William Leigh Knight
William Leigh Knight studied full-time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since taking his diploma in 1972 he has pursued a varied performing and teaching career. He has sung in many professional church choirs in and out of London, has a wide repertoire of oratorio, and a particular interest in entertainments combining song and poetry, which he has compiled on various themes. His professional operatic experience has mostly been in chamber operas, which he has performed at festivals around Great Britain.
William has been a lecturer in the Music Department of Morley College, for the last 12 years, and during the ‘80s was himself a student on the Opera Course and in the Southwark Waits. He teaches classes in vocal studies and written many of the songs he has used with students.
He has an especial interest in teaching those who have difficulty with singing but are keen to try, for whom ‘Tone Deaf? No Way!’ can be a real ear-opener. In January 2014 he gave a public talk at GSMD , the concluding part of an international seminar on “The Adult Non-Singer’. As a result of this seminar a research project has been set up this year through GSMD to pool ideas about how to teach ‘non-singers’.
William also teaches privately and is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and Renewal Arts. For some years he has been involved in conferences in Switzerland and the last three summers has lead an event sharing experiences of creativity, entitled “Seeds of Inspiration’.