Florence Anna Maunders started to compose music when she was a teenager, and her early tape-based pieces from this time reveal an early fascination with the unusual juxtapositions of sounds and collisions of styles which have been a hallmark of her music-making ever since. This is perhaps a reflection of the music which interested and excited her from a very young age – medieval dance music, prog-rock, electronic minimalism, bebop jazz, Eastern folk music, the music of Stravinsky & Messiaen, and the grand orchestral tradition of the European concert hall. Flori started out as James - a chorister, clarinetist and saxophone player, but following an undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Anthony Gilbert, Adam Gorb, Simon Holt & Clark Rundell, she's enjoyed a mixed and international career as a jazz pianist, orchestral percussionist, vocalist, composer and teacher, and continues to be enormously busy in her forty-first year, winning a number of prizes and awards, and having her music performed around the world by a number of leading orchestras, ensembles & soloists.
Help Musicians have provided funding to allow me to take part in the Peter Reynolds Composers' Scheme as part of the 2020 Vale of Glamorgan Festival (postponed to 2021). As part of the scheme I'll have two new pieces work-shopped and performed, with mentoring from established composers and chances to work with and network with contemporary composers and musicians from across the world.