William Thomas

Award: Dick Maidment and Peggy Cooper Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Bass Baritone

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Will Thomas was born in Harpenden, and started singing at the age of 17 with Helen Templeton. In 2013 he gained a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMus) and is currently studying under the guidance of John Evans.
His operatic roles include Bass Quartet, Malcolm Williamson's English Eccentrics, British Youth Opera, Forrester in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen at The Guildhall school, (abridged), Calmon (cover) in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow at the Peacock Theatre with British Youth Opera, September 2014 and Sarastro in Broadstone Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, April 2015. He also played the role of Usher in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury with Winterbourne Opera, February 2015.
In April 2017 Will is joining the Garsington Chorus and covering roles in Pelléas et Mélisande and Semele.

Will competed in the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary Competition for Young Singers October 2014 and received the Joyce Budd 2nd Prize. Will has sung in a Masterclass with Peter Rose in February 2015.Will is regularly involved in many choirs including Temple Church London, St Brides Fleet Street, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Caledonian Voices. Will has performed in concert at St Albans Abbey with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Most Recently, Will performed as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Birmingham Symphony Hall with the CBSO, which was broadcast on BBC radio 3, January 2016. In August 2017 Will is singing with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Elliot Gardiner at the BBC Proms.

Will is continuing his studies on the Vocal Masters course at the Guildhall in September 2017 and will be supported by Help Musicians UK and the Guildhall School.