composer and pianist
Find out about David's new Tom Stoppard musical at www.albertsbridgemusical.co.uk
Born in Walsall, 1938. Educated: Queen Marys Grammar School, Walsall;
Royal Academy of Music; Bristol University.
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Fantasia on a Nursery Song/Farnham Suite
for Strings/Country Lanes/Concerto for Horn and
Strings/Fairytale Suite/Overture to a Comic
Opera/Waltz for Strings/Ballet for Orchestra|
Michael Thompson (hn) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/David Lloyd-Jones
David Lyon: Orchestral Works (Marco Polo British Light Music 8.225039)
BBC Music Magazine: I admit to being bowled over by Lyons compositions, which are strongly melodic and superbly crafted. All these works are little gems and deserve to be much better known. Fairytale Suite: bewitching and glittering.. Farnham Suite: enchanting, lyrical.. Ballet for Orchestra: energetic and attention-gripping. David Lloyd-Jones conducts...with great commitment and enthusiasm. (5 stars for performance, gold star for outstanding quality.)
British Music Society News: ..written with a brilliant ear for the orchestra and a fund of memorable invention. The Horn Concerto is clearly from the mainstream (of) delightful horn concertos by British composers written since the war.. gorgeous playing by the soloist. The slow movements lovely wide-spanning horn cantilena provides Michael Thompson every opportunity to show off his lovely burnished tone In Fantasia Lyon establishes his own world..with entertaining parodies of various composers from Rossini to Stravinsky. The other pieces are all enjoyable, Overture to a Comic Opera particularly so. Fairytale Suite has a beautifully decorated Waltz written with an expert ear for colour, and the Finale is a gorgeous romantic confection. Ballet for Orchestra .. a brilliant and engaging work for any concert programme, and one to return to on CD.
The Gramophone: Marco Polos British Light Music series...seems to have switched lately to more modern, and perhaps more ambitious exponents. Such is the case with David Lyon...Of the works for full orchestra perhaps the most melodic are the charming Country Lanes...and the delightful Fairytale Suite...There is also an intriguing set of variations on Nick Nack Paddiwack [Fantasia] ....the final Ballet impressively exploits the capabilities of the various sections of the orchestra.....a collection that may interest enthusiasts for more serious British music as well as the lighter kind...another feather in the cap of the excellent Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Dance Expression Magazine: 'Ballet for Orchestra is a treat..Expressive in its rhythmic energy. I have no difficulty visualising shapes and steps..deserves to be discovered by professionals'.
2. Overture: Joie de Vivre
BBC Music Magazine: 'Joie de Vivre...has
3. Intermezzo for Strings
Concertino for Recorder and Strings
colourful and exuberant collection. The invention...is consistently
diverting...highly recommendable' (Editors Choice July 2000)
Short Suite for Strings
delightful collection. Marvellous value....Short Suite (has) a
lovely serene Aria.
Three Dances for Orchestra
'Web Reviews: 'Outstandingly tuneful' 'Robust
melody..full of the promise of adventure'.
|7. Almost a Waltz|
Verity Butler, clarinet and Gavin Sutherland, piano.
