- Stephen Banfield
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(b Aberdare, Feb 3, 1944). British composer. She studied with Andrew Byrne at the University of Reading (BA 1966, BMus 1967) and in the USA with Robert Wykes and Paul Pisk at Washington University, St Louis (MA 1970; PhD 1978, with a dissertation Tonality, Modality and Musica Ficta in the Renaissance Chanson). From 1977 to 1983 she taught at the St Louis Conservatory of Music. She returned to Britain in 1983, and to the University of Reading as lecturer (1984) and head of the music department (1993–5); in 1995 she became Reader in Music at City University, London. Her acknowledged output dates from 1978, when she won the first of a number of awards including the 1983 ASCAP/Nissim Composers Award for La belle dame sans merci. Before Dawn was given at the first concert of the New Music Orchestral Project in New York (director Jorge Mester) in ...