David Lancaster

David Lancaster is a composer whose work has been performed, recorded and broadcast internationally.

Originally from Wigan (Lancashire, UK), David began his musical career on trumpet before studying music at York and Cambridge universities. As a young composer he gained several important awards including the Lloyds Bank Young Composer Award, Michael Tippett Award, LCM Centenary Prize and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composer Award; his music was performed by Kronos Quartet, Lontano, Electric Phoenix, Nancy Ruffer, Alexander Baillie and others.

Following an extended silence David returned to composing in 2007.  In recent years his music has been subject to a dramatic simplification of style in a search for greater clarity of form and expression.  He is particularly interested in narrative forms and especially in applying cinematographic techniques (such as montage) into his music. He enjoys collaborative projects with poets, film makers, choreographers and performers.

In 2018 David completed a large-scale collaborative project with poet Abi Curtis (performed in July amongst the extensive medieval wall paintings in Pickering Church which inspired them) and a major choral/orchestral setting of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets for the Oxford Harmonic Choir, to be performed in June 2019.

In 2016 David Lancaster completed PhD in Composition at the University of York, supervised by Professor Roger Marsh.  He is Director of Music at York St John University and is Director of York’s Late Music concert series. David lives in York with his partner Bridget.  His music is published by UYMP.