Harriet Fraser and William Hancox formed a recital partnership in 2002 and they have regularly performed both in the UK and abroad, specializing in English-language works. A review from their first recital together read "what was spellbinding was the exact balance between composition and performance, between voice and accompaniment, music and words." The duo made its first international appearance at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China in November 2002.
In 2004 two renowned British composers, Roxanna Panufnik and Richard Blackford, wrote song cycles especially for them, which they premiered at the Cheltenham International Music Festival (see review).
This exciting venture then took them to the South Bank's Purcell Room in London, in 2005 for an acclaimed recital, where they performed the London premieres of these two cycles (see review).
Both busy in their solo fields, Harriet is in demand as an opera and oratorio singer and now performs primarily in the United States, being based in Los Angeles, California. William, as well as being in constant demand as a vocal teacher and coach, has performed concertos, solo recitals and chamber music all over the world. Distance now prevents Harriet and William from performing together regularly but future recitals are being planned.
William Hancox Bio
William Hancox Biography
A student of the late Joseph Weingarten, pianist William Hancox is in demand both in the United Kingdom and abroad. He has performed concertos, chamber music and solo recitals throughout the country, notably at the Wigmore Hall and Windsor Castle. He has played in all London’s major concert halls, and broadcast for Classic FM and the BBC. A commitment to contemporary music has led to involvement in many first performances, and he also has a reputation as an exciting lecture recitalist.
His teaching and accompanying activities have involved positions at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music, the Britten-Pears School at Aldeburgh, Dartington International Summer School and visits to Iceland where he has taught, recorded and performed, as well as conducting regular masterclasses for accompanists. William is a much sought after vocal coach, with great experience in preparing singers at all levels for operatic performances, auditions, examinations and concerts.
Recent concert activities include duo recitals with soprano Harriet Fraser in China, and at the Cheltenham International Festival of Music where they gave world premieres of song cycles by Roxanna Panufnik and Richard Blackford. William returned to China last year for a performance of Constant Lambert’s Rio Grande in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and will shortly be releasing a double CD of Wolf’s complete Morike Songs.