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Mr William Crosby
Mr William Crosby

Biography

Will is a Music Tutor, Composer, Classical/Electric Guitarist, and Musicologist based in Cambridge, and is currently an Associate Lecturer in Music Performance Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

In 2015 Will graduated from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge with an Upper First Class mark in a BA (Hons) Music degree, and alongside majoring in Contemporary Composition and Musicology, he was also awarded the Mark Devin Music Performance Prize for outstanding achievement in his Performance studies. As a Composer and Performer Will has been commission by the likes of Tate, Kettle's Yard Gallery, Club Inégales, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge School of Art, and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, as well as working alongside esteemed musicians/ensembles such as pianist, Philip Mead, and the Anglia Chamber Choir, conducted by Paul Rhys.

Will began playing the Classical Guitar when he was 8 years old, and by his early teens he was performing regularly, alongside having also taught himself at great length how to play the Electric, Acoustic, and Bass guitars. As a teenage guitarist Will achieved a Grade 8 Distinction in Classical Guitar (and Grade 5 Theory, which is currently enhanced to a Grade 8 level), and now specialises in mostly contemporary repertoire, having programmed works by composers such as Babbitt, Britten, Takemitsu, Walton, Murail, Andriessen, Cage, and Reich at events/venues such as the Aldeburgh Festival (Jubilee Hall); West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge; and the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge. Will is also deeply engaged in expanding the instrument's repertoire and alongside currently working with two current composers on brand new works, April 2015 saw Will give the World Premiere of 'Untitled #1', a new work by Australian composer/musicologist, Tom Hall, written for electric guitar, 'cello, and electronics, which he performed in alongside the composer, and English composer/cellist, Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Alongside this Will has spent many years performing in pop/rock bands, usually as principle song writer, lead guitarist, keyboardist, synthesizer player, electronic musician, and backing vocalist. In these arenas Will employs a focus on translating his classical training into a more popular language, and experimenting with the sonic possibilities of both analogue and digital guitar-based technologies. This work has seen Will perform internationally, appearing at several major venues and festivals.

Contact William

Address: Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB2 8DT
Phone: Show Number
Mobile: Show Number
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00

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