⎜About

William has won one, and been nominated for four major composer awards:

Winner

  • Best Score - Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017 for Seeing Him (Living Spirit Pictures)

 

Nominee

  • Music - RTS West of England Awards 2020 for Hippos - Africa's River Giants (Icon Films Ltd for BBC Two)

  • Composer - RTS West of England 2017 Awards for Jago - a Life Underwater (Underdog Films for BBC and Netflix)

  • Composer - RTS West of England 2016 Awards, for Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings (BBC Two)

  • Music Award - Wildscreen Festival 2016 for Jago - a Life Underwater (Underdog Films for BBC and Netflix)

William composes and produces music for film, television, concert performance and commercial installation. He has scored over ninety films for the major broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, PBS, National Geographic International, Discovery International and Animal Planet.  Recent commissions include Hippos - Africa's River Giants (Icon Films Ltd for BBC Natural World, narrated by Sir David Attenborough), which has a Composer nomination at the RTS West of England Awards 2020; H2O - the Molecule that Made Us (3 x 60 mins, Passion Pictures for PBS), which has its first broadcast on Earth Day, 22 April 2020; and, Tibet - Roof of the World (1 x 80 mins theatrical release plus 3 international television versions, Infocus Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore).

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

On stage and in the recording studio, William has collaborated with a wide variety of international soloists including guitarist John Williams, singer Tom Jones, saxophonist Andy Sheppard and jazz quartet Get The Blessing, with whom he performed at the Ovar Jazz Festival in Spring 2019. William's passion for working across styles led to a live and recorded collaboration in Bristol with Mercury Prize-winner, Roni Size & Represent. Their album, Live at Colston Hall, was released in November 2015. Also at the Colston Hall, with Sir David Attenborough presenting/ narrating, William orchestrated and conducted BBC's Nature's Great Events Live to a sell-out audience. The BBC's Wild China series, orchestrated and conducted by William, won an Emmy for sound and music.  

Many recordings conducted by William are available to buy on Sony Classical, Universal Classical and Jazz, and CBS Records. He has worked regularly with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bristol Ensemble. William has just completed recording sessions with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and soloist Laurence Perkins (bassoon) for a Hyperion Records double album recording entitles, Voyage of a Sea-god, due for release in 2021.

William is 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 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 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 Ivors Academy and PRS for Music.  

For more information, see:

Composing credits  |  Conducting credits  |  Orchestrating credits

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