William Cole was born in London in 1990, and read Music at Clare College, Cambridge where he graduated in 2013 with double First Class Honours. William is currently studying Composition and Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, where he holds the Charles W. Black Fellowship.
Recent performances of William’s work have been given by the Britten Sinfonia, BBC Singers, Fidelio, Fournier and Morisot piano trios, Ian Pace, The Hermes Experiment, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, the choirs of Clare College, Cambridge and Gloucester Cathedral, the Cambridge University New Music Ensemble, and the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. Festival appearances include the City of London and Three Choirs Festivals, Ludlow Festival of English Song, L’Aura des Arts and Nonclassical. Winner of the 2015 Lord Major’s Composition Prize, 2014 Philip Bates Prize and 2013 John Sanders Memorial Competition, his works have been heard at venues across the UK and in America and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
William holds conducting positions with young opera company Opera Lyrica and multi-genre club night Filthy Lucre, and is Trainee Conductor of the Goldsmiths Choral Union and an Associate Artist with Indomitable Productions. He has also worked with the Melos Sinfonia, Gestalt Arts Collective, Hampshire Sinfonia, and all the Cambridge University ensembles in a broad range of orchestral, operatic and choral repertoire, and has also worked as assistant to Sir Roger Norrington, Stephen Cleobury, and Martin Yates. He has a particular interest in contemporary music, and has given performances of music by composers including Grisey, Tansy Davies, Vivier, Scelsi, and Romitelli as well as many new works by young composers.
Passionate about education, William currently holds the position of Choral Director at London’s Youth Music Centre and was Graduate Musician in Residence at North London Collegiate School from 2013-2015. As a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, he frequently gives composition workshops in London schools. Community work has involved workshops with young children in the south of England as part of the Elastic Band and with children in Soweto, Johannesburg, and projects with English Touring Opera.
William is also active as a pianist, with recital partners including Stephen Varcoe, and as a choral and consort singer, having held a Choral Scholarship at Clare College. He writes for Interlude HK and TEMPO.
William’s work has been supported by Arts Council England, the Bliss Trust, Boltini Trust, Radcliffe Trust, the Hampshire Fund for Young Musicians and Mrs Dorothy Grundy.