Nicola LeFanu has composed around one hundred works which have been widely played, broadcast and recorded; her music is published by Novello and by Edition Peters. Her catalogue includes a number of works for strings, and chamber music for a variety of mediums, often including voice. She has a particular affinity for vocal music and has composed eight operas, which have been staged in UK, Ireland and USA.
She is active in many aspects of the musical profession, as composer, teacher, director etc. From 1994-2008 she was Professor of Music at the University of York, where she still lives.
She was born in Essex, England in 1947: her mother was the composer Elizabeth Maconchy. LeFanu studied at Oxford, RCM and, as a Harkness Fellow, at Harvard. She is married to the Australian composer David Lumsdaine.
Nicola LeFanu was the course leader for LDSM's first 4x4 composer project at Muncaster in May 2001.
*See the panel above for details of her music theatre piece and related pre-concert talk in the 2014 LDSM festival.