Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘maximalist’ ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock - or as the Guardian said: "majestic bangers".
Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances in the M6 Services, PRADA fashion campaigns, numerous films, installations and documentaries, pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and broadcast on Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.
Her debut album, Varmints was released in March 2016 on Moshi Moshi/PIAS and has already attracted numerous 4 and 5 star reviews from press and media around the world including Pitchfork’s coveted Best New Music. Varmints has just won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY Award). She is published by a new partnership between Warp Publishing & Faber Publishing.
Anna is also a regular TV and Radio guest, judge and panel member on numerous shows including as Goldie's mentor for the TV show Classic Goldie. She has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RPS/PRS Composer in the Housewith Sinfonia ViVA, the classical music representative for the 2009 South Bank Show Breakthrough Award and winner of the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.
Her recent piece Connect It was written for the BBC’s award winning Ten Pieces scheme which involved half of all UK Primary school children working on Connect It as well as Anna leading broadcasts, workshops and performances including at Radio 2’s Proms in the Park to 40,000 people. Anna's two EPs - Black Prince Fury and Jet Black Raider were released on Moshi Moshi Records to critical acclaim including Drowned in Sound's Single of the Year.
She performs with her band of classical musicians and a line up of Anna on clarinet and electronics plus two cellists (Gemma Kost & Dan Hammersley), electric guitar (Jack Ross), tuba (Tom Kelly) and drums (Sam Wilson).After a sell-out Varmints album launch (awarded 5 stars by the Guardian) at London’s ICA the band are touring and performing at numerous UK and EU headline shows and festivals throughout 2016 including Glastonbury, Field Day, Latitude, Rewire, End of the Road, Pohoda and Les Nuits.
Other recent projects have included collaborations with Laura Marling and The Stranglers for the first 6Music Prom, commissions for the Aurora Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Living Earth Duo, Installations for Sleep-Pods in Singapore and Park Benches in Hong Kong and the world's first Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra.
Plans for 2016 include a new piece for the Kronos Quartet, working with her sister, illustrator Eleanor Meredith on a new piece Anno, incorporating Vivaldi's Four Seasons for the Scottish Ensemble, pieces for Big Band, remixes, arrangements and film work including new music for Jaques Audiard’s latest film Dheepan.