John Ramsden Williamson: The Ploughman (Score)
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-five on DDV 24153 being of great significance in his musical output. ‘The Ploughman’ was recorded for Dunelm but that album is currently not in print – we hope to re-issue it in the future.