5 December 2014

Castles: Britain's Fortified History (BBC)

William Goodchild has scored the Titles and Credits for this new three-part BBC series. Historian Sam Willis traces the story of Britain's castles and their unique role in our history, art and literature.

For more information about the series including a selection of clips, please click HERE.

18 November 2014

Leopard - Ultimate Survivor (BBC/ Nat Geo Wild)

William Goodchild's latest score for BBC Natural World and Nat Geo Wild is Leopard - Ultimate Survivor. The programme is showing first in the States on Nat Geo Wild on 29 November 2014.

Leopard - Ultimate Survivor is the extraordinary story of a mother and her two cubs, the footage is stunning and the story compelling.

Produced and Directed by Brad Bestelink and Steve Gooder for Icon Films, Edited by Rupert Troskie and Filmed by Brad Bestelink and Richard Uren.

William co-wrote and produced the score with Dan Brown and it features Senegalese singer Batch Gueye.

20 October 2014

What's The Score? Panel Discussion

"Sound is fifty per cent of the motion picture experience." George Lucas

At this informal session What's The Score? the panel will take a look at the importance of good sound and the difference it can make. Find out what can be done simply and effectively to get the most impact from the audio on a film and create a more immersive experience for the audience.

The panel discussion will feature a variety of audio and visual clips from feature films to recent wildlife BBC and National Geographic International wildlife productions.

Chair Karen Bass, National Geographic
Composer William Goodchild, Freelance
Producer/ Director David Johnson, Ram Raider Films
Editor Andy Nettley, Freelance
Re-recording Mixer Andrew Wilson, Red Six Ltd

Tuesday, 21st October 2014, 14:30 - 16:00 in the Arnolfini Dark Studio
Part of Wildscreen Festival
For more details of this event, please click HERE.

17 October 2014

Leopards: 21st Century Cats

Leopards: 21st Century Cats (BBC Natural World) has been nominated for three Awards at Wildscreen Festival 2014:
The film was scored by William Goodchild. To listen to some samples of the music, please click HERE.

18 September 2014

Concert November 2014

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
Concert for St Peter's Hospice

Join Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, City of Bristol Choir and other singers for a stunning full-scale performance of Carl Orff's bawdy Carmina Burana. With lyrics from the Middle Ages expressing a lusty enjoyment of early desires, Carmina Burana is a passionate and highly dramatic work written for massive choral and orchestral forces. The brass fanfare of Shostakovich's Festive Overture opens the concert followed by Dvořák's ever-popular Symphony from the New World.

Conductors William Goodchild and David Ogden
Soprano Lorna James
Tenor Alun Rhys-Jenkins
Bass Leigh Melrose

Shostakovich Festive Overture
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’
Orff Carmina Burana

Saturday 15 November 2014 at Colston Hall Bristol

Concert in support of St Peter's Hospice

15 September 2014

The Man Who Turned Into a Sofa (BBC Radio 4)

Who needs a Freudian couch when you have the most comfortable sofa in the world?

William Goodchild's latest score is for a BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama about a depressed man and the sofa that sorted him out. The Man Who Turned Into a Sofa is a true story of illness overcome, written and performed by Andrew Fusek Peters, Polly Peters and Rosalind Jana Peters, with the voice of Lorcan Crannitch as the sofa. The producer is Tim Dee.

Airs on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15 pm, Wednesday 17th September.

For further details, credits and related links, please click HERE

Information about the music can be found HERE

To listen to the score, please click HERE

'The Man Who Turned into a Sofa took us right to the heart of what it feels like to be so depressed you’re terrified to leave the house and the only safety is to be found on the sitting-room sofa. Put like that it sounds absurd. A parody of a Radio 4 domestic drama. But this was different. It was less a play and more like a sequence of poems, written and told by the man himself, Andrew Peters, and his partner and teenage daughter, and woven together with music by William Goodchild that was perfectly attuned to the piece. Each of them gave us their point of view on what had happened to their once-happy and sorted family. As the 45-minute sequence progressed, we were drawn closer and closer into the crisis.

