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David Lancaster

Composer and Teacher

    “There’s no such thing as Music”
                       Christopher Small  

David Lancaster studied music at York and Cambridge Universities and was for three years Composer-in-Residence at Charterhouse. As a young composer he gained a number of important awards including Lloyds Bank Young Composer Award, Michael Tippett Award, LCM Centenary Prize and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composer Award.

In recent years David’s music has been subject to a dramatic simplification of style in order to facilitate communication and engage more directly with audiences.  He has written extensively for bands, choirs and instrumental ensembles but has particularly enjoyed collaborating with York-based poet Daniela Nunnari with whom he has created three short song cycles, with more planned for the future.

Recent performances have included:

Song cycle Memory of Place, which sets poetry by the York-based poet Daniela Nunnari, was performed by Paul Carey Jones and issued on CD on the Meridian label in August 2012.

Vertigo for string quartet was performed by the Tippett Quartet during the ‘Partners in Suspense’ conference which explored the relationship between Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann.

Fallen, for SATB chorus, originally composed for Canterbury Cathedral, was also used in a documentary made for Sky Television.

Velocity for string quartet was premiered by the Ligeti Quartet in May 2012.

City of Kings for brass band,  commissioned for the York 800 celebrations.

Mosquito for wind quintet received its first performance in September 2012 by Souza Winds as part of York’s Late Music series.

David is currently Head of Music at York St. John University and composer-in-residence with the Vox Aurum Chamber Choir and with the EYMS Band.