Roger Williams

Roger Williams, Organ

Born in Swansea, Dr Roger Williams MBE graduated BMus with honours from University College Cardiff before gaining a PhD at King's College Cambridge for research on the early works of Schoenberg.

He spent eight years in London as a free-lance conductor, organist, harpsichordist and composer, singing with the BBC Singers and performing at major London concert venues, and in 1978 took up the post of Lecturer in the Music Department at Aberdeen University, being later appointed Senior Lecturer and Head of Department.

During the 1980s he conducted the Aberdeen section of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and was for five years Chorus Master to the Scottish National Orchestra (now RSNO).  He has had an active recording career, and has given recitals at King's College, Cambridge, Worcester College, Oxford, and Durham and Guildford cathedrals.

Until his retirement in 2010, Dr Williams was Master of Chapel and Ceremonial Music and Organist at Aberdeen University, sharing his time with teaching in the Music Department.  He continues to teach and work in Aberdeen, where he has enjoyed a long association with the Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society.  He is currently researching the music collections of Scottish castles and country houses.

For more information go to Roger's Wikipedia entry.