Born in South Wales, Lloyd attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester before studying composition with Gary Carpenter and clarinet with Angela Malsbury at the Royal Academy of Music.
His music has been performed by many of the UK’s leading ensembles, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales, Aurora Orchestra and Endymion. Lloyd also enjoys collaborating with chamber groups such as the Sacconi Quartet, New London Chamber Ensemble, Hermes Experiment and Total Brass.
Lloyd enjoys a varied performing schedule as a clarinettist, most frequently with Charles Hazlewood and the British Paraorchestra – the world’s first professional ensemble comprised solely of musicians with disabilities. They received global attention when they performed with Coldplay at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
In 2015, Lloyd became the first composer to write a new piece specifically for the Paraorchetsra, entitled Towards Harmony. This commission saw musicians from the Paraorchestra joining forces with the Southbank Sinfonia, and the critically acclaimed work will receive its second performance with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in February 2017.
"The world premiere of clarinettist Lloyd Coleman’s Towards Harmony receives a lengthy, thoroughly deserved standing ovation... it moves thrillingly from multi-soloing discord to group resolution – as the Paraorchestra’s first full commission, the symbolism couldn’t be more apt." [The Big Issue]
Other highlights from the past year include a midnight tribute to David Bowie on the Park Stage at Glastonbury with Philip Glass’ Heroes Symphony, and a celebration of Thunderbirds composer Barry Gray’s music at the BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol.