Conductor: Anthony Hose
Baritone: Jeremy Huw Williams
WCO PROGRAMME August 2nd 2015
Prélude: Le Déluge Camille Saint-Saëns
Rumanian Folk Dances Béla Bartók
- Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
- Brâul (Sash Dance)
III. Topogó / Pe loc (In One Spot)
- Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
- Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
- Aprózó / Mărunțel (Fast Dance)[
Four Shakespeare Sonnets Roger Steptoe
- Sonnet 147 : My love is as a fever
- Sonnet 148 : O me! What eyes hath love put in my head
- Sonnet 12 : When I do count the clock that tells the time (to the memory of Francis Poulenc 1899-1963)
- Sonnet 113 : Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op.48 Pyotr Tchaikovsky
- Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo — Allegro
- Valse: Moderato — Tempo di valse
- Élégie: Larghetto elegiaco
- Finale (Tema russo): Andante — Allegro con spirito
Conductor Anthony Hose began playing the piano at the age of three and gave his first recital at the age of six. He studied the piano, harpsichord and conducting at the Royal College of Music, additionally studying clarinet and double bass. He continued his conducting studies first in Salzburg and then with Rafael Kubelik in Munich and Geneva.
Anthony Hose works with many orchestras throughout Europe including the Berlin Symphony, Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Icelandic Symphony, the Rhine Philharmonic, the Munich Bach Collegium and the Orchestre de L’Opera de Lyon and in Britain with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, and the English Chamber and the Welsh Chamber Orchestra of which he is Principal Conductor.
In the opera house he has conducted many productions for the Welsh National Opera with repertoire ranging from Handel to Tippett and including most of the operatic repertoire of Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini.
Anthony Hose’s BBC radio broadcasts include Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Albert Herring and Hamlet (Thomas). For BBC television he has conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the world premiere of The Servants by William Mathias. At the Buxton International Festival he has conducted many operas including the first complete performance in Britain of Kodaly’s Hary Janos and Cherubini’s Medee. He has broadcast many operas for BBC Radio 3 including Cavalli’s Jason, which he directed from the harpsichord in his realization of Kodaly’s folk opera, The Spinning Room. He has regularly conducted the Icelandic Opera and opera companies in Sweden and France.
He has also been Artistic Director of the Mount Dora Spring Festival in Florida and of festivals in Wales at Beaumaris and Llandudno, and is Director of Orchestral Studies at Stetson University.
The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries.
In France he has sung the roles of Olivier (Capriccio), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), George (Of Mice and Men), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Baritone (Hydrogen Jukebox) and title role Till Eulenspiegel by Karetnikov for L’Opéra de Nantes, and Sebastian (The Tempest) for L’Opera du Rhin. In Italy he has sung the role of Nixon (Nixon in China) at the opera house in Verona and Ferryman (Curlew River) at the opera houses of Pisa and Trento. In Greece he has sung the role of Chou En-lai (Nixon in China) for Greek National Opera. In Belgium he has sung the role of Marcello (La Boheme) for Zomeropera. In Norway he has sung the role of Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Vest Norges Opera and Serezha (The Electrification of the Soviet Union) for Opera Vest. In Austria he has sung the role of Dr Pangloss (Candide) in Vienna, a role that he repeated in Bremen, Munich and London. In the USA he has sung the role of Lukash (The Good Soldier Schweik) for Long Beach Opera.
In Wales he has sung the roles of Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (La Traviata), Marcello (La Boheme) and Le Dancaïre (Carmen) for Welsh National Opera and the roles of Serezha (The Electrification of the Soviet Union), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Choregos (Punch and Judy), Mangus (The Knot Garden) and Dr Simon Browne (For You) for Music Theatre Wales. In Ireland he has sung the role of Teddy (The Silver Tassie) for Opera Ireland. In Scotland he has sung the roles of Andrew (74 Degrees North), Father (Zen Story), Epstein (The Letter) and Kommerzienrat (Intermezzo) for Scottish Opera.
He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and at many major music festivals. He has appeared with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Tippett’s King Priam at the Royal Festival Hall, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Lambert’s Summer’s Last Will and Testament at Symphony Hall, the Hallé in Handel’s Messiah at the Bridgewater Hall, the Philharmonia in Mozart’s Requiem at St David’s Hall, the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Nielsen’s Third Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Rawsthorne’s Medieval Diptych, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Adams’s The Wound Dresser at City Halls, the BBC Philharmonic in Schubert’s Mass in Ab, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Watson’s O! Captain, the Ulster Orchestra in McDowall’s Theatre of Tango, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Mathias’s This Worlde’s Joie at the Three Choirs Festival, and the BBC Concert Orchestra in Stainer’s Crucifixion at Southwark Cathedral for BBC Radio 2.
He has also appeared with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dvořák’s Requiem at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Orchestre National de Lyon in Benjamin’s Sometime Voices at the Auditorium de Lyon, l’Orchestre Léonard de Vinci in Brahms’s Requiem at the opera house in Rouen, and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya in Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Auditori in Barcelona.
He is renowned as a fine exponent of contemporary music, having commissioned much new music and given premieres of works by Alun Hoddinott, William Mathias, John Tavener, Michael Berkeley, Paul Mealor, Julian Philips, Richard Causton, Mark Bowden, and Huw Watkins. He frequently records for BBC Radio 3 (in recital, and with the BBC NOW, CBSO, BBC SO, BBC SSO, BBC Philharmonic and BBC CO), and has made many commercial recordings, including eight solo discs of songs.
As a principal singer with Welsh National Opera he appeared at the opening night of the Wales Millennium Centre, and received the inaugural Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Welsh Music Guild, given annually to a person or persons who have made a significant contribution to Welsh music in any one year or recent years: ‘there has been an unanimous decision that the first award should be made to baritone Jeremy Huw Williams in recognition of not only his performing ability but also for the tremendous support that he has given to Welsh composers and their music in recent years’.