The girl is angry that her home has been turned into a care home visited by various members of the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team; the partner bears a ‘monstrous anger’ that her husband sits there doing nothing while she has to manage everything, running the household around his somnolent frame, which has taken up residence on the sofa. Another voice enters the scene, that of the sofa itself, which turns into Tracey Emin’s unmade bed, covered with the detritus of daily life — empty mugs, unopened post, shapeless socks, sudoku books and dried-up pens.

The sofa complains that it’s now ‘being considered a work of art’. Meanwhile the husband is treated like a naughty child, no longer trusted to do anything for himself after he has attempted suicide by accumulating his pills and taking them in one go. ‘The scream I can’t stop rises up like sick,’ admits the partner, and you know exactly how she feels. ‘Let me not be here.’

This was so powerful, so economical, so completely honest, each of the characters laying themselves bare, without pretence or excuse, it had me hooked from start to finish and then I had to listen to it again to catch the phrases that rang so true.' 

The Spectator, 18th September 2014

7 August 2014

BBC Radio 4 Drama: Recording Session

William Goodchild is writing, performing and producing music for a BBC Radio 4 drama. The play, on the subject of depression, is called The Man Who Turned into a Sofa and was written and is performed by Polly Peters, Andrew Fusek Peters and Rosalind Jana Peters. The voice of the sofa is Lorcan Cranitch. The play's Director is Tim Dee.

William performed and recorded the score at Christchurch Studios, Bristol on 6th August 2014. The sole instrument for the score is an upright piano. William wrote a number of pieces or cues for the instrument, but also uses it as a sound design source, creating a large palette of different sounds using a variety of playing techniques inside the instrument.

The Man Who Turned into a Sofa airs on BBC Radio 4, Wednesday 17 September at 2.15 pm 

Here are some images from the recording session:

Discussing the score with Director, Tim Dee
Playing a cue through

Playing inside the instrument with a soft timpani stick

Trying chordal swishes inside the instrument, with engineer Ian Humphries
All photos by Rosa Fay Photography

Beavers Behaving Badly (BBC Natural World)

William Goodchild's latest score for BBC Natural World is for its most recent production, Beavers Behaving Badly, which was filmed, written and directed by David Johnson.

The programme had its first airing on Thursday 31st July at 8 pm on BBC Two.

Full details about the programme can be found HERE.

5 August 2014

Conductor Portraits

William Goodchild by photographer Remco Merbis

Photographer Remco Merbis has recently undertaken a portrait session with William Goodchild at St George's Bristol, where William regularly performs with Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra.

To see all five shots from the session, please visit Remco's Blog by clicking HERE.

1 May 2014

Concert July 2014

This concert takes place at 7:30 pm on Saturday 5 July at St. George's Bristol and features the premiere of a new work, Suite for Cello and Orchestra, composed especially for Kwesi Edman and Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra by William Goodchild.

William Goodchild conductor
Kwesi Edman cello

Mendelssohn Overture Athalie
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto no. 1 in A minor
Goodchild Suite for Cello and Orchestra
Brahms Symphony no. 3 in F

Ticket prices £14(£12), £10(£8), £8(£6)

To book tickets, please click HERE

8 April 2014

Africa's Giant Killers (BBC Natural World)

Africa's Giant Killers, produced by Icon Films for BBC Natural World has its first screening on BBC Two at 9 pm on Friday 11 April. The film was directed by Rob Sullivan with music composed and produced by William Goodchild.

Africa's largest herd of elephants faces a fearless pride of lions in a fight for survival. Full details about the programme can be found HERE.

26 January 2014

Interplay Series - Bill Evans and the Impressionists

Kate Williams Trio with Bristol Ensemble conducted by William Goodchild perform Bill Evans and the Impressionists.

A new project supported by Arts Council England and Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival featuring celebrated UK jazz pianist Kate Williams and her Trio, Bristol Ensemble - Bristol's professional chamber orchestra - and composer, orchestrator, conductor William Goodchild.

There are two concerts: one at Colston Hall in Bristol (for details, please click HERE), and one in Milton Court Concert Hall in London (click HERE).

The programme for both concerts features new orchestral arrangements by Kate Williams and William Goodchild of some of Bill Evans's finest compositions alongside works by French Impressionist era composers Ravel, Debussy and Satie.

Bill Evans is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and perhaps the most influential of the post-World War II jazz pianists/ composers. This concert places his music next to the French composers that had a profound influence on his work, and utilises the orchestra to present his compositions and sound in a new way.

