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, Soundwave Festival to London Fashion Week, 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.
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.
Plans for 2013 include Anna's 2nd EP - Jet Black Raider as well as performances/commissions at the BBC Proms, Latitude Festival, Streetwise Opera and a Recorder Concerto for Erik Bosgraaf and the Aurora Orchestra.
Download Anna's longer bio here
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' 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
9th June - Songs of Innocence & Experience (World Premiere) - Aldeburgh Festival
6th July - Songs for the M8 - Ligeti Quartet -York Late Music Festival
21st July - Live Set with Band at Latitude Festival
12th August - 6Music Prom
26th Sep - Maxwell Quartet
19th Oct - Recorder Songs (premiere) Erik Bosgraaf and Aurora Orchestra