William Lyons is a musician whose work as composer and performer has been met with great acclaim. He specialises in the performance of early repertoires and as a composer this style is often reflected in his compositions for theatre and in film in which the distinctive music is a subtle synthesis of the two worlds, both early and modern. He has a long association with the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as a composer, performer, Musical Director and Historical Music Adviser
Theatre credits for Shakespeare’s Globe include: Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, Much Ado about Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter’s Tale, Coriolanus, Liberty, All’s Well That Ends Well, Blue Stockings and the acclaimed productions of Howard Brenton’s In Extremis and Anne Boleyn, the latter winning the ETT Best Touring Production 2012. He is composer for the new play by Howard Brenton, Dr Scroggy’s War to be premiered at the Globe in September of this year.
Film and TV credits include: Robin Hood, Pride and Prejudice, The Hobbit, Les Miserables and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. On Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban he was a performer and advisor to John Williams on scoring and historical soundscapes.
In 2011/12 William worked closely as collaborator and advisor with Damon Albarn on the creation of the innovative ‘Dr Dee’ that successfully premiered at the Manchester International Festival and for English National Opera.
William is Director of the acclaimed early music ensembles The Dufay Collective and The City Musick. He is also a regular performer with leading early music groups such as The Gabrieli Consort. Time is otherwise spent as a music consultant, researcher and lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.
His Radio 4 programme on the lives of musicians in Tudor London was well received and was made ‘Pick of The Week’.