17 December 2011

Gala Concert

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra with conductor William Goodchild
Photograph © Rosa Fay Photography 2011

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra under its conductor William Goodchild performing at Colston Hall for the Gala Concert in aid of the 2011 Cots for Tots Appeal supporting the Special Care Baby Unit at St. Michael's Hospital Bristol. The concert featured 250 male voices from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Basingstoke, Bristol, Cheddar, and Churchdown male voice choirs. Choral director and orchestral wind tutor Steve Daykin shared the podium. An audience of over 900 attended the event which was presented by Bristol actor John Telfer - vicar Alan Franks from BBC's The Archers.

The programme included a variety of popular orchestral classical items including Ireland's Epic March, Sibelius's Finlandia, and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1. Violin soloist Emil Huckle-Kleve performed The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, Monti's Czardas, and Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns. The choir sung a variety of well known choral pieces including Gwahoddiad, Morte Criste, and American Trilogy.

After the interval and before the second half, Lauren Vincent, Fundraising Manager, 2011 Cots for Tots Appeal, and Jackie Cornish OBE, Director of Women and Children's Division, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, gave talks on the roles and activities of the charity.

The event raised over £6,000 for 2011 Cots for Tots Appeal.

30 November 2011

City University London


William Goodchild was invited to share professional working practice with students at City University London. The morning was spent with Music undergraduates looking at composing for film and television. The session took the form of a lecture illustrated with film clips and audio examples from a recent BBC Natural World commission. 

In the afternoon, William gave a seminar to postgraduate composition students on orchestration, score and parts production, and preparing for and running a recording session. A range of different ensembles was discussed from full symphony orchestra on projects like Nature's Great Events (BBC), through chamber orchestra (Ganges, BBC) to string quartet (Catching the Impossible, Independent). The full range of an orchestrator's task was investigated, from basic transcription to extended realisations. Subjects such as working from electronic sketches, preparation of click and backing tracks, preparation of cue sheets, and rehearsing and recording an ensemble were also discussed. 

5 November 2011

Nordic Wild


Wildlife series (4 x 60 mins) for National Geographic International with music composed and produced by William Goodchild.

Full details about the series including transmission times and dates can be found HERE.

18 October 2011

Wildlife Film-making



What does the future of wildlife film-making hold for us all? Wildlife Film-making - Looking to the Future (2011) is a new publication from Wildeye which attempts to answer this question.

As technology advances rapidly and viewers' options increase, this book presents a unique collection of views and advice that make it an invaluable resource for wildlife film-makers wishing to succeed in the years to come. The book is edited by Piers Warren (Wildeye Principal) with a foreword by Neil Nightingale (BBC NHU) and contains articles from many leading figures in the industry, plus case studies of numerous skilled practitioners. William Goodchild has contributed one of two composer case studies.

Full details of Wildlife Film-making - Looking to the Future are available HERE.

The book can be purchased on Amazon via this link HERE.

12 October 2011

Wild Amazon


Wild Amazon is a new two-part wildlife series directed and produced by Mitch Turnbull for Parthenon Entertainment in Bristol. The series, broadcast by National Geographic International, will be shown on the National Geographic Channel from Friday 28 October 2011 at 8:00 pm. William Goodchild composed and produced the music, co-writing this project with composer and guitarist Nick Pullin.

The series takes the viewer on a journey deep into the heart of the Amazon. Home to the largest rainforest and mightiest river on earth, the Amazon is dense with a huge array of animal and plant species, from the elusive jaguar to leaf-cutter ants. Using stunning photography, Wild Amazon showcases this extraordinary wilderness and the people with whom they share their home. The programme also investigates the environmental threats faced by the Amazon and the tests being carried out by scientists looking to understand the complex interrelationships between animals, plants and habitat.

Episode Guide
Wild Amazon: Cradle of Life explores the wildlife of the Amazon basin including flowers that trap beetles to change sex overnight. The threat of human activity in the region is also covered in this episode.

Wild Amazon: Savage Realm explores strategies for survival from the canopy to the forest floor, including a tiny frog which protects a tarantula.

See HERE for details about broadcasts.

Earth Music Bristol: Coral Triangle


Nature Picture Library in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has commissioned William Goodchild to write and produce music for a new stills photography project called Coral Triangle to first be shown at Earth Music Bristol this November.

