Anna R. Matthews: Composer

Anna Matthews is a composer of contemporary classical music, based in Exeter, England, and is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.Photo: Anna Matthews Born in Devon, Anna studied music at Durham University and specialised in composition under Martyn Harry, graduating in 2005 with first class honours and the Rosalind Dickinson Prize. She has since furthered her studies under James Weeks, Larry Goves and Michael Oliva. Writing for many combinations, from solo voice to electroacoustics, string quartet to full choir, her contemporary style is inspired by many genres of music. Elements of classical, folk and popular music may be heard, including the influences of Benjamin Britten, John Adams and the likes of Radiohead and Sigur Rós. She has a particular interest in exploring non-musical concepts in sound, from science to landscape to other artforms. Anna is passionate about remembering the First World War and has written music to mark the centenary.

Anna enjoys composing for and working with some of today’s most talented musicians and ensembles, including Exaudi, Psappha, Chroma and rarescale. She was a finalist in the King James Bible Composition Awards in 2011 with her choral work Hast thou not known? and her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Anna has been a featured new music composer in Choir & Organ magazine and is published by Recital Music.

Based in Exeter, she composes in the evenings whilst working full time managing cultural projects. She also enjoys playing the flute, dancing, photography and running the WWI commemoration blog Diary of the Great War.

Images: © A. Matthews