Nicola LeFanu (b. 1947) is the daughter of the composer Elizabeth Maconchy, a granddaughter of the legendary Irish Victorian writer Sheridan LeFanu and a former student of the very exceptional Egon Wellesz. Following studies at Oxford, the Royal College of Music, Harvard and Brandeis, she lived in London for many years, where she taught at King’s College together with her husband, Australian composer David Lumsdaine. From 1994–2008 she was Professor of Composition and Head of the Music Department and at the University of York. Her extensive œuvre of more some 100 compositions – including 7 operas – has been performed around the world, yet she continues to see composition as more of an inner passion than a profession.