“Tell me the truth about love” – Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside

Fri 15th Sep 2023, 7:30pm

Fresh from his starring role in the Coronation, celebrated baritone Roderick Williams OBE joins acclaimed pianist and broadcaster Iain Burnside to open our 2023 festival.

Together, they will tell us the truth about love, with songs by composers including Purcell, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Quilter, Shaw, Beamish and many others.

Roderick Williams – baritone

Iain Burnside – piano

Programme / Rhaglen

Henry Purcell (1659-95)

If Music be the food of love – Henry Heveningham

Ah, how sweet it is to love – John Dryden

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

From Cinq Mélodies de VenisePaul Verlaine


En sourdine 



Let the Dreadful engines of eternal will – Thomas d’Urfey

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Ona, kak polden khorosha (Op.14 No.9) – Nikolai Minsky

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Colloque sentimental – Paul Verlaine


Fchera mi fstr’etilis (Op 26. No. 13) – Yakov Polonsky

O, net, molyu, ne uxodi! ( Op. 4 No.1) – Dmitri Mereschkovsky


GreenPaul Verlaine

Beau Soir – Paul Bourget


Zd’es kharasho (Op.21 No.7) – Glafira Galina

Ya bil u n’ej (Op.14 No. 4) – Aleksey Koltsov


Roger Quilter (1877-1953) 

7 Elizabethan Lyrics

ii. My Life’s Delight – Thomas Campion

iii. Damask Roseanon

iv. The Faithless Shepherdessanon

v. Brown is my Love –  anon

i. Weep you no moreanon

vi. By a FountainsideBen Jonson

vii. Fair House of Joy – anon

Clara Schumann (1819-96)

Liebst du um Schönheit – Friedrich Rückert

Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-47)

Nähe des GeliebtenJ W von Goethe

Josephine Lang (1815-80)

Abschied – Ernst Schulze

Robert Schumann (1810-56)

Er, der Herrlichste von allen – Adelbert von Chamiss

Caroline Shaw (1982-)

How do I find you – Caroline Shaw

Sally Beamish (1956-)

Nightingale (from 4 Hafez Songs)tr. Jila Peacock

Cheryl Frances Hoad (1980-)

The Pros and Cons – Sophie Hannah

Gerald Finzi (1901-56)

I said to LoveThomas Hardy

Benjamin Britten (1913-76)

Tell me the truth about Love – W H Auden

Key Information


Fri 15th Sep 2023, 7:30pm


£20 front seats/£15 nave pews/ £1 children & students

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The Church of the Holy Cross is a medieval church in Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales. Initially a chapel of ease to Church of St John the Baptist, Llanblethian of Cowbridge as a medieval market town. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, the church has an unusual tower design.

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