Roderick Barrand

Roddy has been our accompanist for over thirty years. He is an honours graduate of Manchester University and Associate of the RNCM with Diplomas in Teaching Performance and Accompaniment. He studied accompaniment as a postgraduate under David Lloyd and John Wilson, followed by a year in Vienna to study Lieder accompaniment with Professor Robert Scholium. He has been on the staff of the RNCM since 1979 and has worked with many teachers in masterclasses and lessons. He enjoyed a particularly close association with the late Barbara Robotham in the School of Vocal Studies. With Yossi Zivoni in the School of Strings he has also taught at summer schools in France and Belgium.

He has appeared on the concert platform with many leading singers and instrumentalists including William Bennett, Anne Dawson, Sara Fulgoni, Bernard Greenhouse, Boris Heller, Alison Hudson, Pavlo Hunka, Jane Irwin, Thea King, Howard Klug, Louise Landsdown, Karina Lucas, Peter Manning, Barbara Robotham, Amanda Roocroft, Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts, Hans Schellenberger, Thomas Schulze and Trevor Wye. He has recorded for Hyperion Records and has broadcast on BBC 3, local radio and television. Roderick is also official accompanist to two choral societies and has been invited to appear as a concerto soloist in works by Mendelssohn, Grieg, Beethoven and Constant Lambert with Sale Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Chamber Orchestra under the batons of Russell Medley and the late Dr James Eastham.

In 2010, he played the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 at the RNCM with an augmented Sale Chamber Orchestra, directed by Russell Medley, and in 2011 he played the Cesar Franck Symphonic Variations also at the RNCM with the Orchestra of the North, directed by Duncan Ward.