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

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

20 August 2015

Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise (PBS)

GORONGOSA PARK Rebirth of Paradise premieres September 22 2015 on PBS. The series follows the incredible and inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of Bob Poole, Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman and presenter. Produced by Off The Fence, the series is in six parts with music written and produced by William Goodchild.

Presenter and cameraman Bob Poole
Bob Poole spent two years living in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Southern Africa, joining scientists and conservationists in the battle to re-wild this once-legendary national park.

For full details of the series including trailer, clips and stills, please visit the series' PBS website HERE.

India: Nature's Wonderland (BBC Two)

William Goodchild has just scored the Opening Titles to this two-part wildlife series, presented by Liz Bonnin, Freida Pinto and Jon Gupta. India: Nature's Wonderland forms part of a major new season of BBC programmes across television and radio dedicated to one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.

The programmes transmit at 9 pm on Tuesdays 1st and 8th September, BBC 2.

For more details of the series, please click HERE.