Masterclass & Other Events





For Students aged

between 16-21 years.

Nottingham Bach Choir is delighted to be able to offer the opportunity of a singing masterclass led by Roderick Williams.

This is a fantastic opportunity for local, young aspiring singers, aged 16 to 21, to perform to, and be coached by, one of this country’s leading professional singers. The masterclass is one of the choir’s initiatives aimed at encouraging young singers supported by a generous legacy from a longstanding Choir member, Liz Chant.

Roderick Williams is one of the most sought after baritones of his generation. He began singing as an academical clerk, reading music, at Magdalen College, Oxford, and now performs a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital all around the world, which has included a performance at “The Last Night of the Proms” in 2014.

His 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 live on national radio. He also presents on BBC Radio 3.

Leader: Roderick Williams

Accompanist: Angela Foan

Sat 14 Mar 2020


2pm- 5pm

No. of Participants: 5 - 30 mins each

Adult Observers - £5; Participants and students - FREE

McMahon Room, Nottingham Cathedral Hall

N Circus St,
Nottingham NG1 5AE

Roderick Williams is currently singer-in-residence for “Music in the Round” in Sheffield, presenting concerts and leading on dynamic and innovative learning and participation projects that introduce amateur singers, young and old, to performing classical song repertoire. He has recently performed all three major Schubert song cycles in recital, in both German and English translation, and has taken “Winterreise” into schools around the country working on interpretations of the text with pupils.

Roddy has said “A masterclass is not a singing lesson. It is an opportunity for a student to work with a professional singer in an informal atmosphere considering the approach to a song, with a focus on conveying their interpretation of the text through performance, in front of a sympathetic audience”.

He was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2017.

For more information about Roddy, visit




Applicants for the class should be aged 21 or under on 14th March 2020.

Participants in the class must prepare two pieces, both of which should be sung from memory, and of which both should ideally be a classical art song or aria. An accompanist will be provided for the class and there will be some time before the class to rehearse.

Neither song/aria selected by the participant should exceed 5 minutes in duration.

If the chosen works are to be sung in a foreign language then Roddy will require a word for word translation into English.

As time per participant is limited to around 25 minutes each it may not be possible to cover both of the prepared pieces during the class.

Interested singers should complete the Application Form available on this website and return it, either by email to or, by post, to “NBC Masterclass, 29 Longacre, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4JS”.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 31st January 2020. Successful applicants will be advised as soon as possible in February 2020. The number of participant places is limited and the final selection will be made by the Nottingham Bach Choir Committee.