William Goodchild

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William Goodchild

William Goodchild (born 3 April 1964) is a composer, orchestrator and conductor who produces music for film, television and the concert hall.

Biography[edit]

Born in Northampton, England to an Australian-born father, the late Ronald Cedric Osbourne Goodchild, (formerly Suffragan Bishop of Kensington), and an English mother Jean Ross, William Goodchild was educated at the Royal College of Music (1970–1974) where he was a Junior Exhibitioner, studying violin and piano. After gaining a music scholarship at St Paul's School (1974–1981), William Goodchild obtained a Bachelor's degree with Honors in music at the University of East Anglia (1982–1985). He also holds a Diploma of Licentiate in Pianoforte from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1989). He is a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and the MCPS-PRS Alliance. He studied conducting with Richard Hickox, John Lubbock and George Hurst, and piano with Sidney Harrison and John York. His passion for film composition began when working as a musical assistant to British composer Edward Williams preparing scores and conducting sessions on television projects for Edward Williams. William Goodchild also teaches Music for Film and Television at the University of Bristol and gives seminars on Music for Film for organizations such as Music Industry Education and Wildscreen Festival and was invited to teach in 2011 for Wildeye International School of Wildlife Filmmaking. In May 2010 he worked on a Music for Film project with the BBC Concert Orchestra and twenty-seven young musicians as part of the Bristol Festival of Nature 2010. Goodchild's sound recording studio is in Bristol.

Personal life[edit]

In the 1980s, William Goodchild met Rachel Swan at an event playing piano with her sister, jazz singer Joanna Swan in Bristol, England. Rachel Swan had recently returned to England from Berkeley, California, USA where she had been studying and training in Montessori Teaching. The two were married by Goodchild’s father, Ronald Cedric Osbourne Goodchild, at Clifton College, Bristol, England in 1990. At this time, Goodchild was teaching piano and music at Clifton College in Bristol, England. Four years later, the Goodchild family gave birth to a daughter, Rosa and then six years later another daughter, Eleanor. Rachel Goodchild[1] is now a successful designer and operates her own business. Rosa Goodchild is a fashion and commercial photographer.

William Goodchild is related to Chloe Goodchild, Veronica Goodchild[2] and Gabrielle Goodchild. Chloe Goodchild is an international singer and innovatory educator and founder of The Naked Voice and its UK Charitable Foundation, dedicated to the transforming practice of self-awareness and conscious communication skills, through spoken and sung voice. Veronica Goodchild[2] practices as a Jungian psychotherapist and is an Affiliate Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Gabrielle Goodchild is an artist producing etchings and paintings in the West Country of England.

Compositions[edit]

William Goodchild's compositions include original music for natural history and history documentaries, radio drama and a variety of commercial work. Recent broadcast commissions include Wild Amazon (2010) – a two-part series for the National Geographic Channel and Animal Planet, Wild Russia (2009) – a six-part series for the National Geographic Channel and Animal Planet, Snow Monkeys (2009) for BBC Natural World, Lobo – the Wolf that Changed America (2008) – a Natural World production for the BBC and WNET narrated by David Attenborough; Humpbacks – from Fire to Ice (2008) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Geographic Society narrated by David Attenborough; Athens – the Truth about Democracy (2007) – a two-part history feature for Channel 4 produced by Lion TV and presented by Bettany Hughes; A Man among Bears (2008) – a natural history feature for Five and National Geographic Channel produced by Aqua Vita Films; and Peter Scott – a Passion for Nature (2006) – produced by Available Light Productions for BBC Two. Current commissions include Secrets of the Arabian Nights (2010) – directed by Mark Fielder and Lizzie White for Quickfire Media for BBC 4/2 broadcast in Autumn/Winter 2010.

William Goodchild works with a number of international and national orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Metropolitan Orchestra. He has recorded at many of the major London recording studios including Abbey Road Studios, Associated Independent Recording, Angel Studios,[3] and CTS Lansdowne Studios. As a conductor and orchestrator he has undertaken projects for the BBC including natural history series such as Nature's Great Events, Wild China, Ganges, Europe – a Natural History, Journey of Life and Wild New World, and has recorded for Sony Classical Records, Universal Records, and CBS Masterworks.

He has collaborated with international solo artists as diverse as guitarist John Williams with whom he has recorded a number of albums, Andy Sheppard, members of the Maggini Quartet, Natalia Lomeiko, Alasdair Malloy, O-Duo and Tom Jones and most recently Roni Size and Reprazent. In 2016, William Goodchild was appointed Conductor and Musical Director of Bristol Symphony Orchestra.[4] He is also Guest Conductor with Bristol Ensemble. He performs regularly with both orchestras at St George's Bristol and Colston Hall.

Film and television music (2006–2015)[edit]

