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Dr Jonathan Williams


Dr Jonathan Williams is a renowned conductor, orchestrator, composer and musicologist. He was appointed as the first Director of College Music in 2006. In his freelance career, he works at the highest level as an orchestrator, conductor and teacher and has built up an enviable reputation making music both live and in the recording studio. Dr Williams has since worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet, English Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, as well as numerous choral societies and amateur orchestras, including the University of London Choir and Orchestra and Oxford Chamber Orchestra and Ealing Choral Society. Dr Williams was a professor at the GSMD for nine years and has taught Orchestration at Oxford since 1992. His doctoral work came to fruition with the Rameau Project, a major research venture seeking to advance our understanding of Rameau's stage works. Dr Williams and his co-composers have been nominated for a 2018 BAFTA award for the soundtrack of Horizon Zero Dawn, Sony’s best-selling game of 2017.


  • Director of St Hilda's College Music