Our President – the composer

Congratulations to our Club President, Roderick Williams, on his recent success as a composer!

Roderick WilliamsThe British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) presented the 2016 British Composer Awards on Tuesday 6 December at BFI South Bank and Roderick won the award in the Choral category with his work Ave Verum Reimagined, commissioned by ORA and Suzi Digby OBE. This work is a reflection on the Kyrie Eleison from William Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices and received its UK premiere at the ORA Launch Concert at the Tower of London on 9 February 2016.

Created by BASCA in 2003, the awards promote the art of composition, recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists and bring their music to a wider audience. To qualify, works must have been completed within five years of the award period and received a UK premiere performance – either live or broadcast – in the year leading up to 31 March. Composers must have been born in the UK or resident for at least 5 years.

Roderick says: “William Byrd’s Ave Verum Corpus is a piece that I have known since my days as a treble chorister and I grew up in awe of its carefully measured harmony and effortless counterpoint. Like any choral singer, I have my favourite moments within the piece – the scrunching false relations, the question and answer exclamations, the mournful coda – and so I sought to write a poece that would focus specficially on the highlights and expand on them. Its composition is an act of homage to a masterful composer.”

This appears on ORA’s debut album, “Upheld by Stillness“.

Information about Roderick’s other compositions may be found by visiting their website.

We look forward to seeing and hearing Roderick in performance as the baritone we know and love on Sunday 26th February, when he will be joined by Iain Burnside on the piano.