Iain Burnside

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Iain Burnside is a Scottish classical pianist and accompanist, and a former presenter on BBC Radio 3.

Following study at Merton College, Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music and the Chopin Academy, in Warsaw he became a freelance pianist, specialising particularly in song repertoire. He has collaborated with many singers, and was particularly close friends with the late soprano Susan Chilcott. Burnside is the godfather of Chilcott's son, Hugh, and following her death in 2003 became his legal guardian.

Other vocalists he has worked and recorded with include Laura Claycomb, Matthew Rose, Roderick Williams, with whom he has recorded the complete Finzi baritone songs and most recently Sarah Connolly, with a release of songs by Korngold.

After presenting the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, he became a presenter on Radio 3, for many years fronting the weekly song-orientated show Voices for which he won a Sony Radio Award. Later he began presenting the Sunday morning programme. He also wrote the musical play A Soldier and a Maker on the life of Ivor Gurney, premiered in 2012.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 The English Song Series, Volume 12: I Said to Love / Let Us Garlands Bring / Before and After Summer Gerald Finzi; Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside 1
2005 The English Song Series, Volume 14: Songs of Travel / The House of Life / Four Poems by Fredegond Shove Vaughan Williams; Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside 1
2006 The English Song Series, Volume 15: Earth and Air and Rain / By Footpath and Stile / To a Poet Finzi; Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside, Sacconi Quartet 1
2007 The English Song Series, Volume 16: A Young Man's Exhortation / Till Earth Outwears / Oh Fair to See Gerald Finzi; John Mark Ainsley, Iain Burnside 1
2008 The English Song Series, Volume 17: Mirages / Nocturnes / Slum Song / Seascapes / Invocations William Alwyn; Elin Manahan Thomas, Jeremy Huw Williams, John Turner, Iain Burnside 1
2012 Songs: The Airmen Martin Shaw; Sophie Bevan, Andrew Kennedy, Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside 1

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