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Anthony Payne

Publisher: Chester Music

[Payne’s] quiet but thoughtful presence in British music always strikes me as a kind of anchorage in sanity, confirming the continuing life of trusted values. - Michael White, The Independent on Sunday


Dramatic, concise and written with... fastidious concern for orchestral sound and coherent structure...ingeniously coloured fabric...and set out with lucid exposition and feel for colour. - Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 1998 premiere of Payne's elaboration on the sketches for Elgar's Third Symphony
  • 1985 premiere of first full orchestral work The Spirit's Harvest
  • 1983-6 taught at London College of Music
  • 1983 appointed Milhaud Professor at Mills College, California
  • 1981 A Day in the Life of a Mayfly marked stylistic turning point towards a new Englishness
  • 1966 married soprano Jane Manning for whom he has written many works