular partner of the violinist Michael Foyle forming the Foyle –Stsura Duo, winning the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition. The Daily Telegraph described a recent concert as producing ‘playing of compelling conviction with astonishing mutual feeling, understanding and responsiveness.

Raphael Lang

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Raphael Lang, (born in 1990) is a French-American cellist. From the age of 13, he studied at the National Regional Conservatory of Paris with Marc Coppey, Raphael Pidoux and Erwan Faure. After having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 under David Strange, he completed his Masters degree with Mats Lidstrom. He has participated in masterclasses with Truls Mork, Raphael Wallfisch, Robert Cohen, Colin Carr, David Finckel, Christoph Henkel and Valter Despalj. He has been the Principal cello of the Royal Academy Sainsbury Soloists since 2012, and has led the cello section in all the other various orchestras. As a developing orchestral musician, he has performed with the LSO as part of their String Experience Scheme and has played with the Britten Sinfonia. He has been a full member of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2013. He also frequently performs in the USA as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2008 he was a finalist in the Competition Jeunes Talents in Paris. At the Royal Academy, he was the winner of the May Mukle Prize 2011, the David Martin/Florence Hooton Prize 2012 ,the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Prize 2014 and has received the Robert Alva Memorial Prize, the Ruth Waddell Fund Award and the Sir Peter Halling Prize. He was designated a Leverhulme Mentor for the year 2012/2013. Raphael is grateful towards the Shoresh Charitable Trust for generously supporting him during his postgraduate studies.