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date: 20 August 2019

Weir, Judithlocked

  • David C.H. Wright

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(b Cambridge, May 11, 1954). British composer. While at North London Collegiate School she took private composition lessons with John Tavener and was an oboist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She went on to King's College, Cambridge (BA 1976), studying composition there with Robin Holloway; in 1975 she was awarded a Koussevitzky Fellowship to study with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood and was composer-in-residence at the Southern Arts Association, during 1976–9. She then held a Cramb Fellowship at Glasgow University (1979–82) and was a creative arts fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge (1983–5). She was Guinness composer-in-residence at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow (1988–91), and Fairbairn Composer in Association with the CBSO (1995–8). Weir was made a CBE in 1995, and in the same year she received an honorary DMus from the University of Aberdeen; she was artistic director of the Spitalfields Festival in London from ...

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