Roderick Williams, Susie Allan and Jenny Agutter in concert

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Jenny Agutter
Jenny Agutter

Roderick Williams, Susie Allan and Jenny Agutter of Call the Midwife are to present a recital of works by Schubert at Shrewsbury School next week.

Supporters of classical music in Shropshire are urged not to miss out on the concert, taking place on Thursday 28th January at 7.30pm in the School’s Maidment Auditorium. It’s open to all, as are all the concerts and arts events included in Shrewsbury School’s music and arts programme.

Schubert’s Schwanengesang are sets of songs linked by beautifully poetic themes. They range from nature and love to despair and the anticipation of war, all demonstrating the ultimate vulnerability of life, composed at a time when Schubert’s own life was coming to an end. The works were published together some months after his death; setting the works of three different poets.

A poignant evening is promised with Roderick Williams, renowned for his song interpretations, which will be interspersed with poetry and readings given by actress Jenny Agutter.

Roderick Williams enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and has sung world premieres of operas by, among others, David Sawer, Sally Beamish and Michael van de Aa. He has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC Orchestras and many other orchestras and ensembles internationally, and his festival appearances include the BBC Proms including the Last Night in 2014, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Melbourne.

Susie Allan has taught at Shrewsbury School since 2008 and is looking forward to performing the recital. Susie has become best-known for her work as a Vocal Accompanist and on the concert platform in Britain and Europe she has appeared with many British singers such as William Dazeley, Susan Gritton, as well as Roderick Williams of course. Her long-standing musical partnership with Roderick Williams has led them to perform in many festivals, concerts and recordings together.

Providing translations for the poetry will be Jenny Agutter OBE, discovered by Walt Disney at the age of eleven. Jenny embarked on a career that has spanned four decades, appearing in a number of films that have become classics such as Walkabout, Equus, The Railways Children, and An American Werewold in London. As well as regular stage appearances in the West End and with RSC, she is a familiar face on TV, having starred in series and dramas including Spooks, the Alan Clarke Diaries and most recently the hit series Call The Midwife.

Those interested in the concert are encouraged to book tickets soon by either visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or calling 01743 280812. Tickets are available at just £15.00, and those interested in the programme of concerts offered at Shrewsbury School, open to all and many free to attend can email jyoung@shrewsbury.org.uk to request a Music and Arts Brochure.

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