We are hiring!

Nathan is seeking a new Artist Manager to help manage various different aspects of his career, develop new project ideas and bring them to fruition.

Although responsibilities will include some general administration, the role is more than just an administrative one – the Artist Manager will be a key player in strategising future projects, representing ideas to promoters and funders, and maintaining a creative online presence.

Nathan’s professional life encompasses a whole range of musical activity – new compositions, recitals, recordings, staging events, education and community projects – and as such there is no one specific set of skills required from the Artist Manager.

So if you are involved in any area of artist or project management, marketing, or artistic development – or if you are looking to gain more experience in this area – we would love to hear from you!

A full job description and details can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here. Or you can see our post at ArtsJobs here.

To apply or learn more please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your interest to info@nathanwilliamson.co.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Two Southwold Spring concerts!

I’m delighted to be involved in two concerts this spring, staged by the Southwold Music Trust in the magnificent St. Edmund’s Church in my hometown of Southwold.

On Tuesday 22nd March at 1pm I will join the distinguished baritone Robert Gildon, who lives in nearby Walpole, and will give a recital of Schubert, Handel, Gurney and Finzi’s classic ‘Let Us Garlands Bring’, which sets some of Shakespeare’s best-loved texts.

On Monday 2nd May, also at 1pm, I will give a solo piano recital of two sublime piano Sonatas from the Classical repertoire: Mozart’s F major K.533 and the great Schubert B flat Sonata D.960.

Both concerts will last around one hour. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Both concerts will also be live-streamed on YouTube. Visit the Southwold Music Trust website for details – links are sent out to the Trust email list and posted on the website a couple of days before the concert.

I’m also really pleased that the Southwold Music Trust able to provide the live streams free of charge to a number of local care homes.

The long-awaited ‘Emperor’ Concerto

After a long hiatus, the Prometheus Orchestra and I will perform the final concert in our Beethoven 250th Anniversary series on Sunday 20th February, featuring the Fifth Piano Concerto, the ‘Emperor’.

In pre-pandemic 2020 we performed the first four Beethoven Piano Concertos over one weekend, with this final concert scheduled at Snape Maltings in October 2020. Obviously this was sadly postponed.

So it is with great anticipation that we will be returning to the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall stage – and because of ongoing audience restrictions we are performing the concert twice, at 3pm and again at 5pm.

Further details can be found in the flyer below and you can book tickets here.

In Memoriam Edmond Fivet:

This concert has taken on a particular poignancy in that the founder and conductor of the Prometheus Orchestra, Edmond Fivet, whose brainchild was the complete Beethoven Concerto cycle, passed away only a few months ago.

Edmond was a major force in British music over several decades, serving as Director of the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for eighteen years. He founded the Prometheus Orchestra in 2008. He was appointed CBE in the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours for services to music and education.

The magnificent, vociferous energy of the ‘Emperor’ Concerto is the perfect piece to pay tribute to a man who was such a dynamic force for music both locally and nationally.

Please join me for what should be a truly memorable and uplifting occasion.

A Bonus Track…

Here is a video of me playing my own ‘Intermezzo’ in recording sessions for the third and final volume of ‘100 Years of British Song’. This solo piano piece is as a little ‘bonus track’ on the CD – the remainder of the CD is of British song written since the late 19509s, including works by John Woolrich, Geoffrey Poole, Peter Dickinson, Madeline Dring, and my own song cycle ‘The Little That Was Once a Man’.

Launching Volume 3 of ‘100 Years of British Song’

Here it is. Today is the official launch of  the third and final volume of ‘100 Years of British Song’. Alongside songs by John Woolrich, Peter Dickinson, Geoffrey Poole and Madeleine Dring, it also includes the first recording of my own music by myself, in a professional context.

Song and singing (in whatever genre) has been the backbone for all my music-making since forever, and its been fantastic to collaborate with a singer like James for nearly ten years now. That sort of in depth collaboration (all too rare) doesn’t happen without a lot of people behind the scenes – so huge thanks to all the patrons, funders and creatives who have made such a venture possible, in particular the fantastic team here at SOMM Recordings. And all the other composers represented here – I hope we have done you proud.

