Anna Meredith To Lead Brighter Sound’s Residency For Young Female Artists

Brighter Sound is working with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and are excited to announce that the incredible Anna Meredith will be leading their next Artistic Directors Series alongside guitarist and composer Jack Ross and visual artist Eleanor Meredith.

Anna will lead a four­ day residency from 18th – 21th July for young and emerging female musicians and multi­disciplinary artists to collaborate and create new work inspired by the Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry. Produced by Brighter Sound in collaboration with the Museum of Science and Industry for the Science in the City Festival, and sits within Brighter Sound’s Here Come the Grrrls (HCTG) season of women in music, funded by Youth Music.

“I’m so excited to be leading Brighter Sound’s summer residency in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry – this fascinating museum is going to be a brilliant starting point for new musical and visual work and I can’t wait to see what we all come up with! I’ll be bringing in my long-term collaborators, workshop leader and guitarist Jack Ross and my sister, visual artist Eleanor Meredith, with whom I’ve worked on several successful cross­ media projects over the years. We’re all passionate about supporting young female creators, and collaborating on new work in such an inspiring setting will be a great place to work together, exploring both collaborative large group pieces and giving space to develop individual ideas.” – Anna Meredith

Who is Anna Meredith?

Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘maximalist’ ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre­ defying’ and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock. Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to flash mob body­ percussion performances in the M6 Services, PRADA fashion campaigns, numerous films, installations and documentaries, pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and broadcast on Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6. Her debut album, Varmints has just been released on Moshi Moshi/PIAS and has already attracted numerous 4 and 5 star reviews from press and media around the world including Pitchfork’s coveted Best New Music.

Check out her video for Taken now.


This is a unique and special opportunity for young and emerging female musicians and multi­ disciplinary artists from across Greater Manchester to work intensively with Anna, Jack and Eleanor to challenge their creativity against this innovative backdrop.

It’s the sort of opportunity that money can’t buy, that decides a career, turns on a light, ignites a creative candle – a candle that shines upon your face and lets the world know who you are. It’s the kind of opportunity that can give someone the boost they need for stepping on into the next generation of British music”Bethan, residency participant.

How do I apply?

All female musicians (composers, performers, producers etc.) and multi­disciplinary artists aged 16­-25 are invited to apply.

Dates: Mon 18 – Thurs 21 Jul 2016, 10am – 4pm
Performance: Weds 27 Jul 2016 (Day rehearsal and evening performance, times TBC)
Applicants must be available to attend all sessions in person at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.
Expenses: £100 for the five days (four­ day residency plus performance day).
Applicants must be female and aged 16­-25 years


As part of the programme, a groundbreaking new exhibition will open on 23 July. Wonder Materials: Graphene & Beyond is a world premiere, created by the Museum of Science and Industry, in partnership with the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. The exhibition will feature the Graphene Suite (music composed by Sara Lowes following a Brighter Sound commission in 2015). Participants will collaborate to compose original music and visual art inspired by this exhibition.

HCTG is Brighter Sound’s exciting free programme of residencies, masterclasses, courses, debates and discussions designed to celebrate, profile and inspire female musicians. It is our positive response to low levels of female participation that is mirrored by the gender gap in the music industry.

Join the conversation #hctg

If this sounds up your street get applying now it’s only open until Friday 1st July and please let me know if you do apply.



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