“An extraordinary sound, unlike almost anything…” – allaboutjazz.com

The Pierrot Studio

Front page image: Sarah Naim Stef’s newest composition ‘Face Painting’ will be premiered by the Dr K Sextet this February, as part of The Pierrot Project – a new exhibition of simultaneously visual and aural installations by pairs of contemporary artists and composers, drawing inspiration from Arnold Shoenberg’s seminal composition, […]

The Flood: New music in Old Babylonian

‘The Flood’, the debut album by the Lyre Ensemble, is now available to buy on CD, complete with full translations, and ships anywhere in the world.  The music is also available to download on amazon. The Flood is the first full-length album of cutting-edge new music in ancient Babylonian and Sumerian languages. Accompanied […]

Stef on Great British Railway Journeys

This February, Stef will be singing on BBC2’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ as part of the East Grinstead to Guildford episode, which sees presenter Michael Portillo visit Dorking’s Leith Hill Place, birthplace of Vaughan Williams and host to Stef’s frequent choral and folk singing workshops. Stef will be performing her […]

Stef in the Guardian

Stef’s blog promoting the up-coming Lyre Ensemble performance at the Union Chapel, Islington, was featured in the Guardian Online today. Read the full article here.

People Watch Premiere

Stef’s opera ‘People Watch’, written for Streetwise Opera with librettist Bill Bankes-Jones, premiered this summer on the opening night at Tête-à-Tête opera festival. The performers, most of whom have experienced homelessness, absolutely triumphed, provoking both laughter and tears among the sold-out crowd. Critics praised the piece for its “rousing chorus […]


Born out of an unconventional 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. 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 Mesopotamian literature, medieval chant, English folksong and Anglo-Saxon poetry to Spectralism, free improvisation, experimental music and post-tonal harmony. A former member of The Unthanks and Royal Philharmonic Society Prize-winning composer, she comfortably inhabits the borderlands between the classical and traditional music worlds.

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The Flood – Ancient Words to New Music

The Flood album cover squareThe Flood, by the Lyre Ensemble, is available to order now. Featuring Stef Conner’s ethereal contemporary vocals, derived from the world’s oldest written poetry, alongside haunting accompaniments played on replica 4,500-year-old instruments by harpists Andy Lowings and Mark Harmer, The Flood is like nothing else you have ever heard… or will ever hear again!