John R. Williamson was born on October 31st, 1929 in Manchester. He studied composition under Richard Hall and piano with Hedwig Stein at the Royal Manchester College of Music and gained ARMCM, following this further with a B Mus (Dunelm), LRAM and FLCM externally. He also studied briefly with Lennox Berkeley. Since then he has taught music in a variety of schools and colleges in England and Wales.
In the realm of song, his settings of Housman, and other poets, include some 140 songs, with twenty-four of them performed on DRD0257 and twenty-five on DRD0265 on the Dunelm Records label being of great significance in his musical output. 'The Ploughman' is included on DRD0257 while the composer plays 'Lament for Sarah' on Diversions DDV24143 - both from Divine Art Recordings Group or any good dealer.
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