Cresswell, Lyell (Richard)
- J.M. Thomson
(b Wellington, Oct 13, 1944). New Zealand composer. He came from a strong Salvation Army background, and began his extensive musical studies at Victoria University of Wellington with Frederick Page and Douglas Lilburn (BMus 1968) and continued with a Commonwealth Scholarship, at Toronto University (MMus 1970), Aberdeen University (PhD 1974) and a Netherlands government bursary at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht (1974–5). From 1976 to 1978 he taught at Glasgow University, and between 1980 and 1982 he was Forman Fellow in Composition at Edinburgh, in the final year taking a computer music course at MIT. He was Cramb Fellow in Composition at Glasgow University (1982–5) and then worked as a freelance composer based in Edinburgh, which involved numerous European and antipodean cultural visits. He has been closely associated with the BBC Scottish SO which has given premières of several of his works, notably the Cello Concerto (...