Composer Profile

Lancaster

David Lancaster is a UK-based composer whose work has been performed, recorded and broadcast internationally. His music is published by UYMP. 'In this anthem the composer has built a lovely little house from very few bricks'.

David Lancaster

Composer Profile

David

Lancaster

David Lancaster is a UK-based composer whose work has been performed, recorded and broadcast internationally. His music is published by UYMP. 'In this anthem the composer has built a lovely little house from very few bricks'.

David Lancaster

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David Lancaster’s music has been performed, recorded and broadcast internationally. His work has been programmed by the Delta Sax Quartet, Kronos String Quartet, Danish National Radio Vocal Ensemble and many others, at venues including South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Canterbury Cathedral, Aspen Festival (USA) and Sha Tin Cultural Centre (Hong Kong).

 

David studied at York and Cambridge universities and was for three years RVW Composer in Residence at Charterhouse. He has PhD in composition from University of York and is currently Course Leader: MA Composition at York St John University. His music is published by UYMP, and a selection of his choral music has recently been recorded for CD release on the Resonus Classics label.

 

David's choral music ranges from large-scale settings with orchestra, such as 'Of Trumpets and Angels' (a setting of Donne's Holy Sonnets for soprano soloist with SATB chorus and orchestra, comissioned by Oxford Harmonic Choir) to small-scale unaccompanied works, for SATB and SSA choirs. His output includes lengthy, complex works such as Apocalypse (performed here by the Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble, conductor Robert Hollingworth) alongside smaller, simpler settings, such as 'Song of Light' that David recently contributed to a new anthology of anthems for the Royal School of Church Music. Writing in Choir & Organ magazine, Jeremy Jackman wrote:

 

Song of Light by David Lancaster is a different matter altogether.  Juxtaposed verses from Isaiah and St John's Gospel provide an ideal text for lilting phrases ... with delicious harmonic shifts at the ends of those phrases. The delicate accompaniment is perfectly judged.  In this anthem the composer has built a lovely little house from very few bricks.