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Felicity Williams


Born: 1954


Felicity Mary Williams (née Walker) was born on 24 July 1954 in Christchurch. Educated at Rangi Ruru Girls High School Christchurch (1968-1972), she left high school to travel abroad with her parents, living in India in 1972.

She enrolled at the University of Canterbury from 1973-1975, and again in 1977, graduating BMus 1976 and BMus(hons) 1978. In 1976 she completed studies at Christchurch Teachers' College. She studied piano with Rosemary Stott and Iola Shelley, completing LTCL in 1973, and LRSM in 1979. She received the Irene Lassen Prize for outstanding candidate.

Felicity studied singing with Winifred Walker and Joan Davies, completing her LTCL in 1974. She studied violin with Louis Yffer and Pauline Smith, achieving ATCL in 1976. From 1978-1987 she worked as a part-time teacher, musician and freelance composer based in Christchurch. She was the 1988 Composer-in-Schools with Elmwood Normal School, Cobham Intermediate and Burnside High School, where she first collaborated with Margaret Mahy on several children’s operettas, including 'The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate', and 'Jam'.

From 1989 Felicity became a freelance composer and itinerant composer-in-schools at Elmwood and Cobham. She ran workshops in creative music and movement throughout NZ, and from 1990-1991, in Canada. She received a major QEII Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand) grant in 1989, as well as a major Suffrage Centennial Trust grant in 1993.

Felicity was a member of the CANZ Committee 1990-1991. She married Grant Williams in 1971, and they have a daughter Clemency (b.1977), and son Samuel (b.1985).

See also Bibliography of NZ Compositions (-1982). Full CV on file at SOUNZ

Composed (74)

A Cat and Mouse Love Story

a dance drama for assorted classroom instruments, 15m

A Promise is a Promise

music for Inuit story using assorted classroom percussion, 12m

A Story, A Story

A puppet show with music, 15m

Aborigine Creation Myth

dance drama for children, 20m

Alice 2

incidental music for play by Paul Bushnell

And So They Travelled

for unison choir and piano

And Then The Wind Blew

For voice and piano, 3m

Anthem for Christmas Day (The Animals' Carol)

for SA chorus, two sopranos and piano, 5m

Barcarolle, Dance of the Angry Teacher and Ghostie Music

a three movement suite for primary school orchestra

Bookworm Boogie

for voice and jazz/rock band, 4m

Carol of the New Zealand Bush

for SATB choir, 5m

Celebration Song

for voices, descant, 2 percussion and piano, 4m


Dance drama, 20m

Dragon Kite

dance drama based on a Japanese legend, 25m


for primary school orchestra, 2m

E Kotuku

for voice and piano, 3m


for children's choir with piano accompaniment

Exultate Jubilate

for SATB choir and organ, 2m

Feel the Heat

For voice and piano, 5m

Four Chants from Okarito

a street theatre work with mime, music and costume, 20m

Four Sea Segments

An instrumental and vocal collage, 5m

From the Forgotten World

for viola, piano, narrator, 4m


for SATB choir and chamber ensemble, 50m

Heaven Haven (A Nun Takes the Veil)

for soprano and piano, 2m

Hemi Dances

dance drama for voice, assorted classroom percussion, piano and synthesiser, 15m

Herbert and Harry

A dance drama, 12m


musical, 1h

Johnny Come Dancing

for SATB and piano, 6m

Jumping Mouse

A dance drama, 15m

Machine Song

For high voice and piano, 3m

Marmalade Cat

a child's song for voice, 3m


for SATB choir, piano or organ, 5m

Moonsongs 1,2,3 (Maiden, Matron, Crone)

for unaccompanied soprano or mezzo-soprano, 3m

More Songs for Early Childhood

for voice(s) and piano, 10m

More Songs for Early Childhood and Beyond

for voice(s) and piano, 5m

Paper Bag Princess

musical, 12m

Prism, Street Music and Astronomy Music

three classroom improvisations

Psalm of Stars

for children's choir with piccolo, percussion and piano accompaniment, 11m

Rata and the Totara Tree

arr. for stick puppets, narrator, scratch orchestra, voices and piano, 6m

Rata and the Totara Tree

a shadow puppet play with incidental music

Recorder Suite

for recorders, 5m

River Dance Music

ballet music, 1h


for soprano, two flutes and piano, 3m

Shuntroe Ellbat

tape recording for children's ballet suite, 45m

Six Thoughts from the Cross

a Golgotha landscape in music and verse, 30m


for treble voices (SA or solo), piano, clarinet, glockenspiel and flute, 6m

Suite For Two Flutes

for two flutes

The Bungling Burglars

musical, 1h

The Cobweb Christmas

a dance drama, 15m

The Dream Experience

a dance drama, 20m

The House of Bernada Alba

incidental music for theatre

The Ice Experience

aleatoric music and theatre, 6m

The Quangle Wangle's Hat

for SA and piano with 12 percussion from the choir, 4m

The Snow is Everywhere

for primary school orchestra, 2m

The Spangled Pandemonium and other poems

poems with sounds and improvised percussion

The Taniwha's Afternoon Snooze

poem with sounds, 4m

The Wibbly Wobbly Monkey and Friends

songs for voice and piano, optional backing band, 3m

Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird

For SA choir and piano, 5m

This Was Hannah's Song

for SSA choir, piano, two percussion and dancers, 9m

Tooth Song

for voice and piano, 2m

Tribal Music

four melodies for children with piano and classroom instruments, 5m

Tuatara Blues

for voice and piano, 2m

Two Carols

carols for mixed unison voices, 3m

Vocal Exercises

Word phrases for singers

Waikaremoana - A Story

for orchestra

Wake Up Bear

a dance drama for voices, piano and classroom instruments, 15m

Where The Wild Things Are

dance drama, 20m

Why the Tides Ebb and Flow

a dance drama for piano, voices and classroom instruments, 20m


for SA, piano, flute, violin and cello


for women's voices (two parts) with piano

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