Biography

A busy freelance musician based in London, William is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Felix Schmidt. Whilst in his last year at the Academy, William was the holder of the Rose Roitman Award Scholarship, and previously the Eric Thiman Memorial Award Scholarship.

William regularly performs and tours with many different orchestras and chamber ensembles, whilst maintaining an exciting solo career with regular concerto engagements around the UK. Recent highlights include multiple performances of the Dvorak, Elgar, Schumann and Haydn 'cello concertos. He enjoys the diversity of his orchestral work, of which highlights include recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios and various musical theatre and opera productions. Current projects include the West-End revival of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's show The Woman in White which runs from November 2017 to February 2018.

Beginning music lessons aged four, William became proficient on a range of instruments before deciding to specialise in the 'cello when moving to Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, aged sixteen, where he studied with Head of Strings, Nicholas Jones. His Chets career was rich with performance opportunities, appearing at the Royal Northern College of Music for masterclasses and quartet performances, and other venues including the Manchester Cathedral, where he gave performances of the Saint-Saens and Lalo Concertos.

William currently plays on a 19th Century english 'cello from the Hill School.