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Memorable Manitobans: William Davidson Thomson (1886-1961)

Musician.

Born in Scotland, he came to Manitoba in 1903 and to Winnipeg in 1906 to study voice under Rhys Thomas. He was already well-known as a natural baritone, and he continued to have that reputation despite considerable formal training. He became associated with Knox United Church, the United Scottish Society and the St. Andrew’s Society male choirs. In 1931 he directed the Winnipeg Tribune’s “Nights of Community Song” in the city’s parks to a cumulative audience of over 100,000 people. He later was a music reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Keith Davies Jones for providing additional information used in this profile.

Page revised: 15 August 2010

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