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Malcolm Williamson

Malcolm Williamson

Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003)

Malcolm Williamson was Master of the Queen's Music from 1975 until his death in 2003. At the age of 11 he went to Sydney Conservatorium for instrumental tuition, later studying composition with Eugene Goossens. In 1950 he studied in London with Elizabeth Lutyens and Erwin Stein, and settled in England in 1953. Benjamin Britten and Adrian Boult became friends and encouraged performances and publication of his music. During the 1950s his musical output culminated in Elevamini, combining diverse influences of serialism, Stravinsky, Messiaen and the British tradition. He developed a lighter vein in Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2. In the 1960s Malcolm Williamson composed and directed music for the theatre, including Our Man in Havana after Graham Greene for Sadler's Wells Opera and English Eccentrics after Edith Sitwell. His fascination with mystical contemplation found expression in Hammarskjöld Portrait, premiered at the BBC Proms in 1974 with Elisabeth Söderström as soloist. His output includes 7 symphonies, 7 concertos, chamber music, and choral works including Vision of Christ-Phoenix

KSO performance history

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