William Norris MPhil, BMus(Hons), AKC, CertGSMD(P), DipLCM

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William Norris

William was born in Frankfurt, Germany and lived there for thirteen years before moving to England. Though he maintained a keen interest in music from an early age, his passion for the subject was piqued upon hearing a recording of Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony when he was fifteen years old.

William read Music at King’s College, London, and received his Bachelor’s degree with first-class honours in July 2005. His final-year dissertation examined the reception of Schubert’s three piano sonatas dating from 1825-6. He was also awarded the Associate of King’s College for studies in theology and philosophy. These were followed by a Master of Philosophy in Musicology at Girton College, Cambridge, conferred in November 2006. His master’s thesis focused on elements of the grotesque within Dvořák’s symphonic poems opp. 107-110.

An avid performer, William was Conductor of the KCL Wind Band in 2004-5 and Musical Director of the University of Cambridge Concert Band from 2006-9. He has studied conducting with Peter Stark, Mark Heron and Timothy Reynish. He currently conducts the University of Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra. Whilst pursuing his undergraduate degree, he studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Young and Aaron Shorr, having previously gained performance diplomas from both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London College of Music under the tutelage of Kate Elmitt. A keen 'cellist, he has also performed with numerous county and university orchestras.

William is currently Assistant Director of Music at St Christopher School in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, where he has conducted productions of West Side Story and Oh, What A Lovely War.