William Vann

Conductor | Pianist


Carols from Chelsea

Carols from Chelsea

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
William Vann - director
James Orford - organ
Featuring Chelsea Pensioner George Hatton and Daniel Smith - side-drum

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SOMM celebrates Christmas with Carols from Chelsea, a delicious offering from the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea under their Director, William Vann. This recording showcases some of the Choir’s most cherished carol repertoire, alongside solo organ music performed by the Royal Hospital’s Organ Scholar, James Orford, and a very special performance with Chelsea Pensioner George Hatton. George is known for his occasional singing in the Chelsea Pensioners’ Club in the evening, and during December he has been known to join forces with the choir for a song or two. It was one of those moments that gave them the idea to record something with him on this album and the last track, White Christmas, could hardly have ended the disc more joyously!

Under the meticulous direction of William Vann, their reading of Howells’s A Spotless Rose is, well, spotless, while John Rutter’s Dormi, Jesu is saved from schmaltz and sung with the sweet, gentle grace it deserves. – The Guardian

Purer than Pearl

Purer than Pearl

Mary Bevan - soprano
Jennifer Johnston - mezzo-soprano
Nicky Spence - tenor
Johnny Herford - baritone
Thomas Gould - violin
William Vann - piano

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Songs and Duets by Ralph Vaughan Williams accompanied by piano and/or violin. Including Eight Songs from The Poisoned Kiss, newly arranged for this recording by Adrian Williams. There are many early songs, including six world première recordings.

Vocal and instrumental contributions alike leave nothing to be desired – and a special word of praise for William Vann’s deft pianism…exemplary production values bolster the appeal of [this Albion release] which can be cordially recommended to all RVW acolytes. – Gramophone

Songs of home

Songs of home

Njabulo Madlala - baritone
William Vann - piano

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South African baritone and 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner Njabulo Madlala makes his debut on Champs Hill Records.

Songs of Home is a reflection of a journey from the townships of South Africa to the world of classical music and song. It is inspired by the South African songbook and songs his Grandmother used to sing.

Njabulo describes it as “life’s journey without boundaries” drawing on “songs I heard and took to bed with me every night, songs I heard from Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.”

A unique and engaging recital. – BBC Music Magazine

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