Beautifully conceived & executed performance to music composed by Effy & Litha Efthymiou. Gill Rowe, The Coln Trust

About Litha

Litha Efthymiou


Awards and Competitions



Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts award for the research and development of new multidisciplinary work, 'Parting' (2013-14).

Hinrichsen Foundation award for the research and development of new multidisciplinary work, 'Rituals to Mould her with' (2016-17).

RVW Trust award for the research and development of new multidisciplinary work, 'Rituals to Mould her with' (2016-17).

PRS Women Make Music award to compose a work for the acclaimed recorder quintet Consortium 5 (2013).

• Winner of the Director's Prize in the Isobel Bond Gold Medal competition (2012).

• Winner of the Royal Greenwich International String Quartet Composition Competition (2011).

• Winner of the St Paul's Sinfonia Composition Competition (2011).

Wellcome Trust award for the creation and production of new multidisciplinary stage work, 'Reminiscence' (2008).

Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts award for the development phase of 'Reminiscence' (2007).

National Lottery 'Big Boost' award for the creation and production of Hip Hop ballet, 'Wherever I Hang' (2007).


Education Awards



Leverhulme Trust Scholarship to study Composition (MMus) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

TCM Trust Scholarship to study Composition (MMus) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Linda Hill Scholarship to study Composition (MMus) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 

Gladys Bratton Scholarship to study Composition (MMus) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 

ERC Scholarship to study Composition (PhD.) at Bristol University


Publication



'Kalyani' for piano, published by Edition HH (2015).

'States of Ice: Diamond Dust' for clasical guitar, published by Edition HH (2012).

• 'Tread Softly' for string quartet, published by Edition HH (2015).

 


Composition commissions



Multimedia works:

'Rituals to Mould her With' (a multimedia collaboration with harpsichordist Jane Chapman, dancer Harriet Parker-Beldeau,  and actress Esme Patey Ford). Performed at London's Kings Place on 5th February 2017, Handel and Hendrix in London in May 2017, RWA in Bristol in November 2016 and Southampton's Turner Sims in December 2016.

• 'Myisi' (a multidisciplinary stage work for 9 musicians, 1 actor, 1 dancer and 1 filmmaker. Commissioned by and performed at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival, New Diorama Theatre on 26th July 2015.

'Parting' (a multidisciplinary stage work for 13 musicians, 2 actors, dancer and 2 filmmakers, in collaboration with a psychologist from the Institute of Psychiatry). Commissioned by Kings Place and premiered on 16th March 2014; previews at National Maritime Museum and Blackheath Halls (2012).

'Fragments of Sun' (a multidisciplinary opera, with dance and live video projection). Commissioned by and performed at the Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, 11th and 12th August 2012.

'Reminiscence' (a multidisciplinary stage work). Performed at Jacksons Lane Theatre, 9 - 20th September 2008.

• 'Wherever I Hang: a Hip Hop Ballet' (a multimedia work for string quartet and Hip Hop dancers). Performed at Arcola Theatre, 14th and 15th September 2007.


Concert works:

'Riversong' (for chorus, piano and horn), commissioned by Streetwise Opera. Premiered at ENO studios, London, 1st April 2017 as part of Streetwise Opera Hour.

• 'Let Him Kiss Me With The Kiss of His Mouth' (for female choir), commissioned by Invicta Upper Voices. Premiered at Kings Place, London, 1st October 2016 as part of WOW Equator Festival.

• 'Tread Softly' (for string quartet), commissioned by NMSW. Premiered at the RWA, Bristol by the Bristol Ensemble string quartet, 7th June 2015. With subsequent performance at Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room on18th Oct 2015, Bristol St. George's on 20th Sept 2015, and Hauser and Wirth Museum on 13th June 2015.

'Rough Seas' (for female choir and small ensemble), commissioned by Portsmouth High School. Premiered at Portsmouth Cathedral, 24th March 2015. 

• 'Myisi' (for two violins), commissioned by NMSW. Premiered at Bristol St George's by the Bristol Ensemble, September 2014. 

'Atalanta's Race' (for brass quartet), commissioned by Meridian Brass. Premiered at the Sonic Coast Festival, 25th October 2014.

• 'Bustling' (for recorder quintet), commissioned by PRS Women Make Music and Consortium 5. Premiered at the Wilding Festival, St. George’s Bloomsbury, 16th June 2013, with subsequent performances nationwide.

• 'States of Ice: Diamond Dust' (for solo classical guitar), commissioned by the International Guitar Foundation. Performed at Kings Place, 27th October 2012; The Sage Gateshead, 20th and 21st October 2012; and Bath Assembly Rooms, 24th and 25th July 2012, with subsequent performances at UK music festivals and regional chamber concerts.

'Egg Soldiers' (for percussion quartet), commissioned by Kettle’s Yard for acclaimed percussion group, Ensemble Bash. Premiered by Ensemble Bash on 6th May 2012 at Kettle’s Yard.

'Fragments' (for string quartet), premiered at the National Maritime Museum by the Wu Quartet on 30th April 2011. Winner of the Royal Greenwich International String Quartet Composition Competition. With subsequent performnace by the Jubilee Quartet at  Lauderdale House on 23rd March 2012.

• 'The Journey' (for chamber orchestra), premiered by St. Paul's Sinfonia, St. Paul's church, conducted by Andrew morely, March 2011.

'Starless' (for 4 harps), premiered at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the Ether Festival in March 2011.

'Agrippina's Descent' (for violin and electronics), premiered by acclaimed violinist Darragh Morgan at the Old Royal Naval College in May 2010.

 

Music for Theatre and Film:

• 'The Engineer's Corset' (full production) at The Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, Louise Matthews Productions Ltd, 2015.

• 'The Engineer's Corset' (R and D) at The Brewery Theatre, Bristol, Bread and Circuses, 2013.

• 'The History of the Pomegranate'. Theatre show performed at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Pulse Festival; Tower Bridge Gallery; and Stoke Newington International Airport throughout 2009. Ahh Productions.