John Casken’s works have been performed by leading ensembles and orchestras including The Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, CBSO, Philharmonia and Northern Sinfonia, where he was Composer-in-Association from 1990 - 2000. His opera Golemwon the First Britten Award in 1990 and a Gramophone Award and has received seven productions worldwide. TheDream of the Rood was the winning work in the Vocal Category of the 2009 British Composer Awards. Casken has had a parallel academic career at Birmingham (where he studied) and Durham Universities and at Manchester, where he was Professor of Music from 1992 - 2008. In 1971 - 1972 he studied in Warsaw with Andrzej Dobrowolski and had regular consultations with Lutosławski.