William Thomas

William Thomas

Key Facts


23 year old British bass Will Thomas is the winner of the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 2018 John Christie Award from Glyndebourne. A Jerwood Young Artist in the 2018 Glyndebourne Chorus, he sang the role of Nicholas in Barber’s Vanessa.

In June 2018 he sang the bass role in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Lyon.  He made his debut performance in 2017 as the Shepherd in Pelléas et Mélisande at Garsington Opera.  In January 2016 he was one of the soloists in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Birmingham Symphony Hall with the CBS and with British Youth Opera was the Quartet Bass in Malcom Williamson’s English Eccentrics in September 2016.

Brought up in Harpenden, he is currently on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studies with John Evans.

Will is a Help Musicians UK Maidment award holder, won the Joaninha Trust Award in March 2018 and also became a Drake Calleja Scholar 2018-19.

Future engagements include a  Songmakers’ Almanac Concert with Graham Johnson at the Wigmore Hall in January 2019 and the role of Peter Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guildhall in March 2019.


Musicians’ Company Award: John Christie Award 2018

Page Updated: Nov 2018