Biography

Will Diggle was born in Lincolnshire and at nine moved to Oxfordshire, where he started taking singing lessons with Daphne Abe, a professional singing teacher and former opera singer.

In 2006 Will was awarded a music scholarship from Bloxham School and went on to study at Bloxham for seven years.

During Will’s time at Bloxham he studied singing under the teacher Richard Bannan, achieving distinction in grade eight singing and a merit in grade five music theory. Whilst at Bloxham School, at the age of sixteen, Will became director of the thirty-strong Young Bloxham Choir. He conducted the choir every week over a two-year period in church services and concerts accompanied by organist Sebastian Thomson.
Still just sixteen, Will entered his first singing competition: The Banbury Rotary Club, Young Musician of the Year. Will came first in the senior singing section and was put through to the District Finals and then to the South East Regional Finals for UK and Ireland. Will was delighted to finish second in this, his first competition. The following year, Will entered again this time winning Banbury’s Young Singer of the Year, and coming first in the District Finals.

In Will’s final years at Bloxham he was rewarded with an increased music scholarship and was appointed Music Prefect for his outstanding contribution to music at Bloxham School. He also took on the role of Bill Sykes in a school performance of the musical ‘Oliver’, and he won Bloxham Young Musician of the Year.

Will performed in many concerts for Bloxham School both as a soloist and as a member of vocal harmony group, Harmonix; but the concert that that stands out for him as possibly the most memorable was when he performed Vaughan Williams’ ‘Five Mystical Songs’ accompanied by a large choir and Organ.

In December 2012, Will decided that he would apply for The Royal Academy of Music, to further his study as a classical singer. Will was offered a place on the day of his audition, and started the four-year BMus Degree course in September 2013. Will studies under his singing professor Alex Ashworth and his vocal coach Mary Hill.

As well as working towards his degree, Will has been performing in many concerts and at weddings. Will has also done courses outside of university such as a two-week Italian opera course, performing opera scenes and arias in northern Italy, Liguria.

Will is now in his third year at The Royal Academy of Music with one year left.

Will Diggle - Baritone