William Vann has recently been made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Martineau and Colin Stone. He works as a pianist and conductor across the UK and internationally and his discography includes critically acclaimed recordings with Champs Hill Records, Albion Records and SOMM.
He has been awarded many prizes for piano accompaniment, including the Wigmore Song Competition Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo, the Gerald Moore award, the Royal Overseas League Accompanists’ Award, the Concordia-Serena Nevill Prize, the Association of English Singers and Speakers Accompanist Prize, the Great Elm Awards Accompanist Prize and the Hodgson Fellowship in piano accompaniment at the RAM.
William has collaborated with a vast array of singers and instrumentalists, among them Sir Thomas Allen CBE, Mary Bevan, Katie Bray, Allan Clayton, James Gilchrist, Johnny Herford, Guy Johnston, Jennifer Johnston, Aoife Miskelly, Ann Murray DBE, Brindley Sherratt, Nicky Spence, Andrew Staples, Kitty Whately and the Benyounes and Navarra Quartets. Recent performances have included appearances at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Oxford Lieder, Machynlleth and City of London Festivals and Northern Ireland Festival of Voice (broadcast on Radio 3) and abroad in South Africa (National Arts Festival), Nigeria, Germany (on live ZDF television), Sweden and Ireland.
He is the the Director of Music at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, Co-Chairman of Kensington and Chelsea Music Society, the Artistic Director of Bedford Music Club, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, a Trustee of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society and the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival.