British bass William Thomas is the winner of the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, winner of the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award, Royal Overseas League Singing Competition and was the winner of the 2018 John Christie Award from Glyndebourne. Brought up in Harpenden, he is currently on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studies with John Evans. He has recently performed Bartok’s Cantata Profana with the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre national de Lyon under Alan Gilbert and has made his Wigmore Hall debut as part of Graham Johnson’s Songmakers’ Almanac. As a Jerwood Young Artist he sang the role of Nicholas in the UK premiere of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa at the Glyndebourne Festival. Future concert engagements include his solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall, Messiah with the RTE Concert Orchestra and the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Paris with Les Siècles. William makes his Vienna State Opera debut in 2019/20 as Snug A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Will is a Help Musicians UK Maidment award holder, won the Joaninha Trust Award in March 2018 and also became a Drake Calleja Scholar 2018-19.