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

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.

19 August 2015

Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings (BBC Natural World)

'Astonishing and somewhat traumatic'. Ali Catterall, The Guardian (Wednesday's Best TV, 19th August 2015)

William Goodchild's latest score for BBC Natural World, Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings, airs for the first time on BBC2 at 9 pm on Wednesday 19th August, 2015.

In this follow up to Africa's Giant Killers, (winner, Best Natural History Programme, RTS Awards 2014), a pride of lions has rewritten the rule book, by learning how to take down elephants. As the large majority of elephants leave, a series of dramatic events take place. The males of the pride turn against each other, a mother places her new born cubs in mortal danger, the pride is challenged by a rival group and, when lightning strikes, fires break out. As things settle, the pride is left with only one choice for survival: to face their old foe, the elephants, or risk dying of starvation. What will be the outcome of this final showdown?

For more details including credits and to view clips, please see HERE.

Reviews, 20th August 2015
The Independent - 'A beautifully shot but brutal look at the circle of life.' Sally Newall
The Telegraph - 'This Gruelling documentary was a roaring success.' Michael Hogan
The Arts Desk - 'Dramatic music by William Goodchild underlined this narrative...' Marina Vaizey

12 March 2015

RTS Awards winner

Africa's Giant Killers (BBC Natural World), first broadcast April 2014, has won Best Natural History Programme at the Royal Television Awards (RTS) West of England 2014/15. AGK was filmed and Directed by Brad Bestelink, Natural History Film Unit Botswana, with a score by William Goodchild.

The judges said, "the winning film engaged the viewer on a compelling emotional level, has stunning and outstanding footage that was beautifully edited - beautiful and brutal in equal measure."

The RTS WOE Ceremony was held at Bristol Old Vic on Sunday March 8th 2015 and hosted by Steve Backshall.

For details about the film including a full credit list, please see HERE.

To hear samples from the score, please see HERE.

19 February 2015

Africa's Fishing Leopards (BBC Natural World)

William Goodchild's latest score for BBC Natural World, co-written with Dan Brown and featuring the vocals of Senegalese singer, Batch Gueye. Africa's Fishing Leopards, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, goes out for the first time on BBC2 at 8 pm on Tuesday 24th February. It is Pick of the Day, Radio Times.

BBC Natural World starts its new series for 2015/ 16 with a stunning film about a leopard mother and her two cubs. The family must survive in the wilds of Botswana alongside less than friendly neighbours: lions, wild dogs and hyenas. The competition for food is tough, and if they are going to make it they must learn a new skill: the ability to fish.

Produced and Directed by Brad Bestelink and Steve Gooder, Edited by Rupert Troskie and Filmed by Brad Bestelink and Richard Uren.

Watch a clip HERE.

Post-recording session selfie with composer William Goodchild, Senegalese singer Batch Gueye and composer Dan Brown:

28 January 2015

Concert March 2015

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra
William Goodchild conductor
Natalia Lomeiko violin

Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Prokofiev Violin Concerto in D
Borodin In The Steppes Of Central Asia
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Renowned Russian violinist Natalia Lomeiko joins Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and conductor William Goodchild to perform Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, composed in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution. Alongside the concerto are two works by Borodin: his Polovtsian Dances, and In The Steppes of Central Asia, a highly evocative piece which depicts the journey of a caravan across a vast deserted grassland. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, a dark and tumultuous though ultimately optimistic work, completes this all-Russian programme.

soloist Natalia Lomeiko
For full details concert and to book tickets online, please click HERE