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In 1988 William composed and arranged a composition for the school jazz band which was awarded second prize in the Inner London Education Authority Arts Festival held at The Royal Albert Hall and presented by Sir Melvyn Bragg. The judges included Peter Blake, Joan Armatrading and Andy Sheppard. 


Later that same year William moved to Madrid where he continued his work as a freelance musician while taking the post of Head of Music and later Head of Woodwind at the British Council School of Madrid, the only school of its kind in the world run the the prestigious British Council organisation.


The annual Christmas carol concerts at the Complutense University of Madrid, given by pupils of the British Council School, became legendary events and are still remembered fondly by the English Faculty students there 30 years later.


In 1996 Mel Bay Inc. Published William’s book & CD Musicianship and Improvisation for the Jazz, Blues and Soul Saxophonist which embodied his inclusive approach to music teaching developed over thirteen years working with young students from all over the world. This became a best-seller for the company during 1997 & 1998. 


In 1997 William was selected from many of Spain’s top musicans and band leaders to play in and direct the resident studio band in the arts show LO MAS PLUS on Canal Plus Television, one of Europe’s most respected channels. The programme acquired cult status in Spain and over a period of seven years and more than 1,200 live shows his 7-piece band performed his arrangements 5 days a week, live on TV whilst accompanying many international artists such as Phil Collins, Tom Jones, Mark Knopfler, Maceo Parker & Celia Cruz.


From 1999 to 2005 William developed his communication skills whilst co-presenting the multilingual news programme News Without Frontiers which was awarded the Coca-Cola Foundation prize for new journalism in 2001.


In 2010 William moved to Dubai to teach saxophone, flute, clarinet & guitar at The Dubai British School.  His highly successful Primary Band regularly performs his own compostions and arrangements at school and outside events.  During this time William has also earned the respect of the professional musicians fraternity in UAE through his successful talent booking agency Nightmusic which supplies performers for events and hospitality outlets.


 

inspiremusic is lead by British musician, teacher & author William Gibbs.


William was awarded an honours degree in 1981 at the University of Sussex in the UK where he studied composition under the highly respected composer Jonathan Harvey and clarinet with Steven Trier from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1984 to 1988 William taught the saxophone, clarinet and composition at Holland Park School in London, a flagship comprehensive school recognised for its innovative approach to mixed-ability creative music making in a multi-ethnic environment.