Lawrence Estrey, originally from Lancashire but now in London, studied music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. He specialised in piano, composition and the psychology of music, and graduated with Honours. Later, he won the Fritz Gottlieb Memorial Scholarship for Piano and studied with Vera Yelverton in London.

He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (St Mary’s Cathedral) and the Edinburgh University’s Reid Concert Hall. Other concert venues include Central Baptist Church (Bloomsbury) for the International Recital Series, Sutton House, St Lawrence Jewry, St Magnus the Martyr, St Bride’s Fleet Street, Lauderdale House (Highgate), The Barnfield Theatre (Exeter) and The Palace Avenue Theatre (Paignton).

He was a regular performer at the open mic nights at The Raglan Hotel, Muswell Hill, during 2012 and 2013, playing an equal selection of classical and ragtime, and he has performed at MidSummer Muswell and on behalf of Haringey Libraries.

He has also played on French waters (Schubert), and recently appeared at The North Finchley Festival.

A writer, Lawrence has published an autobiography (My Musical Journey) and two crime novels, Secrets, and EggHead (YA).


In another life, Lawrence taught piano and theory, helped out with a North London choir, and spent a couple of months as a composer at Hoxton Hall, a Community Theatre based in Hackney.

Languages Spoken: French and German, Basic Russian.

Degree Research: Implication In Tonal Music In An Analytical And Psychological Context

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46 thoughts on “Bio

  1. I love your format on your pages. Getting used to the tools on this site just takes a little time. I’m slowly getting there.

  2. Thanks again. Simplicity is the key, I think. I found the tools all a bit confusing at first, but I’m getting used to it now.

  3. Thanks very much for commenting. Just looking through your site now. Some interesting titles.

  4. Really Artistic site and very personable to read.
    Thanks alot Lawrence for your friendship and input over the years, YOUR A STAR
    God Bless


  5. hi there – you know me as Charliedog!
    I also do voice overs and so you might also know me as the voice of Fixident Denture Glue. Check out my web-site, select listen and have a laugh.
    Just thought I’d drop in Lozza!

  6. Hi Charliedog!

    Thanks for stopping by. I will take a look at your website now.

    Best wishes.

  7. “psychological thrillers set in the countryside” has a wonderful sound to it even though not my genre, I’m curious to see what you do with it!

  8. Thanks. I’m trying to make it as menacing as possible without going overboard.

  9. Very interesting web site. Please check out a new concept I am working on and give me your feedback. Perhaps you can list some work or music with me. Thanks Carl C.

  10. Hi Lozza! It’s Lainie from the ex-pente board! Just wanted to tell you that you have a nice site here- lots to look at! And once I get my sounds card fixed, lots to listen to! 🙂

    My blog is at: It’s not nearly as interesting as your, but maybe someday I’ll spiff it up. Right now it’s mostly dairy- medical fu and project accounts and politics. Someday I’ll get a digital camera again and I can post more pictures of sewing projects and events and such.

    Anyway, you hang in there. Sounds trite to say it from so far away, but if there’s anything I can do, just holler.

  11. Hi Lainie, thanks for writing in and appreciate your thoughts very much. I took a look at your blog earlier. Seems impressive.

    Thanks again,


  12. Hi Lozza! It’s Lainie from the ex-pente board! Just wanted to tell you that you have a nice site here- lots to look at! And once I get my sounds card fixed, lots to listen to!

  13. How did you go from playing the piano to writing? Being able to play an instrument has always been a dream of mine; I
    actually own an acustic guitar but I never got to learn how to play 😦 good luck with everything 🙂

  14. Just thought I’d hit the follow button. Not sure what to expect … but anyone who went to Dartington has to have a bit of a nutty streak in them. I went there too once upon a time – didn’t graduate, but I was president of the students’ union for a minute!
    Did they EVER get lights on the drive??

  15. Wow! Not sure about the lights on the drive (don’t think so), but I was VERY involved in the Student Union for a while. Got elected as Entertainment Office even though I did virtually nothing other than chill out in the office in Higher Close on Sunday mornings. Used to love that office.

  16. Lawrence,

    I wanted to drop a line and let you know how I really enjoy what you are doing with this blog. I would like to feature this blog in two of mine.

    One is found at http://www.SamTheWriter.Wordpress.Com
    And the other,

    I really enjoy the short creative bursts that are inspiring, and the mixture of natures photos, from which I have downloaded onto my desktop, two of them that really inspire me.

    Thanks for sharing you creative art.
    If you do not want me to share your blogs (with full credit, sourcing, and links) let me know. I will honor that, but first please check them out so you see that they are legit.


  17. Thank you me friend for the follow and for your comments take care be strong

  18. Hello. Nice website–I enjoyed listening to the piano music!
    I used to sing with the Washington Opera, and I LOVED listening to the orchestra play the beautiful overtures before the opera began.
    I live in Texas now and I was still singing here and there…until the Covid-19 pandemic began. Now singing is considered a ‘super-spreader’ because of the amount of air that is expelled. Sigh. I still sing by myself and for myself because it makes me feel a little better.

  19. That’s great, Mary. And Washington Opera sounds really impressive! My favourite Opera overture would be Carmen by Bizet, of course.

  20. I closed my eyes and treated myself to a little music this evening. Thank you for the Ragtime numbers. I used to enjoy a “Jazz in the Palm Court” concert series, (a history of jazz) at the Smithsonian Museum when I lived in DC. My favorite jazz is Preservation Hall from New Orleans, but I like Ragtime and classical music too.

    Here’s hoping that the Pandemic ends sooner rather than later and we can all get on with our lives!

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