William Cole is a conductor with a repertoire from Baroque opera to music by today’s leading composers. He works regularly with leading orchestras, ensembles and opera companies in the UK. In January 2019 he made his U.S. debut conducting Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis at the Prototype Festival in New York. From 2017-2019 he was a Repetiteur Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, and he is a current member of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s NEXT programme. 

William’s 2021/22 season includes engagements with Opera North, Music Theatre Wales, Aldeburgh Festival, Philharmonia Orchestra, La Nuova Musica, Red Note Ensemble, musica assoluta Hannover, and Theater Aachen.

Upcoming engagements


19th: Grisey – Vortex Temporum

BCMG NEXT, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Julian Anderson, speaker

William Cole, conductor


1st Grisey – Vortex Temporum

musica assoluta Hannover

William Cole | conductor

12th-21st Tanglewood Conducting Seminar

September – November 

Michael Nyman – The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

Gavin Bryars – Marylin Forever

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Opera School

Caroline Clegg – director

William Cole, conductor