I am currently in my 3rd year studying composition at Birmingham Conservatoire under Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton, Ed Bennett and Richard Causton, and have had masterclasses with composers such as Louis Andriessen and Jo Kondo.
I have been nominated for a British Composer Award 2011 for Hadal Zone written for CoMA London and was recently involved in a project involving the Welsh National Opera and Music Theatre Wales. Some competitions I have entered include 2nd place in the Philip Bates Prize in 2010 with ‘until dark’, a place on the conservatoire’s orchestral project with ‘Europa’ and joint 1st place in a competition to write for a recorder ensemble.
I have had many opportunities to work with professional ensembles and performers such as Chroma Ensemble, Rowland Sutherland, Chris Redgate. I have also had commissions for ensembles and performers such as a composition for a Voices Anon.
Influences include Morton Feldman, Ligeti, Kajia Saariaho, Kevin Vodands and Mark-Anthony Turnage. My compositions so far have focused a lot on very carful and detailed timbre and textures, and I am now working on developing my voice and working on rhythmic and the idea of pulse as well as experimenting with alternative forms and structures. I am very interested in orchestral and large ensemble writing having had a lot of experience in playing, orchestrating and conducting orchestras but I am also very interested in vocal music and aim to develop both.
I am also very interested in promoting new music and musical education and have set up many concerts and events, some for children, to promote new music. I am currently working with BCMG (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) in their education section and some projects I have been involved in include The 48hour Musical.
I have sold many arrangements online and had them performed by ensembles such as Chroma at the Little Missenden Festival 2011.
Hear live performances: http://soundcloud.com/kirstydevaney
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