Click here to visit the SOMM website to listen to extracts and purchase the new CD.

These CDs are just the beginning, serving as the catalyst for my new venture, ‘The Art of British Song‘, a fledgling organisation aiming to showcase all things British song, its legacy and its future. Click here to visit our ‘work-in-progress’ website, watch a short video outlining our ideas, and learn more…

That’s a wrap!

What better way to conclude a project – and the final day’s work of the year – than on a wintery Southwold beach!

I have been honoured to be commissioned by the family of the composer Malcolm Lipkin to record a cycle of his complete Nocturnes and final two Piano Sonatas for Lyrita Recorded Edition.

We completed the CD recording sessions at the beautiful Wyastone recording studio in October, and in December the film-maker Jesse Lawrence visited Southwold with the composer’s son, Jonathan, to tape some more in depth discussions and background to Lipkin’s haunting, beautiful piano music – before they scooted off to Sheffield to interview the musicologist Paul Conway!

We much look forward to the release of both the CD and the accompanying film in 2022. More details to follow here soon… 

Two in One Day at The English Music Festival

It was a great honour to be invited to perform two recitals at The English Music Festival at St. Mary’s Church in Horsham last weekend.

The first was with violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck, performing Ireland’s D minor Sonata, Delius’ Legende, and Elgar’s Sonata, and the second with tenor James Gilchrist, performing a programme of all British works taken from our latest set of three CDs, ‘100 Years of British Song’, for SOMM Recordings.

Recital at Snape Maltings

James Gilchrist and I recently gave a recital as part of a special weekend at Snape Maltings focussing on the work of Imogen Holst – daughter of the celebrated composer Gustav, music assistant to Benjamin Britten, and distinguished composer in her own right. Women composers featured prominently in our programming, with works by Holst herself, Maconchy, and Priaulx Rainier. Music by John Ireland, Gustav Holst and Britten’s ‘Canticle I’ completed a very special evening.

The Alwyn Music Festival

Thank you so much to those who joined us for the 2021 Alwyn Music Festival last weekend, and to all our helpers and volunteers who made it such a great success.

It was absolutely wonderful to be back at our beautiful Suffolk venues, hearing live music in person once again. Our artists were all on splendid form, and audience numbers were strong, with several concerts selling out. Combined with some brisk walks in the beautiful Suffolk autumnal weather, it was all in all a balmy and blissful weekend!

Highlights included several works by living composers, including three world premieres: Elis Pehkonen’s Aphrodite for two pianos, percussion, soundscape and narrator, my new work for piano quartet, and Christopher Brown’s Preludes and Fugues for solo piano. Other living composers featured were Peter Hope, John Purser, Rafael Marino Arcaro, Lloyd Moore, as well as several British 20th century composers, including Frank Bridge, Doreen Carwithen, Madeleine Dring, Rebecca Clarke, and of course William Alwyn.

The Launch of ‘The Art of British Song’

I am delighted to announce the official launch of ‘The Art of British Song‘, a new venture showcasing British song, its legacy and its future.

On Wednesday 22nd September, James Gilchrist and I launched ‘TABS’ (as it has become affectionately known) with a concert and reception at the home of Bob and Elisabeth Boas in London. We performed a short programme of repertoire featured on our recent three CD project, ‘100 Years of British Song.’

Joined by our Founding Patrons and industry friends, we also introduced ‘TABS Collective’, our new membership subscription scheme. Membership can be purchased on a monthly or annual basis, in return for which all members receive our bi-annual newsletter, complimentary copies of all CDs produced under the TABS banner, priority invitations to TABS recitals, notice of associated events and the opportunity to access exclusive online content, and much more…

Please visit our website www.theartofbritishsong.co.uk to learn more, or feel free to email theartofbritishsong@gmail.com with any questions.