Photograph © H. Spenceley, Pirhuk – Greenland Mountain Guides (Greenland expedition 2016)
Bill writes music and words inspired by outdoor places. He collaborates with writers, climbers and scientists, and he supports the low-carbon shipping movement. He has a busy conducting career.
He has a particular interest in sonic and visual structures found in nature, and in the interactions between humans and the natural world. He founded the communications agency Clarity & Hart to work exclusively with low-carbon shipping. He is a keen mountaineer and climber.
Bill holds degrees in English literature (Cambridge University) and orchestral conducting (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). He has held two composing residencies at Banff Centre, Canada.
For a 2014 commission from King’s School Worcester he wrote The Duel of the White-necked Ravens after watching white-necked ravens fighting mid-air above Mount Kilimanjaro.
For a 2016 commission from The Little Baroque Company he collaborated with the poet Helen Mort on an exploratory climbing expedition in East Greenland. This inspired The Singing Glacier for baroque orchestra and spoken poetry, with film by Richard Jones. Helen’s poetry and the project were celebrated in a publication by Hercules Press.
In 2018/19 Bill won a Finzi Scholarship from the Finzi Trust to compose a piece inspired by Mountain Hares. The resulting composition, Disco Ball – Mountain Hare, was premiered by Farnborough Symphony Orchestra in January 2022. His solo camping trips to research the hares in the Cairngorms inspired an extended travel essay, Disco Ball – Mountain Hare: composing in the Cairngorms. The project features in a Finzi Trust podcast.
His next project is inspired by the 6th century voyage of St Brendan and will feature rock horizons and striations from places on Brendan’s journey including the Faroe Islands.
In 2019 Bill collaborated with Nashashibi/Skaer and Olivia Ray on a sound-track for the film Lamb, part of Future Sun at S.M.A.K Gallery, Ghent. He has also composed five short soundtracks for Sands Films Studios, London.
Bill was Music Director for The Royal Ballet’s productions of Elizabeth at the Linbury Theatre in 2016 and at the Barbican Theatre in 2018. He is Music Director of Farnborough Symphony Orchestra and Imperial College Sinfonietta. Farnborough Symphony Orchestra champions works by contemporary composers including David Matthews, Charlotte Bray and Elizabeth Witners, and hosts the FSO Young Composers Competition.