Roderick Williams: Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy [Live]

Roderick Williams: Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy [Live]

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Chris Beckett’s book of poetry about his upbringing in Ethiopia was brought to my attention by chance by a pianist with whom I was rehearsing. My gaze happened to fall on the book and I picked it up, asking about its author, a friend of my accompanist. As I opened it to rifle through, I happened upon the final poem in the book The goodbye tree, and a sense of music began to play immediately in my head. I knew instinctively that my search for texts for this very special Chineke! commission was over. The dust and the heat, the rhythms, the colours, the infectious joy, the impish cheekiness of Beckett’s poems screamed out to me as being the perfect match for the effervescent spirit of this unique orchestra. I was a little apprehensive in contacting Chris, afraid he might not be that happy to have me play with his poetic creation but his response was just as joyous. I know above all else that setting Chris’ poetry was going to be a great deal of fun. – Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams baritone
Chineke! Orchestra
Eduardo Portal


‘Williams is absolutely right about the way the heat, dust, colour and atmosphere come across in this live performance’ Radio 3 Record Review


Commissioned by Chineke! Orchestra.

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Catalogue number: NMC DL201911
Release Date: 18 October 2019