Short Biography

Anna Appleby (1993-) is a Manchester-based composer. Collaboration is at the heart of her creative practice.


Anna has been the 2016/17 Music Fellow with Rambert Dance Company. She has written for numerous professional and amateur ensembles including: the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hermes Experiment, the Sunday Boys, BBC Singers, Manchester Camerata, Jonathan Powell, Het Balletorkest and A4 Brass. Her work has been performed on BBC Radio 3 and at Tete-a-Tete opera festival, and in venues including the Holywell Music Room, the Southbank Centre, RNCM Concert Hall, HOME theatre, RADA Studios, the National Theatre River Stage and the Sage Gateshead. Anna has been a composer-in-residence with Streetwise Opera, Quay Voices, Brighter Sound, the Cohan Collective, the RSNO and Merchant Sinfonia.


Originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Anna has a great love of folk and jazz, and now specialises in writing contemporary classical music. Her work includes orchestral and vocal repertoire, with opera and dance being particular interests. Anna has worked with numerous choreographers including: Dane Hurst, Michael Naylor, Jacqueline Bulnes, Nina von der Werth, Igor & Moreno, Peter Leung, Pierre Tappon, Julie Cunningham and Carolyn Bolton. She has a first-class degree in Music from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Composition from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she received tuition from Adam Gorb, Paul Patterson and David Horne. 

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