Composer, writer, lecturer and broadcaster Anthony Payne was born in London and educated at Dulwich College and Durham University.

His extensive list of compositions includes three major commissions for the BBC Proms: The Spirit's Harvest (1985), Time's Arrow (1990) - recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis for NMC - and Visions and Journeys (2002), which was voted by BBC Radio 3 listeners as the winner of  the Audience Award in the 2003 British Composer Awards.  He is currently working on a commission from the London Sinfonietta and Cheltenham Festival.

He is also well known as a writer on music, having reviewed for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and, currently, for Country Life. He has published books on Schoenberg,  Frank Bridge, and Elgar's Third Symphony, the completion of which in 1997 has brought him worldwide acclaim. Its premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in 1998 brought a standing ovation. The Symphony has had more than 200 performances, by some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Philadelphia (US premiere), Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Czech Philharmonic and all the major London orchestras, and has been recorded on CD 3 times. Recognition for this achievement has included the South Bank Show and London Evening Standard Awards. August 2006 saw the premiere of  another work completed from Elgar's sketches, the Pomp and Circumstance March No.6.

He is also in demand as a teacher and lecturer, and has been Visiting Professor at Mills College, California and Composition Tutor at the New South Wales Conservatorium, Australia, to name but a few; he holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Birmingham and Kingston, and was recently made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. His wide-ranging musical knowledge makes him a popular and frequent broadcaster for the BBC.

With his wife Jane Manning he formed the ensemble Jane's Minstrels in 1988, and he regularly serves on the committees of many musical organisations, including The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, The Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Frank Bridge Trust and the Spitalfields Festival.

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Jane Manning