About

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Photographer: Richard Kaby

Lauren is composer and keyboardist based in London and Boston. She is currently studying with Chaya Czernowin at Harvard University, having graduated from the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department. From 2014-2017 she was a composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where she was tutored by Larry Goves. She became principal composer at NYO in 2016 and assistant composition tutor in 2018.

Lauren has composed works for a diverse range of ensembles, from solo to orchestral, including a recent orchestral piece ‘Suspended between earth and air’, commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra for their 2017 winter tour. In January 2017 it was performed at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and the Royal Festival Hall, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The work was met with critical acclaim, described as ‘wonderfully assured’ (The Guardian), and ‘a miracle of inspiration’ (Seen and Heard International), Classical Source saying ‘Lauren Marshall clearly possesses genuine textural imagination.’

Lauren has also had smaller scale compositions performed widely, in venues such as the Southbank Centre, the Sage, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Music Room at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Tate Britain, Snape Maltings, Morley College and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, by ensembles from NYO and the Purcell School. In May 2017 she was commissioned by Morgan Stanley to compose a site-specific chamber work for Chris Beardshaw’s garden at Chelsea Flower Show, described as ‘beautifully pastoral’ by The Telegraph, and ‘delicately evocative’ by The Times. She has also been involved in multiple London-based composition projects, including a collaborative work with Hannah Kendall and BBC Radio 3 for International Women’s Day 2017

Recent projects include a commission from Kammer Klang, in association with the London Sinfonietta, for a piece to be performed at Cafe OTO in November 2017. The same month she directed a cross-cultural performance at the Purcell School in collaboration with the UK Beijing Arts Association, recreating a traditional Beijing Teahouse performance, with opera, spoken word, and multiple world premieres from young composers at the school.

As a keyboardist, Lauren studied with Andrew Ball at the Purcell School, and Jane Chapman at the Royal College of Music JD. Lauren has a diverse repertoire, ranging from works by Liszt, C.P.E. Bach, and Byrd to Lachenmann, Tower, Feldman, and Ulstvolskaya. She is active in various chamber ensembles both as a pianist and a continuo player, as well as contemporary ensembles, regularly premiering new works by herself and other young composers.

Lauren was a student at the Purcell School from 2009-2018, where she studied composition with Simon Speare. There she is engaged with various outreach initiatives, including her own project, the Primary Pitches, a group she formed to introduce composition through graphic scoring to primary school age children.