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date: 20 August 2019

LeFanu, Nicola (Frances)locked

  • Sophie Fuller

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(Frances)

(b Wickham Bishops, Essex, April 28, 1947). English composer of Irish descent, daughter of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy. She studied music at Oxford University (BA 1968), at the RCM (1968–9) and with Earl Kim in the USA as a Harkness Fellow and Mendelssohn Scholar (1973–4); she also studied with Jeremy Dale Roberts. While establishing herself as a composer, she taught at Francis Holland School (1969–72), Morley College (1972) and St Paul's School for Girls (1975–7); she also taught composition at King's College, London (1977–94), sharing a post with her husband David Lumsdaine. She became professor of Music at York University in 1994. One of the founding members of Women in Music, which she helped to launch with a lecture investigating the neglect of women composers in contemporary Britain (Contact, 1987), she has been a long-standing member of many professional bodies, including the SPNM and the Arts Council. Her honours include a DMus from London University (...

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