William Cole is a conductor and keyboard player based in London. 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. In the 2019-20 season he will take part in Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s NEXT programme alongside debuts with Britten Sinfonia and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (side by side with NEXT) , and projects with Opéra National du Rhin and English National Opera. In summer 2020 he will conduct Tom Coult’s Violet on tour with Music Theatre Wales and the London Sinfonietta, before taking part in Tanglewood Music Centre’s Conducting Seminar and assisting Thomas Adès at their Festival of Contemporary Music. In September 2020 he will take up the position of Head of Music for English Touring Opera’s autumn season.

Upcoming engagements

February 17th BCMG NEXT Composers Workshop

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

February 19th Handel House Masterclass with David Bates

Anna Cavaliero soprano Frances Gregory mezzo soprano William Cole harpsichord

February 21st BCMG NEXT Showcase

Gerard Grisey Talea | Fabio Vacchi Luoghi Immaginari | Rebecca Saunders the underside of green 

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 

March 1st EXAUDI Composers Workshop 

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Recent highlights

               June 2019 Falstaff, The Grange Festival – Assistant Conductor

July 2019 The Fairy Queen, Waterperry Opera Festival – Music Director

August 2019 The Turn of the Screw, Dartington Summer School – Opera Coach

September 2019 4.48 Psychosis, Opéra National du Rhin – Assistant Conductor

October 2019 The Mask of Orpheus, English National Opera – Music Staff

November 2019 Ada Lovelace: Imagining the Analytical Engine Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Britten Sinfonia – Conductor