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Margaret Dickson Williams

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B.Arts Melbourne, ,

Music has long been a family business for Margaret. Her husband, Paul Williams, teaches flute, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon. They worked together in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as well as The Elastic Band (touring for the Arts Councils of Victoria and South Australia) and the Chamber group Trio Grande.

Margaret played violin throughout school at Gennazzano and Loreto before going to University. She then won the Carl Pini violin scholarship and graduated quickly from the National Training Orchestra in Sydney, joining the State Orchestra of Victoria, then the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

She then gained a further scholarship to undertake advanced study with Igor Ozim in Cologne Germany.

Upon the arrival of her children (Adelaide, now a singer/dancer and Dominic, classical (and other) guitarist) she resigned from the Orchestra, balancing free-lance work, recording and teaching with child rearing. She was also a busy chamber musician in such groups as the Rantos Collegium and the Melbourne Philharmonia.

She taught at MLC and Wesley as well as privately. In 1989 she and Paul formed The Elastic Band, which performed many hundreds of concerts and shows for children till 2007, when their daughter, Adelaide, a star of these shows, left to join the Moulin Rouge in Paris. The Elastic Band repertoire was based in a “Listen, Learn and Laugh” approach, which informs both Margaret and Paul’s teaching, and which featured Margaret’s violin extensively.

Margaret’s playing is firmly based in the European Romantic tradition and as she imparts this approach to the student, she is highly aware of the needs of the individual. Her structured teaching is geared to an incremental approach in which enjoyment of music for life is paramount, irrespective of varying levels of talent.

These details were last updated on October 2, 2016

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