A busy freelance musician based in London, Will is the current holder of the Eric Thiman Memorial Award scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying with Professor Felix Schmidt.
Beginning music lessons aged four, Will became proficient on a range of instruments before deciding to specialise in the ‘cello when moving to Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, aged sixteen, where he studied with Head of Strings, Nicholas Jones.
Now living in London, Will performs regularly with many different orchestras and ensembles whilst maintaining an exciting solo career. Upcoming solo performances include the Dvorak and Elgar concertos with orchestras throughout the UK.
What is your favorite piece of music/song? – Difficult question, since it changes on an almost daily basis. Right now, I’m listening to the album ‘Whispers II’ by Passenger, so I’d probably say ‘Travelling Alone’ from that. A more permanant fixture that keeps getting revisited would be the Rostropovich/Karajan recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto though.
Where did you study? – I started my musical studies properly when I got to Chetham’s in Manchester, which I attended for 6th form. Since then though, I’ve been at the Royal Academy of Music (near Mme. Tussauds).
What single thing could you not live without? – I have one of the warmest coats imaginable, which is probably the single thing that keeps me happy and sane when I’m stood on a cold station platform after a concert waiting for the train back to London.
Who has inspired you the most? – Mstislav Rostropovich. Without a doubt. It’s not only because of his cello playing either, but because he was always such a strong force for good in the world and an enormous well of unreserved energy.
Where did you grow up? – I grew up just outside of a little market-town called Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, where ‘The Last of the Summer Wine’ was filmed (for those old enough to remember it). It’s nice to get back there to visit every now and again – just to get out of London and see a tree in a field instead of in a pavement for example.
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