Malcolm Williamson

Alexander Technique Tutor

BA, ARCM, MSTAT

Email: Malcolm.Williamson@rncm.ac.uk

Studied viola at the RCM with Bernard Shore and played professonally for 16 years (Festival Ballet, Iceland Symphony Orcherstra, Scottish National Orchestra, etc.) before teaching full time. Trained as a teacher of the Alexander Techique with Walter Carrington. Started teaching at the RNCM September 1985. Chairman of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique 1995-96 and editor of its newsletter for 12 years. 2001-2016, Head of Training at the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School which provided full-time, three year training for Alexander teachers. Member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain (1984).

His role involves:

  • Teaching how to develop reliable habits by applying AT principles; how to practise and perform efficiently with awareness, presence and spontaneity
  • Teaching students how to change harmful habits and to adapt for advantage and success
  • Teaching an approach to learning, i.e the Alexander Technique, that develops control and well-founded confidence. “If we really know what we are doing (and not what we say or think we are doing) we can better do what we want.” (Shusterman 2000:168)
  • For more information, see Handbook (RNCM 2012 updated) under Student Support and Alexander Technique.

Personal Website

Professional Activity

  • Teaching the Alexander Technique to RNCM students and members of the general public.
  • Training teachers of the Alexander Technique.
  • Running continuing professional development programmes for Alexander teachers.
  • Writing on the Alexander Technique and related issues.
  • Researching the teaching of Sheila Barlow (RMCM & RNCM) and her teacher James Bernard (RMCM) with view to publishing.