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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Roderick Morris joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 14th November 2009 in Handel's Messiah.

October 2009

Roderick Morris            Counter-tenor

Roderick started singing at the age of seven when he joined New College Choir in Oxford, where he went on to be head chorister in his final year. With this choir, he made numerous recordings and toured the world, including performances around Europe and at the Sydney Opera House. He went on to gain a music scholarship to Abingdon School, and later a choral scholarship to the University of Cambridge.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music honors degree in 2005, he has pursued professional singing. He has performed in recitals and concerts in the UK and abroad, including South Korea, Japan, Denmark and North America. Recent solo performances have included Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach's B Minor Mass and St John Passion, Chichester Psalms, Handel's Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Carmina Burana, The Britten Canticles (no.s 2 and 4), and the UK premiere of Arvo Part's Misere. He has worked as a soloist with groups including Manchester Baroque, The Manchester Consort, The Armonico Consort, The Chester Bach Singers, The Nottingham Bach Choir, The Oriana Ensemble and the Choir of Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark.

He recently took part in the Britten Pears Young Artist's Program, performing the St Matthew Passion under Masaaki Suzuki, with master classes from Michael Chance. He has also been lucky enough to perform in master classes with Barbara Bonney and Diane Forlano.

He has a great interest in opera and has studied many roles. His operatic credits include the title role in Handel's Xerxes, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, for Royal Academy opera scenes, Satirino in Cavalli's La Calisto with Royal Academy Opera, and Athamas in Handel's Semele for the Amersham music festival under Iain Leddingham. Future oratorio performances will include performances of Handel's Saul, (Manchester Consort), Bach's Christmas Oratorio, (Chester Bach Singers), and Handel's Samson, (Marlow Choral Society).

He currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music on the Royal Academy Opera course, studying with Nicholas Clapton and Audrey Hyland. He is generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.