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Lawrence Bartlett (1933-2002) : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Jolly octopus (solo piano) by Lawrence Bartlett, from the CD Poetic nostalgia

Photo of Lawrence Bartlett

Born in Sydney on the 13th February, 1933, Lawrence Bartlett studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music between 1950 and 1957, and at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 1960. He studied organ with Mervyn Byers, piano with Alexander Sverjensky, singing with Raymond Beatty, composition with Alex Burnard and Noel Nickson and also attended a diploma class under Eugene Goossens.

Bartlett held the position of Assistant Director of Music at the King's School, Parramatta, in 1952, and between 1958 and 1960 was tutor in church music at Ridley College in Melbourne. In 1965 he was acting cathedral organist and master of the choristers at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney.

An Anglican clergyman, Bartlett has written many compositions suitable for church performance. These include his Ceremonial Te Deum, which was first performed in the presence of the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Bicentennial Church Service for the Order of Australia in 1988, Anthem (based on Psalm 116) and The Song of Simeon. Bartlett has also been a member of the Australian Hymn Book committee, and has been involved in the initiation of schemes for promoting the composition and performance of new liturgical music.

Lawrence Bartlett died in Sydney on 17 March 2002 at the age of 69 years.

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Procession for Elisabeth : for organ (1988) Written to be played originally as a Prelude to the hymn 'Woodlands' at the wedding of Elisabeth Bartlett and David Boyce 23.4.88 and used as a Bridal Procession on that occasion.