Photo of Anna Meredith in her studio

Anna Meredith | In the Studio

About Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and straddles the worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, soundtracks, techno, installations and experimental rock.

Her music has been performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances at the M6 Services. It has been used in PRADA, Chloe & Fendi fashion campaigns, adverts, films, TV shows, installations and pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.

Anna has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the RPS/PRS Composer in the House with Sinfonia ViVA. She is also a regular presenter for BBC Radio 3 and 6Music and a radio and TV guest, judge and panel member on numerous shows (including appearing as Goldie's mentor for the TV show Classic Goldie).

Her music is published by a partnership between Warp Publishing & Faber Music Publishing, and she is one of the first Somerset House Studios Residents. She was voted Number One in The List's Hot100 (of Cultural Contributors to 2016), made the 2018 BBC Women’s Hour Power List and was awarded an MBE for services to music in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

In 2022 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Napier University and was awarded a Fellowship to the Royal College of Music.

Her debut album, Varmints was released in March 2016 to huge critical acclaim with 4 and 5 star reviews from press and media around the world including Pitchfork’s coveted Best New Music. Varmints was Loud & Quiet's Album of the Year 2016 & won the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award.

Her second album, FIBS, was released in October 2019 and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize as well as being named Electronic Sound’s Album of the Year 2019. It featured in numerous End of Year lists including Loud & Quiet, Paste, Stereogum and received 4 and 5 star reviews across the board.

For the past 7 years Anna has collaborated with her band - three of the UK’s leading instrumentalists - Maddie Cutter on cello, Jack Ross on guitar and Sam Wilson on drums. They have toured extensively including sold-out headline shows around the UK including EartH, ICA, The Scala, Oval Space and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as well as appearances at Glastonbury, Latitude, Transmusicales & SXSW festivals.

Their live show has been described as ‘sheer exhilaration’ (New York Times), while NPR’s Bob Boilen described their show and subsequent Tiny Desk performance as ‘a stormy, ecstatic, endlessly danceable thrill to behold… the best artist I’ve seen at SXSW and one of the most creative bands I’ve seen in years. Music for the head, the heart, the ass and the feet’.

She is currently working on her third studio album.

At MIF23, Anna Meredith performs her Mercury Prize-shortlisted album FIBS with the Royal Northern College of Music Festival Orchestra.

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