Steve Crowther: Concert Administrator
Steve was born and bred in Bradford. The gritty character, social issues and difficulties, as well as the integrity of the city community itself, has been hugely influential and has informed both the content and subject matter of his compositions. After studying music at Sussex University with both Jonathan Harvey and Michael Finnissy, Steve has been lucky enough to work with many leading musicians including the Smith Quartet, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, who toured the string quartet Break on Through, the London Sinfonietta, Ian Pace and many others. Steve Crowther was a finalist in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival’s Young Composers’ Competition (1987) and was awarded the first, and quite possibly last, City of York Council Composers’ Bursary Award in 1995 for the string quartet A Song for Salford. In 1991 Steve and composer David Power formed the acclaimed Late Music Festival, which has now simply become Late Music. Samples of Steve’s music can be heard at www.soundcloud.com/steve-crowther. Steve lives in York with his wife and daughter.
Charles Forsyth: Director
Charles has a background in Pure Maths and Computer Science, with a doctorate from the University of York. He is currently a freelance computer scientist. He has a side interest in animation and computer music. He has long been interested in modern classical music and was introduced to York Late Music about five years ago.
David Lancaster: Projects Manager
David is a composer whose work has been performed, recorded and broadcast internationally. Originally from Wigan, David began his musical career on trumpet before studying music at York and Cambridge universities. He enjoys collaborative projects with poets, film makers, choreographers and performers, and is particularly interested in exploring narrative forms and in applying the techniques of film making to composition. In 2019 the Delta Saxophone Quartet included his Swan on its Italian tour, and clarinettist Zoe Fagerhaug performed Jump Cut in Cleveland, Ohio. David’s large-scale work for choir and orchestra Of Trumpets and Angels received its premiere in Oxford Town Hall, given by the Oxford Harmonic Choir, and Rendezvous for saxophone quartet and film was heard in Leeds, Cornwall and London. In the summer of 2019, Grotesques for wind quartet was featured at Dartington Hall Summer School in Devon, where – many years ago – David studied composition with Peter Maxwell Davies. Closer to home, York-based choir Soon Amore gave the first performance of Durham Proverbs, and both Porta Dell Inferno (for vocal quartet) and Vestigium (for string quartet) were first performed here at Late Music. Current projects include a new work for the Elysian Singers and a commission to mark the 50th birthday of the Harrogate Brass Band. David has PhD in Composition from the University of York. He lives in York with his partner Bridget and is currently Head of Music at York St John University.
James Williamson: Online Publicity
James is a local lad having been brought into the world in nearby Selby in the glorious 1980’s. He is a composer who has written for various acclaimed ensembles and performers in the UK and beyond. He has studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and recently completed a PhD in Composition at the University of York. To earn an honest living, James works in the insurance industry and occasionally plays the trumpet and drums around the York area. He has recently moved to Pocklington with his wife Jodie, daughter Agnes and their cat Wendy.
Antonia Crowther: Administration and Publicity
Antonia has a degree in Spanish & Latin American Studies from Newcastle University. She worked in publishing in London for eleven years, first in European sales and later as an editor. On returning to York, her hometown, she worked as a bookseller at Waterstone’s and in 2001 co-wrote and published The York Book, which sold over 4000 copies. She has been involved with the administration of Late Music since 2004.
Rosy Hunt: Finance
Rosy has retired from an accounting career in the education sector, and now volunteers at Holgate Windmill, where she is a miller and the treasurer. She is also treasurer for two other not-for-profit organisations. Involved with LMF in its early days as Soundpool, Rosy was for many years a Micklegate Singer and is now with The Clerkes of All Saints.
Lorraine Robinson: Front of House
“I support Late Music because of their efforts to make both traditional and new music accessible to everyone and their relaxed and welcoming approach to their audience. I really enjoy meeting all the different people who form the Late Music audience and hearing what they think about their concert experience.
I’ve always had a broad interest in music and dance having studied both at university a very long time ago. Since then my working life has mostly focused on enabling people to cope with challenging and distressing circumstances in their lives. I have learnt through that how art, in all its forms, can bring meaning, connection and perspective to all of us.”