BILL BARCLAY, composer, director, writer and performer, is the Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he has produced music for over 100 full scale productions and 150 concerts since 2011. Scores include Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Hamlet Globe-to-Globe, which toured 197 countries in 2014-6. Broadway/West End credits as music supervisor include: Farinelli and the King, Twelfth Night, Richard III all starring Mark Rylance.

Creating from a unified theatrical and musical idiom, he has written and stage directed concerts for the LA Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl (Bramwell Tovey), The Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons), Tanglewood (Charles Dutoit), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Sakari Oramo, Barbican), City of London Sinfonia and the British Film Institute. 

This year he collaborates with Max Richter as Arranger and Music Director for a new Four Seasons Recomposed with the puppetry masters Gyre & Gimble (War Horse). He was recently Music Director and pianist for Australian cabaret comedienne Meow Meow’s show Apocalpyse Meow. His new album conducting City of London Sinfonia is King of Ghosts featuring sarod master Soumik Datta, and he will compose Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, and Emilia this season at the Globe.

Bill is the founder of the new label Globe Music recognised by the BBC (Album of the Year nomination), the Royal Philharmonic Society, and Songlines (Top of the World, 2016).  His original music has been performed live in 197 countries, 42 US states, for President Obama, the English Royal Family, the Olympic Torch, at the UN, Buckingham Palace and in refugee camps in Jordan and Calais.

His noted Candlelit Concerts series in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse features major collaborations including The Sixteen, The English Concert, Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, Arcangelo, BBC Proms, London Jazz Festival, and Portishead, with guest curators including John Williams, Trevor Pinnock, Lauren Laverne, the Brodsky Quartet, and Anoushka Shankar.

A regular contributor to the Guardian, Bill recently published Shakespeare, Music, and Performance for Cambridge University Press, and The Jon Lipsky Play Anthology for Smith & Kraus. He has lectured on the Music of the Spheres on three continents and is an active speaker on Shakespeare’s music. He is a lauded actor, having won a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, the largest grant for actors in the US, and was a member of the resident acting company at Shakespeare & Company (10 years, Resident Music Director), and Actors Shakespeare Project (10 years, Artistic Associate). MFA Boston University. Training: NTI, S&Co, NEC and in Bali.


Bill playing the Balinese gender with his teachers in Bali.