General Manager and Artistic Director

Artistic director

Tim Williams has performed with most of the UK's symphony orchestras, opera and ballet companies as a freelance percussionist and timpanist. His particular interest in new music led him to form the ensemble Psappha in 1991. Since its inception he has been its Artistic Director, General Manager and also its percussionist. With the ensemble he has performed throughout the UK, in Europe (France, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Ireland & Belgium), North America (New York and San Francisco), South America (Caracas and Buenos Aires), Hong Kong and Australia (Barossa Festival).

He has been featured prominently in such works as Stockhausen's Kontakte (also broadcast on BBC Radio 3), Birtwistle's The Axe Manual, Peter Maxwell Davies's Stedman Doubles (original 1955 version) (also recorded for CD and BBC Radio 3), Steven Mackey's Micro-Concerto (UK tour and CD recording), Martin Butler's Going with the Grain, Gordon McPherson Little Moses (also recorded for CD and BBC Radio 3), Alvarez's Temazcal, Boulez's Le Marteau sans Maitre (also recorded for BBC Radio 3) and Anthony Gilbert's Moonfaring (UK tour and recorded for CD).

In 1999 Tim Williams went to Budapest, bought a cimbalom (Hungary's national instrument) and taught himself to play it, going on to perform many works on the cimbalom including Stravinsky's Renard and Ragtime (BBC Proms), Jonathan Harvey's Weltethos (CBSO UK premiere), Boulez's Eclat/Multiples (London Sinfonietta), Mackey's Five Animated Shorts (Network for New Music, Philadelphia and Princeton and with Psappha, Cheltenham Festival, Lancaster, webcast and CD recording), Peter Maxwell Davies's Image, Reflection, Shadow (UK tour), Peter Maxwell Davies's Sonatina and Farewell to Stromness. In 2001 he worked on Scenes from a Novel with its composer György Kurtág at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He has had works written for him by Gordon McPherson (Memory Crash and Lorelei), Anthony Gilbert (Vers de Lune), John Casken (Fractured Lines). He has also taken part in Kodály's singspiel Háry János on a number of occasions, Howard Shaw's Lord of the Rings Symphony and Kurtág's Stele.

For the past 5 years Tim has developed Psappha's online presence and has directed all the films you find on Psappha's websites.