After writing a doctoral thesis on eighteenth-century poetry at Balliol College, Oxford, Paul Williamson lectured for several years at the University of Vienna. He has published widely on literary, art-historical and musical topics, including Gainsborough’s ‘Vision’, a groundbreaking study of the artist. Recent academic work includes essays on Evelyn Waugh, ‘Così fan tutte’ and Richard Taruskin. For a series of concerts commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the issuing of the Edict of Milan, Paul wrote the text for ‘The Dream of Constantine’ (with music by Malcolm Bothwell), based on ‘Elena’ by the Old English poet, Cynewulf. ‘The Dream of Constantine’ was premièred in October 2011 in Niš, Serbia (Constantine’s birthplace). December 2012 saw the world première of ‘Incarnation – A Suite of Songs for Christmas’, with Paul’s words and music by Thomas Hewitt Jones. Among other collaborations with Thomas Hewitt Jones, Paul has written the texts for Daydreams, a set of children’s songs relating to Britten’s ‘Friday Afternoons’; ‘Another Way’, to be recorded in summer 2013 by Ensemble Quartonal on Sony Classical; and ‘Partheneia’, a thirty-five minute piece on classical Greek themes to be premièred at the festival O/Modernt in Stockholm in summer 2014.