The composer, producer and performer brings her genre-defying contemporary classical, art pop, ambient, experimental rock to The Old Market. Already well known as a writer of music for other people, with her music being heard at the Proms, in motorway service station flash-mob performances and on haute-couture catwalks, she has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, regularly commissioned by orchestras around the world and the first female composer to be commissioned for the Last Night of the Proms.
In 2016, following a pair of warmly received EPs, Meredith released Varmints, her debut studio album and first-ever feature-length self-commissioned work. The album was an unqualified success. A suite that juxtaposed hulking slabs of cross-rhythm and electronics with brittle gusts of delicate confession and irresistibly addictive pop melody, the record garnered rave reviews, and has continued to win over new fans well beyond the standard album release campaign, meaning Meredith and her band were still touring it round the world and the festival circuit two years later, culminating in a sold-out performance of the album in full at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last April, backed by the Southbank Sinfonia.
Other major Meredith projects in 2018 included Anno – a boundary-pushing collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble, and Five Telegrams – a collaboration with 59 Productions, which was performed at the opening night of the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). On top of all that, she was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours list last month for services to music. So that’ll be Anna Meredith MBE, to give her full title, now.
“One of the most innovative minds in modern British music” – Pitchfork
“Meredith and her band excel at…surprising you into hearing classical instruments anew” – Guardian
“Uncategorisable electronic musician and composer” – Wire
Support comes from Ryan Vail with Elma Orkestra. Northern Irish electronic composer Ryan Vail is as much an architect as he is an artist. A true world builder he effortlessly blends the realms of electronica, acoustic & classical, always experimenting and combining analogue instruments with unique methods of recording and composition.
Age: 14+, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
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