Composer Will Handysides is interested in meditative, non-climactic forms and cyclical structures. The music unfolds slowly and is contemplative, focussing on stasis and hypnotic repetition.

Will graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with First Class Honours. His teachers there include Paul Newland, Nye Parry, Gwyn Pritchard and Errollyn Wallen MBE. In 2013-14 he participated in a one-year Erasmus exchange to Bergen, Norway where he studied with Morten Eide Pedersen at Griegakademiet. He also studied with Detlev Glanert on the Dartington International Summer School Advanced Composition Course 2012 (thanks to a scholarship from Michael Tippett Foundation). In 2014, Will was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal in Composition for the student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the work of their department during the course of their studies.

Notable collaborators include Bit20 Ensemble, Onyx Brass, Trondheim Sinfonietta, Composers Ensemble, Sjøforsvarets Musikkorps (SFMK) and Tête-À-Tête; conductors Gerry Cornelius, Nicholas Cleobury and Rolf Gupta; and venues such as St. John's Smith Square, Riverside Studios, Blackheath Concert Halls, Grieghallen, Bergen Domkirke, Old Royal Naval College Chapel and Dartington Hall. His music has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

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