Clarinet Kaleidoscope Vol.2 (Campion Cameo 2058, British Composer Series)
|CATALOGUE OF SELECTED WORKS|
(*Published by Mozart Edition (GB) Ltd. All enquiries to the composer)
Variations for Orchestra (3222/4331/4/Pno/Str) 20
Piano Concerto in One Movement (3222/4231/3/Str) 15
Overture: Burlesque (2222/4231/3/Hp/Str) 10
Ballet for Orchestra (2222/223/3/Str) 10
Three Dances (2222/223/2-3/Hp/Str) 12
*Overture: Joie de Vivre (2121/222/2-3/Str) 7
*Divertimento for Small Orchestra (2121/223/2-3/Hp/Str) 12
Fantasia on a Nursery Song (2121/223/34/Hp/Str) 7' (Goodmusic)
A Wiltshire Elegy (2222/220/3/Str) 16'
*Fairytale Suite (2121/222/2-3 inc. Celesta/Hp/Str) 14
*Overture to a Comic Opera (2121/220/2/Str) 4
*Adagio Serioso (2121/222/2/Hp/Str) 4
Concerto for Chamber Orchestra (2222/220/1/Str) 15
*Dance Prelude (2222/200/1/Hp/Str) 4
*Country Lanes (2121/200/Hp/Str) 230
*Rondoletta (2121/200/Hp/Str) 3
Concert Suite:Albert's Bridge (2222/223/3/Hp/Str) 15'
Concerto for Horn and Strings 15
Serenade for String Orchestra 15
A Farnham Suite 730 (Goodmusic)
Concertino for Strings 10
*Short Suite for Strings 12
Concertino for Treble Recorder and Strings (or Piano) 10' (Forsyth)
String Quartet 1962 (Studio Music)
Three Miniatures, for Flute and Piano (Studio Music)
Little Suite, for Brass Trio (Studio Music)
Partita for Solo Horn (Warner/Chappell) /
Suite for Percussion
Hors dOeuvre for Wind Quintet
Duologue for Vln and Pno
Four Lyric Interludes for Clarinet and Piano, adapted from songs written for the Southwark Playhouse production of Blackbird by Claire Luckham.
Rhapsodic Prelude - National Finals Test Piece 1984 (Chester) 10
March: Gods Wonderful Railway (Fulcrum) 3
Songsuite (One movement in 6 sections). Flexible ensemble, med. difficulty 12
The Waltzing Marionette. Full band, medium difficulty. 3
A Nautical Fantasia for Wind Ensemble, commissioned by Classical Roadshow as a companion piece to The Battle of Trafalgar, and premiered in February 2005 at the
An English Mass, for Soloists, Chorus, Organ and Percussion 20
( A work of original power and tenderness...wonderfully expressive
passages. The choral writing, varied and rewarding to sing, explores
a wide range of texture..the rhythmic language is piquant,
resourceful and, above all, effective. Victor Bainbridge)
The Dong A Youth Cantata for SAB, Soloists, Wind Quintet and ensemble.
A setting of The Dong with the Luminous Nose by Edward Lear. 20
(A splendid piece...extraordinarily well laid out for the resources
available.. exciting to rehearse and perform. Hilary Davan Wetton)
Simons Magic Mountain, for junior choir and ensemble. 15
Seven songs with narration or dramatised action, based on a
Cotswold folk legend. Words by Wes Magee.
Gods Grandeur, for tenor and piano. Five poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins. (Genuine feeling for the song medium D.Tel. Fundamental musicality - holds the attention throughout Music and Musicians Bold musical setting..keeps sound and sense clear in a melodiously declamatory vocal line..Spontaneous liveliness. The Guardian)
Returning to the Fields, for sop., recorders (or flute) and piano. Words by T'ao Ch'ien.
Three Spring Songs for a cappella SSAATTBB. 12
Music, Zest of Celebration for SATB and pno, words by Paul Wigmore 5
Song of the Travellers for SA and pno, words by Ed Baines 4
A Dream for SSAA and pno, words by Ed Baines 4
We Are One An ecological anthem for unison, 2, 3 or 4-part
chorus, pno,opt.bass/perc. Words by the composer 5
Listen to the Bells, carol for SA/SATB and pno, words by the composer (Studio)
At Christmastime, in two versions: (a) for SA and pno (b) for Unison or
2-part junior voices and pno. Words by the composer (Studio)
Baby Boy, carol for 2-part junior voices/SATB and pno, words by Paul Wigmore.
Hear, ye, proud and famous men,
A Christmas anthem for SATB and piano/organ. Words by Charles
The Battle of Trafalgar, for Narrator/Singer and Ensemble
Find out about David's new Tom
Stoppard musical at www.albertsbridgemusical.co.uk
ten songs and incidental music for the new play by Claire Luckham. Southwark
Playhouse, London, June 2003.
transforms the play into an extraordinary version of music theatre’
songs make compelling, uneasy listening’
Comic Opera in 2 Acts based on Moliere’s ‘L’amour Medecin’.
Translated and adapted by ACH Smith. In preparation.
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