Liz Lane wrote the song cycle "Brightest Day" for Maria Johannsen and her daughters, whom she met at their first appearance in Berkeley Castle. The songs are in Danish and English with lyrics by Shakespeare, H.C.Andersen, Halfdan Rasmussen and Jennifer Henderson on the themes of travel, the weather and the special Danish "hygge" and the accompaniment by is not only the piano, but also strings tailored specifically to the trio.
Liz Lane’s compositions have been performed throughout the UK and abroad, including Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Carducci Quartet, Foden’s Band, Symphonic Brass of the RAF, Almost Orthogonal Quartet (Israel) and Norfolk Chamber Consort (USA); her music has been broadcast on ITV, BBC 1 and BBC Radio 3. Recent commissions include A different kind of urban for the Open University Choir to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes and Tide and Time for Foden's Band, premiered at the RNCM Brass Band Festival. Liz gained a PhD in Composition from Cardiff University in 2010 and is a part-time Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, receiving two awards for her work with OpenUp Music. Current projects include a commission for the ottavino and Surtaal Symphony for brass band, Indian Bhangra band and soprano voice.
Her Antiphonary was inspired by Berkeley Castle and uses excerpts from Vivaldi arias found in the castle muniments. It was written to help raise awareness for the castle and has since been performed many times, including Barcelona and Murcia Cathedrals. www.lizlane.co.uk