William Griffiths BA PGTC DipABRSM
Address: 24 Park Road, Rugby CV21 2QH
Tel/Fax: 01788 547815
With Susie Allan, piano. Recorded October 2011
Music sample 1 (mp3)
Intorno all'idol mio - Cesti
Music sample 2 (mp3)
Clair de lune - Faure
Music sample 3 (mp3)
Go, lovely rose - Quilter
Music sample 4 (mp3)
She's like the swallow - V-Williams Play
Music sample 5 (mp3)
Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn- Humphris
Music sample 6 (mp3)
An die Musik - Schubert
Music sample 7 (mp3)
An die ferne Geliebte - Beethoven
An enthusiastic and committed Tenor and Teacher of Singing with experience and involvement in all aspects of Music and Choral tradition. Currently studying with Malcolm King (Paris).
Singing Experience to Date:
Extensive concert, recital and opera work. A Handelian tenor equally at home in light opera and music theatre, with a very wide knowledge of English, French, German and Italian song repertoire. Recent song recitals with Anna Le Hair, David Smith, Mariko Terashi and Varvara Maggs, Rosemary Robinson. "Music in Caldecott Park", Rugby, with Jo Foote. St Peter's Church Wolfhamcote, recitals with Susie Allan and Clive Pollard. "(Beethoven's song cycle) was performed by Griffiths with full sensitivity and musicianship and with exquisite accompaniment by Allan, to a rapt capacity audience." "Griffiths voice and Pollard's playing were perfectly matched to the repertoire with a telling performance of Armstrong Gibbs' rarely heard gem, "The fields are full", and a soaring rendition of Ralph Vaughan Williams knock-out number, "Linden Lea". But the real treat was the Pollard cycle which formed the second half."
Stage career includes performances as Marco in "The Gondoliers", Nanki Poo in "The Mikado", Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in " Anything Goes", Frederic in "Pirates of Penzance", Motel in "Fiddler on the Roof", Richard Dauntless in "Ruddigore", Strephon (lolanthe), Bunthorne in "Patience", title role in "ldomeneo", Joseph in ' . . Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', ; Capt. Corcoran & Ralph Rackstraw in 'H.M.S. Pinafore', Apollo in "Semele", tenor chorus in "The Fairy Queen", Don Basilio, Don Curzio & Don Ottavio in staged scenes from 'Figaro' & "Don Giovanni" (Floral Opera), Jacquino in Quartet "Fidelio". Concert performances: Walter Widdop, Parry Jones Frank Titterton & Heddle Nash in Serenade to Music (Vaughan Williams), Tenor solos in 'Messiah', Mozart's Coronation Mass, 1st Soldier in "Poppea", Operatic Duets from La Sonnambula & Die Lustige Witwe with Joanna Kunda, soprano, and Rugby Rococo orchestra.
Education and training:
2016/2017 :- Summer School "Lingua e Lirica", Perugia, Italy. Performing in Italian to Italian audiences.
2015 :- Estill Voice Model, Advanced Figures and Voice Qualities Course
2014 :- Day workshop "Breathing for Singers", Dr Ron Morris
2012 :- Masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott
2010 :- Five-day seminar The Voice Explained. Estill model levels one and two.
2009 :- Day Seminar: Estill for Singing Teachers, with Paul Farrington; Masterclasses w. Jeremy Silver, John Upperton, Ann Lampard
2008 :- Masterclasses with Ann Lampard & Jeremy Silver
2007 :- Masterclasses with Ann Lampard & Carlos Aransay, Ian Kennedy, John Upperton, Jeremy Silver and John Ramster
2006 :- Established my own singing teaching practice; Supply Teacher sixth form music, Lawrence Sheriff School; masterclass w. Jeremy Silver; ABRSM Teaching Music Effectively
2005 :- Dip ABRSM Performance (voice); Masterclass Tinuke Olafimihan
2004 :- Masterclasses with lain Leddingham, Jeremy Silver, Lesley-Anne Sammons, Robin Bowman,
2004-15 :- Intensive vocal technique training with Malcolm King (Vicenza & Paris)
2003-15 :- Benslow Baroque Opera Project tenor chorus
2002-07 :- Summer Music (Ardingly): Recital songs, Opera/Oratorio solos, ensembles & scenes
2002 :- Music at Rendcomb opera workshop
2001-04 :- Beauchamp House Early Music Week: cantor parts & solos, renaissance/baroque works
1980 :- Ordained in Church of England
1975-77 :- Teacher of English & Music Lessing Gymnasium, Uelzen, Germany
1971-75 :- Classroom teacher, Infant & Junior, ILEA
1970-71 :- Postgraduate Teacher's Certificate (University of London, Goldsmith's College)
1970 :- Certificate Lingua ltaliana Corso Medio (Perugia)
1967-70 :- Tenor Choral scholar, York Minster Choir, Music B.A. Hons, York (graduated 1970)
1960-67 :- General & Choral education, Rendcomb College, Cirencester
Also piano to Grade VIII, organ and violin. GCE :10 'O's, 3 ' A's
Treasurer & Principal Violin, Rugby Rococo Players; Piano accompaniment & Choir Director; Modern languages (French, German & Italian; now also Spanish and Norwegian; elementary Welsh, Polish & Hungarian); literature; theatre and cinema, vegetable gardening, walking and cycling. I hold a full driving licence and I have a current DBS Enhanced Disclosure, Diocese of Coventry.