Lara is a composer, performer, teacher, collaborator from Suffolk now based in London.
Interested in the accidental, the found. Independent lines running together to create new worlds. Messiness of stuff, experimental and collaborative music making. Going with mistakes. Beckett - “Fail again, fail better”. Not knowing. Interested own voice, other voices, human voice, emulating voice. Direct, subtle. Intimacy is relevant. Gut feeling, sometimes humour. Instinctive, intuitive.
Performers and collaborators who have played Lara’s music include Orkest de Ereprijs, members of the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Dance Company of Wales, Exaudi, Plus-Minus Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, National Youth String Orchestra, Vaganza, Matsena Performance Theatre Company, Waste Paper Opera Company, Satoko Inoue, Quatuor Danel and No Door Theatre Company.
Her music has been played in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Milton Court, Sadler’s Wells Main Stage, Lilian Baylis Studio, The Place, Iklectik, St Mary at Hill, SET Dalston Lane, Rosemary Branch Theatre, APT Gallery, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, The South Lookout Tower (Aldeburgh), John Thaw Theatre, Carole Nash Recital Room, RCNM, Silk Street Music Hall, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, The Performance Bar (Rotterdam) and Gigant, Apeldoorn (Holland), Cardiff Dance House, Theatr Clwyd. Festivals include New Music Northwest (Manchester), Freedom of Movement Festival (London) and the Ludlow English Song Weekend (Ludlow).
Lara has a keen interest in and has worked extensively with contemporary dance. Whilst still studying she was commissioned twice by Sadler’s Wells to compose music for Young Associate Anthony Matsena, and shortly after graduating was commissioned by the National Dance Company of Wales for the Roots tour 2019.
Equally passionate about bringing opportunities to fellow composers and artists, Lara is the curator of Excellent Vocal Takes, a night in London celebrating and exploring vocality across performative art forms. Lara is also part of an ongoing experimental and environmental art/sound duo Mud Mike with whom she co-curated an event at The South Lookout Tower in Suffolk featuring a work in progress sharing with sound artist Julia Koelmans.
As a violinist, Lara worked closely with composer Jonathan Rhys Hill on BBC drama The Long Song (2018) and also The Trial of Christine Keeler (2019). Lara also performs and has played with the London Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra, Musarc/An Assembly including at various grass-roots experimental scenes in London. She has also been known to give impromptu and solo improv gigs using voice, violin and loopback effects.
She was awarded the Junior Fellowship (2019/2020) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied her postgraduate Artist Master’s degree in Composition as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar with Paul Newland and Cassandra Miller. Previously, she studied composition with Richard Whalley and Camden Reeves at the University of Manchester, and violin with Jonathan Martindale. Her studies were generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Guildhall Trust.