Anna Braithwaite's work is distinctly theatrical in nature, thought-provoking, humorous and unexpected. She studied composition at Goldsmith's University with Jeremy Peyton-Jones, where she began to experiment with the use of verbatim text in her music. Her primary motivation is to write pieces that connect directly and viscerally with both performer and audience. One of the ways her work does this is by the use of verbatim text, taken from interviews or workshops, which lends both an unvarnished honesty and a vernacular language that can move and entertain in equal measure. She explores the social currents and dynamics that interest her via the interplay between soloist and ensemble, or audience and performer. Her many years of experience as a cabaret artist have honed her techniques for dismantling the ‘fourth wall’ that is said to exist between musicians and those listening. She aims to confound peoples’ expectations of contemporary classical music and play with their preconceptions by challenging traditional structure, delivery and presentation.

Anna is best known for her work with community choirs, she collaborates with the performers using their words, research and musical ideas to create a piece of music which is unique and personal. Her recent piece for Doncaster's Quirky Choir called 'Look Up Doncaster' was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

As a performer Anna has toured with opera companies and performed her own music all over the U.K. She has worked as a cabaret artist for seventeen years and has created and performed in three sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her partner Tanya Holt. They have enjoyed working all over the world from Sydney to Cirencester, Berlin to Bangor.

She has 'animated' sculptures for artists Diane Dever and Jonathan Wright (‘Pent House Music’ 2015) and written and performed in pieces for the Folkestone Fringe (‘Cabin Cafe Cantata’ 2014) and Profound Sound festivals (‘Fait Accompli’ 2016).

She is the founder of the Montrose Composers' Club and is currently conducting a residency at Quarterhouse, Folkestone (supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Bliss Trust, Quarterhouse and UCA). She was selected for the 2014/15 Adopt a Composer scheme (supported by Sound and Music, Making Music, PRSF and BBC Radio 3) and the Composer/Curator scheme 2015/16, run by Sound and Music which will see a national tour of original works using verbatim text composed by Anna and co-curator Michael Betteridge in autumn 2016.

Image - Marie-Fleur Charlesworth


Anna Braithwaite