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Album Launch Video

A video of Stef singing her Sumerian Lullaby at the Lyre Ensemble album launch, at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, London, is now available to watch online. Enjoy!

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Merry Magna Carta Christmas!

This Christmas, Stef Conner’s Timeline Songs presents two very special concerts celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. The programmes weave together music from the time of the Angevin Kings and the early Plantagenets, folk songs telling stories the of history’s greatest tyrants, King John and […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]


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, 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. 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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