With a passion for music education and performance, Isobel Williams is sharing music through a variety of platforms.
She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester on the joint course and was introduced to the world of contemporary music and has since gone on to perform many contemporary works and win prizes for recitals. She performs with the ‘New New Manchester Manchester School School’ trio which is aiming to give a new spin on performance and comedy with compositions done by the members.
Outside of performance she worked at BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Philharmonic as part of an immersive experience scheme and travelled to Vienna to shadow the new music group PHACE and work with composer Bernhard Lang.
Generously sponsored by the Martyn Donaldson Trust, she has spent 2018 working in Kenya at the Starehe Schools providing music education and support to the children studying. Her work there has lead her to compose and arrange for the Kenyan Music Festival and lead groups to perform there to national level. She has been able to set up string workshops in Nairobi and support other local schools with no music to be able to experience and enjoy music making in their own ways and discover things about music they never thought existed.
Isobel arranges and transcribes a lot of the music the quartet perform, and there is no task too big or small! In 2019 already she has arranged music for schools in Warwickshire to perform and from April will be a multi-instrumentalist performing on the Gifford Circus tour of the UK – she’s hoping for a good costume!