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NEWS! The Flood: Order now for delivery in January

After receiving an utterly unexpected number of orders for ‘The Flood’, the debut album by the Lyre Ensemble, we have sold out of our first run of CDs! We’ve ordered more from the factory and they’ll be with us in a couple of weeks! In the meantime we’re frantically packaging up the CDs we do have to get them out to those who have ordered already AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Please bear with us in the mean time and THANK YOU!

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The Flood, by the Lyre Ensemble, id the first full-length album of cutting edge new music in Babylonian and Sumerian. Order your copy now, for delivery in January 2015! £12.00 including P&P

The product of an eclectic collection of influences and a powerful imagination, Stef Conner’s music breathes new life into ancient texts and forges channels of empathy into the deep past. She is fascinated by the innate musicality of language and sees composition as a way of crystallizing the emotive power of words; inspired in particular by ancient poetry, folklore and lost oral traditions, she draws a wealth of organic, rich and original musical material from the forms of poetry and the sounds of speech.

Although rooted in the classical tradition, her musical language is distorted into something utterly different through the vivid palette of sounds that have been absorbed into her style, from ancient Korean court music, Zhou Dynasty bronze bells, medieval chant, English folksong and Anglo-Saxon poetry to Spectralism, free improvisation, experimental music and post-tonal harmony.

Her work has been performed in China, Europe, the USA and the UK, at venues including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, York Minster, Lichfield Cathedral and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as on BBC and international Radio. Performers of her music include the Esoterics, Queen’s College Chapel Choir, the Unthanks, Juice, the Kreutzer Quartet, The Nieuw Ensemble, the Renaissance Singers, Cadenza, Dark Inventions, members of Ensemble 10/10 and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She has been awarded several prizes for her work, including the RPS Composition Prize in 2011. Read more…