The Coral Triangle covers 6 million square kilometers across the seas of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands.

Between March 2009 and August 2011 Jürgen and Stella Freund undertook an 18-month photojournalistic expedition into the heart of the Coral Triangle, investigating the connectivity between the wildlife and peoples of the region, and the threats they face. Commissioned by WWF, this top photographic team has captured all the beauty and richness of a region often referred to as the 'nursery of the seas'. 

William will be introducing Coral Triangle and talking about music for wildlife film at a 'Meet the Film Composer' session as part of Earth Music Bristol. This session will take place at 11:00 am on Wednesday 23 November 2011 at St. George's Bristol

Earth Music Bristol, a festival of music inspired by the living world and the forces of nature, is presented by St. George's Bristol in association with BBC Radio 3. The festival's Founder and Artistic Director is Edward Cowie and the Co-Director is Suzanne Rolt. Details of festival events, including concerts and talks, and how to book can be found HERE.

6 October 2011

Talk: Wildlife Film - Working with Music


Using clips from recent BBC, Nat Geo and Animal Planet projects, I shall be giving a talk on writing and producing music for wildlife film, as part of the Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival 2011. The talk runs from 7.00 - 8.00 pm on Friday 7 October 2011 and will take place at the Blue Tower Theatre, Shepton Mallet. Full details of the talk including how to book, and location directions, are available HERE

24 August 2011

Riot Raffle


Riot Raffle was set up by Zoe Grant to help raise funds for small independent shops that were effected by the recent London riots. Over 80 independent companies have come on board and donated their products to Riot Raffle. Please help to raise money today by buying a £1 raffle ticket. A click on the link below will take you to the right place!

Click HERE to buy your raffle ticket
I will be contributing two items for the raffle: a DVD entitled Lobo - the Wolf that Changed America, which is a BBC Natural World production narrated by Sir David Attenborough for which I wrote and produced the music; and, a book entitled Wild Animals I have Known by Ernest Thompson Seaton. The film is based on one of the stories, Lobo, from the book. The film scooped two major awards: the 'Outstanding Achievement Award' at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2009, and the 'Jury's Special Prize' at the Wildscreen International Film Festival 2008. Set in the wild west, Lobo is a highly emotional true story of an epic dual between man and beast. The events of the story led to a pivotal moment in American history with far-reaching consequences.


For information on 1) how Riot Raffle works, please click HERE, and 2) Retail Trust, the charity, please click HERE. You can see this prize on the Riot Raffle site HERE.

Music for the score features performances by John Hoare (trumpet and flugelhorn), Dan Brown (guitar and bass) and Stew Jackson (banjo, guitar and pedal steel guitar). You can listen to some of the pieces from the BBC documentary on my website HERE

7 July 2011

Gala Concert


Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra presents a spectacular gala concert together with 250 male voices and violin soloist, Emil Huckle-Kleve.

In aid of the 2011 'Cots for Tots Appeal' supporting the Special Care Baby Unit at St. Michael's Hospital Bristol, the gala performance features Vaughan Williams's heavenly The Lark Ascending, Sibelius's Finlandia as well as popular songs Rhythm of Life and American Trilogy.

Well-known Bristol actor, John Telfer (Vicar Alan Franks in The Archers), will host the evening. The concert will be conducted by Steve Daykin and William Goodchild.

7.30 pm, Saturday 19 November at Colston Hall, Bristol.


For full details including how to book tickets, please see HERE.

3 July 2011

27 April 2011

Guardian Review

"Richard E. Grant had a brilliant time travelling the Middle East uncovering the history and dissemination of Scheherazade's stories in Secrets of the Arabian Nights (BBC4) and gave the viewer a brilliant time right back. An articulate, enthusiastic and interested guide to one of his favourite childhood reads, neither he nor the programme makers were afraid to let the people who knew stuff - professors of Arabic literature, lifetime experts in folklore and fairytales - tell us about it at length.

A lovely documentary that sent me, as such things should, to dig out my copy to read with renewed and slightly more informed interest."

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, Thursday 21 April 2011

18 April 2011

Awards: Iraq documentary


Aqua Vita and WNET picked up two highly prestigious awards for Braving Iraq, shown on PBS NATURE series in the USA last November.

The film won the 2011 Gold World Medal in the Environment and Ecology category at the New York Festival's International Film and Television Awards in Las Vegas.

