David Lancaster

PhD Composition

Originally from Wigan, David Lancaster began his musical career on trumpet before studying music at the University of York, where his attention shifted to composition.  As a young composer he gained a number of awards including Lloyds Bank Young Composer Award, Michael Tippett Award, LCM Centenary Prize and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composer Award.  His music has been performed in concerts and festivals around the UK by leading performers of new music including the Kronos String Quartet, Lontano, Electric Phoenix, Nancy Ruffer, Alexander Baillie and many others.

In recent years David’s music has been subject to a dramatic simplification of style in a search for greater clarity of form and expression.  In November 2013 his ‘Strata’ was given its first performance by the Orchestra of Opera North and in 2014 his ‘Vertigo’ string quartet was performed in Hong Kong and at the Aspen Festival, Colorado.  David’s large-scale choral work ‘Apocalypse’ – which tells the story of the end of the world as depicted in York’s medieval stained glass – was given its premiere in June 2014 by The 24 conducted by Robert Hollingworth during the York Festival of Ideas.  In 2015 ‘Strata’ is to be recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and ‘Strike’ will be performed in Hong Kong and York.  David is currently completing a dramatic work for solo soprano and large ensemble with film, and a new piece for piano solo.

David Lancaster is Head of Department for Performance at York St John University.

Supervisor Prof. Roger Marsh