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WildKat PR are thrilled to announce that William will be performing in Germany with his recital tour during the 2014/2015 season.

He will begin the tour with a performance in Bonn at the Beethoven-Haus Kammermusiksaal on 5 October at 6pm and then in Bielefeld’s Rudolf-Oetker-Halle on 8 October at 8pm, accompanied by pianist Nico de Villiers. The programme, titled “Eine musikalische Reise – Liederabend mit William Berger”, will include music by Schubert, Haydn, Mahler and Mozart, songs by British composer Jonathan Dove and a selection of French melodies.

The tour continues in March 2015 with renowned pianist Julius Drake for performances in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin.

To find out more information and to buy tickets please click here.

Poster Bielefeld 1-2 A2

(Written on September 17, 2014 )

Last year Baritone William Berger achieved critical acclaim for his debut album Insomnia: a Nocturnal Voyage in Song, which was selected by Guardian critics as one of the best classical albums of the year 2012 also saw William make his debut in the title role of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with La Nuova Musica and tour Scotland with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2013, William will be releasing his new album with the SCO featuring arias by Mozart, Haydn and Cimarosa. He will also be performing a number of concerts throughout Europe.

On 19th July, William will be singing at the Paxton Music Festival in Berwickshire, Scotland. This festival was formed in 2006 to present high quality performances of chamber music at Paxton House. Since then, the Festival has grown from a weekend of concerts to a ten-day event, bringing international artists to the Scottish Borders such as Joanna MacGregor; Steven Osborne; as well as the Doric, St Petersburg, Edinburgh and Heath Quartets. William will be performing a mixed programme including Gypsy Songs by Dvorak, Dover Beach by Barber and Death and the Maiden by Schubert. Shortly after he will perform Bach’s B Minor Mass in Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh accompanied by Ludus Baroque, a baroque chamber orchestra founded in 1997 by Richard Neville-Towle.

Every September since 2006, the American Military Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands holds an open-air concert to remember and honour the Allied soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom in World War II and to celebrate the liberation of The Netherlands.  On the 8th September William will perform Mozart’s Requiem at this concert alongside Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.

Later in the year, William will head back to England to perform Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum at St John’s Smith Square, London with the City of London Choir, and “Music For a While”, conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton on 14th November.

Along with these concerts, William will also be performing The Kingdom by Elgar at Guildford Catherdral with the Surrey Festival Choir and Orchestra on 6th July, Dixit Dominus and Apollo e Dafne by Handel at the Haddo Arts Festival in Aberdeen on 5th October, and Weihnachts Oratorium by Bach in Edinburgh with Ludus Baroque on 3rd December, and Handel’s Messiah at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on 13th and 14th December.  William will perform Messiah once again at Santiago de Campostela in Spain with the Real Filharmonia Galicia, conducted by Paul Daniel.



(Written on June 18, 2013 )

Tune in to BBC Radio 3 this afternoon, as the Silent Opera team will be live on air to discuss their upcoming production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. Founder and Director, Daisy Evans, will be joined by Musical Director, Christopher Bucknall, along with singers William Berger and Emilie Renard, who will also be performing on the show.

Silent Opera brings together technology and classical music to provide the audience with a personal soundscape as they are fully immersed in the experience. With opening night only a week away, the Silent Opera team will provide listeners with a small insight into L’Orfeo through live performances and a chat with the team.

Listen to BBC Radio 3’s In Tune at 16:30 today or online here.

For more information on Silent Opera and to purchase tickets visit the website here.

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Daisy Evans in rehearsals for L’Orfeo

(Written on January 16, 2013 )

This weekend, Graham Rickson published a review on The Arts Desk of William Berger’s new album, Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song, a collection of nocturnal Leider reflecting as Graham writes, ‘a sleepless night endured by a man lamenting his lost love’.

Put together by William himself, alongside his coach Nico de Villiers, Graham Rickson comments that although ‘what looks on paper to be an unlikely mixture of songs’ due to the diversity of music composed by Wolf, Gounod, Debussy and Vaughan Williams, the programme ‘makes complete sense in William Berger’s recital disc’ and ‘gains extra poignancy’ after reading William’s previous blog on The Arts Desk.

‘You’ll be beguiled by Berger’s voice and entranced by the more left-field musical choices’, he comments, also marking particular mention to three songs by English composers on the album, deemed ‘pure gold in the hands of Berger, including Warlock’s The Night: ‘a stunner, as are two rarely-heard songs by Vaughan Williams and Richard Rodney Bennett’. Earlier in the night’s progression, William’s interpretation of Debussy’s Nuit d’étoiles ‘is sung with selfless delight’ and Raymond Yiu’s recently composed Sonnet ‘melts seamlessly in to the mix, the backward glances enchanting’.

