- Rosemary Williamson
( b Oundle, March 1, 1835; d Hackney, Dec 5, 1909). English musical theorist, editor and teacher . The son of a Congregationalist minister, Prout showed exceptional musical promise as a child, but his father opposed a career in music, and, apart from a course of piano lessons from Charles Salaman, he was entirely self-taught as a musician. He worked as a schoolmaster from 1852, taking the degree of BA (London) in 1854, but in 1859 he turned to music as a profession, initially teaching a singing class at a ladies' school in Hackney and taking private pupils, the first of whom was the organist John Locke Gray. He was organist of several nonconformist chapels, including the Union Chapel, Islington (1861–73), and from 1861 to 1885 was professor of the piano at the Crystal Palace School of Art. In 1862 he won a Society of British Musicians prize with his String Quartet in E op.1, and in ...