The Conductor

Sinfonietta is conducted by William Carslake.

After an MA in English with organ scholarship (Cambridge) and MMus in orchestral conducting (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) Bill combined his passions for composing and the outdoors. As composer-traveller his compositions and journeys explore mountainous and ecological themes.

He is published by Shorter House and distributed in Canada and the USA by Peters. He has held two composing residencies at Banff Centre, Canada. Recent works include: The Singing Glacier, inspired by an expedition in Greenland and performed in 2017 at festivals including ‘Poetry-next-the-Sea’, ‘Totally Thames’ and ‘Poetry in Aldeburgh’; The Duel of the White-necked Ravens, inspired by Kilimanjaro; “As Dewe”, performed at St Paul’s and Worcester cathedrals; “Hymn to the Virgin” for St John’s, Peckham; “Snowdon”, performed on Snowdon; and “Particle 2″ performed by Alisios Camerata at Banff Centre.

As Musical Director his work includes “Elizabeth” for The Royal Ballet at the Linbury Theatre in 2016 and at the Barbican in 2018. Bill is a trained singer with a passion for Renaissance and Baroque music. He enjoys exploring this by running courses for Early Music Forums, Lacock Choral Courses and at Benslow Music. He is a trustee of the Elgar Foundation.

You can find out more about Bill and his projects at:

And you can listen to some of his work at: