As settings of poems rather than abstract music, these pieces are best left to speak for themselves; Williamsons settings are lyrical, romantic and passionate as befits the texts and are a very worthy addition to the canon of modern English song.
About the Artist
After a Choral Scholarship at Oxford, Mark Rowlinson spent the 1970s as a singer based in London. He was successively a member of the choirs of the London Oratory and Westminster Abbey, and was a frequent member of the Monteverdi and John Alldis choirs, BBC Singers and was a founder member of The Sixteen. In 1979 the offer of a post as a music producer for BBC Radio 3 based in Manchester was irresistible and Mark spent the next 20 years working with some of the worlds great soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras and conductors. Leaving the BBC in 1999, Mark then resumed his former career as a singer to considerable effect. He has recently been a soloist in Beijing, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Jerusalem, Paris, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Bergen, Rome and a host of major British venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Sage, Kings College, Cambridge, York Minster, Coventry Cathedral and Birmingham Town Hall. Mark is a Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and champions the work of composers from the North-West of England.