Based in Bristol, Mark Lawrence is a versatile composer whose memorable and imaginative music is grounded in, and stimulated by, the practical considerations of performance

Bristol Harbour Evening

His fascination with words, images and theatre is reflected in many specially commissioned works for choir, solo voice, instrumental ensemble and orchestra, as well as children's operas, large scale community pieces, and scores for theatre and radio


Work Song - from Home by Christmas

Mark has written extensively, and directed, many community projects and as founder-director of Music Box Children's Opera Group in Bristol, has developed the genre of serious and challenging music theatre for children

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‘The music is lovely, intriguing, magical, theatrical . .’

Tony Kushner, playwright, The Illusion at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Mark Lawrence Composer‘Diverse sources .. dovetailed beautifully to create a structure that is clear but unforced . .’

Edward Wickham, conductor and critic, Song for Celia - for choir and organ

Home by Christmas showed that music can indeed speak for the whole community to say something significant about life, love, hope, separation, danger, death and even politics . .’

Raymond Warren, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Bristol

‘ 'It felt like we were really there and watching a part of the world as it was a long time ago, and we were in their world and the music gave it feelings; it made me sad, scared, wondery, and thoughtful'

Young performer, Home at Last WW1 community opera, October 2018

hand written score notes