William Goodchild


Composer - Orchestrator - Conductor

William composes and produces music for film, television and concert performance. He specialises in wildlife and history documentary and has scored numerous films for all the major broadcasters. Recent commissions have included three award-winning productions: Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq (BBC Natural World Special), Wild Russia (National Geographic International, 6-part series) and Lobo - the Wolf that Changed America (BBC Natural World). William’s score for the BBC Natural World production Jungle Gremlins of Java was used for a new Washington Ballet dance production devised by young international choreographer, Andile Ndlovu, with performances this May in Washington DC.

As orchestrator and conductor William has worked with the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras and undertaken numerous flagship projects for the BBC with a variety of composers. Wild China (2008) composed by Barnaby Taylor and orchestrated and conducted by William won an Emmy in 2009 for Music and Sound. William has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with a wide variety of international soloists including John Williams, Andy Sheppard, Tom Jones and most recently Roni Size & Reprazent. He also worked on stage with Sir David Attenborough when conducting the live concert of Nature’s Great Events. A number of William’s recordings are available on Sony Classical, Universal Classical and Jazz, and CBS Records. William works regularly with Bristol Ensemble in the studio and is conductor of Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra which specialise in Romantic and 20th Century repertoire.

William is a Senior Associate Teacher on the Composition for Film and Television MA at Bristol University. He also provides training in music to picture for Wildscreen Festival, Bristol Festival of Nature and Music Industry Education amongst others. As a writer, he has recently contributed a case study in composing music to picture for a major new industry publication: Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future (Wildeye Publications, 2011).

“I am full of admiration for William’s talent, his professionalism and his unending patience with musically retarded production people like myself – he’s a total joy to work with.” Phil Chapman, Series Producer (Wild China, The Great Rift), BBC. 
“Your stuff is all so GOOD!” Steve Gooder, Director, Jungle Gremlins of Java (BBC) – winner of Best Wildlife Documentary Programme, RTS Awards 2013. 
“Will produced a superb score for my BBC film. He was a great pleasure to work with and I’d highly recommend him.” Verity White, Producer/ Director, Chimps of the Lost Gorge (BBC).
“Will has worked with me as the composer for four major series and several one-offs of Natural History films for National Geographic, and every time it's been a pleasure. Not only does he produce an endless stream of beautiful original music, he also has a deep understanding of the needs of film, appreciating the process and demands of editing, and working to enhance the finished product. He works wonderfully in a team, being both receptive to ideas and patient with the mechanics and changes of editorial heart. He never complains, everything arrives perfectly, on time and in place. I very much hope I shall be able to work with him again and can't recommend him too highly.” Amanda Theunisssen, Executive Producer, Parthenon Entertainment/ Sky Vision

William Goodchild conducting Future : Retro
with Roni Size, Reprazent and Bristol Ensemble
at Colston Hall

William Goodchild conducting Future : Retro
with Roni Size, Reprazent and Bristol Ensemble
at Colston Hall

William Goodchild conducting Future : Retro
with Roni Size, Reprazent and Bristol Ensemble
at Colston Hall




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