Alan Edward Williams

Composer/ cyfansoddwr

Press and Media Coverage

The Arsonists recieved a lot of press and media attention – you can see some of this here:

Times article (circ. 435,061)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/opera-the-arsonists-to-be-sung-in-yorkshire-accent-alan-edward-williams-ian-mcmillan-39xfpkhjc

Buzzfeed report (Buzzfeeed news, 200,000+ followers)

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1074740552662411

BBC News website

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-41683469/opera-s-nicholas-sales-sings-verdi-in-a-barnsley-accent-as-a-new-yorkshire-opera-opens

Rhinegold:

https://www.rhinegold.co.uk/opera_now/first-yorkshire-opera-receive-premiere/

Discussed in “Opera in the Jazz Age: Cultural Politics in 1920’s Britain”

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=eoN8DwAAQBAJ&pg=PA152&lpg=PA152&dq=williams+mcmillan+northern+opera+%22+the+arsonists%22+2017&source=bl&ots=mR4T44cAws&sig=ACfU3U2ptYdpTyD4mnC3I3d8rHhTCF3tvw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjZ7siBms_gAhUgSxUIHff_ANYQ6AEwCHoECAIQAQ#v=onepage&q=williams%20mcmillan%20northern%20opera%20%22%20the%20arsonists%22%202017&f=false

BBC Music Magazine (p.18) (“Deja Vue…”)

https://www.scribd.com/document/374310223/BBC-Music-January-2018

Article in The Daily Mirror

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/first-yorkshire-opera-challenge-posh-11379739

Discussed in popular science book “Superhuman: life at the extremes of mental and physical activity”

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Y3k9DwAAQBAJ&pg=PT232&dq=superhuman+hooper+the+arsonists&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiUgLyOq8_gAhWbQxUIHYm3BO4Q6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&q=superhuman%20hooper%20the%20arsonists&f=false

It even prompted Harry Gration, presenter on BBC Look North to make his own version of ‘Northern Opera’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4999214/BBC-Look-North-presenter-bursts-song-live-air.html