Billy is a multi-award winning composer and arranger, experienced at orchestrating for large and small ensembles.
Billy has written for youth bands and both amateur and professional big bands including Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and the Calum Gourlay Big Band. In October 2018, Billy studied with Vince Mendoza on the Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop in Holland. His arrangement of Man in the Mirror was performed at the Lantaren Venster by the Metropole Orkest and New York based singer-songwriter Becca Stevens. You can listen to his arrangement of Meet the Flintstones here, which was written during the workshop for a 2 minute arrangement brief and performed by the Metropole Orkest under the batton of Vince Mendoza.
Billy crafts arrangements that have strong narrative and distinct character. He produces professionally presented scores and parts with the highest level of clarity and readability. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Billy spent four years studying jazz composition and arranging with Pete Churchill.
Listen and watch examples of Billy's work below.
Inventively voiced horn writing... fresh and unpredictable.
2019 - Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger of the Year Award, for his arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's Lucky To Be Me
2018 - Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, Big Band Category for Scenes from the Underground
2016 - Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, Small Ensemble Category (octet) for Destarata
2012 - Watermill Jazz Young Composers Award, Nowa Huta (octet)