William White (UK)
Royal Academy of Music, MA


William White is proud to be a Drake Calleja Scholar for 2016-17.

William started to play the clarinet aged 12, after being given an instrument by his Grandfather. He is currently studying for a Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Tim Lines, Mark Van de Wiel, Angela Malsbury, Lauren Ben Slimane on Bass Clarinet, Chi Yu Mo on Eb Clarinet and Eric Hoeprich on period instruments.

He has a keen interest in contemporary music and is dedicated to performing new works, giving premiere performances on numerous occasions. Highlights have included performing as part of the BBC Proms, playing B Tommy Andersson’s ‘Impromptu’ on BBC Radio 3 and performing the works of Berio, Boulez and Stravinsky with the famous French bassoonist Pascal Gallois. Aside from new music, William also enjoys performing as a soloist and chamber musician. He had featured as a concerto soloist and has also performed as a chamber musician in numerous prestigious venues and festivals. Whilst studying as an undergraduate at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, he was the winner of the Frank Kelleher Woodwind Prize.

As an orchestral musician, William is often engaged as a freelance clarinettist, having performed with numerous major UK orchestras. He has performed on several recordings including for the BBC ‘Get Playing’ initiative with Marin Alsop and with the English Symphony Orchestra for Toccata Classics. William has had the privilege of performing under the baton of many esteemed conductors such as; Thomas Søndergård, Tadaaki Otaka, Ed Gardner, Ilan Volkov, Robin Ticciati, Yan Pascal Tortelier, John Wilson and many others.

William is indebted to the sponsors of his studies at the Academy, namely the Drake Calleja Trust, The Elmley Foundation, The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity, The Kathleen Trust, The Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, The Bulmers Charitable Trust, The Hereford Society for Aiding the Industrious, The Mijoda Trust and Drs R and T Corfield.