For full information about this project including concert programme and how to book tickets, please visit the Interplay Series' website by clicking HERE.

Kate Williams and William Goodchild
Photo by Rosa Fay Photography

25 January 2014

WWF-UK Living Planet Centre

WWF-UK's The Living Planet Centre
William Goodchild has recently worked with WWF-UK at its brand new UK headquarters called The Living Planet Centre. LPC is home to the WWF Experience - an exciting interactive exhibition that brings to life the secrets of the natural world, and the threats it faces.

WWF Experience
At the heart of the WWF Experience are four interactive architect-designed zones with audio-visuals, each focussing on one key theme: forests, rivers, oceans and wildlife. Each zone allows you to experience first hand the sights, sounds and sometimes the smells of their diverse natural environments.

The zones, designed by Jason Bruges Studio, feature films from the wild, enhanced by a soundtrack by award-winning composer William Goodchild (Wild Russia, Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq, Jungle Gremlins of Java) and legendary sound designer Kate Hopkins (Frozen Planet, Wild China).

The principal challenge in terms of music and sound was created by the fact that the zones are not soundproofed. The wooden structures are speakers, with music and sound being conveyed to each via a feonic transmitter. Additionally, the music and sound within each zone, along with the visual footage, is triggered when a person enters the zone. It was therefore necessary to create four pieces of music that would work either individually or together in any combination when randomly triggered by people entering the zones. 


The Living Planet Centre and WWF Visitor Experience were opened by Sir David Attenborough in November 2013.

The Living Planet Centre's official launch with Sir David Attenborough
You can find out more about The Living Planet Centre - one of the greenest buildings in the UK - and the WWF Experience by clicking HERE.

Here are some images of the WWF Experience zones:

Wildlife zone
Inside the Forest zone
Rivers zone

Rivers zone from above

Forests zone

Oceans zone in final stages of development

Forests zone nearing completion

Looking into the Rivers zone

24 January 2014

Get Rich or Die Mining (National Geographic)

If you have access to a Sky subscription then look out for Get Rich or Die Mining on National Geographic, Monday 27 January 2014 at 10 pm.

One-off special: adventure documentary. Gem hunter Guy Clutterbuck puts together an elite mining team and travels to Sri Lanka, where they hope to dig up, cut and sell enough rough sapphires to make a fortune. But they are a group of strangers risking their own time, money and reputations on their leader's promise of adventure and profit. They have only six days to complete their mission.

David Johnson, Director: 'At a viewing last week it was very interesting. We were in a bar and people started off chatting and drinking, but there came a point about seven minutes in where all conversation ceased and by the end of the show you could hear a pin drop - so worth sticking with.'

David Johnson Producer and Director
RDF Television Production Company
Nico Bee Editor
William Goodchild Composer, with assistance from Domenico Sigalas

19 January 2014

Concert March 2014

William Goodchild conductor
Charles Mutter violin

Tchaikovsky Overture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet
Korngold Violin Concerto in D
Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G

Charles Mutter, Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, performs Korngold's wonderfully romantic violin concerto. Tchaikovsky's intensely emotional music tale of Romeo and Juliet, and Dvořák s cheerfully lyric eighth symphony, inspired by Bohemian folk music, complete the programme.

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

7 January 2014

Ultimate Honey Badger (National Geographic)

Drop into the secret life of orphaned honey badger Badgie as she learns to face the wilds of South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari Reserve alone. Join her at ground level on mouse, snake and scorpion hunts, and watch her battle a porcupine for ownership of her burrow. Badgers are famous for being the most fearless animals in Africa. The aim of this film was to follow the steps it would take for this 10-week old orphan to become a fully-fledged, wild honey badger.

First transmission took place on Nat Geo Wild, January 2014. The documentary debut was a smash success and is the highest-rated Sunday night telecast in Nat Geo Wild's history.

Jess Reiss Producer and Director
Dave Birch Audio Manager
Earth Touch Production Company
William Goodchild Composer

The score includes performances by Bristol Ensemble string quintet recorded at Christchurch Studios, Clifton, and percussionist David Oliver. Photographs taken at the string recording session can be viewed HERE.

For further details about Ultimate Honey Badger including transmission listings, please click HERE.