James Lark

James Lark (b. 1979) has written music for the choir of Westminster Abbey, Graham Johnson with The Songmakers’ Almanac at the Wigmore Hall, Guy Bovet, James Bowman, and for the service in King’s College Cambridge celebrating the university’s 800th anniversary. His work has been performed by English Voices, Vivamus and the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge, with recordings by the choirs of Girton and Selwyn and the chapel choir of Bedford school. He has also written and directed music for numerous theatrical productions, including Io Theatre Company’s adaptations of A Christmas Carol and The Snow Spider, their realisation of J. M. Barrie’s A Well Remembered Voice and their forthcoming production The Confessions of Fanny Cradock. He wrote the new musical Miracles at Short Notice(MusicalTalk‘s pick of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe) and the award-winning 2007 total Fringe sell-out show Tony Blair – the Musical, and performed in 2006 one-man musical The Rise and Fall of Deon Vonniget. Other productions, as both a composer and musical director, include Peter Pan: the Revenge of Captain Hook, Theophilus Scatterdust’s Magical Gift, The Borrowers, With Blacks, Lysistrata, NewsRevue and a setting of new words by Andrew Motion for Bush Theatre’s Sixty-Six Books at Westminster Abbey. Short film scores include Death Sentence, The Ghost of Kirkton Fell, A Hand in the Bush and Savage Mountain. He was composer-in-residence at Bedford School and is Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School.

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