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 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.
Anna's 2nd EP - Jet Black Raider was released on Moshi Moshi records on the 19th August.
Other plans for 2013 include arrangements for The Stranglers & Laura Marling with the London Sinfonietta for the 6Music Prom, and performances/commissions at Latitude Festival, Streetwise Opera and a Recorder Concerto for Erik Bosgraaf and the Aurora Orchestra.
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12th Oct - Roots at Faster than Sound - a collaboration with Mara Carlyle, South London Ordnance, Max de Wardener, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside
19th Oct - Origami Songs (premiere) Erik Bosgraaf and Aurora Orchestra
28th Oct - Live Set for Moshi Moshi 15th Birthday (supporting Sweet Baboo) Servants Jazz Quarters
1st Nov - Live Set (supporting Youth Lagoon) Islington Assembly Hall
12th/14th Nov - A Short Tribute to Teenage Fanclub + Songs for the M8 - Maxwell Quartet in Lockerbie & Glasgow. Songs for the M8 Tour
23rd Nov My Car (premiere) part of Aldeburgh Music Britten Centenary Weekend - performed Woodbridge School
16th Dec - Live Set (FESTIVE EDITION!) with 5 piece band! Sebright Arms
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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
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