William Dutton is 13 years old, a student at St Aidan's Church of England High School and a Chorister of St Mark's Church, Harrogate. In October 2006 he won the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, since when he has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 2 and 4, and was delighted to be invited to sing with Jose Carreras in his 2006 Royal Albert Hall Christmas concert. William made his BBC Proms debut in July this year as treble soloist in Faure's Requiem with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales conducted by Thierry Fischer.
Much in demand as a soloist throughout the UK, William's recent performances have included oratorio - Handel's Messiah, Faure's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Britten's St Nicolas and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms - and concert recitals and BBC broadcasts of much loved classical and crossover repertoire. These performances have been in partnership with some of the UK's leading soloists, orchestras, conductors and celebrities, including Simon Wright and the Leeds Festival Chorus, Opera North and the Northern Sinfonia, Dr Donald Hunt, the Elgar Chorale and the English Symphony Orchestra, Dr Simon Lindley and the St Peter's Singers, Michael Chance, Alfie Boe, Natasha Marsh, Aled Jones and Ken Dodd. William was invited recently to sing for HRH The Prince of Wales at the opening of the historic and beautifully restored Royal Hall in Harrogate.
Film credits include The Little Prince (BBC/Sony) as first understudy to the title role and the role of First Boy in a new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh and conducted by James Conlon (Ideale Audience and the Peter Moores Foundation) which was premiered recently in the UK at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square. In April 2006 William sang the part of Miles in Benjamin Britten's dark opera The Turn of the Screw for the National Reisopera of Holland, alongside Philip Langridge as Peter Quint.
Future solo engagements include a charity recital in aid of Children in Crisis to be performed for the Duchess of York at Ripley Castle; Bach's St John Passion with the Elgar Chorale, Camerata and Donald Hunt; Mendelssohn's Elijah with Harrogate Choral Society in the Royal Hall, Harrogate, and further broadcasts on BBC TV's Songs of Praise in February and April 2008. William has recently been signed by Universal Classics and Jazz as a member of The Choirboys; their debut album was released before Christmas.
William is also a violinist and studies with Raimonda Koco. He has been a member of the National Children's Orchestra (NCO) since 2003, and in 2006 was awarded a NCO-Leverhulme Trust Scholarship in recognition of his exceptional talent. William's other hobbies include football (he is an ardent Arsenal supporter) and wildlife. Career ambitions to date have been wonderfully diverse and range from opera singer, conductor or virtuoso violinist to dog walker or ice cream van man.
In December 2008 William was soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah in Leeds. William will be returning to Northern Ireland as guest soloist at two Easter Concerts in Belfast and Armagh in April 2009. William is currently a pupil at the International Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey.
BBC Proms 2007 Faure Requiem "William Dutton (BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year) touched all but the sternest of hearts with his confident account of the Pie Jesu" (Classical Source)
BBC Proms 2007 Faure Requiem "...the very self-possessed young treble William Dutton left the audience spellbound with his pure rendition of the Pie Jesu." (The Organ)
BBC Proms 2007 Faure Requiem "...magically sung, with notable solo contributions...especially from 12-year-old treble William Dutton who made something unforgettably touching out of the Pie Jesu" (The Guardian)
William DuttonRené Pape (non-treble) On the eve of World War I, a young soldier goes off in search of love but finds himself caught in a twilight dream world. Kenneth Branagh directs this English adaptation of Mozart's opera DIE ZAUBERFLOTE (aka THE MAGIC FLUTE) with a libretto written by Stephen Fry. - Joseph Kaiser, Amy Carson, Rene Pape, Lyubov Petrova, Stephen Fry.