Brian Elias studied at London’s Royal College of Music with Humphrey Searle and Bernard Stevens and privately with Elisabeth Lutyens. After two years working at a finance company in New York he returned to London to re-establish a musical career.

The development of his language can be traced through his major orchestral works: the Webernesque Le Chevelure (1967) was followed twelve years later by Somnia; the intensity of L’Eylah (1983) is built upon in the exquisite Five Songs to Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya (1989, recorded by NMC) and the powerfully expressionist ballet The Judas Tree (1991), leads to the playful but dark The House that Jack Built (2001).

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Andrew Palmer