We are excited to be working with the following composers as part of the Listen Imagine Compose Primary Project:

Richard Barnard

Richard Barnard is a British Composer. He has been commissioned by singers, ensembles, opera companies and festivals including Welsh National Opera, Opera North, CBSO, The Gesualdo Six, Bath Festival and Bristol Cathedral Choir. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed nationally and internationally by musicians including Mark Padmore, Amy Dickson and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. His projects as Barnard & Karani focus on comic song and opera with soprano Elizabeth Karani. Their videos have been published online by Royal Opera House, Classic FM and Opera North. Richard also designs and delivers innovative education projects with many of the UK's leading ensembles, venues and opera companies. www.richardbarnard.com

Michael Betteridge

Described as ‘inventive’ (The Financial Times) and ‘bold’ and ‘colourful’ (The Times) Michael is a composer with an eclectic output creating work that challenges and inspires audiences and performers alike. Predominantly working with voice, theatre and with nonprofessional/young performers he has created work for the likes of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Cheltenham Music Festival, London Symphony Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. His music has featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and he has received accolades for his work in the UK and abroad including nominations for an RPS Award (Across the Sky) and an Icelandic Music Award (#echochamber). He is artistic director of the open access low voiced LGBTQ+ choir The Sunday Boys.

Kirsty Devaney

Kirsty Devaney is a composer, music educator and researcher based in Birmingham. She specialises in creating new music for and with non-professional and young musicians, which led to her to being shortlisted for a British Composer award. She has since had commissions to work with the London Symphony Orchestra and had her music aired on Radio 3. In 2013 she found and continues to run the Young Composers Project at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. www.kirstydevaney.com

Rob Jones

Rob Jones is a composer and community music practitioner based in Birmingham. He studied composition at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague before co-founding Misfits Music, an organisation that aims to bring people together through music. Rob's experience as a composer extends from projects with the Dutch National Opera and the Residentie Orkest to writing for an amateur choir as part of Sound and Music's Adopt a Composer Scheme. As well as composing, Rob is a teacher in many settings including Visiting Tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Composition Department. More information about Rob can be found on obski.com or misfitsmusic.org.uk

Chloe Knibbs

Chloe Knibbs is a composer exploring storytelling, theatricality and sidelined voices with a particular emphasis on feminist perspectives.  Included in the British Music Collection, her work includes compositions for opera and music theatre, orchestra, chamber music, art song and choir. Her music has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and performed by a number of ensembles including the Riot Ensemble, Birmingham Opera Company and Project Instrumental. Chloe's work has also received support from PRS Women Make Music Scheme and Jerwood Arts. 

Liz Lane

Liz Lane’s music has been broadcast on ITV, BBC1 and BBC Radio 3 and performed in major venues throughout the UK and abroad; performers have included Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Carducci Quartet, Symphonic Brass of the RAF and Cory Band. Recent commissions comprise a co-creative inter-generational choral project in London and a work for fanfare band, premiered in Holland. She frequently facilitates innovative music projects and events, including most recently a concert involving 280 musicians at Aerospace Bristol. She is published by Composers Edition, Kirklees Music, Wright & Round and BrookWright Music. www.lizlane.co.uk

Lady Nade

Singer-Songwriter, Performer and Music Facilitator Lady Nade has performed in countless locations, from underground bars to festival fields, concert venues and European cities appearing on Channel 4 ‘Traitors. Earning plaudits on BBC2, BBC Introducing and BBC4 Radio Show she pours creativity into every song she writes, often lavishing them with a recipe to match filling your heart with words and melodies that nourish both body and soul.

Her latest song ‘Ain’t One Thing’ was nominated for Best Song at The AMAUK Jan 2021 awards and features on her upcoming album ‘Willing’. It promotes positive body image, anti-bullying and anti-shaming through musical expression.

A patron of Music Venue Trust and an active charity fundraiser, Lady Nade continues to use the power of her creativity and songwriting through performance and workshops to aid health and well-being. www.ladynade.co.uk

Natalie Mason

Natalie is a composer, performer, educator and researcher whose work takes her into schools, arts settings and community spaces. Recently her music has been played on BBC Radio 3 and in the largest wholesale market in Europe. She composes for a range of ensembles including bands Into The Zoetrope and Kamura Obscura. Since 2015, Natalie has been directing the Multicultural Music Making project (MMM) she created in partnership with Friction Arts, supported by Youth Music. MMM is guided and informed by children and families in the West Midlands, who learn and share music alongside composition and performance opportunities. Natalie is currently researching international and intercultural music-making as a Midlands4Cities PhD student at the University of Birmingham.