Lyell Cresswell

New Zealand-British composer

Lyell Cresswell (13 October 1944 – 19 March 2022)[1] was a New Zealand composer of contemporary classical music. He was the younger brother of Max Cresswell.[2] He lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland. He won the APRA Silver Scroll for his work to New Zealand music in 1979.

Lyell Cresswell
Lyell Cresswell in 2011
Cresswell in 2011
Background information
Born(1944-10-13)13 October 1944
Wellington, New Zealand
Died19 March 2022(2022-03-19) (aged 77)
Edinburgh, Scotland


  1. "Highly-regarded composer Lyell Cresswell dead at age 77". RNZ. 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  2. Dart, William (7 February 2010). "Nothing left to chance except interpretation". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2010.