Composer Chats - Michael Cryne

Composer Chats - Michael Cryne

Hi Mike! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us ahead of our premier of your piece, Frost Flower, at the Purcell Room on Friday 18th January 2019. Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure, I’m a British composer. I spent a long time working as a music director, composer and teacher in the theatre before turning to writing concert music about 7 years ago. I did my PhD at RHUL with Mark Bowden and Helen Grime, and I’ve been really lucky to have done some of the big orchestral development schemes with people like the LSO, LPO and RSNO. I love working with acoustic instruments as well as writing with electronics, and a lot of my work is influenced by the natural world, and the human relationship to it.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from us here at the Laefer Quartet! 2016 was an amazing year for the Laefer Quartet and we would like to say a massive thank you to all of our friends and fans for making it so!


Some highlights include:

  • Performing at the International Womens Day at the RCM.
  • Giving a Masterclass and recital at the University of Southampton.
  • Recording at the Abbey Road Institute.
  • Being selected as Park Lane Group Artists for the 2016/17 season.
  • Giving three world premieres as part of the fantastic Listenpony concert series.
  • Performing at the Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts with another world premiere.
  • Numerous concerts up and down the country which we have been thrilled to give!

It's still early days but 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year too: look out for our Park Lane Group concerts at St. John's Smith Square (featuring World Premieres by Giles Swayne and Charlotte Harding) and St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.