Lyell Cresswell was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He studied in Wellington, Toronto, Aberdeen and Utrecht. From 1978-80 he was Music Organiser at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; from 1980-82 Forman Fellow in Composition at Edinburgh University, and from 1982-85 Cramb Fellow in Composition at Glasgow University. Since then he has been a full-time composer based in Edinburgh. Lyell Cresswell’s music is widely performed and broadcast. It has been played at many festivals around the world including the Warsw Autumn, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Musica Insieme – Bologna, Asian Music Festival – Tokyo, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts and so on… The numerous awards he has received include recommendations by the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, the Ian Whyte Award, a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award, an honorary D.Mus from Victoria University of Wellington, the inaugural Elgar Bursary, and the Sounz Contemporary Award for his Piano Concerto. In 2006–7 he was Creative New Zealand/New Zealand School of Music Composer in Residence.

Calendar

May
4
Thu
Lyell Cresswell: Llanto (SCO World Premiere) @ Queen's Hall
May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Cresswell: Llanto: Clarinet Concerto (SCO Commission: World Premiere)
Schubert: Symphony No 4 in C minor ‘Tragic’

Clemens Schuldt: conductor; Maximiliano Martín: clarinet

Charismatic and compelling on stage, SCO Principal Clarinet Maximiliano Martín is a superb concerto soloist. Here, he premieres Llanto(‘Lament’), written especially for him by Lyell Cresswell whose own track record with concertos is formidable – including a commission for the BBC Proms. The drama of pitching soloist against orchestra inspires him to compose powerfully dramatic music. Award-winning young conductor Clemens Schuldt gives us playful (Stravinsky at his most hilarious) and ‘tragic’ – though Schubert’s Symphony has many more upbeat than sombre moments.

COMPOSER INSIGHTS: 6.30pm Lyell Cresswell and Professor William Sweeney from the University of Glasgow discuss writing for the clarinet.

May
5
Fri
Lyell Cresswell: Llanto (SCO premiere) @ City Halls, Glasgow
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

Charismatic and compelling on stage, SCO Principal Clarinet Maximiliano Martín is a superb concerto soloist. Here, he premieres Llanto (‘Lament’), written especially for him by Lyell Cresswell whose own track record with concertos is formidable – including a commission for the BBC Proms. The drama of pitching soloist against orchestra inspires him to compose powerfully dramatic music. Award-winning young conductor Clemens Schuldt gives us playful (Stravinsky at his most hilarious) and ‘tragic’ – though Schubert’s Symphony has many more upbeat than sombre moments.

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COMPOSER INSIGHTS: 6.30pm Lyell Cresswell and Professor William Sweeney from the University of Glasgow discuss writing for the clarinet.