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Masters of the Queen's - and King's - Music
Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003) became the first Australian to hold the post when he was appointed in 1975. Williamson was particularly interested in encouraging young people to become involved in music, and composed several short operas for children. His appointment as Master of the Queen's Music came as a surprise to many who believed that it would go to an eminent British composer. There were also whispers of royal displeasure at his failure to finish the Jubilee Symphony he was expected to deliver for the 1977 Silver Jubilee.