William Marsey
Photo: Marika Kochiashvili

William Marsey is a UK-based composer.

LA Phil commission announced

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Feb 2020

I'll be writing a piece for lots of wind and brass for the LA Phil new music ensemble in April 2021, part of their Green Umbrella Series. Premiere at the Walt Disney hall in a proramme of fantastic stuff, with music from Oliver Leith, Thomas Ades, Francisco Coll and Erika Fox. Excited.

Check out the programme here

A Lady at her Toilet, New video online

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Jan 2020

New video online! George Fu playing my "Lady at her Toilet", live at Listenpony in 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5jqjiLIpo4

'Be nice to see you' out now on the BBC

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Jan 2020

My short piece for string quartet and recorded sound just went live on the BBC Sounds website. 

This was written for New Creatives North, played by the Ligeti Quartet, with phone and field recordings by me.

Listen now on BBC Sounds. Or, find out more about the piece here.

New Creatives North commission

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Sep 2019

After recording string parts with the Ligeti Quartet earlier this week, and mixing a final draft on Tuesday, I've finished a piece called Ee well for the New Creatives North scheme, incorporating field recordings, new music for string quartet, and a load of illicitly recorded phone conversations with my parents. Online soon

Listenpony #19, new piece for Ligeti Quartet

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Aug 2019

Looking forward to this great lineup - Joseph Havlat, Ligeti Quartet and Ana Silvera! I'll be writing a piece for Ligeti Quartet, and there'll also be music from Freya Waley-Cohen and Josephine Stephenson, and new pieces from Egidija Medekšaitė, Rūta Vitkauskaitė and Joseph Howard. Tickets here.

New Creatives North announced

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Jun 2019

Excited to be a part of this scheme focussing on talent from the north! Am excited to be working on something different to my usual stuff: a work incorporating recorded voices, field recordings and instrumental music. Will be developing over the summer. 

New work, Psalms 22 and 23, for Jess Dandy

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May 2019

Happy to be writing a new piece for fantastic Contralto Jess Dandy for the next Listenpony concert! She'll be singing with Francesco Iannuzzelli playing on Oud. I'm writing a piece using words from Psalms 22 and 23 (v good ones). Check out the event here.

Next Listenpony announced!

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Mar 2019

The next listenpony lineup has been announced: contralto Jess Dandy, Francesco on Oud, Simon Desbruslais playing new works for trumpet, and singer songwriter Chloe Foy. Janet Oates, Gareth Moorcraft and Joss Smith are joining us in writing new work. Details up here.

For Grace, After a Party recording now online

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Jan 2019

Live at Listenpony: Duo Bayanello is out today! It's from our January 2018 concert, and includes my For Grace, After a Party played by Duo Bayanello. Listen here on Spotify.

New video: For Grace After A Party

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Jan 2019

New video online, from Listenpony this time last year. A queasy duo for cello and accordion, written for Duo Bayanello (Cecilia Bignall and Iosif Purits). Check it out here.