BBC performance for postgraduate composer

Kirsty_Devaney-130832515616432393A talented PhD student is set to see her latest piece of music played on BBC Radio after impressing critics with her unique style of composition.

Kirsty Devaney has had one of her pieces chosen to be played on BBC Radio 3 as part of a special programme featuring new compositions.

The researcher wrote the piece titled [as if on a pivot], as part of the Adopt a Composer project. The scheme pairs amateur music groups with a talented young composer to create a new piece of music, culminating in a premiere performance and a recording by Radio 3.

The project is a unique opportunity for amateur musicians to work directly with a composer, actively involving them in the creative process. The composer has a chance to form a close working relationship with the group, something which is not always possible with professional commissions.

Kirsty has been working with the Arden Recorder Orchestra to help compose the new piece which was premiered at St Catherine’s Academy in Bolton on Saturday 27 June. She explains: “The Adopt a Composer scheme pairs composers with a range of different ensembles including choirs, orchestra, string groups as well as more unconventional ensembles.”

Kirsty commented: “I enjoy creating new and unusual sound worlds through experimentation with timbre and using extended techniques. Structurally the music grows and develops organically within a harmonic landscape that is familiar but tainted.”

Kirsty works as a freelance composer and was shortlisted for a British Composer Award in 2011. She has worked with organisations including THSH (Town Hall Symphony Hall) Birmingham and Stratford Literary Festival and composed for ensembles such as Orkest de Ereprijs, The Schubert Quartet, Noszferatu and BCMG.

In 2013 she was awarded the Principal’s Prize and gained a place as a Junior Fellow at Birmingham Conservatoire. She is currently completing a PhD at the School in Education under the supervision of Professor Martin Fautley and Professor Janet Hoskyns. Kirsty’s research looks at how composition is taught at secondary schools.

David Curtis, Artistic Director of the Orchestra of the Swan, has praised Kirsty’s work commenting: “Kirsty has a clear and refreshing voice as a composer and engages with musicians, students and audiences alike.”

Listen to Kirsty’s piece on YouTube >>