William Carslake - Guest Conductor
William Carslake is a composer-traveller. He trained as a conductor with Martyn Brabbins and Jorma Panula before embarking in 2011 on a career combining his twin passions of composing and the great outdoors. In 2012 he held a composing residency at The Banff Centre in the Rockies, Canada, where his mentor was Henk Guittart, founder of the Schoenberg Ensemble. His compositions and journeys often explore ecological themes and include orchestral, chamber and choral works. He is published by Shorter House.
Carslake’s anthem, As Dewe, has been performed in St Paul’s and Worcester Cathedrals. Forthcoming premieres include: Particles 1, 2, 3 for solo violin and orchestral sections with dedicatee, Thomas Gould; The Duel of the White-necked Ravens (inspired by Mount Kilimanjaro) for solo tenor/soprano, choir and piano, with Allan Clayton; and Golden Grove, a string quartet about a wood hreatened by development in Hertfordshire. The Peckham Mass and Hymn to the Virgin was published and premiered in 2016, commissioned by St John Chrysostom Church in Peckham. The song, Southbank Sunday, has been accepted for Sarah Gabriel’s London Songbook. The ballet score, The Stoning of Thomas of Winesbury, was published in 2013.
Travels in recent years included a piece about the melting glaciers in East Greenland, commissioned by The Little Baroque Company for which he explored the glacier system east of Sermiligaq Fjord in August 2016, recording sounds and filming with film director Richard Jones. He has also worked with poet, Helen Mort, to create a work for baroque orchestra, spoken word and silent film. He is currently working on a piece about arctic (‘blue’) hares and researching them in Scotland.
Carslake has a close affiliation with Cheltenham Music Festival Education Department and Aldeburgh Young Musicians and has depth in music education. His speciality is working with children and young adults with special educational needs. He was Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge and studied singing with Peter Alexander Wilson. Carslake has conducted orchestras including The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Hertfordshire Philharmonia and Wolsey Symphony Orchestra. He is a trustee of The Elgar Birthplace Museum in Broadheath, Worcestershire.