Lloyd Moore was born in London and started composing at the age of 11 after encountering the music of Debussy and Stravinsky at school. He studied composition at Trinity College of Music and at Kings College London where his teachers included Simon Bainbridge and George Benjamin.
His earliest recognised work is Divine Radiance for large ensemble, originally written in 1989 but substantially recomposed during 1996-7. This revised version was premiered by the London Sinfonietta at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1999, garnering much critical praise.
Subsequent works include the virtuoso study Quint for five players which has become one of Lloyd’s most frequently played works receiving numerous performances as well as broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Swiss Radio and the ABC in Australia; Three Epigrams of Kathleen Raine for mezzo-ensemble and ensemble, premiered in February 2006 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Louise Mott and members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Diabolus in Musica for orchestra, first performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrè de Ridder in March 2010.
Recent projects have include a Scherzino for piano, commissioned by the BBC for the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth (intended to form part of a sequence of short piano pieces) and a set of Six Songs for soprano and piano which incorporates Music, thou Queen of Souls, originally written for the NMC Songbook CD project in 2008. A work for ensemble is also currently in progress.
Lloyd’s musical interests and influences are wide and varied: the music of the early 20th-century remains an important source of inspiration, though he cites later figures such as Messiaen, Ligeti and Maxwell Davies as important too. He has a particular interest in the music of Benjamin Britten and is on the Editorial Staff of the Britten-Pears Library in Aldeburgh.
He also works as a freelance music copyist, editor and proof-reader.