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Master of the Queen's Music since 1975  At age 11 went to Sydney Conservatorium for instrumental tuition, later studying composition with Eugene Goossens  In 1950 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  1950s culminated in Elevamini, combining diverse influences of serialism, Stravinsky, Messiaen and the British tradition  Lighter vein developed in Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2  In 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  Fascination with mystical contemplation found expression in Hammarskjöld Portrait, premiered at the BBC Proms in 1974 with Elisabeth Söderström as soloist Output includes 7 symphonies, 7 concertos, chamber music, and choral works including Vision of Christ-Phoenix


Works by Malcolm Williamson include:
Elevamini (Symphony No.1) (1956-57) for orchestra
Santiago de Espada (1957) Overture for orchestra
Piano Concerto No.2 (1960) for piano and string orchestra
Hammarskjöld Portrait (1974) for soprano and strings

"...a large and widely-ranging body of work, most of it notable for an immense flair and facility, and much of it for its sheer attractiveness." — Hi-Fi News & Record Review

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