about

Kirsty Devaney (b.1990) is a British composer currently studying with Joe Cutler and Howard Skempton at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Kirsty is only at the start of her professional career but has already gained recognition for her work. In 2011 she was nominated and shortlisted for a British Composer Award for her piece 'Hadal Zone' written for CoMA London. Kirsty has been involved in many projects and had opportunities to work with professional ensembles and performers such as members of the WNO (Welsh National Opera), Orkest de ereprijs, Chris Redgate, CHROMA and many more. Her next projects include writing for Orchestra of the Swan, the Thallein Ensemble, Sarah Watts, CoMA and BCMG (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group).

Kirsty draws influences from many composer including Morton Feldman, Ligeti, Kajia Saariaho, Kevin Volans and has been fortunate to participate in masterclasses with composers such as Huw Watkins, Louis Andriessen, Richard Ayres and Jo Kondo.

A confident and inventive orchestrator and arranger, Kirsty has sold many arrangements online and had them performed all over the world at music festivals by ensembles such as Chroma. She has also been involved in re-orchestrating Mark-Anthony Turnage’s ‘Blood on the Floor’ for Orkest de ereprijs. Kirsty also plays a key role as an orchestrator and administrator for Birmingham’s annual event 'The 48 Hour Musical'.

Kirsty takes an active interest in promoting new music and musical education and is currently working with BCMG on their ‘Imagine Compose’ project. She has set up many concerts and is running a series of composition workshops in schools.

“Kirsty Devaney is emerging as one of the most exciting composers of her generation. Her music is bold, constantly inventive, containing real emotional depth. It's music that draws you in, and doesn't let you go.”

Joe Cutler, composer

“It was a delight to work with such fine musicians and with Kirsty whose music is already so clear and distinctive. It’s beautifully precise and yet also subtly mysterious.”

Howard Skempton, composer