Described by Pitchfork as ‘one of the most innovative voices in British music’, Anna Meredith is a genre-crossing composer and producer whose work straddles the worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Music in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
After building an established career in the classical world and releasing two critically acclaimed EPs, she released her much-anticipated debut album, Varmints, on Moshi Moshi Records in 2016. The critical response saw 4 and 5 star reviews across the board from the likes of Wire, Sunday Times, Uncut, Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, DIY and the coveted Best New Music on Pitchfork. As well as being Loud & Quiet’s Album of the Year, Varmints also won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award.
In 2019 she released the Mercury Prize shortlisted follow-up – FIBS – to critical acclaim once again, being named Electronic Sound’s Album of the Year, featuring in the New York Times and Pitchfork’s Best Experimental Albums of 2019 alongside many other End of Year lists including Loud & Quiet, Paste, Stereogum and receiving 4 and 5 star reviews across the board.
For the past 7 years Anna has collaborated with her band - three of the UK’s leading instrumentalists - Maddie Cutter on cello, Jack Ross on guitar and Sam Wilson on drums. They have toured extensively including sold-out headline shows around the UK including EartH, ICA, The Scala, Oval Space and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as well as appearances at Glastonbury, Latitude, Green Man, End of the Road, Transmusicales & SXSW festivals.
Their live show has been described as ‘sheer exhilaration’ (New York Times), while NPR’s Bob Boilen described their show and subsequent Tiny Desk performance as ‘a stormy, ecstatic, endlessly danceable thrill to behold… the best artist I’ve seen at SXSW and one of the most creative bands I’ve seen in years. Music for the head, the heart, the ass and the feet’.
They recently premiered their FIBS with Orchestra production of new arrangements for band and orchestra at the Barbican, combining forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Rob Ames.
Anna’s CV features scoring for film & TV from Paul Rudd’s dark comedy Living With Yourself for Netflix to Bo Burnham’s award winning Eighth Grade for A24, being Composer in Residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, VR and AR projects including soundtracking the award-winning SURGE experience, opening the 2018 BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival with Five Telegrams in collaboration with Tony award-winning 59 Productions, soundtracking fashion campaigns from PRADA, Fendi, Chloe & Christopher Kane, and installation pieces for the Zamboni machine at Somerset House’s ice rink, a 4-part chorale for lifts for Manchester International Festival, and orchestral performances at venues from the Hollywood Bowl to flashmobs at the M6 services.
Recent projects include Bumps Per Minute - a surround sound music and visuals installation piece for dodgems with an interactive soundtrack which is triggered by the cars colliding. She soundtracked Alan Cumming and Steven Hoggett’s 2022 one man dance-theatre production BURN, and also wrote the score for forthcoming A24 feature TUESDAY. The acclaimed Ligeti Quartet are releasing NUC - an album of her string quartet works on Mercury KX in 2023.
She is a regular presenter and guest on radio (Radio 3 and BBC 6Music) and television and her music is frequently broadcast on BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 as well as in films, installations and TV. She featured in the 2018 BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List.
She is currently working on her third studio album.
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