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Nicola LeFanu

Nicola LeFanu

Nicola LeFanu was born in England in 1947, the daughter of Irish parents. Her mother was the composer Elizabeth Maconchy. Nicola LeFanu studied at Oxford and later in the U.S.A. where she was a Harkness Fellow. As well as composing, she has enjoyed teaching composition in England, America and Australia; for many years she had a part-time post at King's College, University of London, as lecturer, later Professor, in Composition. She has also been active as a conductor, director of composers' workshops, and so on. She has been particularly active in the field of equal opportunity, lobbying on behalf of women musicians. She is married to the composer David Lumsdaine and they have a son, Peter. Since October 1994 she has held the Chair of Music at the University of York.

Nicola LeFanu has been active in many aspects of the musical profession, and has served on numerous public boards and panels including the Arts Council for whom she has chaired a number of committees.

1965-68 St Hilda's College, Oxford

1968 BA Hons in Music Class 2

1968-69 Royal College of Music, London (composition and piano)

1972 MA Oxon

1988 DMus LOND

1973-74 Harkness Fellowship

1969-72 Head of Music, Francis Holland School, London

1969-73 and 1975-76 Part-time Lecturer, Morley College of Adult Education

1975-77 Director of Music, St Paul's Girls' School, London

1977-94 King's College, London
1977-87 Lecturer in Music
1987-93 Senior Lecture
1993 Professor

1979 Composer-in-Residence, NSW Conservatorium of Music

1986-88 Dean of the Faculty of Music, University of London

1989 Composer-in-Residence, University of Wollongong

1990 PRS Composer-in-Residence, rural primary schools, North Norfolk

1993 Acting Head of Music Department, King's College

1994 Chair & Head of Department of Music, University of York

1995 FRCM (Fellow of the Royal College of Music)

1995 Hon.DMus (Durham)

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