William Waine began his career in choral music at the age of 6 in the choir of his father’s Parish Church, before taking up a Choral Scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford in 2010. Alongside studying for an honours degree in Law, he sang in the daily services with the Cathedral Choir, as well as on several award-nominated CD recordings and tours to the USA and China. William now enjoys a diverse range of professional work as a countertenor and conductor.
He has recently moved to London where he sings on a freelance basis with various ensembles, including the choirs of Westminster Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral.
He was a Lay Vicar in the choir of Chichester Cathedral, appearing as a soloist live on BBC Radio3 and on a one-per-part men’s voices recording of Music for Lent and Passiontide. He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist across the UK and as far afield as Sydney, Australia.
Whilst at Oxford, William kicked off his conducting career as the director of the Christ Church College Choir, conducting cathedral evensongs and concerts with orchestra, and leading the choir on their first ever tour, to Dublin in July 2013.
During a short time as Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral, William occasionally conducted the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Youth Choir, and was the Musical Director of the City of Wolverhampton Choir before joining Cantemus in September 2014. As Musical Director of Cantemus, William has conducted a vast range of music from Byrd to the Beach Boys, including works by Cornysh, Gibbons, Vivaldi, Haydn, Vaughan Williams and Lennon and McCartney.
He is also the Director of the Chichester Cathedral Voluntary Choir, and works behind the scenes as founder of Nos Miseri Homines, an eight-part professional choir that has attracted attention since its re-founding in 2016.
Musical Accompanist – George Haynes
George Haynes is currently a Lay Vicar in the choir of Chichester Cathedral, having spent six years as a Lay Clerk at Peterborough Cathedral. He pursues a career as a countertenor, accompanist, conductor and composer, and was appointed accompanist for Cantemus in 2017. During his time in Peterborough, George was Assistant Director of Chapel Music at The Peterborough School, and for three years was Musical Director of St. Peter’s Singers. A music graduate of the University of York, he has also been a Choral Scholar in the choirs of York Minster and Wells Cathedral.
Born in 1989, George received a strong musical education as a chorister and Organ Scholar at All Saints’ Church in Northampton. As a composer, George has written music for the choirs of York Minster and Peterborough Cathedral, and, in 2013, became the winner of the Eton Choral Course Composition Competition, which included a broadcast of his piece on BBC Radio 3.