“ I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the 'Developing Your Creative Practice' award from Arts Council England which is funding my time with you as Composer in Residence. I’ve really enjoyed working with HNW over the past few years on various projects. It is such a welcoming harp group who are really open minded and always happy to try out new things! I’m spending this year concentrating on writing and doing a lot of compositional studying. It’s wonderful to be able to try out ideas and write new music for you over the course of the year, as this will really help me to develop as a composer. Thank you to Carol and the HNW committee for being so helpful and I hope everyone in HNW will enjoy the new ensemble music.”"
This exciting new project follows on from Lauren’s previous ensemble project ‘Harps Across the North’ in 2020 funded by Women Make Music PRS Foundation which consisted of her writing 3 multi-level ensemble pieces, one of which, ‘Freshwater Tears’ was written for HNW.
Harps Across the North
Lauren has recently embarked on a creative compositional journey having only started writing music in 2018. Since then she has published two volumes of music for lever harp, her music has received praise from harpists and harp societies worldwide and she has had four of her pieces set on the Trinity grade syllabus and Australian Music Examinations Board. In January 2020 she was a recipient of a PRS Foundation Women Make Music award to compose new music for her project, Harps Across the North.
Beyond the Horizon
In March 2020 her debut solo CD, Beyond the Horizon which features eight of her compositions alongside works by Peter Maxwell Davies and John Cage was released on the Avie Records label. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Scala Radio and included on two BBC Introducing playlists. Lauren is currently writing a new volume of music for solo harp and recording new music for a second album with Avie Records.
Arts Council England
Lauren is grateful to have been a recipient of a 'Developing Your Creative Practice' award from Arts Council England and will be spending 2021 undertaking a year long period of self study in composition, as well as being Composer in Residence with Harps North West during this time writing them three new works for harp ensemble.