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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

William Towers joined Wokingham Choral Society at The School Hall, Eton College on 27 November 1999 performing Handel's Messiah.

He joined the Society again at Eton College Chapel on 24 March 2002 to perform J. S. Bach's Mass in B Minor.

William Towers       Alto

William Towers read English at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 1996 he was awarded a scholarship to study as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music where he won several prizes, including the Clifton prize for the best Final Recital, and graduated with Distinction and the Dip RAM. He was supported in his studies by generous awards from the Ian Fleming Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Whilst at the Academy William was taught by David Lowe with whom he continues to study.

Recent oratorio performances abroad include Bach's Lutheran Mass in G with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, Murcia and Zaragoza, Handel's Israel in Egypt with Gardiner in the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, and the Konzerthaus, Vienna and with Paul McCreesh in Naarden, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Haarlem and Groningen, Handel's Messiah in Lyon, Purcell's Fairy Queen at the Ravenna Festival and Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art in La Chaise Dieu with McCreesh. In the UK he has recently performed Handel's Messiah in St John's Smith Square with Stephen Layton, and in Bristol with the Bristol Choral Society, Handel's Foundling Hospital Anthem in the Barbican Hall, Bach Cantatas with Gardiner in Southwark Cathedral, Orff's Carmina Burana in the Royal Albert Hall, Bach's St Mark Passion in the Ulster Hall, Belfast and Bach's Magnificat in the Leith Hill Festival as their 2001 Award Winner.

William featured extensively as a soloist in Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in England, Wales, Luxembourg, Germany, France and the USA. This included appearances in the Berlin Philharmonie, the Dijon Auditorium, Buckingham Palace, the finale concerts in New York and on BBC TV, Radio 3, WDRF, and his solo debut on Deutsche Grammophon and DVD. Other solo recordings include Purcell's Fairy Queen, Verse Anthems by William Child and Bach's St Mark Passion. William has appeared in recital with the Gabrieli Consort in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and regularly performs with the ensemble Abendmusik.

William's opera roles include Orpheus in Gluck's Orpheus & Euridice, Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Aldeburgh Festival), the title role in Handel's Poro Re dell'Indie (Antahkarana), the title role in Handel's Lotario (London Handel Festival) and Eustazio in Handel's Rinaldo (Grange Park Opera). Opera chorus work includes Rameau's Les Boreades (Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals) with Sir Simon Rattle and Gluck's Orphee and Alceste (Chatelet, Paris) with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

William featured in the recent ITV South Bank Show on television entitled Countertenors.