  • Wild Costa Rica (2015) - Wildlife documentary for Animal Planet; Produced by Warehouse 51 Productions; Producer/Director Ian Marsh
  • Return of the Giant Killers: Africa's Lion Kings (2015) - Wildlife documentary for BBC Natural World; Produced by Icon Films;[5] Producer/ Director Steve Gooder
  • Timeshift: Castles - Britain's Fortified History (2014) for BBC4; Producer/Director Ben Southwell
  • Africa's Fishing Leopards (2014) - Wildlife documentary for BBC Natural World. Produced by "Icon Films".[5] Producer/ Director Steve Gooder
  • The Man Who Turned into a Sofa (2014); BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama; Written by Polly Peters, Andrew Fusek Peters and Rosalind Jana Peters; Produced by Tim Dee
  • Beavers Behaving Badly (2014); Wildlife documentary for BBC Natural World. Produced by BBC Natural History Unit. Producer/Director David Johnson
  • Africa's Giant Killers (2014). Wildlife documentary for BBC Natural World. Produced by Icon Films.[5] Producer/ Director Rob Sullivan
  • Ultimate Honey Badger (2014). Wildlife documentary for National Geographic International. Produced by Earth Touch, Durban. Producer/Director: Jess Reiss
  • Get Rich or Die Mining (2013). An adventure documentary for National Geographic International. Produced by RDF Television. Producer/ Director: David Johnson
  • Leopards: 21st Century Cats (2013). Natural History documentary for BBC Natural World. Produced by Parthenon Entertainment/Sky Vision.[6] Director: Simon Nash
  • Dino Crab (2013). Natural History documentary for National Geographic International. Produced by Parthenon Entertainment/Sky Vision.[6] Director: Phil Coles
  • Shocking Sharks (2013). Natural History documentary for National Geographic International. Produced by Parthenon Entertainment/Sky Vision. Director: Phil Coles
  • Wild Hawaii (2012). Natural History documentary for Animal Planet. Produced by Parthenon Entertainment/Sky Vision.[6] Director: Simon Nash
  • Wild Appalachia (2012). Natural History documentary for Animal Planet. Produced by Parthenon Entertainment/ Sky Vision. Director: Simon Nash
  • Walking Through History (2012). History documentary for Channel 4. Produced by Wildfire TV. Series Producer: David Johnson. Presenter: Tony Robinson
  • Jungle Gremlins of Java (2012). Natural History documentary for BBC Natural World. Produced by “Icon Films.[5] Producer/ Director: Steve Gooder.
  • Serengeti – Dangerous Journey (in production 2011) – Natural History documentary for National Geographic International – Produced by Parthenon Entertainment – Director: Kate Dart
  • Nordic Wild (in production 2011) – Natural History series for National Geographic International and Animal Planet – Produced by Parthenon Entertainment[7]
  • Chimps of the Lost Gorge[8] (2011)Natural History documentary for BBC Natural World and Animal Planet. Produced and directed by Verity White.
  • Clash of the Tiger Queens (2010)Natural History documentary for broadcast on National Geographic International. Produced by Amanda Theunissen for Parthenon Entertainment, Directed by Melanie Price.
  • Secrets of the Arabian Nights (2010) – Directed by Mark Fielder and Lizzie White for Quickfire Media for BBC 4/2.
  • Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq (2010) – Directed by David Johnson and produced by Aqua Vita Films[9] for BBC Natural World.
  • Kingdom of the Forest (in production, 2010) – Natural History documentary for National Geographic International. Produced by Parthenon Entertainment. Director: Joanne Lunt
  • Japan's Hidden Secrets (2009) – Natural History documentary, Parthenon Entertainment Ltd. for the National Geographic Channel; Produced by Amanda Theunissen; Directed by Dan Habershon Butcher.
  • Wild Russia (2009) – Natural History series (6 × 50 minutes), Parthenon Entertainment Ltd. for the National Geographic Channel and Animal Planet. Series Produced by Amanda Theunissen; Directed by Dan Habershon-Butcher.
  • Snow Monkeys (2009) – Natural History, BBC Natural World and Animal Planet. Produced and Directed by Ian Gray; Series Produced by Tim Martin
  • Humpbacks – from Fire to Ice (January 2008)Natural History; Kohola Pty Ltd, Queensland for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and National Geographic. Produced and Directed by Ross Isaacs; Narrated by David Attenborough; (Co-composer with Barnaby Taylor)
  • Lobo – the Wolf that Changed America (April 2008)Natural History, Brian Leith Productions for BBC Natural World and WNET. Produced by Brian Leith; Directed by Steve Gooder; Narrated by David Attenborough
  • SS Great Britain (April 2008) – Television, Radio and Internet advertising campaign; Fanatic Design for ITV
  • A Man among Bears] (January 2008) – Natural History; Aqua Vita Films for Five (channel) and National Geographic Channel. Produced by Bernard Walton; Directed by Dominick French
  • Athens – the Truth about Democracy (May 2007); 2-part History series, Lion TV] for Channel 4. Directed by Timothy Copestake; Presented by Bettany Hughes
  • Lilacs (April 2007); Russian feature film on the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff; Co-composer with Dan Jones (composer)
  • Fresh Fishing – the Carp (February 2007); Swim Films Ltd for commercial DVD release. Produced and Directed by Moira Mann.
  • A Man Among Wolves (February 2007) – Natural History documentary; Aqua Vita Films[9] for Five (channel) and National Geographic. Produced by Bernard Walton; Co-composer with Barnaby Taylor.
  • WorldSkills Olympics 2011 (January 2007) – Signature Theme; VET, London
  • Peter Scott – a Passion for Nature (October 2006) – Natural History; Available Light Productions for BBC Two. Produced and Directed by Sarah Pitt; Narrated by David Attenborough
  • Ancient Worlds Brought to Life (April 2006) – 3-part History series for commercial DVD release, Doordarshan Television for Reader's Digest. Directed by Harriet Smith.

Orchestration and conducting (2004–2015)[edit]

Awards[edit]

Braving Iraq (a.k.a. 'Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq') an Aqua Vita Films and WNET Production won the Gold World Medal in the Environment and Ecology category at The New York Festival's International Film and Television Awards in Las Vegas in 2011. Music composed by William Goodchild.

As orchestrator and conductor, William Goodchild was a key contributor to the soundtrack of Wild China: Heart of Dragon which was awarded an Emmy[10] for Music and Sound in September 2009.

The Wolf that Changed America (2008), a Natural World production for the BBC and Thirteen/WNET (New York) narrated by Sir David Attenborough, was awarded the Jury's Special Prize at the 2008 Wildscreen Festival in 2008, and the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in 2009 at Jackson Hole. Music composed by William Goodchild.

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