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 performs regularly with major orchestras and conductors with repertoire including Bernstein’s Mass with London Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, title role in Porgy and Bess with the Orchestra of Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome under Wayne Marshall and Jake in Porgy & Bess with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.His debut album Glorious Quest received critical acclaim featuring songs from the golden age of Broadway Musicals accompanied by pianist Christopher Gould.
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 recently alongside Michael Ball, Gary Williams and Hannah Waddingham. He starred alongside Denise Van Outen, Kimberley Walsh, Kerry Ellis, Michael Xavier and Michael Simkins playing the role of Big Daddy in the Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Neil Simon musical Sweet Charity. This semi staged performance was directed by Paul Foster, choreographed by Matt Flint with the ArtsEd Ensemble and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.
Rodney travelled to Australia in 2014 where he performed songs from the Gershwin Songbook alongside Australian soprano Julie Lea Goodwin and 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 (Boston Pops) working alongside Louise Dearman, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. Later that year, he sang the role of Crown in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Riga.
In 2017 Rodney has worked with the Halle Orchestra in a Musical Pops Concert at the Bridgewater Hall alongside West End soprano Ashleigh Gray and starred in a BBC Prom performing Beyond the Score: Dvorak New World Symphony conducted by Sir Mark Elder. He featured in Bernstein’s On the Town at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre directed by Drew McOnie and sang the role of Vithobai in the European Premier of Louis Mander’s opera A Life to Come with the Opera Festival Oslo, Norway. Recently, Rodney starred in a Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s concerts celebrating Bernstein Stage and Screen, conducted by John Mauceri.
Rodney also works as a TV presenter including for the BBC, Intel, Royal Mail UK as well as a host for award ceremonies and concerts. Rodney was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services and contributions to the music industry.