William Vann

Conductor | Pianist

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Recording for Albion Records

William has just completed recording his first disc for Albion Records, a disc that will be released in Autumn 2016 and that includes six previously unrecorded songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams, two wonderful rare duets for soprano, baritone, violin and piano and eight songs from the underrated RVW opera The Poisoned Kiss that have been arranged by Adrian Williams. The other performers were Mary Bevan, Jennifer Johnston, Nicky Spence, Johnny Herford and Thomas Gould.

Two enthralling recitals in London and Bedford

Don’t miss William’s two recitals this week for Kensington and Chelsea Music Society (Wednesday 21 October, Ian Venables birthday concert) and Bedford Music Club (Thursday 22 October, recital with Guy Johnston). Full details in the Diary section.

Wigmore Song Competition final

Aoife Miskelly and Will are through to the final of the 2015 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition tonight – come along at 6pm to support us! Our slot is at 6.30pm. Full details at the Wigmore Hall website.

Dartington International Summer School 2015

Will has just arrived at the Dartington International Summer School where he is looking forward to a week of accompanying the Big Choir and taking rehearsals for the Big Choir Plus.

Concert on 28 March

The flyer for Kingston Choral Society’s concert on 28 March can be viewed here:

Songs of the fleet flyer

Concert on 24th January

View the poster for the Fresh Ayres concert later this month:

Documentary filming for Arte

William spent Tuesday afternoon filming part of a new documentary on Entartete Musik for Franco-German Arts TV channel Arte with baritone Simon Wallfisch. A fascinating session – watch this space for more information on its release.

National Arts Festival review

Cue newspaper has published a very nice review of Njabulo Madlala and William’s recital on Friday night, part of the South Africa National Arts Festival. The programme will be repeated tonight at 8.30pm.

AESS prize

William was awarded the Accompanist’s Prize at the 2014 Association of English Singers and Speakers competition (www.aofess.org.uk) last night at the Royal College of Music. The three singers prizes (from left to right) went to Alexei Winter, Raphaela Papadakis and Heather Caddick.

London English Song Festival launch

Booking for the London English Song Festival 2014 (of which William is the founder and Artistic Director) opens later today (on Thursday 13 March) from this website and from the Cadogan Hall box office: four recitals run from 5 to 11 June in the central London churches of St James’s, Piccadilly and St George’s Hanover Square plus a bring-a-song workshop at the Forge on Sunday 8 June. Artists this year include world-renowned mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE, Allan Clayton and the Navarra Quartet, Katie Bray, Johnny Herford, Gareth John and Alexander Sprague. There are concerts to celebrate the 60th birthday of composer Judith Weir and to commemorate the outbreak of WW1. Don’t miss a note!

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