Nicola LeFanu is one of the most outstanding composers of her generation. She has composed around one hundred works for a variety of mediums and has been widely played, broadcast and recorded. LeFanu has written eight operas and other dramatic works which have been staged in UK, Ireland and USA. In the concert we include three works for singers: The Same Day Dawns – a lyric work for Soprano and ensemble, A Penny for a Song and The Swan.
The Swan will be an English/London Premiere. Born in England in 1947 to Irish parents; her mother was the composer Elizabeth Maconchy. LeFanu studied at Oxford, RCM and Harvard and is active in many aspects of the musical profession. In April she celebrated her seventieth birthday, and was BBC Radio 3 ‘Composer of the Week’. 2017 has also seen premieres of five new works, including The Crimson Bird for soprano and orchestra. Commissioned by the RPS and premiered on February 17th 2017 by BBCSO with Rachel Nicholls, soprano.