KATE WHITLEY

About

Kate Whitley (b. 1989) is composer and pianist who lives in South London. She runs The Multi-Story Orchestra with Christopher Stark, which is based in a car park in Peckham as part of Bold Tendencies. She won a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Special Award and a 2013 Sky Academy Futures Fund Bursary. Her 2014 piece Alive to words by Holly McNish, won a British Composers Award and was described as “a remarkable feat, with a genuine emotional gravity” (The Telegraph) She has been hailed as a ‘remarkable and innovative young musician’ (Seen and Heard International, 2012), and her music described as ‘uniquely sensitive’ (Bachtrack, 2013) and ‘powerfully moving’ (Edinburgh Fringe Review, 2011). She was 2013-4 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company, and 2015 New Music Programmer at Kettles Yard Art Gallery. Her music for Flight by choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon for Rambert toured the UK in 2016, and in 2017 Blackheath Halls are premiering her opera with librettist Sabrina Mahfouz, Paws and Padlocks, which is about two children who get trapped in a zoo overnight. Her debut disc I am I say is released by NMC Recordings in March 2017.

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