Composer and Musician
Lisa began composing whilst at Malvern Girls' College where she studied piano, violin and voice as a Music Scholar. Lisa subsequently gained a Music degree from Bristol University in 2000 before studying for a Master of Music degree in Composition with Lynne Plowman and Christopher Painter at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / University of Wales, graduating in 2004. While at the RWCMD, Lisa's compositions were performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, PM Ensemble, RWCMD Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir as well as student and professional singers and instrumentalists.
Following completion of her studies in 2004, Lisa's song cycle Cinco Canciones Espanolas and Mosaic Counterpoint were Highly Commended by the Society for the Promotion of New Music. In 2006 Mosaic Counterpoint, for mixed chamber ensemble, was the winning entry in the BSO Kokoro Ensemble Composition Competition. Further commissions and performances followed by soloists and groups including the Ariosa Singers in Swansea and on their Dublin and Edinburgh tours, Altitude Viola & Piano duo, Royal Harpist Hannah Stone and baritone Gary Griffiths at the Lower Machen Festival, Swansea Philharmonic Choir, Harlow Singers, Organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE and soloists from Welsh National Opera, church choirs around the UK and Lisa's compositions have been showcased at 'Composers of Wales' concerts in Cardiff. Lisa was also selected to represent Welsh Composers at a BBC televised debate at the Wales Millennium Centre and her music has been performed at venues including Llandaff Cathedral, Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole, and the Wales Millennium Centre. Lisa's Ave Maria, Ave Virgo Sanctissima and Pie Jesu have been broadcast on BBC Radio Devon and Soundart Radio. Lisa has recorded a CD of her piano music entitled Music for Meditation and future discs are currently being planned.
Lisa was a shortlisted composer in the Cornwall International Festival of Male Voice Choirs Composition Competition 2012 and a finalist in the Small Choirs Festival London Composition Competition 2012. Her composition Day by Day was premiered at the Festival in London in 2013. Lisa was also awarded First Prize in the Small Choirs Festival London Composition Competition 2013 for her composition There is no rose of such virtue which was premiered at the Festival in 2014. Lisa was also a shortlisted composer in the Ely Consort Cambridge Composition Competition in 2015 and a finalist in the East Cornwall Bach Choir Composition Competition 2016 and, following a worldwide selection process, Lisa was successful in gaining a place on the Professional Development programme at Noel Music Management, London. Some of Lisa's compositions have been published by Canasg and Concert A Publishing.
In addition to composing, Lisa is very active as an accompanist and in 2019 founded Academia Musicale, www.academiamusicale.com an online learning platform for Music specialising in academic music courses.
Lisa is a member of Composers of Wales, the Musicians Union and is a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.