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Anna Meredith - United Kingdom


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About Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith is a composer, producer, and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as "maximalist," "uncategorizable," and "genre-hopping," and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, avant pop, electronica, and experimental rock.

Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC's Last Night of the Proms and flashmob body-percussion performances in the M6 Services, to PRADA fashion campaigns, numerous films, installations, documentaries, pop festivals, clubs, and classical concert halls worldwide.

She is also a regular TV and radio guest, judge and panel member on numerous shows, including as Goldie's mentor for the TV show Classic Goldie.

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.

Her recent piece Connect It was written for the BBC’s award winning Ten Pieces scheme, in which half of all UK Primary school children worked on Connect It, while Meredith led broadcasts, workshops, and performances, including a performance at Radio 2’s Proms in the Park for an audience of 40,000 people.

Meredith's two EPs, Black Prince Fury and Jet Black Raider, were released on Moshi Moshi Records to critical acclaim, including Drowned in Sound's Single of the Year.

She performs with her band of classical musicians in a lineup of Anna on clarinet and electronics, alongside two cellists, electric guitar, tuba, and drums. They have performed everywhere from Latitude to Ether festivals, la Gaîté Lyrique, and Le Guess Who, to classical music festivals and residencies.

Recent projects include collaborations with Laura Marling and The Stranglers for the first 6Music Prom, commissions for the Aurora Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and The Living Earth Show, Installations for Sleep-Pods in Singapore and Park Benches in Hong Kong, and the world's first Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra.

Meredith's debut album Varmints was released on Moshi Moshi/PIAS in March 2016.

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