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Composer: Meredith, Anna

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LondonProm 1: First Night of the Proms 2018

Vaughan Williams, Holst, Anna Meredith/59 Productions
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; National Youth Choir of Great Britain; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Proms Youth Ensemble
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Baroque meets Techno in Anna Meredith’s Anno

Anna Meredith © Hugh Carswell
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is used a reference in Anna Meredith’s Anno, an immersive performance by the Scottish Ensemble with surround visuals by illustrator Eleanor Meredith.
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Bright lights and spectacle from the Aurora Orchestra

Francesco Piemontesi © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The maverick Aurora Orchestra returns to the Proms, and doesn't disappoint.
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Proms 2 & 3: Ten Pieces a hit with young audience

The Firebird at the Ten Pieces Prom © BBC | Guy Levy
The BBC's Ten Pieces project culminates in a spectacular Proms event, some of it confusing for adults, but all well-received by the children.
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Post;Ballet's High-5

Post:Ballet in Tassel (with The Living Earth Show) © Tricia Cronin
Robert Dekkers' Post:Ballet presents High:5 , a full-evening program of innovative works, including Yours Is Mine, Sixes and Seven and Do Be. Reviewwed at Z Space, San Francisco 
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Orchestra of the 21st century opens Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn

Apeldoorn Town Hall © orkest de ereprijs
The Young Composers Meeting Apeldoorn was opened by the 'Orchestra of the 21st century' under Ed Spanjaard, with fascinating pieces by Anna Meredith and Louis Andriessen.
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Anna Meredith is a composer and performer of electronic and acoustic music. You can read our October 2013 interview with Anna here.

Her acoustic material has been performed around the world by many leading orchestras and ensembles. She has been composer in residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was the 2010–11 PRS/RPS Composer in the House with Sinfonia ViVA.

She came to public attention through her 2008 work froms for the BBC Last Night of the Proms and has since written another BBC Prom commission, her first opera (Tarantula in Petrol Blue with libretto by Philip Ridley) and collaborated with the beatboxer Shlomo – writing the acclaimed Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra.

Anna is also a judge for the BBC Young Musician of the Year, a mentor for Goldie for the TV show Classic Goldie, and a frequent guest and commentator for the BBC Proms and other Radio 3, 4 and 6 shows. She was the classical music representative for the 2009 South Bank Show Breakthrough Award and won the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.

Anna’s most recent pieces include Four Tributes to 4am for orchestra, electronics and visuals by Eleanor Meredith, arrangements of The Stranglers and Laura Marling for the 6 Music Prom 2013, and HandsFree, a PRS NewMusic20x12 Commission for the National Youth Orchestra, which has been called “mesmerising” and “exhilarating” by The Times, “a tour-de-force” by the Guardian and “wicked” by the Independent and was performed at numerous flashmob performances around the UK as well as performances at the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre and BBC Proms.

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