Composer, writer, lecturer and broadcaster Anthony Payne, was born in London and educated at Dulwich College and Durham University. His extensive list of compositions includes 3 major commissions for the BBC Proms: The Spirit's Harvest (1985), 'Time's Arrow' (1990) – also available on a CD recording by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis – and 'Visions and Journeys' (2002) which was voted by BBC Radio 3 listeners as the winner of the Audience Award in the 2003 British Composer Awards. His commission for the London Sinfonietta, 'Windows on Eternity' premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in March 2007, won much press and public acclaim, and was followed by the successful premiere of his Piano Quintet in July 2007, commissioned by the Cheltenham Festival.
He has published books on Schoenberg, Frank Bridge, and Elgar's Third Symphony, the completion of which, in 1997 brought him worldwide acclaim. Its premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in 1998 gained a standing ovation. The Symphony has now had more than 200 performances, by the world's leading orchestras, including the Philadelphia ( US premiere) , Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Czech Philharmonic and all the major London and BBC Orchestras, and there are 6 CD recordings of it in the catalogue. Recognition for this achievement has included the South Bank Show and Evening Standard Awards. August 2006 saw the premiere, at the Royal Albert Hall Promenade Concerts, on his 70th birthday, of yet another work completed from Elgar's sketches, the Pomp and Circumstance March no.6. He orchestrated Elgar's 'Crown of India' for performance by the BBC Philharmonic in June 2009.
He is also in demand as a teacher and lecturer, and has been Visiting Professor at Mills College, California and Composition Tutor at the New South Wales Conservatorium, Australia, to name but a few. His wide-ranging musical knowledge makes him a popular and frequent broadcaster for the BBC. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Birmingham, Durham and Kingston, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, where he was recently given a two-year appointment as Creative Arts Fellow. With his wife Jane Manning, he formed the ensemble Jane's Minstrels in 1988, and he regularly serves on the committees of many musical organisations, such as the Society for the Promotion of New Music, The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, The Musicians Benevolent Fund, and the Frank Bridge Trust. The music of Anthony Payne is published by Chester Music.
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