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date: 20 September 2019

Thompson, Shirley J(oy)locked

  • Olive Lewin

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(b London, Jan 7, 1958). British composer and violinist of Jamaican descent. She attended the University of Liverpool (1976–9) and Goldsmiths College, University of London (1980, 1982–4). In 1985 she was appointed as music advisor to the London Arts Board. From 1987–95 she trained at the National Film and Television School. Since then she has worked as a researcher, director and producer for various television companies, including the BBC and London Weekend Television.

Thompson’s style shows an eclecticism, typical of the later 20th century, in which modernism and minimalism, the abstract and the pictorial, the international and the national, the serious and the entertaining, commingle easily. Her wide experience of writing for film and television gives her concert music a sureness of effect and an inventiveness with small, sometimes unconventional ensembles. Her most memorable works to date are perhaps the song cycle Tapestry, notable for its melodic beauty and strong Caribbean colouring, and the community opera ...

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