29 May 2012

Working with Kwesi Edman

Cellist Kwesi Edman will be joining conductor William Goodchild and Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra in a performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto on Saturday 10 November 2012 at St. George's Bristol. The Elgar will form part of an all-British programme that also includes Holst's Egdon Heath and Symphony No. 5 by Vaughan Williams.

Kwesi graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2004 where he studied with David Strange and Philip Sheppard. He performs regularly around the world as a cello soloist, chamber musician, pop musician and conductor. He has collaborated with players from the Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsSouthbank SinfoniaRoyal Opera Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has worked alongside artists such as Shirley Bassey, Damon Albarn, and Elton John. Kwesi performed next to David Beckham at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

As an educator, Kwesi is Head of the Performance, Advanced and Alpine courses at Oxford Cello School, and teaches cello privately in North London. Kwesi founded the Chamber Academy Orchestra in 2007 of which he is the principal conductor.

William is looking forward to working with Kwesi!

18 May 2012

Riviera Jazz, Big Screen Music

Big Screen Music in association with Boost Music has issued its latest production music album. Called Riviera Jazz, the album comprises live, french, folk, gypsy and jazz tracks including pieces by Corin Buckeridge, Al Lethbridge, Rob Manning, Nick Pullin and William Goodchild.

Full details of Riviera Jazz including samples can be found HERE (scroll down page).

1 May 2012

July 2012 Concert

poster design by Rachel Goodchild

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra
William Goodchild, conductor
David Pagett, clarinet

Rossini - Overture, The Italian Girl in Algiers
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A
Strauss - Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments
Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2 in E Minor

A summer concert of exquisite music that is variously sublime, fabulously romantic and delightfully exotic. Mozart's masterwork, the Clarinet Concerto in A - arguably the most beautiful concerto ever written - is performed by Bristol clarinetist David Pagett, its slow movement with a spellbinding beauty and lyricism all its own. Also programmed is Rachmaninov's sweeping Second Symphony, composed in 1906 to critical acclaim and immediate success, its surging melancholy and rich late-Romantic harmony making a lasting contribution to early twentieth century music. The stunning Serenade for 13 Instruments by Richard Strauss, and Rossini's mischievous opera overture Italian Girl in Algiers, complete the programme.

Further details including ticket prices and on-line booking can be found HERE.

'Exquisite and electrifying performances.' John Packwood, Bristol Evening Post, March 2012

22 April 2012

The Washington Ballet

Andile Ndlovu by Steve Vaccariello in TWB Dancers 10.11 Season

The Washington Ballet will be using music from William Goodchild's score to Jungle Gremlins of Java (BBC) for a forthcoming new dance production by international ballet dancer and choreographer, Andile Ndlovu.

'As a young dancer and choreographer, Andile Ndlovu has come from very humble beginnings in South Africa to his current role as company dancer with The Washington Ballet. He is noted as an artist of extraordinary ability. His virtuosic dancing has won him awards and international recognition. He is truly a young dance star on the rise and is starting to see his real future in choreography.' Arthur Espinoza, Director of Artistic Operations, The Washington Ballet

21 April 2012


William has been pitching for a major BBC1 NHU series due for release in autumn 2013. One aspect of the pitch involved re-scoring with music and sound design a short animated sequence created for the launch of the 2011 VW Beetle. Here is the result.

20 April 2012

Press Release - Choral Commission

PRESS RELEASE, 13 June 2012
Composer William Goodchild has written an anthem for Redland High School 
to commemorate the School’s 130th Anniversary.

The work is entitled Ye of Day (pronounced ‘Eye of Day’) and is to be sung by Redland High’s Chamber Choir, conducted by the school’s Director of Music, Steven Daykin. For the anthem, William Goodchild has composed music to words by Chaucer from his The Legend of Good Women.

