George Lloyd, Composer, 1913 - 1998GLL in Orchestra Pit


George Lloyd's eventful life touched extremes of celebrity and obscurity, dreams and nightmares, disappointment and fulfilment. A rising star in his youth, with two operas and three symphonies performed in London before he was 25, his life was shattered by horrific experience as a Royal Marine serving on Arctic convoys in World War II. During the next 30 years he slowly regained his health and resumed composing, with his music once again in great demand worldwide. 



"Writing which is real, and genuinely inspired. Immediately communicative, without a single facile bar.
This, in my view, is one of the finest pieces of English choral writing of the 20th century." Gramophone. (Symphonic Mass)

"He is original and tonal. He pulls off transitions from limpid grace to lyric simplicity with a thoroughly engaging textural freshness and springiness. The music is accessible, pleasing and colourful. A second hearing unearths new structural solidity, finely wrought detail and a marvellous sense that this is music to hear again." Christopher Greenleaf, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Symphony No.7) 

"The aspect to admire in his music is the sheer dynamism, the energy of overflowing ideas - a determined creative spirit." Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph.  

"Words like fiery, dynamic, bright, breezy, light, and frothy will crop up time and again in his musical vocabulary. Beneath all the surface energy, though, lies a deep-seated lyricism – the sadness, the weightier matters of the 4th, 5th and 7th Symphonies, for instance."  Radio 3 Magazine.

The interest in the music of George Lloyd emphasizes the wish of ordinary music lovers to discover again communicative 20th-century music, after repeatedly experiencing, without pleasure, some of the musical barbed wire which has been fashionable for too long.   Ivan March, Gramophone.