An internationally-renowned baritone has taken up a new role at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Roderick Williams OBE will be a visiting consultant in vocal performance.
The London-born performer was named singer of the year in the 2016 Royal Philarmonic Society Awards.
His new role will see him visit Birmingham City University throughout the year to give recitals, coaching and masterclasses.
“It gives me great pleasure to cement my relationship with Birmingham Conservatoire formally and I am thrilled to be taking up this position,” he said. “This will be an opportunity to consider alongside these talented students what it actually means to be a performer.”
The appointment coincides with Birmingham Conservatoire’s move to a new £57million purpose-built home as part of Birmingham City University’s city centre campus.
Paul Wingfield, head of vocal and operatic studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Roderick will be joining us at this exciting and dynamic time.
“Roderick is already known to many of our students for his inspirational masterclasses and his unwavering commitment to young voices. I am sure that we will all benefit enormously from the wealth of his experience both on the operatic stage and the concert platform.
“His presence at the Birmingham Conservatoire will help ensure we are at the leading edge of vocal training in the UK.”