Biography

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

In February, Will was named the Kirklees Young Musician of the Year 2019, as part of the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival in Huddersfield.

Will regularly performs with many chamber ensembles, touring in March to Korea and Japan with his piano trio, and giving a performance of Mendelssohn's Octet in St Martin in the Fields in June. Alongside this, he still maintains an exciting solo career with regular concerto engagements around the UK - highlights of which include performances of the Dvorak, Elgar, Schumann, and the two Haydn 'cello concertos.

He enjoys the diversity of his orchestral work, which include projects with the Halle, Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra and the Firebird Orchestra, notably participating in recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, Angel Studios and Pirate Studios.

Musical theatre and opera productions make up a large part of Will's identity as a musician. Having first performed in productions at Holmfirth High School, he has carried through that passion into his performing career and has been a chair-holder on the West End revival of Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White, the London debut of Tesori's Violet, a concert version of Robert-Brown's The Last Five Years, and Fiver, a new musical by Tom Lees which debuted earlier this year in the Southwark Playhouse. He is now a deputy cellist on the UK tour of the musical adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine, and The Queen of The Mist in Charing Cross Theatre.

His musical theatre work has led him into some interesting collaborations, recording and performing new musical theatre compositions with up and coming composer, Nick Butcher, who currently performs in the West End cast of Lloyd Webber's School of Rock.

Beginning music lessons aged four, Will 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.

Will currently plays on an early 19th Century English 'cello from the Hill School.