Hailed by Gramophone as a “singer to be watched”, Rodney Earl Clarke is recognised for his versatility in performance.
At home with the music of 1930-1960 Broadway, Rodney has appeared in many shows including Carmen Jones at the Royal Festival Hall, London, Jude Kelly's award winning production of Bernstein's On the Town, Kenneth Branagh's epic film version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Celebration Prom, The Broadway Sound BBC Prom with the John Wilson Orchestra, Jake in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Crown in Porgy & Bess under the direction of John Doyle with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. He starred in Raymond Gubbay's popular show Crazy for Gershwin which regularly toured the UK and also performed many times on BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night, most recently the David Jacobs Tribute Concert alongside Michael Ball, Gary Williams and Hannah Waddingham.
He has presented on television for the BBC and his debut album Glorious Quest (The Golden Age of Broadway Musicals) has received critical acclaim.
Rodney travelled to Australia in 2014 where he performed songs from the Gershwin Songbook alongside Australian soprano Julie Lea Goodwin with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart. In 2015, he returned to Australia to perform the bass solos in Handel's Messiah at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Philharmonia under the baton of Brett Weymark. In 2016, he starred in an arena tour of West End/Broadway hits concert with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Keith Lockhart working alongside Louise Dearman, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. He played the role of Father in Mahogany Opera’s production of Stephen Deazley’s The Rattler and Crown in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Riga.
Earlier this year, Rodney worked with the Halle Orchestra in a Musical Pops Concert at the Bridgewater Hall alongside West End soprano Ashleigh Gray and at the BBC Proms performing songs in Beyond the Score: Dvorak New World Symphony conducted by Sir Mark Elder. He also starred in Bernstein’s On the Town at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre directed by Drew McOnie. Future engagements include Broadway Music Concert with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Keith Lockhart and a tour of the Raymond Gubbay Show Simply Gershwin.
Rodney remains grateful for the guidance and support shown from the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award 2001 and generously supported by the Sir Peter Moores Foundation. Rodney was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services and contributions to the music industry.