Bill Golding has enjoyed a wonderful reputation as one of Ireland’s finest actors and singers for half a century. His career has embraced hundreds of theatrical performances in major venues on both sides of the Atlantic. His repertoire includes many classics from Becket t to Shakespeare, to Arthur Miller and a list of definitive portrayals in roles including Oscar Wilde’s Lord Goring, Mr. Bennet in Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and the Player King in Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”. As a singer, Bill’s rich baritone voice has graced the National Concert Hall Dublin on many occasions and has delighted audiences around America on several extensive tours with the RTE Concert Orchestra. His talent as a voice over artist displays an enormous range of accents and characters including the familiar “Old Mister Brennan”, “Mister Kipling” and the voice of The Irish Farmers Journal. Of course there were many, many radio and television appearances including the unforgettable Rory in “Wanderly Wagon”.
One RTE production which encapsulates Bill’s incredible ability as an all-round entertainer also projects him as the definitive exponent of the works of Percy French in our time. In 1966 he starred as Percy French, in “The Last Troubadour”. To those of us lucky enough to have seen it, it remains a highlight of RTE production at its best. For anyone who had not that luck, Bill’s appearance at the 2012 Percy French Summer School will give a taste of what you missed. Bill Golding’s connection to the school dates back to a connection with Kevin Finnerty’s father John at the foundation of the Roscommon, Percy French Scholarship in 1967.