Photo by Owen Richards

Photo by Owen Richards


Anna Meredith is a composer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music.

Anna's music has been performed everywhere from the Last Night of the Proms to flashmob performances in the M6 Services, Latitude Festival to PRADA fashion campaigns, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to the Ether Festival, and broadcast on Radio 1, 3, 4 & 6

She has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RPS/PRS Composer in the House with Sinfonia ViVA, the classical music representative for the 2009 South Bank Show Breakthrough Award and winner of the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.

During 2012 she wrote HandsFree as a PRS/RPS 20x12 Commission for the National Youth Orchestra which was performed at the BBC Proms, Barbican Centre and Symphony Hall as well as numerous flashmob performances around the UK. Her new body-percussion piece Connect It, made with choreographer Dvid Ogle, is a commission for the BBC Ten Pieces Initiative which launches in Autumn 2014 and aims to reach every Primary age child in the UK over the coming year. 

Anna's debut EP - Black Prince Fury was released on Moshi Moshi records to critical acclaim including Drowned in Sound's Single of the Year.

Anna's 2nd EP - Jet Black Raider was released on Moshi Moshi records on the 19th August 2013.

Projects during 2013 included arrangements for The Stranglers & Laura Marling with the London Sinfonietta for the 6Music Prom, performances/commissions at Latitude Festival, Streetwise Opera and a Recorder Concerto for Erik Bosgraaf and the Aurora Orchestra.

As well as Connect It, plans for 2014 include commissions for the Scottish Ensemble, Living Earth Duo and a Residency in Hangzhou as one of the British Council/PRSF China Residencies.

Anna is also supporting Anna Calvi on her UK Tour and writing her debut album - due for release later this year. 

Download Anna's longer bio here

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Live

1st Feb -Vicar Street, Dublin, Live Set supporting Anna Calvi

2nd Feb - Empire, Belfast, Live Set supporting Anna Calvi

4th Feb - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, Live Set supporting Anna Calvi

5th Feb, Arches, Glasgow, Live Set supporting Anna Calvi

6th Feb, Albert Hall, Manchester, Live Set supporting Anna Calvi

6th Feb, Shacklewell Arms, London, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Heal You Single Launch

8th Feb Troxy, London, Live Set supporting Anna Calvi

23rd Feb, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, De Ereprijs Ensemble, In Bloom

8th March, QEH, London, Live Set as part of WOW Festival

24th April, The Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scottish Variations (premiere)

 

 

 

Orlok

Orlok is the lead track for Anna's second EP - Jet Black Raider which is OUT NOW on Moshi Moshi Records.

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An epically ominous fantasia of which the name and sound evoke some knuckle-dragging forest beast in hot pursuit of a unicorn, rendered in ever-escalating synthesizer streaks, clashing rhythms, and toward the end, the intrusion of what-- for Meredith's music-- is a surprising sound: Human voices.   Pitchfork

overblown melange of brash synth-and-drum work that’s equal parts Beethoven and Flying Lotus   Because

 

Orlok is a wild introduction, for those of you new to her. She released another EP, 'Black Prince Fury', before this, but there's a distinct craft to this new track, something that begins scattered and on the brink of being completely overwhelming.  Instead of erring on the wrong side, it melds strange, disparate elements (power synths, bells, jazz pianos) into something resembling a coherent, streamlined piece. When the various parts meet face to face it's something of a eureka moment.   ThisIsFakeDIY 


HandsFree

Pitched somewhere between classical and performance art, [HandsFree] is essentially a work about body percussion, fantastically planned and choreographed.  The players clap, stamp, shuffle, shout and sing. The rhythmic sound patterns are mirrored by platform routines of considerable complexity. Meredith throws in a few Ligeti-like ululations to form points of stasis or relaxation, but the overwhelming impression is one of mounting exhilaration. It's a tour de force for the NYO, who performed it from memory and were greeted with a standing ovation, richly deserved   The Guardian

exhilarating...mesmerising   The Times

breathtaking...astonishing   The Huffington Post

wicked   The Independent


Nautilus

Nautilus' is SOOO good, that it not only made me cackle out a 'WOW!', but provoked me to hold my stomach, in the full expectation that something well sinister was in there, yearning to get out. MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU QUESTION YOUR INTERNALS! Jesus, this is something else   Single of the Year: Drowned in Sound

Simultaneously hilarious, oddly moving and deeply unsettling   Guardian

playful, spirited, visceral, and smart    Pitchfork

quite unlike anything else you are likely to hear   Sunday Times Culture

an extreme sense of control and authority... an almighty track    Dummy