England has long been home to talented musicians throughout the ages and the 21st century is no exception to the rule. When you think of classical musicians, you may go straight to powdered wigs and stuffy chamber music. Scratch that image from your memory. Here is a look at England's new class of female modern classical composers. Their extraordinary talent and class blow the traditional image of a classical composer right out of the water, and you'll definitely want to keep an eye on the horizon for these talented ladies.
Kerry Andrew is a composer, performer and educator that is based in London, England. She has a broad repoitoire of styles and gracefully infuses jazz, folk, pop, and other sounds into her music. She is the proud recipient of a 2010 British Composer Award, and has been heard on a variety of radio stations including BBC Radio 3 and 4, 6Music, Classic FM, and more. Her unique blend of artistry can be heard in this video titled Rhymes and Charms for Fly-Away Things.
Anna Clyne is a London based composer who creates some of the most unique and eclectic instrumental music I've ever heard… and that's saying something. Her instrumental genius can be experienced by listening to Choke, Night Ferry, and Two by Four. Each of her compositions take on a life of its own. There is nothing generic or bland about her work, and she proves that classical composers are artists in their own right.
Emily Howard is a brilliant British composer who hails from Liverpool, England and boasts and outstanding catalog of works. Her outstanding brand of creativity can be sampled in her work with compositions such as Hope, Songs from Dickens, Obsidian, Wild Clematis in Winter, and more.
Anna Meredith is another shining star among composers in the UK. Meredith is a composer of primarily acoustic and electronic music, she has been a composer in residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, she has been a judge for the BBC Young Musician of the Year, and winner of the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers. Some of her best works include Never Wonder, Nautilus, and Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra.
Charlotte Bray is a tremendously talented composer who has won a wide variety of awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society composition prize of 2010. She was the Composer-in-Residence for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Her compositions have been performed by the London Sympony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the London Music Masters. Some of her best works include Beyond a Fallen Tree and At the Speed of Stillness.