William Goodchild said, “It was a great honour to be invited by Redland High to compose an anthem for the school’s 130th anniversary celebrations. The first thing was to find a suitable text - something that had a strong link with the school, that could readily be set to music, and was perhaps a little out of the ordinary. Headmistress Caroline Bateson kindly pointed me towards Chaucer’s The Legend of Good Women from which is taken the school’s motto, ‘For fere of night, so hateth she derknesse!’. The text is inspirational - the words focus on the writer’s passion for the daisy (incidentally, the school emblem) or ‘days-eye’ which opens to light and closes to darkness: a strong and simple metaphor for learning. The words, sung in the original Middle English, I set to music written for young female voices in four parts accompanied by organ. The broad, resonant acoustic of Bristol Cathedral was always at the front of my mind whilst composing.”

Redland High School’s Chamber Choir comprises experienced singers between the ages of 13 and 18. The choir has had an extremely busy year including competing in the finals of a national choir competition at the London Barbican and performing at Colston Hall Bristol. 

Steven Daykin, Director of Music, said, “ The girls have risen to the challenge of performing this piece and have spent hours rehearsing after school and in their breaks. It is an honour to give the premiere of a work by such an esteemed composer and the girls and I are very much looking forward to performing it in the grand acoustics of Bristol Cathedral”.

The performance of Ye of Day is at 2pm on Friday 29 June 2012 at Bristol Cathedral. 

End of press release
For more information or to arrange for photographs or interviews, 
please contact Sharon Benton on 0117 916 6706 or 07739 179237. 
Alternatively you can email s.benton@redlandhigh.com

Choral Commission

Redland High School has commissioned William Goodchild to compose an anthem to celebrate the school's 130th Anniversary. The work, entitled Ye of Day, sets words from Chaucer's The Legend of Good Women for female chorus (SSAA) and organ. The piece will receive its first performance at the 2012 Commemoration Service in Bristol Cathedral at 2 pm on Friday 29 June 2012.

18 January 2012

March 2012 Concert

Natalia Lomeiko, violin soloist
Photo © Sasha Gusov

America comes to Bristol with two stunning masterpieces composed in the 1940s. Copland's signature Appalachian Spring, originally conceived as ballet music and later revised as an orchestral suite, is instantly recognisable for its unforgettable Shaker Melody. In the US, Samuel Barber's elegaic, lyrically romantic Violin Concerto is revered. And here, the brilliant, internationally acclaimed Russian violinist Natalia Lomeiko offers a wonderfully persuasive advocacy for the work. Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra complete's the concert with Dvorak's magnificent, intensely Czech, Symphony No. 7 in D Minor. The concert is conducted by William Goodchild.

The concert takes place at 7.30 pm on Saturday 10 March at St. George's Bristol. For full information and ticket booking, please click HERE.

"Lomeiko is one of the most brilliant of our younger violinists." Yehudi Menuhin

16 January 2012

BBC Natural World - Jungle Gremlins of Java

WINNER: Best Natural History Programme 2013
Royal Television Society Awards, West of England

Jungle Gremlins of Java is produced for BBC Natural World by ICON Films. It tracks the toxic slow loris and goes undercover to reveal the illegal worldwide trade in loris for pets. For further details about the programme including its transmission, please click HERE.

Directed by Steve Gooder and edited by Rupert Troskie, this hour long programme is presented by Dr. Anna Nekaris and narrated by Paul McGann. The music is composed and produced by William Goodchild. The score makes use of vocal and instrumental sounds such as karinding, bamboo percussion, chanting and rice pounding, which were recorded whilst the crew was filming in Indonesia. The score also features performances by guitarist Dan Brown (Massive Attack, Phantom Limb) and singer Joanna Swan (Ilya). 

To hear some of the music from the programme, please click HERE.

Dr Anna Nekaris has set up a 'fire face project' to save the slow loris via ecology, education and empowerment. You can find out more about this project by clicking HERE.

Javan Slow Loris

Photograph by Dr. Anna Nekaris

Photograph by Dr. Anna Nekaris

15 January 2012

Wells Cathedral School Promo

A promo for Wells Cathedral Senior School scored by William Goodchild with Dan Brown, guitars.