John Surman was born in Devon in 1944, he studied at the London College of Music and London University Institute of Education in the mid-’60s. He was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Music by Plymouth University in 1997 and the BBC voted him Instrumentalist of the Year in 2002.
In January 2013 JazzFM awarded his album Saltash Bells the accolade of Album of the Year. For the past three years Surman has been Composer in Association with the Sarum Chamber Orchestra. Surman was shortlisted for a British Composer Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition in 2009 for his piece Rain On The Window.
Lifelines was composed for Saxophones, Piano/Organ and Male Voice Choir. It was commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 and BBC Radio 3 and had its world premiere on the 17 November 2012 at Huddersfield Town Hall. It was performed by the Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir, John Surman, saxophones and Howard Moody, piano / organ.