Wall of Water, the artists: Deborah Pritchard, composer


Deborah Pritchard



Composer Deborah Pritchard

Composer Deborah Pritchard


Deborah Pritchard – Composer

Described as ‘Irrepressible in its vitality’ by the Classical Source, Deborah’s work has been
broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, released by NMC and premiered by the Philharmonia
Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Singers, Allegri String Quartet, Christ Church
Cathedral Choir, Orchestra of the Swan and Retorica. Having completed her MMus at the Royal
Academy of Music with Simon Bainbridge, holding the Junior Manson Fellowship, she was
awarded her DPhil from Oxford University under Robert Saxton, winning both the Orlando
Composition Prize and the John Lowell Osgood Memorial Prize for composition.

Deborah holds a synaesthetic approach to composition with many of her works written in
response to visual artworks. Her recent trumpet concerto, Skyspace, inspired by the light art of
James Turrell, was premiered by Simon Desbruslais and the Orchestra of the Swan and is due
for commercial release by Signum Classics and a further performance by Simon and the Royal
Northern Sinfonia, cond. Rebecca Miller. Other significant premieres include Benedicite for
SSAATTBB and trumpet, to celebrate the Tercentenary of Worcester College, Oxford; Seven
Halts on the Somme for trumpet and piano, written in response to the paintings by Hughie
O’Donoghue and due for performance by Simon Desbruslais and Clare Hammond at the Ryedale
Festival; and a new violin concerto Wall of Water for violin soloist Harriet Mackenzie and the
English Symphony Orchestra, cond. Kenneth Woods, written in response to the paintings by artist
Maggi Hambling and due for performance at LSO St Luke’s, supported by the Britten-Pears
Foundation and the Arts Council of Great Britain.

Deborah is currently composition tutor at the University of Oxford and has recently attended a
residency at the Leighton Artists’ Colony, Banff Centre, Canada with funds provided by the PRS
Bliss Composer Bursaries and the Finzi Trust.