Fiona Lander composes and arranges music across a variety of genres. She has over 20 years of teaching experience having worked in Secondary education as a classroom music teacher (St Joseph’s College, Ipswich) and as Head of Department (Honywood School, Coggeshall, Essex). Since returning to her native North East, she worked for Music Partnership North as a peripatetic woodwind teacher for 10 years and now works freelance as a teacher, composer, performer and music educator.
She studied composition with Allan Bullard at Colchester Institute and gained a high honours degree. Whilst there, she won the annual Carol Writing Competition with her contemporary version of ‘We Three Kings‘ and was highly commended by Ursula Vaughan Wiliams for her Chamber Choir setting of ‘Who Killed Cock Robin’. Several of her arrangements for Saxophone Choir have been performed by the Clarinet and Saxophone Society whilst ‘Saxophone Jig’ (for soprano sax and guitar) was a finalist in the UK Song Writing Competition (Instrumental Category) in 2007.
Since 2014, Fiona has been commissioned to compose a number of pieces including a community song for The Bellingham Show, a children’s song for the Horsley Organ Restoration Project and a brand new work for organ and saxophone co-written with local organist John Roper. This was performed at Holy Trinity Church, Horsley in Northumberland on 30th April 2017 in the presence of the Bishop of Newcastle.
Fiona has no shortage of performing and recording experience , having co-written and produced 6 studio albums with Paul Mason as the duo Landermason. She has also worked as a session musician on 3 other albums produced by Clive Gregson and John Woods (The Hayes Sisters, Union Jill and Clive Gregson with Liz Simcock).
In 2015 the recording of her choral work ‘Winter Carol‘ was released as a charity single and raised over £1,400 for disabled children and adults at The Percy Hedley Foundation in Newcastle. It has since been published in the 2016 Autumn ‘Sing Up’ magazine, a resource for schools around the world.