Richard John Maddern-Williams

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Richard John Maddern-Williams FRCO (1885 – 1955) was a music teacher and organist based in Norwich.


He was born in Pendeen, Cornwall in 1885 to Edward Stevens Williams and Esther Thomas Maddern. He received his first organ lessons from F. W. Searle of Penzance. At age 16 he entered the Royal College of Music,[1] where he studied under Sir Walter Parratt, Walter Galpin Alcock, F.J. Read and Stevenson Hoyte.

Whilst in Norwich he was Music Master at the Norwich High School for Boys, and also Music Master for the Norwich Pageant in 1912.

In 1942 he was made a bard of the Cornish Gorseth for services to music in Cornwall.



He arranged six old Cornish Christmas Carols for men's voices.

He also composed a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.


  1. ^ The Cornishman - Thursday 6 August 1908
  2. ^ Dictionary of Organs and Organists, 1912