Anna Appleby (Mike Plunkett, 2023)

"There is wonderful variety within this programme, from the glittery Glisk by Aileen Sweeney to

Anna Appleby’s song without words Sonnet 43, all beautifully realised by the CBSO."


★★★★ - Claire Jackson, BBC Music Magazine



Anna Appleby’s Sonnet 43 was a passionate song without words, inspired by the irrationality and terror of grief as expressed in one of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poems.  The piano had a concertante role, occasionally combative and at different times forming an uneasy union with the other instruments.  The instrumentation was invariably inventive, with a striking interpolation, near the end, of brightly coloured whirly tubes.  Alternately barbed and shadowy, Anna Appleby’s bold, far-reaching score embraced the wild and shocking qualities of mourning, as well as conveying the depth of pain of a lament.


CBSO Sounds New - Paul Conway, Musical Opinion (April 2023)


Pay the Piper - Winner of 'Best Opera' at the International YAM Awards, 2022

Composed by Anna Appleby, Ailie Robertson, Cecilia Livingston and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade with libretto by Hazel Gould

Pay the Piper with Glyndebourne Youth Opera and Psappha (Richard Hubert Smith, 2022)




...the score flows seamlessly while allowing the musical personalities to shine. ★★★★

Pay the Piper with Glyndebourne Youth Opera - The Stage (Feb 2022)

The music is played by Psappha and although at time is complex and modern there is an underlying sense of a folk tradition. And the music is wonderful as is the libretto which is accessible and at all times sung with clarity, negating the need for the surtitles.

What soon came to mind was that this new work has real potential to be seen and heard again and again... ★★★★★


Pay the Piper with Glyndebourne Youth Opera - Latest Brighton (Feb 2022)



The Piper’s story, together with the framing passages, the interludes and the opening and closing music, was composed by Anna Appleby.  Bold yet hintingly plaintive motifs introduce The Piper...


Pay the Piper with Glyndebourne Youth Opera - Mark Aspen (Feb 2022) 




Citizens of Nowhere opera-ballet at Tete a Tete Festival 2017, choreographed by Dane Hurst. Photos by Claire Shovelton

"an excellent addition to the repertoire of adventurous saxophonists"


Anna Appleby‘s 5-minute solo saxophone piece 13.8 Billion Years began as a soaring melody, before exploding into florid life peppered with key-clicks (which, for once, didn’t seem like an overused effect) and sharp multiphonic colourations. Amy Green’s performance of the piece was fantastic: beautifully controlled through the opening, and genuinely mesmerising as the work developed, coming across like a snake charmer. Though both the title and the premise of the piece were (deliberately?) preposterous, it didn’t matter; I interpreted it that the previous 13.8 billion years had all been leading up to this particular moment – a wait that felt totally worth it.


HCMF Shorts - 5 against 4 (Nov 2021)

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