William Searle's promising solo career has seen him performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, with Graham Johnson at the Wigmore Hall and in a world premiere at Carnegie Hall. He is completing an MPerf at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Robert Dean and Adrian Thompson, following a Music BA at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and looking forward to taking on a Junior Fellowship at Guildhall for the academic year 2020-21. His studies were kindly sponsored by the Gillian and Freddie Martin Award and The Margery and Stephen Wright Eisinger Award.
A graduate of the National Youth Theatre, William is an accomplished stage performer, covering Lensky in Eugene Onegin at Buxton International Festival, in addition to recent roles as Anatol in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa (Brickhouse Theatre), the title role in Idomeneo, Tony in West Side Story (both Pigotts), Faust in Gounod's Faust, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Lyonel in Martha, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro (all GSMD Opera Scenes) and Parpignol in La Bohème (Sinfonia d'Amici - Cadogan Hall).
As a Making Music UK artist, William is a passionate performer of oratorio, with repertoire including 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), Schnittke's Requiem (Mogens Dahl Kammerkor - live on Danish radio), Britten's St Nicolas (South Nutfield Choral Society), Beethoven’s
Symphony No. 9 (Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra), Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle (Southend Festival Chorus), Mozart’s Requiem (Croydon Minster), 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 Façade Ensemble) and Maxwell-Davies’s Solstice of Light (Cantate).
William is also a keen exponent 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 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 Carlo Rizzi, Graham Johnson, Marcus Farnsworth, Kitty Whateley, Dame Emma Kirkby, Edith Wiens, Anne Murray 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.
Upcoming commitments include the role of Acis in Handel's opera Acis and Galatea with the Early Opera Company, a first Verdi Requiem with Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra, covering the role of Serano in La Donna del Lago at Buxton International Festival and the launch of Oxford Oratorio.