Justin Connolly, born in London in 1933, studied law at the same time as composition and conducting (with Peter Racine Fricker and Sir Adrian Boult respectively). His major works include the organ concerto Diaphony (1977), Poems of Wallace Stevens I and II (1967/70) for soprano and small ensemble – recorded on NMC – and the motet Spelt from Sybil's Leaves (1989), to words by Gerard Manley Hopkins. The series of pieces entitled Tesserae, for one or two instrument (flute, cello, bass and trumpet) and written between 1970 and 1981, displays this composer's distinctive and cogent musical approach: each work refers obliquely to a well-known English hymn-tune by Hubert Parry, the common background for all of them.

He is an experienced and respected broadcaster and teacher (RCM 1966-1988, RAM 1989-1996) In 1982 he was visiting lecturer in composition at the University of Melbourne, and in 1979-80 visiting lecturer in composition at UC Santa Barbara.

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Alix MacSweeney