Cheryl Frances-Hoad graduated from Gonville and Caius College with a triple 1st in 2001 and an Mphil (with Distinction) in Composition, also at Cambridge. She began composing at the age of eight while studying ‘cello and piano at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and since then has won several prizes, including the Purcell Composition Prize, The Bach Choir Carol Competition, the BBC Young Composers Workshop 1996, the Cambridge Composer’s Competition, the Robert Helps Prize and the International String Orchestra Festival Prize. She has had two ballets choreographed by Lynn Seymour and Geoffrey Cauley; the second was performed by Scottish Ballet in the Britten Theatre, London. Her commissions include works for the BBC, the Surrey Philharmonic, the Manchester International ‘Cello Festival, the Chard Festival of Women in Music, the Bass Club, Bass Fest, the Almeida Festival, the Schubert Ensemble, the Fujita Piano trio, and the Kreisler Ensemble, and her music has been featured on BBC2, ITV, Radio 3 and Classic FM. She has just finished studying for her PhD at King’s College London with Dr. Silvina Milstein.
For more information see www.cherylfranceshoad.co.uk
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