William K.Z.

William KZ is a Manchester-based composer/producer/performer.

Since graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, he has forged a rich variety of artistic collaborations including his band Bethlehem Casuals, a solo project.

As a composer, this has resulted in award-winning film scores with Woolgather Films, a collection of theatrical productions, and multidisciplinary production company, It’s Casual. 

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William is an award winning composer based in Manchester, UK. Hearne prides himself on his pragmatism, turning his interest in cross-collaborative arts into multi award-winning scores for the ‘MSA film festival’ in collaboration with Woogather Films, two operas and an on-going relationship with Animikii Theatre and Matrafisc Dance. His flexible and hardworking attitude has seen a wide variety of collaborations blossom and continues to grow into a healthy output of work across music, theatre dance and film. Improvisation and free-scoring have become a core feature in Hearne's music and 2017 has seen this explored in commissions for the RNCM, VideoJam, The British Library, COMA as well as performances from leading performers such a James Gouley (Tuba$$ Badboi 2018). Hearne currently makes music with his world music ensemble Bethlehem Casuals currently producing their second album and has performed as part of Glastonbury, Latitude, Manchester International, and Kendal festivals. ‘Growth of the Silk’ Was debut in in 2019 and was programmed as part of Tete-a-tete festival



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Growth of the Silk is an original fairytale about a girl’s misguided wish for long lustrous hair which leaves her ultimately crushed under the weight of the unstoppable growth. The work is a multi-media opera. It combines music, dance, and film on stage. Drawing on Latin elements of music and movement, the surreal story sets out to create a fabled fairy tale for the modern-day. The piece features just two performers of Soprano and Dancer and an intimate ensemble of guitar, bass, and percussion.

Link to Tete-a-tete 2020 program