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Iain Burnside is a pianist who has appeared in recital with many of the world’s leading singers. He is also an insightful programmer with an instinct for the telling juxtaposition. His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Schubert to the cutting edge. Burnside’s passion for English Song is reflected in acclaimed albums of Britten, Finzi, Ireland, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams, many with baritone Roderick Williams.
Away from the piano Burnside is active as a writer and broadcaster. For Guildhall School of Music & Drama Burnside has devised a number of singular theatre pieces. A Soldier and a Maker, based on the life of Ivor Gurney, was performed at the Barbican Centre and the Cheltenham Festival, and later broadcast by BBC R3 on Armistice Day.  Iain Burnside is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera.

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Robert Schumann, Yrjö Kilpinen, Johannes Brahms
Nature's Solace
Stephan Loges
Various composers
Irish Songbook
Tynan, Burnside
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Sonnett für Wien
Sarah Connolly / William Dazeley / Iain Burnside
Franz Liszt
Rebecca Evans / Andrew Kennedy / Matthew Rose / Iain Burnside
Ludwig van Beethoven
Lieder und Gesänge
John Mark Ainsley / Iain Burnside
Ludwig van Beethoven
Lieder und Gesang
Ann Murray, Roderick Williams
Benjamin Britten
Britten Abroad
Susan Gritton / Mark Padmore / Iain Burnside
Herbert Hughes
A Purse of Gold, Irish Songs
Ailish Tynan / Iain Burnside
Francis George Scott
Lisa Milne / Roderick Williams / Iain Burnside
Judith Weir
On Buying a Horse
Susan Bickley / Andrew Kennedy / Ailish Tynan / Iain Burnside
Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett
Remember Your Lovers: Songs by Tippett, Britten
John Mark Ainsley tenor, Iain Burns