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.
His compositions include five piano concerti, an extensive amount of solo piano music, twenty five sonatas for many combinations, chamber music, orchestral pieces, a symphony and a 'Cello Concerto.
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
Mike asks: Does anyone know where I can find a comprehensive list of compositions for J.R. Williamson? THANKS! email: email@example.com
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Poem by A.E. Housman
was this ever put to music / sung by John Ramsden Williamson?
Sarah Rodgers answered:I don't believe it was. You may be interested in this link to a dissertation about Housman settings -
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