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William Carslake

William Carslake

William Carslake

William Carslake is a composer-traveller. His compositions and expeditions explore ecological themes and include orchestral, chamber and choral works. He is published by Shorter House. His works have been performed in St Paul's Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, Pushkin House and on Snowdon.

Recent projects include 'As Dewe (Deus Factus Est)' for choir and organ, 'The Duel of the White-necked Ravens' (about Mount Kilimanjaro) for choir and piano solo, the string quartet, 'Golden Grove' (about a wood in Hertfordshire threatened by development), 'The Peckham Mass', 'Rejoice! Hymn to the Virgin' for St John Chrysostom, Peckham, and 'Particles 1, 2, 3' for solo violin and orchestra. Future projects include a piece about Greenland glaciers for The Little Baroque Company, working with the poet Helen Mort and including an expedition to Greenland in 2016.

William was Music Director of 'Elizabeth' for the Royal Ballet at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House in 2016. He trained as a conductor with Martyn Brabbins, Jorma Panula and Ilya Musin, after studying English at Cambridge, where he was the organ scholar of Pembroke College. William leads projects in Special Educational Schools for Armonico Consort, Cheltenham Festivals and English Pocket Opera Company and is a trustee of the Elgar Foundation.

KSO performance history

10/03/2012 at St John's Smith Square