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Will Handysides

Composer Will Handysides is interested in meditative, non-climactic forms and cyclical structures. The music unfolds slowly and is contemplative, focussing on stasis and hypnotic repetition.


Will’s music has been performed at the London Ear and Borealis Contemporary Music Festivals, Tête-À-Tête: The Opera Festival, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Notable collaborators include Bit20 Ensemble, Onyx Brass, Bastard Assignments Trondheim Sinfonietta, Composers Ensemble, and Sjøforsvarets Musikkorps (Norwegian Navy Band); conductors Gerry Cornelius, Nicholas Cleobury and Rolf Gupta; and venues such as St. John's Smith Square, Riverside Studios, Blackheath Concert Halls, Grieghallen, Bergen Domkirke, Old Royal Naval College Chapel and Dartington Hall.

Will graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with First Class Honours. He studied with Gwyn Pritchard, Paul Newland, Nye Parry and Errollyn Wallen MBE and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for outstanding contributions to composition. He has lived in Bergen, Norway where he studied with Morten Eide Pedersen at Griegakademiet. He also studied with Detlev Glanert on the Dartington International Summer School Advanced Composition Course 2012 (thanks to a scholarship from Michael Tippett Foundation).


He is the Founder and Artistic Director of contemporary music ensemble Ret Frem.