Welsh tenor William Searle is studying with Scott Johnson on the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, supported by a Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Award. He recently graduated with first-class honours from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied with Robert Dean and Adrian Thompson. Professionally he has appeared with Buxton International Festival, British Youth Opera and Longhope Summer Opera, alongside numerous oratorio collaborations with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, the Center for Music and Liturgy at Carnegie Hall, and the English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, in addition to song recitals with Graham Johnson at the Wigmore Hall and with the LSO Discovery series at LSO St Luke's. In 2021, he also appeared live on Classic FM singing carols such as O Holy Night! and In the Bleak Midwinter for a Westminster Christmas from St John's, Smith Square.
A graduate of the National Youth Theatre, William is an accomplished stage performer, covering Lensky in Eugene Onegin and playing Bertram in La donna del lago and Souffleur in Viva la Diva at Buxton International Festival, in addition to recent roles as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Aberdeen University Opera Society), Don Eusebio in L'occasione fa il ladro (British Youth Opera), Albazar in Il turco in Italia (Longhope Summer Opera), Anatol in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa (Brickhouse Theatre), the title role in Idomeneo, Tony in West Side Story (both Piggott's), Gonzalve in L'heure espagnole, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Jupiter in Semele, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, George in Sunday In the Park With George and Jaquino in Fidelio (all RCS Opera Scenes and Showcases), Faust in Gounod's Faust, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Lyonel in Martha, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro (all GSMD Opera Scenes)
As a former Making Music UK artist, William is a passionate performer of oratorio in repertoire including Britten's St Nicolas (The Facade Ensemble), Smyth's Mass in D (Stowmarket Chorale), J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), St John Passion (The Gippeswyk Singers), St Matthew Passion (Battle Festival) and Christmas Oratorio (Beccles Choral Society), Monteverdi’s Vespri della Beata Vergine (English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble), Handel’s Messiah (Chapel Royal Tower of London), Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle (Southend Festival Chorus), Mozart’s Requiem (Croydon Minster), Schnittke's Requiem (Mogens Dahl Kammerkor - live on Danish radio), Beethoven’s
Symphony No. 9 (Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra), Stainer’s The Crucifixion (Chapel Royal Tower of London) and Haydn's 'Nelson' Mass (LSO Discovery), as well as Pärt’s Passio, Stockhausen’s Stimmung (both The Facade Ensemble) and Maxwell-Davies’s Solstice of Light (Cantate).
William is also a keen interpreter of song, performing with Graham Johnson in the Wigmore Hall's Schubertiade, singing a programme of Charles Ives for the LSO Discovery series and recording a disc of Robert Franz lieder with pianists Sebastian Wybrew and Marc Verter.
Having trained with Llandaff Cathedral Choir, Gloucester Cathedral Choir, the Genesis Sixteen and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship, William maintains a busy schedule of chorus and consort singing with The Sixteen, Polyphony, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Dunedin Consort, the Britten Sinfonia, Arcangelo, the Chapel Royal at the Tower of London, Mogens Dahl Kammerkor, the William Byrd Choir and the London Handel Festival.
He was previously taught by Veronica Veysey-Campbell, Ryland Davies and Dr Ron Morris alongside coachings and masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Carlo Rizzi, Graham Johnson, Marcus Farnsworth, Kitty Whateley, Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Ann Murray, Edith Wiens and Tom Guthrie.
Away from the stage, William enjoys chorusmastering, directing and teaching, working with artists including Stephen Fry, Sebastian Faulks, Judith Weir, Toby Spence and the King’s Singers, and on productions including Eugene Onegin and Sweeney Todd, in addition to regularly coaching the tenors of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Training Choir. After two years working at Whitgift School as a teacher, conductor and choral animateur, he continues to give private lessons in academic music and singing. In 2018, he founded, sang and cycled with a consort named The Song Cyclists to fourteen consecutive concerts over 1000 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End, raising £20,000 for the mental health charity Mind.
His studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama were kindly sponsored by the Gillian and Freddie Martin Award and The Margery and Stephen Wright Eisinger Award, while he continues studying at RCS on a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust scholarship.
Upcoming commitments include a Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, a return to Bach's St John Passion and concluding the Opera Course at RCS with roles as Dr S in The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Michael Nyman, King Ouf in L'étoile by Emmanuel Chabrier, Mozart in Mozart and Salieri by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Young Man in A Feast in Time of Plague by César Cui.