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William has won one, and been nominated for three major awards in the past twelve months:


  • Best Score at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017, for his score to Seeing Him



  • Composer at RTS West of England Awards 2020

  • Best Composer at the Royal Television Society West of England 2017 Awards, for his score to Jago - a Life Underwater

  • Best Composer at the Royal Television Society West of England 2016 Awards, for his score to BBC The Natural World's Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings

  • Music Award at Wildscreen Festival 2016, for his score to Jago - a Life Underwater

William composes and produces music for film, television and concert performance and has scored over seventy films for the major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, PBS, National Geographic International, Discovery International and Animal Planet.  Recent commissions have included four award-winning productions: Jago - a Life Underwater (Underdog Films), Africa's Giant Killers (BBC Natural World), Wild Russia (6-part series for National Geographic International), and Lobo - the Wolf that Changed America (BBC Natural World).

William's score for the BBC Natural World production, Jungle Gremlins of Java, winner of Best Wildlife Documentary at the 2013 RTS Awards, was used for a new Washington Ballet dance production devised by young international choreographer, Andile Ndlovu, with recent performances in Washington DC.

William has composed and produced music for WWF-UK's conservation themed installation at the charity's new Living Planet Centre. Designed by Jason Bruges Studio, the installation consists of four enclosed zones - fresh water, marine, forest and wildlife - each designed to reflect a different environmental experience and core area of the organisation's work. Visitors immerse themselves and interact with their environments through a range of engaging sensory devices to become submerged in these diverse natural worlds. The Living Planet Centre was opened in September 2013 by Sir David Attenborough

Orchestrator and Conductor

As orchestrator and conductor William has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Conductor and Musical Director of Bristol Symphony Orchestra and Guest Conductor of Bristol Ensemble.  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 Composition 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 held an appointment as music specialist to the Board of Governors for Redland High School, an independent girls' school in Bristol from 2013 to 2016.



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.

For more information, see:

Composing Credits  |  Conducting Credits  |  Orchestral Credits