26 November 2010

Music South West 2010

Panel conversation on Music, Media and Performance as part of this two-day music conference at Bristol Watershed. The panel featured international conductor Charles Hazlewood, composer Craig Pruess ('Bend it Like Beckham', 'Bride and Prejudice'), Steve Sattersthwaite (co-founder and MD of Hope Recordings & Hope Management), Stephen Barnes ('Upside Down: The Creation Records Story') and was chaired by William Goodchild.

Topics covered included:
Music for Film & TV: commissioning/ pitching, key relationships, library/ production music/ sync licenses, and working to brief.
Performance: different platforms, new approaches/ new work, cross-genre projects, ways of building and developing audiences.
General: areas of growth and decline, how to build, develop and maintain contacts.

For full details of the panel including panellist biogs, click here

22 November 2010

BMCO Concert, November 2010



Performing and receiving applause at our recent St. George's Bristol concert. London Works featured Handel's Water Music Suite, orchestrated by Hamilton Harty, Haydn's Symphony No. 104 The London, and Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 2 A London Symphony. BMCO conducted by William Goodchild.

In January 2011 the orchestra changes its name to Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. The first concert under the new name will be Russian Classics at St. George's Bristol on 5 March 2011. The concert will feature BBC Concert Orchestra Principal Cellist, Benjamin Hughes, in a performance of Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 for Cello. Also on the programme will be Shostakovich'e Festive Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor.

4 November 2010

Braving Iraq

Aqua Vita Films' Braving Iraq airs on PBS, Sunday, November 7 2010 at 8pm and is part of the 29th season of the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series produced by Thirteen in association with WNET.ORG for PBS.

Produced and Directed by David Johnson with music composed and produced by William Goodchild. Executive Producer for Aqua Vita Films - Bernard Walton.

31 October 2010

BMCO November 2010



BMCO conducted by William Goodchild perform London Works at St. George's Bristol. 7.30pm, Saturday 13 November 2010.

Full details including advanced ticket booking here. Tickets also available on the door.

William Goodchild: 'A heartfelt, awe-inspiring performance under the expert guidance of the excellent William Goodchild.' Bristol Evening Post.

Recording Session


Tim Garside recording North African percussion for two BBC documentaries: Lost Chimps of Kyambura, and Secrets of the Arabian Nights. Two 2-hour sessions took place at Christchurch Studios, Clifton, engineered by Ian Humphries. Lost Chimps of Kyambura is produced and directed by Verity White for the BBC Natural History Unit; Secrets of the Arabian Nights is produced and directed by Mark Fielder and Lizzie White of Quickfire Media for the BBC. Music composed and produced by William Goodchild. Both programmes air early in 2011.

12 July 2010

Brown Paper Bag


Roni Size & Reprazent with composer William Goodchild and Bristol Ensemble at Colston Hall Bristol on 25 September 2009. Brown Paper Bag - the big hit from Roni's 1997 Mercury Prize-Winning album - orchestrated and played live as part of this sell-out concert.

10 July 2010

BBC Mountain Gorilla





Working with Bristol Ensemble (leader, Roger Huckle) at Christchurch Studios recording the music for Mountain Gorilla - a three-part BBC wildlife series broadcast in the autumn. Music composed by David Poore, orchestrated and conducted by William Goodchild and engineered by Ian Humphreys. 3 sessions took place across May/ June 2010. Photos © Rachel Goodchild.

8 July 2010

Future : Retro


Roni Size & Reprazent with orchestrator/ conductor William Goodchild, Bristol Ensemble and Gospel Choir live at Bristol's Colston Hall on Friday 25th September. This song: Rodeo.

3 July 2010

BMCO Rehearsal

A great rehearsal today in preparation for BMCO's concert tonight at St Georges Bristol. Violin soloist Emil Huckle-Kleve gave an outstanding performance of the Dvorak concerto.

2 June 2010

Making Sound Work


University London for two days of discussions, interviews, talks and presentations by musicians and composers working in film, media and digital music.
22-23 June 2010

Day 1 on MUSIC AND THE MOVING IMAGE (with Screened Music Network) – hear from music licensing executives about how music is placed in advertisements, film and television, a panel discussion on MUSIC, MEDIA AND OPPORTUNITIES with composers Alex Heffes, Nina Humphreys, William Goodchild and Rob Lane, and a keynote interview with Patrick Doyle, renowned composer for Gosford Park, Nanny McPhee and Bridget Jones’ Diary.

Day 2 on DIGITAL MUSIC AND MEDIA (with Sound and Music) - an interview with Chris Watson, musician and wildlife sound recordist, panel presentations on MAKING SOUND WORK with sound artists Scanner, Brains and Hunch, installation artist Helena Hunter and workshop leader Patrick Furness, and a presentation by multimedia production company and VJs, The Light Surgeons.
£5 each day, free for students, members of Screened Music Network or Sound and Music with ID. SPACE IS LIMITED! For further info and to reserve your ticket online.

