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Marion Wilson (1915-2014) : Associate Artist

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Marion Wilson was born in Sydney in 1915. Her first musical training came from her mother, who taught her the piano and fostered her interest in this instrument, and in singing. Wilson was encouraged to perform in concerts both as pianist, and as a choral singer. She had begun to compose on a small scale, writing "little pieces and songs and frequently [composing] both words and music."

In about 1957, she began to write verses with Australian themes, and started to develop her own style. A collection of her songs for children's voices and piano was published by Palings in 1959 under the title When I Grow Up. This publication was followed by a request from the ABC for songs for the children's programme Playschool. Another television programme, Kindy, also requested Wilson's children's songs.

Nine Songs for Special Days in Australia, an album of songs published by J. Albert & Son in 1969, was accepted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. One song (National Day Song) from this collection was scored for military band under the title Aurora Australis, in which form it has received a number of performances by bands such as the RAN Band, and the RAAF 1st Regional Band. Two other albums of songs, Playtime and Pantomime, have received favourable attention from educational committees in Australia, America and Indonesia.

Apart from her other compositions, Wilson has also written songs for her sons' Country and Western act, The Wilson Twins.