About LR


Laurence Roman has composed extensively for both the concert hall and stage. His recent works include: Concertino for Flute and Orchestra (2013) commissioned for Richard Sherman by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Columba Canticles (2013) an oratorio commissioned to mark Derry’s status as UK City of Culture and performed at St Columb’s Cathedral and Stormont Parliament buildings by the Southbank Sinfonia and the combined choruses of the Universities of Aberdeen and Ulster, Belfast; Guitar Quintet (2011) commissioned for Carlos Bonell by the Derry City Guitar Festival; Five Egyptian Canticles (2010) performed by Richard Sherman and Panayis Lyras at Michigan State University; Struwwelpeter (commissioned by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust as part of the St Andrews Music Festival) and Cautionary Verses. Laurence’s Concertino for Viola and Orchestra was performed by the Southbank Sinfonia in 2008 and his Three Summer Pastorals, Concert Variations and Carpathian Dances were premiered in 2008 in Covent Garden. Laurence’s Missa Brevis was performed in 2007 at St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast and his Isabella and the Pot of Basil was featured at the 2006 Buxton Opera Festival. In 2002, Laurence’s musical Mates was staged at the Edinburgh Fringe and subsequently transferred to the Landor Theatre, London. Other works have included The Three Orphans and Three Hungarian Peasant Songs, commissioned by the Juice and Etone vocal ensembles, Psychocorruptor Infernalis, commissioned by the University of York Wind Orchestra and Two Stops Short of Barking, commissioned by the SPNM. His Three Postcards From Spain and Violin Sonata were premiered by the Paganini Prize-winning violinist Ara Malikian at the Colmar Festival and Carnegie Hall.

Laurence has orchestrated several recordings including: The Woman in White Suite released on EMI Records with the London Symphony Orchestra, Choral Lloyd Webber with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Songs That Got Away with Sarah Brightman and The Phantom Fantasia with the London Symphony Orchestra, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Laurence’s opera: Ulysses – a Musical Odyssey toured Ireland and was performed in July 2009 on London’s Southbank. The work was awarded a Vivian Ellis Prize for Best New Musical in 1995.

Laurence is currently Lecturer in Composition at the University of Ulster.