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Composer, arranger and educator Liz Lane is next in our featured composers of the Gloucester 2023 Festival

Liz Lane is a British composer whose music has been described as “creatively brilliant”, “easily appealing, yet musically reputable” Musical Times, “quite stunning – a beautiful work” Will Goodchild, composer and “spell-binding… touched the very core of one’s heart” David Fanshawe, composer and explorer. Her style is frequently melodic but seldom predictable, with an appeal that enables her to write for performers of all abilities and varied occasions.

Liz Lane’s many diverse compositions range from a fanfare based on American Civil War bugle calls premiered in Virginia, USA; a 40th wedding anniversary song cycle commissioned as a surprise gift and an 80 minute work for the London Children’s Ballet. Performers include the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Carducci Quartet, Frank Renton’s Brass Machine, Symphonic Brass of the RAF and her music has been broadcast on BBC 1 and Radio 3.

Below is a recording of Lane's Serenata, performed by Grimethorpe Colliery Band under Ellie Slorach, whom she is composer-in-association of.

Having studied at Cardiff University and the Royal College of Music, Lane was awarded a PhD in Composition from Cardiff University in March 2010. She is a senior lecturer in Music Technology at UWE Bristol. Prior to this, Lane was an Associate Lecturer, developing and teaching the Creative Music Technology Composition and Performance module since its inauguration in 2007.

This year, with a world premiere of a new commissioned work by Liz Lane, our What the Lark Saw community project brings together the contributions of around 300 individuals from eleven different schools and community groups in a showcase concert and exhibition. This innovative and exciting musical portrait of the Gloucester community includes original work by community members from dance to electroacoustic soundscape. Liz Lane’s song cycle will be sung by a massed intergenerational choir including around 100 Gloucestershire children.