Wills Morgan by Matthew Kaltenborn

WILLS MORGAN is a classically trained singer and musician with years of both operatic work and West End touring performances under his belt.

Born in Huddersfield and educated in Slough, Wills possesses a wealth of musicality and a lust for life. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and The Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio where he received a Master of Music degree. Beginning his operatic career in the chorus of the English National Opera, he was soon appearing at the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Kent Opera and the Cleveland Opera where he was an Associate Artist. He has performed at the BBC Proms, the Royal Festival Hall and with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican.

Wills Morgan has been a headline artist at major festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, from the centenary performance of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast at Harvard University and both Cosi fan tutte and Madame Butterfly at the Holders Season in Barbados, to The Beginnings of Polyphony at the Early Music Festival in Barcelona and Mike Westbrook’s Platterback at the Crest Festival in southern France, Prague and the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank. He has been a creator of memorable black characters, notably 'Montel', the notorious adult baby featured in the multi award-winning burlesque Jerry Springer The Opera.

Wills is one of Britain's finest vocal improvisers, specialising in popular song covers. He was a founder-member of the pioneering multi-stylistic choir of soloists known as The Shout. He was also a founder-member of The Artsong Collective, a flexible chamber ensemble devoted to 20th-century English language art song.

Wills has been a creator of and collaborator on numerous live-music events, which he often exuberantly hosts, and he has a fondness for street percussion. He also writes about music.

Photos: Emily Light