Chris Williams

Chris began his musical career at the age of eight as a backing vocalist at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. After winning a scholarship to New College Oxford, he went on to study postgraduate composition and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won numerous prestigious awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Price for composition. He has lived in India since 2002. For two years he was Composer-in-Residence at Lawrence School, Sanawar, for which he wrote a musical comedy, “The Coolie ‘s Tale”, to celebrate the centenary of the Kalka-Shimla Railway. . He also wrote a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “Kim” for the school in 1981, which toured all over India. Since 2004, he has lived in Bangalore. 550 children from Solihull sang his “Songs stage” at the Royal Albert Hall in 2005 and, in 2008, his “Songs of the Coast Coromandel” and “Tsunami Requiem” were performed at the Royal Festival Hall. Much of his choral music is published by English Philharmonia and the children’s songs in “Singing Sherlock” are published by Boosey and Hawkes. Prior to India, Chris lived in Devon, UK, for many years. In 1985, he was appointed Musician-in-Residence at the Beaford Center. Of his musical theater works for young people, “Brother Jacques”, “Monkey”, “Starchild” and “Korczak” have won important prizes. Most recently, Arts Council England funded two community musicals: “Cornish Phoenix” in 2012 for South East Cornwall, and again in 2014 “The Day We Played Brazil” to celebrate the centenary of Exeter City Football. Club, being the first British team to play with a Brazilian national team, during the Brazil World Cup. Major productions of “Korczak” were produced by Youth Music Theater, Plymouth, UK YMT, and Opera I Filharmonia Podlaska in Poland (under the auspices of UNESCO), voted the most important historical event in Poland in 2012.