My singing career

Link to an archive of some of my recordings spanning the years 1969 until 2011. (Geluidsopnamen)

EDUCATION:

Mount Allison University. B.A., A.Mus (1962)

Private voice study with Bernard Diamant, Montreal (1962 - 1966)

Private voice study with Prof. Frederick Husler and Yvonne Rodd-Marling (1966 - 1969)

Constructive Teaching Center, London. Qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique (1979)

Reiki healer grade 2 (2010)

 

MASTER CLASSES WITH:

Lotte Lehman (1962)

Gerald Moore (1967, 1969)

 

SCHOLARSHIPS:

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (scholarships each year from 1962 - 1969

The Arts Council of Great Britain 

The Vaughan Williams Trust

The Greater London Council

The Canada Council

 

PERFORMANCES: 

With English Opera Group:

at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,

at the Edinburgh Festival,

Aldeburgh Festival,

and in Venice and Brussels.

With Phoenix Opera Group,

Park Lane Group,

Handel Opera Group 

 

SOLO RECITALS: 

Wigmore Hall, and Purcell Room, London

Gstaad Festival, Switzerland

Town Hall, Toronto

Theatre Maisonneuve, Montreal

BBC Radio Three

Radio Svizzera Italiana and Radio Zurich, Switzerland

CBC Radio in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver 

 

SOLOIST WITH: 

Yehudi Menuhin conducting at the Windsor Festival and the Brighton Festival, England

Sir Neville Marriner conducting The Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields Orchestra

Gary Bertini conducting the Jerusalem Symphony

Kazimierz Kord conducting the Warsaw Philharmonic

Dr Alexander Brott conducting the Kingston (Canada) Symphony Orchestra

Jean Claude Malgoire conducting La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Paris

Dr Edward Higginbottom conducting the choir of New College, Oxford

Dr Edwin Loehrer conducting the orchestra of Radio Svizzera Italiana

The Netherlands Dans Theatre in Paris in performances of "Les Noces" by Stravinsky

 

FESTIVAL APPEARANCES:  

Bath, Camden (London), Israel, St Denis (Paris), Saintes, Beziers (France)

Oratorio performances throughout the UK, in Canada, France and Switzerland

 

REVIEWS: 

“Many who have grown up in the German language could take an example from Ronald Murdock's interpretation of Wolf. . .he was guided by an unerring sense of the Lied form.” Der Bund, Bern, Switzerland

 

“Searle's ‘Fleurs du Mal’ cycle and Britten's Third Canticle provided ideal vehicles for the movingly expressive tenor timbre, faultless enunciation and musical intelligence of Ronald Murdock.”  Felix Aprahamian, The Sunday Times, London

 

“. . . a virtuoso performance.” Music and Musicians, London

 

“Alongside his intelligence is an innate ability to sustain one lyrical passage after another, doing so with an interpretative flair special to him alone. The evocative manner in which he managed the broken melodic line in an altogether moving performance of Britten's ‘The Poet's Echo’ (in Russian) was a model of impressive vocal artistry.” (Wigmore Hall Recital, London.) The Daily Telegraph.

 

“. . . expressive line. . .striking ability to project the mood with only the slightest gestures. . .expressive voice. . .very much an artist.”  Eric MacLean, The Montreal Gazette

 

“. . .an attractive, clear lyrical voice. In his first aria ("Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen" - St. Matthew Passion, Bach) he demonstrated as well an admirable precision.”  Globe and Mail, Toronto