William composes and produces music for film, television and concert performance. As a composer he specialises in wildlife and history documentary and has scored films for all the major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, PBS, National Geographic International and Animal Planet. Recent commissions have included three award-winning productions: Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq (BBC Natural World Special), Wild Russia (6-part series for National Geographic), and Lobo - the Wolf that Changed America (BBC Natural World). 'Lobo' won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2009 and the Jury's Special Prize at the Wildscreen International Film Festival 2008.
William's score for the BBC Natural World production, Jungle Gremlins of Java, was used for a new Washinton Ballet dance production devised by young international choreographer, Andile Ndlovu, with performances this May in Washington DC. William was also commissioned this year to write a choral anthem to celebrate Redland High School's 130th Anniversary. The anthem, entitled Ye of Day with words by Geoffrey Chaucer was given its first performance at Bristol Cathedral on 29 June.
William has just completed Walking Through Britain, a four-part history series for Channel 4 presented by Tony Robinson. He is currently scoring Wild Alaska (1 x 120 mins) for Animal Planet and The Leopard in My Back Garden for BBC Natural World.
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orchestrator and conductor
As orchestrator and conductor William works with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bristol Ensemble and Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. He has undertaken numerous projects for the BBC with a variety of composers. Wild China (2008) composed by Barnaby Taylor and orchestrated and conducted by William won an Emmy in 2009 for Music and Sound. William has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with a wide variety of international soloists including John Williams, Andy Sheppard, Tom Jones and most recently Roni Size and Reprazent. A number of William's recordings are available on Sony Classical, Universal Classical and Jazz, and CBS Records.
William is a Senior Associate Teacher on the Music for Film and Television MA at Bristol University. He also gives seminars on Music for Film for organisations such as Wildscreen International Film Festival, City University and Music Industry Education. In May 2010 he worked, as composer in residence, on a major Music for Film project with the BBC Concert Orchestra and 27 young musicians as part of the Bristol Festival of Nature 2010. William was recently appointed as music specialist to the Board of Governors for Redland High School, an independent girls' school in Bristol.
William has a degree in Music from the University of East Anglia and is a licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama having been a Junior Exhibitioner in violin and piano at the Royal College of Music and a Music Scholar at St. Paul’s School. He studied conducting with Richard Hickox, John Lubbock and George Hurst, and piano with Sidney Harrison and John York. His passion for film composition began when working as a musical assistant to British composer Edward Williams preparing scores and conducting sessions on television projects for Edward.
William is a member of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BACS) and the Performing Rights Society (MCPS-PRS Alliance). He is a panelist on the Screened Music Network for British Film and TV composition.