Lisa Mears

  Composer and Musician

Lisa began composing whilst at Malvern Girls' College where she studied piano, violin and voice as a Music Scholar. Lisa subsequently gained a Music degree from Bristol University in 2000 before studying for a Master of Music degree in Composition with Lynne Plowman and Christopher Painter at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama / University of Wales, graduating in 2004. While at the RWCMD, Lisa's compositions were performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, PM Ensemble, RWCMD Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir as well as student and professional singers and instrumentalists.


Following completion of her studies in 2004, Lisa's song cycle Cinco Canciones Espanolas  and Mosaic Counterpoint were Highly Commended by the Society for the Promotion of New Music. In 2006 Mosaic Counterpoint, for mixed chamber ensemble, was the winning entry in the BSO Kokoro Ensemble Composition Competition and was performed at The Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole. Further commissions and performances followed by soloists and groups including the Ariosa Singers, Altitude Viola & Piano duo, Royal Harpist Hannah Stone and baritone Gary Griffiths at the Lower Machen Festival, Swansea Philharmonic Choir and Lisa's compositions have been showcased at 'Composers of Wales' concerts in Cardiff. Lisa was also selected to represent Welsh Composers at a BBC televised debate at the Wales Millennium Centre and her music has been performed by violinist, Christopher Horner, at Llandaff Cathedral. Lisa's Ave Maria, Ave Virgo Sanctissima and Pie Jesu have been broadcast on BBC Radio Devon and Soundart Radio.


In 2010 Lisa recorded a disc of her piano music entitled Music for Meditation and future discs are currently being planned. Lisa was a shortlisted composer in the Cornwall International Festival of Male Voice Choirs Composition Competition 2012 and a finalist in the Small Choirs Festival London Composition Competition 2012. Her composition Day by Day was premiered at the Festival in London in 2013.


Lisa's Missa Brevis was premiered in 2013 at the St. Teilo's Church Festival of Faith, Arts and Flowers, Bishopston, Swansea, by Amici Chamber Choir Wales, soloists from Welsh National Opera and organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, in memory of tenor and musician Christopher Waring Davies and Lisa's carol No Room at the Inn was performed at several carol services in 2013 and 2014. Lisa was also awarded First Prize in the Small Choirs Festival London Composition Competition 2013 for her composition There is no rose of such virtue which was premiered at the Festival in 2014. Following the Small Choirs Festivals, Lisa's compositions have been performed at various churches in London and Essex. Lisa's compositions Hosanna, The Upper Room and Mary's Lament were also premiered in Swansea during Holy Week 2014 and, during the same year, some of Lisa's compositions were published by Concert A Publishing and Canasg.


Lisa was a shortlisted composer in the Ely Consort Cambridge Composition Competition 2015 and a finalist in the East Cornwall Bach Choir Composition Competition 2016 and, following a worldwide selection process, Lisa was successful in gaining a place on the Professional Development programme at Noel Music Management, London, with whom she hopes to make the transition towards working as a full-time composer over the next few years.