Gordon Lawson was born in Scotland in December 1931 and was educated in Glasgow and later in N. Wales where, during World War 11 his father was working for a government ministry. In 1950, he went up to St. Johns College, Cambridge and gained his MA and B.Mus. In 1954 he joined the R.A. for national service and in 1956, was appointed to Ellesmere College, moving to Malvern in 1962 to become assistant Director of Music and to Brighton in 1966 as Director of Music.
He retired from teaching in 1987 to devote more time to composition, to travel abroad as an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music, to care for an elderly relative and to spend more time in Spain where he has had a property since 1973 and which is now his permanent home. Until 1987 there was little time for composition though his arrangement of 'L'il Liza Jane' first published in 1957 has been much used in competitions and festivals for amateur choirs. Since 1987, hardly a day passes without putting pen to paper and he has more than 150 compositions to his name, many of which are published.