William is a Birmingham-based pianist and conductor, proficient in a variety of music across the West Midlands.
I have been performing professionally for many years, having played at various venues across the West Midlands including Aston Parish Church, Hogarth's Hotel & Restaurant and Hilton Hotels. As well as being classically trained I also play pop & rock music, most of which I arrange myself by ear. My performances include weddings, corporate events and concerts. My favourite performances have been Shostakovich's "Piano Concerto No.2 in F" with the University of Manchester Choir and Orchestra Society, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at St. Werburgh's Church, Manchester and Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" at St Hilda's Church, Warley Woods. My passion for conducting began from a young age, and my first formal lessons began at Chetham's School of Music. During my years in higher education I founded, managed and conducted my own orchestra, which ran successful concerts every semester for 3 years. These themed concerts included Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite Op.71a" and Verdi's "La Forza del Destino Overture". In addition in my final concert with the University of Manchester's Choir And Orchestra Society I directed the orchestra with Howard Shore's "Lord of the Rings Suite - The Fellowship of the Ring" in summer 2011. During my studying years I also led two choral groups, University of Manchester's Harmony Gospel Choir and co-leading the Burlington Singers. In 2012 I conducted an arrangment of Bizet's "Overture to Carmen" with the Old Swinford Hospital Symphony Orchestra, and in the following academic year I taught conducting workshops for students at Old Swinford Hospital School. Before departing, I rehearsed and conducted the Old Swinford Hospital Chamber Orchestra on their music tour, performing at primary schools and churches local to Stourbridge. Repertoire included Mozart's "Symphony No.41 - Jupiter", Haydn's "Piano Concerto in D" and Vivaldi's "Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor". Since joining Music To You Ltd. I have also been music director for primary school productions including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" , "The Jungle Book" and "Alice in Wonderland". Recently I conducted the Bournville String Orchestra in their annual end-of-summer concert, who performed Vivaldi's "Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor" and Janacek's "Idyll Suite for Strings".
TRADITIONAL WEDDING SONG LIST J.S. BACH - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Prelude in C, Air (from Suite No.3) CHARPENTIER - Prelude (from the Te Deum) CLARKE- Prince of Denmark's March HANDEL - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Air (from Water Music), Finale (from Water Music), Largo (from Xerxes), Minuet (from Berenice), Overture (from Fireworks Music), HAYDN - St. Anthony Chorale HYMNS - Love Divine, Jerusalem, Amazing Grace, Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer MOZART - Ave Verum Corpus MENDELSSOHN - Andante Religioso PACHELBEL - Canon PURCELL - March - Trumpet Tune STANLEY -Trumpet Voluntary STOLZEL - Bist du bei mir WAGNER - Bridal March FILM/MUSICALS SONG LIST ALADDIN- A Whole New World BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - Moon River CATS - Memory EVITA - Don't Cry For Me Argentina DIRTY DANCING - Time of My Life GREASE - Summer Nights. You're The One That I Want JAMES BOND - Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Nobody Does It Better The LITTLE MERMAID - Kiss the Girl, Under the Sea MOULIN ROUGE - Come What May, Elephant Love Medley PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - All I Ask of You, Music of the Night The PINK PANTHER Theme The SOUND OF MUSIC - The Hills Are Alive, Eidelweiss, Something Good SWEET CHARITY - Big Spender TITANIC - My Heart Will Go On TOY STORY - You've Got a Friend The WIZARD OF OZ - Somewhere Over the Rainbow POP/ROCK SONG LIST ABBA - Dancing Queen AEROSMITH - I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing ADELE - Make You Feel My Love ARETHA FRANKLIN - I Say a Little Prayer ATOMIC KITTEN - Tide is High The BANGLES - Eternal Flame The BEATLES- Eight Days a Week, Here Comes The Sun, All You Need is Love, When I'm Sixty Four BBMAK - Do You Believe In Magic BEN E KING - Stand By Me BEYONCE - Halo BILL WITHERS - Lovely Day BILLY JOEL - Piano Man, Uptown Girl BRUNO MARS - Just the Way You Are, Marry You CAROLE KING - You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman The CARPENTERS - Close To You, We've Only Just Begun COLDPLAY - Clocks, Viva la Vida, Yellow COUNTING CROWS - Accidentally in Love The DARKNESS - I Believe in a Thing Called Love DJ SAMMY - Heaven (candlelight mix) ED SHEERAN - A-Team, Lego House, Thinking Out Loud ELVIS PRESLEY - Love Me Tender ELTON JOHN - Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Your Song, ERIC CLAPTON - Wonderful Tonight The FEELING - Fill My Little World FEEDER - Seven Days in the Sun JACK JOHNSON -Better Together JAMES BLUNT - Bonfire Hearts JASON MRAZ - I'm Yours JOHN LEGEND -All of Me KATY PERRY - Teenage Dream The KOOKS - She Moves in Her Own Way KOOL & the GANG - Celebration MAROON 5 - She Will Be Loved MCFLY - Five Colours in Her Hair, All About You, Star Girl, Please Please Please MICHAEL JACKSON - ABC, I'll Be There NORAH JONES - Come Away With Me, Turn Me On OLLY MURS - Dance With Me Tonight ONE DIRECTION - Kiss You, What Makes You Beautiful PHARRELL WILLIAMS - Happy The POLICE - Every Breath You Take QUEEN - Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love The REMBRANDTS - I'll Be There For You RITA ORA - I Will Never Let You Down ROBBIE WILLIAMS - Angels, She's The One RONAN KEATING - When You Say Nothing At All SAM SMITH - Stay With Me SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Bridge Over Troubled Water SMASH MOUTH - All Star, I'm a Believer SNOW PATROL - Chasing Cars TAKE THAT - Greatest Day, Rule The World TRAIN - Drops of Jupiter The TURTLES - Happy Together VAN MORRISON - Brown Eyed Girl WESTLIFE - You Raise Me Up, Flying Without Wings WET WET WET - Love is All Around WHITNEY HOUSTON - I Will Always Love You WILL YOUNG - Evergreen VANESSA CARLTON - A Thousand Miles CLASSICAL SONG LIST J.S. BACH - Prelude No.1 in C from "The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I", Twelve Little Preludes, Six Little Preludes BEETHOVEN - Fur Elise, 'Pathetique' Sonata in C minor Op.13 2nd mvt BRAHMS - Intermezzo in A, Waltzes Op.39 CHOPIN - Prelude No.15 in D flat "Raindrop" DEBUSSY - Arabesques 1 & 2 ELGAR - Chanson de Matin, Chanson de Nuit, Salut D'Amour EINUADI - I Giorni, Nuvole Bianche MOZART - Sonata in Bb, Piano Concerto No.21 in C 2nd mvt OFFENBACH - Barcarolle from 'The Tales of Hoffman' PUCCINI - Nessun Dorma from 'Turandot' RIMSKY-KORSAKOV - Scheherezade from 'The Young Prince and the Young Princess' SATIE - Gymnopedies No.1, 2 & 3 TCHAIKOVSKY - Sleeping Beauty Waltz VERDI - March from 'Aida' VIVALDI - The Four Seasons YIRUMA - River Flows in You
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