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. 

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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.