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Anna Meredith: Momentum

Anna Meredith: Momentum



Activity: Composer and Producer Anna Meredith plans to use her Momentum Funding on her first UK tour for her six piece band in March/April 2016. The tour is timed to coincide with the release of Anna’s debut album Varmints on Moshi Moshi Records/PIAS in March next year and will be the first time audiences around the UK can hear this exciting new material in the flesh. The funding will also support the creation of new artwork and promotional materials.


Shape-shifting mutations have been the hallmark of Anna Meredith’s vibrant career. Aside from sharing bills with Anna Calvi, James Blake and These New Puritans, her dizzying CV includes being Composer in Residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a piece written for MRI scanner, sound-tracking PRADA’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign, symphonies created for nursery children, music for park benches in Hong Kong and sleep-pods in Singapore. On one hand, she collaborated with Laura Marling and The Stranglers on intricate orchestral arrangements for the first 6Music Prom, on the other, her own Last Night of the Proms composition Froms simultaneously performed by five symphony orchestras across the UK, was broadcast to an audience of 40 million people (including a handful of flag-waving purists who felt compelled to send her hate mail). On even more hands – all 165 of the National Youth Orchestra’s, to be specific – her piece Handsfree, devised around the explosive clatter and thwack of body percussion, received rave reviews from it’s performances at Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre and even the M6 services.

The follow-up to her two EPs, 2012’s Black Prince Fury, and 2013’s Jet Black Raider, Varmints was recorded with drummer and percussionist Sam Wilson, guitarist Jack Ross and cellist Gemma Kost, at the famous Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk, Hackney Road Studios in London and Meredith’s own flat. The record is called Varmints because these songs represent ideas she could not shake off, a welcome infestation of “musical pests.”

Anna said:

I’m so chuffed to be awarded Momentum Funding – I’ve been working on this album for over two years now and it means more than I can say to get it out there and have the support to realise my live performances, to pay my amazing band, and to create new artwork and promotional materials.



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