25 May 2010

Wild Russia - Siberia: Opening Sequence


Opening of show. Sequence from Wild Russia: Siberia (2009), broadcast by National Geographic International. Series produced by Amanda Theunissen for Parthenon Entertainment Ltd, directed by Dan Habershon-Butcher with music composed and produced by William Goodchild and featuring guitarist Nick Pullin. This film is a 2010 Panda Award Finalist at the Wildscreen Global Wildlife Film Festival: Popular Broadcast Programme category. More details here

Wild Russia - Siberia: Wild Horses


Wild Horses. Sequence from Wild Russia: Siberia (2009), broadcast by National Geographic International. Series produced by Amanda Theunissen for Parthenon Entertainment Ltd, directed by Dan Habershon-Butcher with music composed and produced by William Goodchild and featuring guitarist Nick Pullin.

20 May 2010

Bristol Music Foundation Seminar




Writing music for Film and TV: a Seminar given by William Goodchild
16th June, 7 - 9pm, Colston Hall Education Suite One


For details about the course see the Music Industry Education website. The seminar costs £20 for BMF members and £30 for non-members.


Tickets for the event can be bought in advance from HERE

Festival of Nature Workshop 2010





WORKSHOP LEADER: William Goodchild
June 2nd - 5th 2010
Festival of Nature has joined forces with the BBC Concert Orchestra. At the heart of the Festival of Nature is a mandate to find new ways to connect people with nature - through activities, performance, hands-on learning, exploration and discovery. This June, we'll be using music and composition to get 14-19 year olds thinking about nature in a whole new way.

This year, in the run up to the Festival, young musicians across the city will be taking part in a unique workshop writing their very own film score to a natural history production, and along the way developing thier performance, composition, improvisation & ensemble skills.

Join us at the world premiere performance of local young musicians and BBC Concert Orchestra performers at 3pm, Saturday June 5th at Armada House. Tickets are now available by emailing Sara at sara@bnhc.org.uk. Further opportunities to hear the composition will include video and audio broadcast at the Bristol Festival of Nature and online and radio broadcast - watch this space!

28 April 2010

BMCO JULY 2010


The BMCO's summer concert opens with Grieg's spectacular first Orchestral Suite from the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt and concludes with a superbly judged performance of Sibelius's masterful, majestic Fifth Symphony, commissioned in honour of the composer's birthday. Between the two pieces, outstanding Bristol violinist Emil Huckle-Kleve - string semi-finalist in the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition in 2005 - joins the orchestra for a sparkling performance of Dvorak's beloved, richly lyrical concerto.

Wild Russia: Siberia - Forest, Reindeer, Yakut People

The largest forest in the world, reindeer, and their relationship to the Yakut people. Wild Russia series produced for Parthenon Entertainmentby Amanda Theunissen, directed by Dan Habershon-Butcher with music composed and produced by William Goodchild. Broadcast by National Geographic International.

Wild Russia - Siberia: Forest, Reindeer, Yakut People


Forest, Reindeer, and Yakut people. Sequence from Wild Russia: Siberia (2009), broadcast by National Geographic International. Series produced by Amanda Theunissen for Parthenon Entertainment Ltd, directed by Dan Habershon-Butcher with music composed and produced by William Goodchild and featuring guitarist Nick Pullin.

27 January 2010

Bristol University MA-CFTV 2010



Working with Bristol University MA composition students on their final assignment for the Music for Film & Television course (tutor: William Goodchild). Each of the eight students composed music for a short film sequence taken from Wild Russia - a wildlife series recently broadcast on National Geographic and Animal Planet and scored by William Goodchild. The chamber orchestra consisted of string quintet, wind quintet, harp, piano, trumpet, trombone, timpani & percussion; the leader was Roger Huckle, musical director of the Bristol Ensemble. Sessions took place in the Victoria Rooms, Clifton and the music was recorded by Jonathan Scott.

BMCO March 2010


BMCO perform with celebrated soprano Charlotte Newstead at St. George's Bristol. Programme includes Brahms - Tragic Overture, Strauss - Four Last Songs and Holst - The Planets. Full details including advanced ticket booking here. Tickets also available on the door.

Charlotte Newstead: 'A dazzling display of virtuoso singing.' Bristol Evening Post.
William Goodchild: 'A heartfelt, awe-inspiring performance, under the expert guidance of the excellent William Goodchild.' Bristol Evening Post.

Images: Ilya St. George's Bristol

12 January 2010

Ilya January 2010


As part of the Bristol Acoustic Music Festival, Ilya perform songs from the new album 'Carving Heads on Cherry Stones'. Featuring Joanna Swan (vocals), Nick Pullin (guitars), William Goodchild (bass), Jacob Morrison (banjo, mandolin, guitar), Gina Griffin (violin) and Daisy Palmer (kit). Tickets available in advance from St. George's Bristol

Images: BMCO November 2009


BMCO in action at St. George's on November 14th 2009. The soloist is international pianist Penelope Roskell who performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor K491. Programme also included Kodaly's virtuoso masterpiece for orchestra Dances of Galanta, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56. Concert conducted by William Goodchild. Photos by Rachel Goodchild.