Last Breaths (2018)

Commissioned for and premiered on the Glyndebourne Tour 2018 in 'Behind the Curtain', presented by Chris Addison, Last Breaths reimagines Aida's death in the context of her cultural identity. It is an orchestral miniature suitable for a mixture of abilities.

Hypomania (2018)

Composed for a workshop with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as part of the Composers' Hub 2017/18, Hypomania is a ten-minute piece for symphony orchestra that explores mood swings and listlessness.

Turbines (2018)

Composed collaboratively with Glasgow-based community orchestra Merchant Sinfonia, Turbines was the result of Anna's 2017/18 'Adopt A Composer' residency run by Making Music and Sound and Music in association with BBC Radio 3 and with support from the PRS Foundation. The premiere took place at Glasgow City Halls on 17th June 2018 and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January 2019. Turbines is inspired by the wind turbines surrounding Glasgow, especially those along the train route to Manchester, and is an ode to Scotland's commitment to renewable energy.

Read Anna's blog about Adopt A Composer here

Blog 1: Gaining Momentum in Scotland

Blog 2: Nature Meets Technology

Blog 3: Shaping the Music

Blog 4: The Premiere

Listen to Anna's interview on BBC Radio 3 here

Image by Ian Watson

Three Miniatures (2017)

Composed for a workshop with Het Balletorkest, the orchestra of Dutch National Ballet, conducted by Matthew Rowe in 2017 with mentorship from Tarik O'Regan, these miniatures explore different approaches to orchestration. Read about Anna's connection with Dutch National Ballet here.

Federalizing Zoo (2016)

Originally composed for a workshop with Manchester Camerata, Federalizing Zoo received its world premiere at 2nd Prize at the 'Mozarts of Tomorrow' concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in January 2016. It was later performed and recorded by RNCM Wind Ensemble. Federalizing Zoo is the disastrous aftermath  - and an anagram - of Le Nozze di Figaro and incorporates themes from the opera's Overture as well as 'Voi che'.


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Definitions (2016)

To the Lighthouse (2015)

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