Sharma, L. (*1951)
EVB 3248 Partitur & Stimmen
Sharma, L. (*1951)
Dancing through the Undergrowth
Durch das Unterholz / A travers le Sous-bois
für Bande de hautbois
Liz Sharma (*1951)
I studied composition with Richard Arnell at Trinity College of Music, but became Head of Music in Comprehensive schools. I ran choirs, orchestras, dance groups, steel bands, Indian Music groups, and in response to student demand, Turkish, Somali and Chinese groups. The tough environments, and heavy work load meant I had to concentrate on composing for schools rather than anything else.
Through my performing groups, I achieved a reputation for "World Music" and was asked to write several books, including "Music Worldwide" for C.U.P, and to advise education authorities on "World Music" programmes.
For seven years I was Music Co-ordinator in a Special School, and wrote music for students with learning difficulties, and also worked with disabled adults. In the last few years I have taught music in several multi racial primary schools, and composed several works in which children perform with adult orchestral musicians, including a work in the Spring of 2010 for a Wider Opportunities project for Manchester Camerata.
A more flexible work pattern since 2001 at last allows me to compose prolifically and a great deal of instrumental and vocal music is performed, both by adults and youth ensembles.
I was Composer in Residence at a course for advanced wind players in France 5 times, and at a festival for bassoonists of all standards & ages in Leipzig, twice.
I have composed for many music courses and Summer Schools, including courses atDartington International Summer School for the last 7 years.I was commissioned to set stories to music for a Dorset orchestra, with Martin Clunesasnarrator, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011, and have just started work on the 2012 piece.
I welcome new opportunities to compose music for a wide range of performers.