William Cole is a conductor and keyboard player with a repertoire from Baroque opera to music by today’s leading composers. 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. Engagements cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 include assisting Andrew Gourlay on Tom Coult’s Violet with Music Theatre Wales, and taking part in Tanglewood Music Centre’s Conducting Seminar and assisting Thomas Adès at their Festival of Contemporary Music.

Upcoming engagements


Thursday 10th – Assistant to Thomas Adès, Britten Sinfonia 50th Birthday Concert

Wednesday 16th – Assistant to Thomas Adès, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

July – August

Head of Music, Nevill Holt Opera Summer Season

Verdi La Traviata, Mozart Don Giovanni


Philip Cashian – Leonora workshops, Royal Academy of Music

Assistant to Sir George Benjamin, BBC Proms

September – December

Cavalli La Calisto, Theater Aachen – Assistant Conductor, Continuo

September 12, 18 | October 2, 9, 15, 23 | November 6, 13, 27 | December 5, 10

December – February

Handel Alcina, Opera North – Assistant Conductor

Recent Highlights

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

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