Edward Williams born in Surrey in 1921. University and Navy service,Assistant to legendary film conductor Muir Mathieson. British documentary composer began in 1948, Lecturer at the University of Bristol . Designed Soundbeam an electronic music machine . 1995 BAFTA Cymru award best original score " The Search for Arthur".
There follows 4 pages of notes (mostly names) possibly by Edward Williams, covering various "chapters" of his life which may have been used as a "prompt". The fourth page is his "technical history". [DS]
Edward Aneurin Williams
Cambridge - Group of Jooss dancers and musicians - Clifton Parker - Dartington - Hein Heckroth ("Red Shoes" - connection with Powell)
Peter Price (CUFS)
Muir Mathieson (Jan to Sept 1941)
Korda,Bliss, "Things to Come", Sargent
"The 49th Parallel" Leslie Howard, Eric Portman, Mary Morris, VW, LSO, George
Stratton Michael Powell Pressburger David Lean
Money ethics - consultant status - some previous md s taking cuts from players
Union Power - Herbert Wilcox (Spring in Park Lane?) -"Props" Music for RAF Film - Brian Easedale - John Greenwood Office at Film Centre, 34 Soho Square,
Basil Wright, Arthur Elton, Edgar Anstey (?)
World Documentary News? or Doc News Letter (?) Lionel Cole
VW and "The People's Land"
Dick Addinsell - friendship - Joyce Grenfell
The Navy (1941 - 46)
With Muir after the War (1946 - 8) Muir - EW's wages - IAW's comments.
Denham - Rank Empire - Denham, Pinewood, Shepherds Bush - Sydney Box -
Islington, Doc (Ealing asst to Ernest Irving) "Odd Man Out" - Bill Alwyn , Carol Reed, John Hollingsworth
Sheila King - New ACT job category "Music Continuity" Dusty Buck (ex Pinewood?)
Historian John Huntley - publicity (Film music and trains)
Bill Alwyn - (EW losing scores) subsequent "composition lessons"
Orchestras - Philharmonia - Walter Legge - ????? -
LSO - Gordon Walker (Alwyn story) - Eddie Walker - 3 generations -
Sinfonia of London fixers - Pat Halling
Orchestral musicians - Aubrey and Dennis Brain - George Eskdale - Colin Conductor Clt ("A or B“) - Jack Thurston ("Try anything except incest or folkdancing") - Willem (Bill) de Mont (closing time) - Gervaise de Peyer - Richard Adeney - Peter (Timmy) Graeme, Philip Jones, Jock Sutcliffe, Jimmie Blades (passion for and knowledge of Dickens), Osian Ellis, Marie Goossens, Sidonie Goossens, Jessie Hinchliffe, Marie Wilson vln
Muir and session-conducting genius - concert conducting - quid pro quo - association with Ken Cameron - GPO - Auden/Britten "Nightmail" - Crown - Anvil finally at Denham (L o E)
Britten "Instruments of the Orchestra" Bernard Stevens - Express (?) prize Cedric Thorp Davie, scots composer
The New London Film Society - my film education - Olwen Vaughan
The Highlander - George Elvin - Ralph Bond - Bessie Bond The Dog and Duck
The French Pub - Gaston Berlemont pere et fils- Louis the Waiter - pools win
Fava’s - Angus Wilson - The Gargoyle - Mandrake - The Wine bar - Muriel Belcher - The Colony Room -
The French Club - Olwen Vaughan - Cavalcanti - Grierson - Elisabeth Lutyens - Edward Clark - ISCM
Dylan Thomas, John Mortimer, Humphrey Jennings Michael Law - long friendship - nightclubs
The Carribean Club - Lauderic Caton, Fitzroy Coleman Dick Katz, Coleridge Goode, Documentary Film Makers and Companies
Greenpark - St Martin’s Lane
Ralph Keene, later Humphrey Swingler, Paul Fletcher (FFB?) - "Cyprus is an Island" - (Laurie Lee) - Terry Bishop - "3 Dawns to Sydney" - "Waverley Steps" - "Five Towns" - (Randall Swingler?)
Donald Taylor - Strand Films
Realist - John Taylor - Basil Wright - Frank Sainsbury - Ben Weinreb
Crown Film Unit - John Taylor - Less music - "Young Offenders" with John Hol. George Cole - "Oddy" -
Alwyn - RAM
Lionel Cole - Arthur Elton - Shell Film Unit - "How an Aeroplane Flies - Part 3 Thrust" - Kays Studio - Maida Vale
Then "What a Life" - Michael Law - Richard Massingham - H.W.Massingham of the Manchester Guardian (?) - COI - "Is this worth £6,000.00 of your mone› ?" (Tatler or other small news cinema)
Shell Fim Unit - Edgar Anstey - Geoffrey Bell - Sara Erulkar "New Detergents" - "History of the Helicopter"
"Stanlow Story" - Peter de Normanville - Bill Mason - Motor Racing - Lionel Cole - "Venezuela" John Armstrong - "Mekong" - "Singapore" - Dennis Segaller - Sara and Peter - Michael Clark "Food or Famine" (FAO UN)
Theory of PR from Frank Pick, - Grierson, -Sir Stephen Tallents (?), Empire Marketing Board, - GPO etc.
Films for Crown - Lotte Reiniger - Karl Koch - von Stroheim - Renoir - "La Grande Illusion" - (Trick table - Empire boundaries - political Power)
Films for British Transport Commission Film Unit - Edgar Anstey - Stuart McAllister - John Legard - ??? ed
Journey Into Spring to Wild Wings (1966) (Oscar) Ralph Keene, Paddy Carey, John Taylor (3 others - Usk - Seals and Seabirds - Winter)
WaterWays - "There Go The Boats" R K. (Rod) Neilson Baxter - Kay (Mander) -
Kitty Marshall editor
"Train Time" John Shearman - "The Elephant Will Never Forget" John Krish - ??? - "Unearthly Stranger"
Leon Clore - Graham Tharp - John Taylor - "Gateway to the Antarctic" ‹Duncan Carse) - Everest
Jack Howells - Pathe- "Guilty Chimneys" to "Dylan Thomas" - Richard Burton - (Oscar)- ("Earth" Thames TV 1988?)
2nd Marriage 1957 - Peppins - James Gibb - Marcus Dods
Composing music for Films develops into
Making Music for Films and TV
Recording changes - Role of recordist - Giant Loops (A.Elton) - improvised music - George Burgess (sound recordist) - Riverside Studios - Holst music for film (?)
Ken Cameron - GPO - Crown (Beaconsfield) - Anvil (Denham)
Viewing changes - Movieola - Editola - ????? - video-cassette player Synch - Measurements
Dubbing - George Newberry (Pathe) - Ken Scrivener (Anvil) - Words the enemy! Electronics - Ken Scrivener and feedback - "Between The Tides" -
Peter Zinovieff, EMS and the VCS3 - designer David Cockerell - Tristram Cary - 1963(?) Week‘s workshop for composers - Robert Moog - 1970 my own electronic studio
Douglas Gordon - "This Land" -
"Life on Earth" ( my last recordings at Denham) "Water Walkers"
BBC Nat Hist Unit
Making Music for films and TV in the studio today.
Composers income - Royalties - Publisher's share of film and tv royalties- Musico- political work on CGGB, APC, MU (ACCS) committees - CJC - the problems.
Some comments - the planning of words, FX and music much worse nowadays(?)
Work - over the last 15 years or so - for BBC Natural History Unit (Bristol), Thames TV (London), Greenpark Productions (London), Pelican Films (London). Forum Television (Bristol) and Teliesyn (Cardiff)