|University of York Song DaySaturday 18 February | 12.30pm
Music oft hath such a charm: The Golden Age - The English Pastoral School £16 (£14) £3
Day Ticket: £32 (£28) £6 students
Please note there is a £1.50 administration charge per transaction
Presented in association with The University of YorkKitty Whately mezzo sopranoRoderick Williams baritone Peter Seymour piano
The Song Day focuses on settings of the great bard’s verse, albeit after 2016’s significant anniversaries but it is never too late to celebrate the words that have inspired so much great music. Originally the settings were heard in the context of the plays for which they were written but gradually moved outside the theatre so that by the late 19th and 20th centuries many composers – especially British ones – were inspired to set Shakespeare’s texts. These include Stanford, Sullivan, Vaughan Williams, Coates, Quilter, Finzi, Bridge, Maconchy, Dring – a veritable stellar group of composers for the voice!
Roderick Williams needs no introduction to audiences both in York and further afield and we are delighted to welcome him back for song recitals, a genre in which he is one of the world’s pre-eminent performers. A winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and now a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Kitty Whately is a passionate interpreter of song and has given many recitals including at the Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh Festival and the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals.