Anna Appleby

Anna ApplebyAnna Appleby is a multi-award winning composer based in Manchester and the recipient of the Alan Rawsthorne Prize (2016), the Rosamond Prize (2015), and a finalist in the RNCM Gold Medal competition (2015). Earlier this year she received second prize at the Northern Sinfonia’s Mozarts of Tomorrow competition.

Anna has written a diverse range of works spanning a variety of different genres. These include a song cycle for bass-baritone and guitar, a feminist piece for soprano and full symphony, a selection of contemporary songs which combine electroacoustic techniques with folksong and ballad writing and a string quartet for the 2016 RNCM Chamber Music Festival. Anna’s piano miniature In the Beginning was the Word was commissioned and premiered by pianist Grace Francis on BBC Radio 3 for International Women’s Day 2015 and released as part of the album Sacred by Launch Music International. Anna is currently the Manchester composer in residence with Streetwise Opera and the artist in residence with Quay Voices.

“I am honoured to have been chosen for this fellowship. The opportunity to work with world-class choreographers and dancers is a life-changing one for me. My dream for the past six years has been to compose for the stage, and this is the most exciting chance I’ve had yet in this field. There is so much to learn from choreography, I think that writing for dance will revolutionise my compositional technique. Equally, I want to challenge dancers and choreographers to think about musical form, rhythm and structure in a new light. Most of all, I see myself as a collaborative artist and the Rambert music fellowship is the ideal platform for me to develop this further.” Anna Appleby

About the Music Fellowship

Rambert launched its Music Fellowship in 2010 as part of its commitment to developing future generations of artists. Fellows have been invited to work with the company for 12 months, engageing with all aspects of the company’s creative work. Tailored specifically for each fellow, fellowships can include writing music for Rambert’s choreographic development programme or for dance films, arranging and orchestrating music for our national tours, leading workshops with dancers, choreographers and musicians or curating concerts and public events with dance at the Rambert studios.  In every case, the artists have continued an ongoing relationship with Rambert after the fellowship.

Rambert’s Music Fellows to date have been:

Flux, a recording of music composed by the first five Rambert Music Fellows and featuring the Rambert Orchestra conducted by Paul Hoskins, is available from NMC recordings. Click here for details.

The Rambert Music Fellowship is supported by PRS for Music Foundation and the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.

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