Bill Badley was educated at Exeter University and the Royal College of Music. During his early career he played the lute with many of Britain’s leading early music groups, including the Consort of Musicke and The New London Consort, before founding the innovative medieval ensemble, The Dufay Collective with whom he toured all over Europe, the Far East and Australia.

Bill Badley has played the lute – and several other plucked instruments – with The Carnival Band for over 20 years. Their collaborations with one of England’s most highly regarded traditional singers, Maddy Prior, have created six CDs and sell out tours around Britain, Europe, the Persian Gulf and Japan.

Through his interest in the lute, Bill discovered its Middle Eastern ancestor, the oud: this inspired several years of travelling the Arab world, learning from and performing with musicians in over a dozen countries between Morocco and Oman.  He taught for several months at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus.

Bill Badley has also worked extensively as a radio and television producer. He has made two major documentaries for Channel 4: Music in the Line of Fire, about Palestinian musicians and Ken Russell in Search of the English Folk Song. He is currently presenting a programme for BBC Radio about Bedouin music.

An interest in music for theatre has led to work with The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theatre in London and a tour to Broadway and Australia with The Young Vic. Film and television appearances include Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio and several of the BBC’s acclaimed Shakespeare productions.

Bill Badley regularly writes about Arab music and the lute for various journals: he is currently revising his contributions to the best selling reference book, “The Rough Guide to World Music” for a second edition.