17 February 2016

Best Composer Award

Royal Television Society West of England 2016 Awards
William Goodchild has been nominated in the Best Composer category (for best composition of original music, in non-scripted) for BBC Natural World, Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings.

For full information on the RTS West of England Awards, please click here.

A selection of clips taken from the film, showcasing the score:

21 December 2015

Gorilla Family & Me (BBC Two)

BBC Two: Gorilla Family and Me
21st and 27th December 2015 at 9 pm

William Goodchild has scored the latest of the Family and Me series for BBC Two. In Gorilla Family and Me, Gordon Buchanan travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet a family of rare Grauer's gorillas.

Baby gorilla Mwira and his mum, from episode 1 of Gorilla Family and Me (source)
Find out about the composing process from this article, written by William Goodchild for the Gorilla Family and Me BBC web page, by clicking HERE.

Also, see Monday's Best TV from The Guardian (21st December 2015)

Review of episode 1 by The Independent (22nd December 2015)

15 October 2015

Roni Size Reprazent - Live at Colston Hall with William Goodchild and Emerald Ensemble

Here's the first trailer for the forthcoming CD/DVD Roni Size Reprazent - Live at Colston Hall with William Goodchild and the Emerald Ensemble. The album is released on 13th November and has classics from previous Reprazent albums, solo productions by Roni and a track composed by William Goodchild with Roni and poet Kwame called The Human Family. The performance was accompanied by full orchestra Emerald Ensemble in a special gig for the reopening of Colston Hall in Bristol.

You can pre-order the album here: www.ronisize.net/shop

4 October 2015

Treesong: Bristol European Green Capital


A 100-year-old beech tree on Durdham Down is hosting an extraordinary sonic installation. Bristol Ensemble, Bristol’s professional orchestra, has created TreeSong, a unique project created to capture the movements of a mature tree and translate them into sound.

Every movement of and within the tree – from wind, birds, squirrels, branches and leaves – is picked up by an array of sensors and translated into musical sounds.

International artist Jony Easterby has created the installation beneath and inside the tree's canopy powered by the sun's energy thanks to a POSSIM™ eco-generator.

The “song” that is captured will then be translated by composer William Goodchild into a 15-minute orchestral work for the concert hall. This will be premiered at St George’s Bristol on Sunday 29 November. Full details of the concert can be found HERE.

TreeSong is one of the projects to be awarded funding by Bristol City Council for the city’s year as European Green Capital.

A short film of Treesong installation by Kathy Hinde

Project manager, Audrey Michel, said: “TreeSong is all about noticing urban nature and experiencing it in a unique way. We are excited to have the opportunity to ‘give voice’ to a tree. Weather, wildlife, nature will all play their part, but one thing is for sure: Bristol will never have seen or heard anything like this before. We hope people from all across the city will come and experience it.”

Matthew Olden mixes sounds generated by movement of the tree 

TreeSong installation is open to the public daily from October 1 to 4 2015, 10am to 10pm. Entry is free. The tree is situated near the junction of Stoke Road and Saville Road on Bristol's Durdham Downs.


TreeSong concert takes place at St George's Bristol on Sunday 29 November. 
More information on both events is available from TreeSong's website HERE.

Book tickets HERE

Performance photograph by Liv Kleve
Bristol Ensemble conducted by William Goodchild
Sunday 29th November at St George's Bristol

To listen to the recording of TreeSong, please click here.

2 October 2015

Jago - a Life Underwater

Jago - a Life Underwater, an Underdog Films Production in association with James Morgan Films, Fantomline Pictures and Vistaar Productions, was Produced, Directed and Written by James Reed. The film has won the Grand Teton Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015. The score was composed and produced by William Goodchild.

From his ramshackle hut on the Salawesi sea, Rohani - an 80 year-old free-diving hunter - tells us his life story as he prepares, once again, to dive. 

3 September 2015

Stop Press: Awards

Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise - New Blood has been nominated for Best Sound at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015.

Jago - a Life Underwater has been nominated for Best Editing.

To view all nominations, please click HERE.

2 September 2015

Last Night of the Proms, Bristol Fashion

Bristol Ensemble
William Goodchild conductor
Laurie Stewart soprano
Laura Tanner presenter

Bristol Ensemble conducted by William Goodchild performs Last Night of the Proms, Bristol Fashion at 4 pm on Sunday 6th September 2015, St George's Bristol. The programme includes Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams and Elgar's Nimrod from his Enigma Variations, amongst many other Last Night favourites.

To find out more details and to book tickets, please click HERE.

Bristol Ensemble Leader Roger Huckle (on left) and the First Violin section