William Waine - Musical Director
Photo Credit: Ben Durrant
William Waine began his career in choral music at the age of 6 in the choir of his father’s Parish Church, before taking up a Choral Scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford, William kicked off his conducting career as the director of the Christ Church College Choir, leading the choir to Dublin on their first ever tour.
During a short time as Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral, William occasionally conducted the Cathedral Choir and Youth Choir, and was the Musical Director of the City of Wolverhampton Choir, before joining Cantemus (Havant) and, in April 2022, Sandgate Singers. A wide and varied repertoire has spanned Byrd to the Beach Boys, including works by Cornysh, Gibbons, Buxtehude, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Chilcott, Roth, and Lennon and McCartney. He is also the founding director of the Chichester Cathedral Voluntary Choir, and works behind the scenes with NMH, an eight-part professional choir that has attracted attention since its re-founding in 2016, and in the Music Department at Westminster Cathedral.
As a Choral Scholar, William sang with the world-famous Christ Church Cathedral Choir on Gramophone Award-nominated recordings, and tours to the USA and China.
Since 2017, after spells in the choirs of Gloucester and Chichester Cathedrals, he has been based in London, working with various ensembles including the choirs of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedrals; The Erebus Ensemble; and The English Concert in a staged production of Handel’s Messiah at the Bristol Old Vic which was broadcast in cinemas across the country. As a soloist he has appeared across the UK; live on BBC Radio 3; and as far afield as Sydney, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand.