Conductor and Artistic Director
William Goodchild is a professional composer and conductor. He composes music for film, television, concert performance and commercial installation. Many of the 80 films he’s composed for the major broadcasters have won international awards. Since 2016, he has had three nominations for Best Composer at the RTS West of England Awards and, in 2016, was nominated for the Music Award at Wildscreen Festival for Jago - A Life Underwater. In 2017 he won Best Score at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival for Living Spirit Pictures’ Seeing Him.
On stage and in the recording studio, William has collaborated with a wide variety of international soloists including guitarist John Williams, singer Tom Jones, saxophonist Andy Sheppard and jazz quartet Get The Blessing. William’s passion for working across styles led to a live and recorded collaboration with Mercury Prize-Winner, Roni Size & Reprazent, and their album, Live at Colston Hall, was released in November 2015. Also at the Colston Hall, with Sir David Attenborough presenting, William orchestrated and conducted the BBC’s Nature’s Great Events Live to a sell-out audience. The BBC’s Wild China series, orchestrated and conducted by William, won an Emmy.
Many recordings conducted by William are available to buy on Sony Classical, Universal Classical and Jazz, and CBS Records. He has worked regularly with a number of professional orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Ensemble. William is Artistic Director and Conductor of Bristol Symphony Orchestra.
to working with non-professional musicians is to:
• Foster a positive, calm, welcoming and relaxed environment for players to gain maximum enjoyment from their music-making
• Build confidence by encouraging players to give of their absolute best at every rehearsal
• Develop and strengthen listening and awareness skills to improve the ensemble playing and to grow people's sensitivity and musicianship
• Pinpoint technical difficulties and explain how to overcome them
• Instil an interest in and curiosity about the background and context of each work performed
• Demand a professional approach in rehearsal through punctuality, regular attendance and full concentration in rehearsal
• Expect maximum professionalism on stage
• Have fun!