Anthony Payne, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2016, was born in London and educated at Dulwich College and Durham University.
His commissioned works include three major orchestral pieces for the BBC Proms, (a large-scale choral/orchestral work is scheduled for 2016) as well as pieces for the BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, and Cheltenham Festival, and a substantial catalogue of chamber music. His Second String Quartet, commissioned by the Allegri Quartet, won a British Composer Award in 2011. With his wife, the soprano Jane Manning, he formed the outstanding young ensemble Jane’s Minstrels, for whom he has written several pieces. Many of his works have been performed internationally, and an extensive discography includes three complete CDs of his music.
Recent commissions have included an acclaimed chamber arrangement of Bruckner’s Second Symphony for the Royal Academy of Music, and orchestrations of Vaughan Williams’s Four Last Songs for the 2013 Proms.
He has published books on Schoenberg, Frank Bridge, and Elgar’s Third Symphony, the completion of which, in 1997, brought him international praise, and Evening Standard, South Bank Show and New York Critics’ Circle Awards. It has been performed by many of the world’s leading orchestras, including, in the US, the Philadelphia, Chicago, and National Symphony Orchestras, the Czech Philharmonic and all the major UK orchestras. There are now six separate CD recordings in the catalogue, as well as three of his more recent completion of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no. 6. He also orchestrated Elgar’s ‘Crown of India’ for the BBC Philharmonic who have recorded it for Chandos under Sir Andrew Davis. He has recently been awarded an Elgar Medal by the Elgar Society. [link: http://elgar.org/elgarsoc/]
He has been Visiting Professor at Mills College, California and Composition Tutor at the New South Wales Conservatorium, and was Professorial Fellow in the Composition Department at the University of East Anglia from 2012-2013.
Earlier known as a perceptive musical journalist (The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Country Life), he is a frequent broadcaster for the BBC, and has appeared in television documentaries on Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Parry and Delius.
He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Birmingham, Durham and Kingston, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, where he was Arts Research Fellow for 2 years.