29 May 2012

Working with Kwesi Edman


Cellist Kwesi Edman will be joining conductor William Goodchild and Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra in a performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto on Saturday 10 November 2012 at St. George's Bristol. The Elgar will form part of an all-British programme that also includes Holst's Egdon Heath and Symphony No. 5 by Vaughan Williams.

Kwesi graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2004 where he studied with David Strange and Philip Sheppard. He performs regularly around the world as a cello soloist, chamber musician, pop musician and conductor. He has collaborated with players from the Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsSouthbank SinfoniaRoyal Opera Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has worked alongside artists such as Shirley Bassey, Damon Albarn, and Elton John. Kwesi performed next to David Beckham at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

As an educator, Kwesi is Head of the Performance, Advanced and Alpine courses at Oxford Cello School, and teaches cello privately in North London. Kwesi founded the Chamber Academy Orchestra in 2007 of which he is the principal conductor.

William is looking forward to working with Kwesi!


18 May 2012

Riviera Jazz, Big Screen Music


Big Screen Music in association with Boost Music has issued its latest production music album. Called Riviera Jazz, the album comprises live, french, folk, gypsy and jazz tracks including pieces by Corin Buckeridge, Al Lethbridge, Rob Manning, Nick Pullin and William Goodchild.

Full details of Riviera Jazz including samples can be found HERE (scroll down page).

1 May 2012

July 2012 Concert

poster design by Rachel Goodchild


Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra
William Goodchild, conductor
David Pagett, clarinet

Rossini - Overture, The Italian Girl in Algiers
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A
Strauss - Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments
Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2 in E Minor


A summer concert of exquisite music that is variously sublime, fabulously romantic and delightfully exotic. Mozart's masterwork, the Clarinet Concerto in A - arguably the most beautiful concerto ever written - is performed by Bristol clarinetist David Pagett, its slow movement with a spellbinding beauty and lyricism all its own. Also programmed is Rachmaninov's sweeping Second Symphony, composed in 1906 to critical acclaim and immediate success, its surging melancholy and rich late-Romantic harmony making a lasting contribution to early twentieth century music. The stunning Serenade for 13 Instruments by Richard Strauss, and Rossini's mischievous opera overture Italian Girl in Algiers, complete the programme.

Further details including ticket prices and on-line booking can be found HERE.

'Exquisite and electrifying performances.' John Packwood, Bristol Evening Post, March 2012