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George Lloyd (28 June 1913 - 3 July 1998) was an English composer of late-Romantic classical music.

He showed his talent as a composer early. His first symphony, written at age 19, was premiered in 1933. A second symphony had its premiere in 1935 and was soon followed by a third. His first opera was performed in 1934 and his second was staged at Covent Garden when Lloyd was just 25.

Lloyd wrote several operas, including Iernin performed at Penzance (1934), The Serf (1938) performed at Covent Garden, and John Socman (1951) performed at Bristol, all to librettos provided by his father William Lloyd. Operas aside, George Lloyd composed much other music including 12 symphonies and 4 piano concertos, 2 violin concertos and a cello concerto, as well as several works for brass band and a large-scale choral-orchestral setting of the Latin poem Pervigilium Veneris, entitled The Vigil of Venus. Towards the end of his life Lloyd and his works enjoyed a remarkable Indian summer. The critic David Hurwitz observed in reviewing a recording of Lloyd’s Symphony No. 11 for that “George Lloyd composed one of the most impressive and appealing symphonic cycles of the 20th century… All of Lloyd’s music has great surface appeal, and this often conceals its intelligent organization and shrewd planning.”

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