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A Twitcher's Delight

Roderick Williams & Andrew West

A smiling, happy and joyful Roddy

The beloved British baritone performs a programme he charmingly describes as a ‘Twitcher’s Delight’, inspired by the poetic and witty musings of French author Jules Renard.

From vain peacocks to belligerent guinea fowl, the miniature portraits of Renard’s Histoires Naturelles offer an enchanting alternative perspective on life, viewing the nature of humanity through the prism of the animal kingdom. They’ve also proved a bountiful source of inspiration for both Maurice Ravel and Ryan Wigglesworth, whose long-awaited song cycle receives its premiere.

A generous performer with a relatable and down-to-earth stage presence, we have no hesitancy in describing Roderick Williams as something of a national treasure. The level of thought, detail, and intelligent musicality he applies to every programme invariably leads him down interesting (and often surprising) musical rabbit holes, as you’ll discover for yourself in this delightful exploration of bird and animal behaviour in twentieth-century song.

This performance will end at approximately 9.40pm, including a 20 minute interval

Produced by the Barbican

Digital Programme


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Barbican Sessions: Roderick Williams and Andrew West


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