Roderick Williams OBE announced as Composer in Association of the BBC Singers14.04.22
Roderick Williams OBE has been appointed as Composer in Association to the BBC Singers from the 22/23 season for three years.
Roderick takes the position over from Judith Weir and the position will involve him composing a major new work for the BBC Singers in each season of his tenure.
Roddy already enjoys a long and fruitful collaboration with the BBC Singers both as a performer and composer. This has previously led to the critically acclaimed commission World Without End which was written for the BBC Singers and the Rias Kammerchor in 2018, as well as a commission entitled O Rex Gentium which received its world premiere in December 2021.
Roderick said: “It’s nothing short of a dream to be invited to formalise my compositional relationship with the BBC Singers. I have known them for so long as a singer going back decades to when I auditioned to join their ranks as an extra myself. I have many years of first-hand experience as to what they can accomplish as individual voices and as a world-renowned group of singers, most especially in contemporary music but also in absolutely the widest range of choral repertoire. There’s nothing they cannot sing. The experience of writing a virtuoso piece for them in 2018 (World Without End) was one of the highlights of my compositional career and I look forward to deepening our relationship and developing as a composer over the next few years.”