Lola Perrin is a self-taught composer and a classically trained pianist who started lessons aged four. She has performed her own works in the UK, Europe and USA, including works for two, four & six pianos at Lang Lang Inspires (Southbank Centre), work for two pianos (Women of the World), Sheffield Festival of Debate, specially written scores for silent films (including BFI, Barbican Cinema, Bristol Watershed,) and a lecture-performance at ‘Women in the Arts’ University of Missouri. She toured ‘Music from our Times’ (Piano Suite XI 2019) throughout north of England and to Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. She focusses much compositional work on environmental issues; eg turned to witnesses of climate change, recording web interviews with 24 international activists for ‘Now You See It: for piano and an orchestra of words’ (2015). In ‘Piano Suite IX: Significantus for piano, guest speaker and a conversation with the audience’ (2016), she turns to us, asking audiences to converse about climate change issues during the performance, inviting scores of expert speakers to join her in concert.
She is a publisher and has her own publishing label, Lola Perrin Sheet Music (global distribution through Spartan Press), through which she has published 9 of 11 piano suites, and miscellaneous other works both as books and as downloads. She produced and published self-published a book of compositions and illustrations by children in aid of a cancer charity.
She has produced and released two solo CDs on her own recording label, her recordings are used by filmmakers including BBC.
Chamber works include for ten bass clarinets (performed multiple times by Sarah Watts).
She is the founder of ClimateKeys; a global initiative with a no-fly policy in which she and scores of other solo artist create concerts in collaboration with environmental experts and hold inclusive audience conversation as part of the concert. To date has triggered over 70 ClimateKeys concerts in 15 countries.
She collaborates in live performance with leading artists and thinkers including Hanif Kureishi, Mihir Bose, Sue Hubbard, Jeremy Leggett and Kate Raworth. .
She has been interviewed live on various local and national BBC radio shows including studio BBC R3 Jazz Line-Up, feature in front of a specially invited studio audience for RTE Radio’s The Blue of the Night, Science Matters, and In Tune (performance of work for 8 hands at one piano).
She gives talks about music/environmental intersection, including Cambridge Festival of Ideas. She has been artist in residence at Naim Audio and is composer in residence at Markson Pianos (who launched her first eight piano suites in a special 7-part concert series); both positions followed her unsolicited approaches to the companies.
She worked with Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble to revive the only extant work by important early twentieth century African-American composer Helen Eugenia Hagan, transcribing the first movement of Piano Concerto in C Minor directly from the composer’s hand. This work now exists online - in the two-piano version scored by Hagan and is available to a growing number of piano duos contacting Lola for the score.
She has a long standing private piano teaching practice; student former Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Ball praises her lessons in a Jay Rayner podcast.
She is currently composing new work for two pianos based on European folk melody. She is preparing a music and silent films project launching Spring 2021, touring to remote rural communities.
Lola Perrin is published by Lola Perrin Sheet Music distributed by Spartan Press. Lola has a no-fly policy. Artist-in-Residency posts have included at Naim Audio and Markson Pianos (current).
Foto: Lola Perrin performing in collaboration with Berlin XR Credit Rob La Frenais