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Lloyd Burritt: Biography

Lloyd Burritt
1940 -
Region: British Columbia

Lloyd Burritt

Lloyd Burritt was born in Vancouver and has resided most of his life in the region. He received his M.Mus from the University of British Columbia while studying with Jean Coulthard and Cortland Hultberg. On fellowship with the Royal College of Music (London) he studied with Gordon Jacob and Herbert Howells; and on a Fromme Fellowship he studied at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (USA) with Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, Lorna Cooke DeVaron & Iva Dee Hiatt.

Lloyd has composed in a wide variety of musical idioms, producing electronic music and numerous choral works, orchestral works, song cycles and two operas. Special projects include "Song for Marshall McLuhan" for the National Youth Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to open the Canada Pavilion at Expo 86; and "The Dream Healer", an opera in two acts, which premiered in 2008 as part of UBC’s Cen-tennial Celebration. This work featured Judith Forst, Simone Osborne, John Avey, Roelof Oostwoud, and the UBC Opera Ensemble & Orchestra conducted by David Agler.

Other commissions include:

"Assassinations," "Fanfare," and "Electric Tongue”, all with Electronic Tape, for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Meredith Davies.

“Cicada” for Orchestra & Tape premiered by Calgary Philharmonic.

"Spectrum" for CBC String Orchestra & Tape; and “Incidental Music” for CBC Radio Play ‘Peer Gynt’.

"Overdose" for National Arts Centre Orchestra & Tape.

“David” a dramatic cantata for tenor, baritone, SSAATTB, Orchestra & Tape based on epic poem by Earle Birney premiered BC Music Educators Association.

"Memo to RCCO" for Organ & Tape for the Royal College of Canadian Organists.

"Icon" for Organ & Tape for Hugh McLean premiered on CBC Radio Festival.

"Yellow the Sweet Ache" for the Canadian Music Centre.

Numerous Song Cycles based on text by Canadian Poets for VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute).

“Miracle Flight 571” a chamber opera in two acts premiered in concert 2016 at Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘What's Next Festival’ featuring COSI Connection Singers, Darryl Edward artistic director and William Rowson conductor.

Composer photo by Daniel Pi

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