It also won Best in Category Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival - Best Conservation and Environmental Issue and Merit for Conservation Message for the BBC version Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq.

The documentary tells the remarkable story of water engineer Azzam Alwash and the Iraqi people's attempts to restore the Mesapotamian Marshes after Saddam Hussein drained them to less than a tenth of what they were in the 1980s. The film was told and directed by David Johnson and filmed by Steve Foote, with an original score by William Goodchild.

The film was a co-production between PBS and the BBC. In America it appeared as Braving Iraq, in England as Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq where it was shown as a Natural World Special on BBC Two in January 2011.

The awards are also great recognition for the remarkable work that Azzam Alwash and his team at Nature Iraq are doing in the Marshes.

The film was made thanks to Fred Kaufman and his team at WNET 13 in New York, and Tim Martin and his team at BBC Natural World.

23 March 2011

Secrets of the Arabian Nights (BBC)




Secrets of the Arabian Nights broadcasts on BBC4, Thursday 21 April at 9pm.


Richard E Grant re-opens one of his favourite children's books, The 1001 Arabian Nights, to explore its extraordinary impact on Western culture. Journeying to Cairo, and the desert wildernesses beyond, he searches for the world that led to the creation of the Arabian Nights.

The stories first arrived in the West 300 years ago, translated from a 14th-century Syrian manuscript by the French orientalist Antoine Galland. Overnight the tales became a huge hit in every European country. Readers were fascinated by the central character, Sharazade, who each night recounted stories of princes, genies, demons and robbers, to her husband the King in a desperate bid to avoid execution.

Richard visits Galland's original manuscripts in Paris and explores how the stories inspired hit shows on the 18th-century stage in London. Three of the stories, Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin, have inspired countless plays, pantomimes and films as well as becoming part of the literary canon for children and adults alike. However, during Richard's journey he also discovers that the tales are shrouded in controversy, including calls for a ban on The 1001 Arabian Nights in some parts of the world today.

The programme was produced and directed by Mark Fielder and Lizzie White for Quickfire Media, with music composed by William Goodchild.

See more of William's recent commissions here.

Nocturnes, Big Screen Music


Big Screen Music has issued its latest production music album. Called Nocturnes, the album comprises piano and chamber music inspired by the Impressionists and includes pieces by Ian Dolamore, Mark Revell, Nicholas Pullin, Rob Lane, Vince Watts, and William Goodchild.

Full details of Nocturnes can be found here.

6 March 2011

Benjamin Hughes, cellist






Benjamin Hughes, Principal Cello of the BBC Concert Orchestra, joined conductor William Goodchild and Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra for a performance of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1. Saturday 5 March 2011 at St. George's Bristol.

5 February 2011

Video Clip

BBC Natural World - Chimps of the Lost Gorge


Brutus and his family live in a deep and ancient forested gorge that cuts through the grass plains of Uganda's rift valley - it seems like jungle heaven, but they're trapped! Cut off by deforestation they're learning to adapt to the alien savannah, but fate keeps turning against them. Can they make a future here or are their days numbered? As the rainforest fragments all over Africa, chimpanzees everywhere will soon face the same sentence. Forest corridors must be opened, but it's an almighty task!

This 60 minute wildlife documentary was produced by Verity White, edited by James Taggart with music composed and produced by William Goodchild. The score features performances by percussionists Chas Whitaker and Tim Garside. Series Producer for BBC Natural World is Steve Greenwood, and Series Editor is Tim Martin.

Full details of the show including clips and stills can be found here.

Chimps of the Lost Gorge Broadcasts BBC2 on 8 February at 7pm

14 January 2011

BBC Natural World Special


This is the remarkable story of how the Garden of Eden, the birth place of Western Civilisation, found between the Tigris and Euphrates is being restored after it was decimated by Saddam Hussein. Known as the Mesopotamia Marshes, its people and wildlife were either destroyed or driven out, reducing this unique water world to a tenth of its original size. Producer David Johnson and cameraman Steve Foote travel to Iraq amidst the turmoil of the recent elections, braving potential terrorist attacks, in order to meet Azzam Alwash, a water engineer, who is behind this incredible project. Produced and Directed by David Johnson with music composed and produced by William Goodchild. Executive Producer for Aqua Vita Films - Bernard Walton.