Early Years Biography

Age 6-10

AGE 6: first performance
First composition, It’s Christmas Time, performed at the Central Hall, Westminster, London by the Westminster School Boys’ Choir, conducted by Jean Lloyd Webber and accompanied by Dr William Lloyd Webber.

AGE 8: Mid-Somerset Festival, newspapers, magazines and TV
Prizewinner in the open composition class at the Mid-Somerset Festival – media articles included the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, an appearance on BBC 1 John Craven’s Newsround and an article in Woman's Own and the Radio Times.

AGE 8, 9 and 10: Bach Choir Carol Competition
Prizewinner in the Bach Choir Carol Competition (age 8) with Cradle Song, performed by the Bach Choir, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Richard Popplewell (organ) and David Willcocks (conductor) at the Royal Albert Hall; this was performed again the following year (age 9) including a television broadcast. Prizewinner again the year after (age 10) with Gabriel to Mary Came, also televised.

Age 11-14

AGE 11 : Dr Barnados/BBC Nationwide Champion Children Competition
Winner of the music section of Dr Barnados/BBC Nationwide Champion Children Competition. Hilton Hotel, London, televised live with presentations from Princess Margaret. Guest celebrities included Michael Crawford, Ernie Wise, Ronnie Corbett and Richard Baker.

AGE 12: ITV documentary
Subject of a 40 minute ITV Magpie television documentary, And I Write Music.

AGE 13: title music for ITV series
Title music for ITV series, An Exceptional Child, performed by members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

AGE 14: Sinfonietta for Strings
Sinfonietta for Strings performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Arthur Davison, in a concert at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, which included Rossini Barber of Seville Overture, Grieg Piano Concerto (soloist Maura Lympany) and Beethoven Symphony No 5; subsequently televised by ITV.

Age 13-16

Commissions and performances included music for the Auckland Boys Choir, New Zealand, an anthem for a choir in Boston, USA, a choral commission for the Cookham Festival, a set song for the Grimsby Festival, further performances of Sinfonietta for Strings including the London Schubert Orchestra, conductor Brian Brockless, St Bartholomew the Great Church, London and Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra.  Liz was also interviewed by Brian Johnston for BBC Radio 4 Down Your Way.
Soliloquy for double bass was commissioned for the Canadian bassist Joel Quarrington and performed at Canada House, London; Liz had recently started to learn the french horn and her commission fee was the purchase of her own instrument.

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