Biography - Will Frampton

Biography

Will Frampton is a composer of acoustic, electronic, and vocal music and writer on music. Will’s work has been performed by and commissioned for ensembles such as the Orchestra of Opera North, Psappha Ensemble, Berkeley Ensemble, Quatuor Danel, Ligeti Quartet, Orion Orchestra, and Allegri Quartet.

From 2014-2016 Will ran Wild Street Ensemble, a chamber ensemble based in London. In 2016 the ensemble premiered Will’s song cycle Enûma Eliš, a setting of ancient Babylonian creation myths in the original language. The cycle was recorded in 2017 by Rachel Duckett and the Marsyas Trio and is currently being prepared for release. The recording is being supported by the Bliss Trust.

Will has worked regularly with artist Nastassja Simensky including on 2014's The London. Written in commemoration of HMS The London the work was premiered aboard a fishing boat, at the site of the wreck, by the Ligeti String Quartet and Rachel Duckett. The Ligeti Quartet have subsequently premiered Will’s second string quartet at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

Alongside violinist Rhiannon Bedford, Will is a member of the electronic music duo The Keeling Curve. The duo make ambient and experimental music using synthesizers, tape loops, found sound, and graphic scores. In 2020 they composed Mersey Beat for Sound and Music’s ‘Interpreting Isolation project’ and later that year they had a proposal selected for the Arts&Heritage ‘Blue Sky Museums' scheme. They have released three EPs and written music for Proxemics and Whatstick theatre companies. 

Will is also the principal songwriter and arranger for alternative rock band AVES who released their debut album, Unsoloved, in 2020. 

Will has previously studied at Goldsmith’s College and privately with Robert Saxton and David Matthews. In 2016 Will was awarded the AHRC North West Consortium Partnership full award for PhD research at the University of Manchester which he completed in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Camden Reeves. Will has attended summer courses in composition at Cheltenham Music Festival, Aberystwyth MusicFest, and Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival.  

Will’s writing is interested in the place of music in contemporary society and he has written about topics from the music of Michael Tippett to the links between medieval music and modular synthesis. His written work has been published by Corymbus.com and the British Music Collection.

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