William Vann comes from Bedford and was a Chorister at King's College, Cambridge. He subsequently read law and took up a choral scholarship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was taught the piano by Peter Uppard, and studied piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Martineau and Colin Stone. He has recently been made an Associate of the RAM.
He has been awarded many prizes for piano accompaniment, including the Wigmore Song Competition Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo (with Johnny Herford), the Gerald Moore award, the Royal Overseas League Accompanists' Award, a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust award, the Concordia-Serena Nevill Prize, the Association of English Singers and Speakers Accompanist Prize, the Great Elm Awards Accompanist Prize, the Sir Henry Richardson Scholarship and the Hodgson Fellowship in piano accompaniment at the RAM.
William has collaborated on stage with a vast array of singers and instrumentalists, among them Sir Thomas Allen CBE, Mary Bevan, Allan Clayton, James Gilchrist, Guy Johnston, Jennifer Johnston, Ann Murray DBE, Brindley Sherratt, Nicky Spence, Andrew Staples, Kitty Whately and the Benyounes and Navarra Quartets. Recent performances have included appearances at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the ROH Crush Room, Sage, Gateshead and St John’s, Smith Square, at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Oxford Lieder, Machynlleth and City of London Festivals and abroad in South Africa (National Arts Festival), Nigeria, Germany (on live ZDF television), Sweden and Ireland. His discography includes recordings with Champs Hill Records and Albion Records, the latest of which, Purer than Pearl, featuring six previously unrecorded songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, will be released in the Autumn. In August he performed at the Northern Ireland Festival of Voice with Aoife Miskelly in a recital that was recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
He is a Trustee of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, a Samling Artist, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Co-Chairman of Kensington and Chelsea Music Society, the Artistic Director of Bedford Music Club, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, the Assistant Musical Director at Bury Court Opera and a conductor and vocal coach on the Dartington and Oxenfoord International Summer Schools. He is also the Director of Music at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, where he directs the choir and a programme of concerts in the Royal Hospital's Wren Chapel, and the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival, now in its sixth season.