William Carslake   composer and conductor

Will directs the Ambleside Winter School in the heart of the Lake District in December 2017. Between travels he has fitted in previous Lacock courses in Jimena de la Frontera in Andalusia, and last year’s winter school, which was held in Corsham, Wiltshire.

After an MA in English with music scholarship at Cambridge and MMus in orchestral conducting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, William combined his passions for composing and the outdoors. His compositions and journeys explore mountainous and ecological themes. He has held two composing residencies at Banff Centre, Canada. As musical director his work includes Elizabeth for The Royal Ballet in 2016 and 2018. He is published by Shorter House and distributed in Canada and USA by Peters.

His recent work, The Singing Glacier, in collaboration with poet, Helen Mort and film director, Richard Jones, was commissioned by Little Baroque Company and inspired by a climbing expedition in East Greenland in 2016. It featured in the ‘Totally Thames’ Festival in September and opened the ‘Poetry in Aldeburgh’ festival in November. Other recent commissions and performances include: The Duel of the White-necked Ravens (inspired by Mount Kilimanjaro) at the 2016 Corsham Winter School; As Dewe at St Paul’s and Worcester cathedrals; Hymn to the Virgin at St John’s church, Peckham; Snowdon on Snowdon, and Particle 2 performed by the Croatian ensemble, Alisios Camerata at Banff Centre.

William was a chorister at Worcester Cathedral, organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, organ scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge and sang bass-baritone with Cambridge University Chamber Choir and Kings College Choir before studying with Peter Alexander Wilson at the RSAMD. He then enjoyed a brief career as a soloist in London which included singing the bass arias in Bach’s St John Passion for the London Mozart Players. He is a trustee of the Elgar Foundation, and enjoys rock climbing, hiking and folk fiddle.

You can find out more about Will and his projects at:  http://www.williamcarslake.com

And you can listen to some of his work at: https://soundcloud.com/billcarslake