Later in the song cycle, as Morgen marks the end of the night’s turmoil, Rickson emphasizes how the incorporation of a short Gounod piece as one of a couple of encores, works to ‘leave one feeling invigorated’ by William’s superb amalgamation of beautiful and deeply introspective music.

Read the full review here:

(Written on September 11, 2012 )

William Berger has written article for The Arts Desk exploring the personal sentiment and the development of the programme for his debut recital CD Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song. The programme ties together works from composers including Mozart, Liszt, Wolf, Rodney Bennett, Raymond Yiu and more. Conveying “what a deeply personal expression this programme was and continues to be”, the article outlines the journey that develops throughout the song cycle, “of a young man yearning for a lost love during a restless, sleepless night”.

Developed as a programmatic recital, the cycle follows a progression from “odes to the beauty of the night”, before a turn to “death and darker things” with dreams haunted with the thought of his unresponsive lover. This pain in the darker turmoil is described by William as something that everyone can feel- “We have all felt the pain of a broken heart at some point in our lives. Indeed, it is part of the human condition”.

William comments that there is a certain ambiguity as to whether the absent lover is dead or alive, whether it is an unrequited love or whether her silence denotes the end of a relationship. He admits that the story has “kept changing over time” even for him, and will continue to be interpreted by each listener individually.

To celebrate the CD’s release in South Africa, William will give a recital of the programme on September 21st.

To read the full article, please visit The Arts Desk.

(Written on September 5, 2012 )

William Berger has announced three concerts in Cape Town, South Africa this September.

On September 14th and 15th he will be performing Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with the St George’s Singers and the Camerata Tinta Barocca at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and on September 21st he will be performing the programme from his recent recital disc, Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song with pianist Albert Combrink.

For information about tickets, please visit William’s website.

Image credit: Paul Foster-Williams

(Written on August 31, 2012 )

On Saturday 11th August, David Mellor named William Berger’s new CD Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song his ‘Album of the Week’ on Classic FM’s New Releases Show. Insomnia, which was released by Delphian Records on 30th July presents a sleepless night in the life of a man separated from his mistress through a programme of diverse songs.  Mellor not only praised Berger as  ‘(…) a very fine baritone’ but also for William’s choice of songs saying, ‘William Berger deserves to be congratulated on choosing such an interesting programme.’ 

You can listen to the programme: here

(Written on August 13, 2012 )

After the successful launch of his debut recital disc on 15th July, William Berger will be chatting with Jamie MacDougall on ‘Classics Unwrapped’ tonight on BBC Radio Scotland at 8:30pm about his upcoming Highlands tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan. William will also be performing in Edinburgh in August with Ludus Baroque in two concerts performing Handel’s Triumph of Time and Truth and Bach’s Mass in B Minor.

Photographer: Paul Foster Williams

(Written on July 17, 2012 )

This weekend, Baritone William Berger will perform Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, with La Nuova Musica, at Kings Place London. In the title role, usually performed by a tenor, William’s warm Baritone voice is sure to rejuvenate the famous Greek legend. Conductor of La Nuova Musica, David Bates described, to BBC3 In Tune, the ‘freedom’ with which they are interpreting the works, bringing them ‘into our own time’ (Suzy Klein at the BBC), having fun with the music, and making them more accessible for a wider audience.

William Berger – ‘one of the best of our younger baritones’ Gramophone Magazine – was a student, and now an associate, of London’s Royal Academy of Music as well as an alumnus of the Young Singers Programme at the English National Opera. He has performed an incredulous amount of Operatic roles, as well as acclaimed concerts, with 2012 set to be one of his busiest and most successful years.

Tickets are available here. Online savers are a great deal for just £9.50; get your tickets as soon as possible, for what will be, such a great event!

Paul Foster-Williams

(Written on June 20, 2012 )

‘One of the best of our younger baritones’, William Berger, performs the title role in a performance of L’Orfeo with La Nuova Musica at Kings Place next weekend. Speaking on BBC 3’s In Tune William and David Bates, conductor of La Nuova Musica, explained how that the role was normally performed by a Tenor, but that in their performance which is in a lower key, William’s hearty Baritone voice is a perfect fit. La Nuova Musica famously have a lot of fun with their repertoire, transforming more traditional pieces into accessible, enjoyable, and alive works of art; whilst all the while remaining respectful to the original works and composer. In a performance of firsts: the first role of Orfeo for William; and first curatorship at the Kings Place for La Nuova Musica, the musicians have approached their interpretation with a sense of ‘freedom’, bringing the work ‘into our own time’ (BBC’s Suzy Klein).

La Nuova Musica and William Berger also performed an extract from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo live on In Tune. The full interview and performance can be heard here.

Tickets for Kings Place on Saturday 23rd June are available here. Do not miss this one-off spectacle!

Photo: Paul Foster-Williams


(Written on June 15, 2012 )