DAVID JOHN WILLIAMSON
David John Williamson has spent the last 20 years touring the World with an eclectic mix of bands and artist. He has played at the Grammy’s, the Brits and on many renowned television programs including Letterman, Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits; performed at multiple venues and Festivals worldwide, including Glastonbury, The Hollywood Bowl and Coachella, amongst hundreds of others.
During his time travelling the World, Williamson has been discreetly honing his skills as a composer and arranger. He has scored and recorded horn arrangements for numerous artists. A melodist at heart, with a strong eclectic taste in music, he composes in a variety of different genres.
Piano Melodies | Electronica | Ambient | Soundscapes | Orchestral Cinematic | Retro
He is currently producing music for an exciting new app, to be launched soon, and his recent composing work for ‘Wild World, Doorstep Discoveries’ by Nina Constable Films sees his versatile skills come to fruition. Williamson is a commercial composer, with accomplished piano skills, who can fulfil briefs swiftly and to a highly polished and professional standard.
Born in Nottinghamshire, England, Williamson was raised in a loving and supportive family by broadminded parents, both sports teachers. At the age of 6, he vividly remembers the arrival of a second-hand piano, which had been bought by them at the local market in Nottingham. His Australian father sat down and played, and that moment Williamson’s musical passion was ignited. Every Sunday afternoon the household was filled with the sounds of his father’s eclectic mix of 45 records, purchased at local car boot sales. These sounds and moments have forever influenced Williamson’s musical tastes and consequent output.
It quickly became apparent to his parents that he was exceptionally musical, and it followed that he was offered a scholarship through the local council in order to fund his trombone and piano lessons, for which he is eternally grateful! Although a capable sportsman (County hockey player), Williamson put aside his hockey stick at the age of 16 to concentrate on the Trombone and his dreams of becoming a professional Jazz Musician. He played in the Nottinghamshire Youth Orchestra and gigged around Nottingham with both Big Bands and soul bands in local pubs and clubs in order to further fund his musical endeavours. He then went on to study at Leeds College of Music, including a semester at Groningen in Holland, and achieved a First-Class Honours degree (BA in Jazz Performance). Williamson went on to study for his one-year jazz postgraduate at the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Following this, he was awarded the Trinity Archer Jazz Scholarship which opened up opportunities for him in the ‘big smoke’. In playing jazz and improvising, his passion for composing was ignited.
David lives in Chesham Bois, Amersham, with his wife, Kathleen, a jazz singer and singing teacher, and their three children. When he isn’t composing, he is out in the garden with his chickens!