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David Lancaster, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

I began to compose at the same time I first started to play an instrument: it seemed the most natural thing in the world for me to invent my own melodies, structures and harmonies and to try to write them down so that I could play them again, and it didn’t take long before I realised that I enjoyed playing my own compositions much more than the ones I bought at the music shop. 2,679 more words

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Meet the Artist - Freya Waley-Cohen, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

Despite my parents efforts to convince me not to, I started the violin when I was three. 1,662 more words

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James Erber, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

I began writing music during my first year at my secondary school, William Ellis School in North London, and received help from three of the teachers there. 1,194 more words

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Robert Peate, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

Music has always been at the centre of my life. I don’t come from an especially musical family, and can’t really pinpoint or remember who or what first ‘hooked’ me – it’s more something that’s always been there, and for which I’ve always had an unflinching obsession and natural instinct for. 2,126 more words

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Retrospect: Hero Worship at the QEH

On 8 May, we headed to Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall for the first time since the Hall’s refurbishment and grand reopening in April. This was the first of many collaborations to come at the QEH and our debut working with Australian composer and violist Brett Dean. 479 more words

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