Lydia Gardiner is a composer and singer based in Perth, currently completing a Bachelor of Music Composition at the University of Western Australia (UWA) under the tutelage of Dr James Ledger.
As a singer, Lydia performs with St George’s Cathedral Consort, Voyces, Vanguard Consort and Gondwana Chorale. During her second year at UWA, Lydia was awarded the Dorothy Ellen Ransom Prize for composition, as well as the People’s Choice Award at the same event. She also participated in the 2020 WASO composition project, where she collaborated with renowned cor anglais player Leanne Glover, who premiered her work When I Am Near to Thee.
Lydia has been commissioned by groups such as the West Australian Young Voices, UWA Con Cantorum, Giovanni Consort, St George’s Cathedral Consort, Anglican Schools Commission and Perth Orchestra Project. In 2021, Lydia was commissioned by Tura New Music to write for Perth Festival, where her piece, The Whale and I, was performed by St George’s Cathedral Consort and violinist Shaun Lee-Chen. Limelight Magazine wrote of this piece: ‘This remarkable work for choir and violin more than stood its ground against the major figures of the preceding works, an absolute credit to Gardiner.’