STEVIE WISHART | COMPOSER
Stevie Wishart explores medieval and contemporary extremes, using voices, ancient technologies such as the hurdy-gurdy, and emerging technologies of today. She studied composition at York University with Trevor Wishart, improvised and aleatoric music with John Cage in Edinburgh, postgraduate studies in early music (violin and voice) at the Guildhall, London and with a Vicente Cañada Blanch JRF at New College, University of Oxford, and through many collaboration.
The challenge of creating music for a wide range of contexts is important, such as composing for productions by Michèle Noiret (Théâtre National de Bruxelles) and Wayne McGregor, a large-scale choral work for a Proms commission with the BBC Singers & Sinfonye, and for the designer Philippe Starck. With the support of a Visiting Music Fellowship at the University of Cambridge she is currently composing a Double-Bass Concerto for the Orchestra of the Age on Enlightenment, London and The Handel and Haydn Society, Boston.
Exploring music’s unique ability to express new ideas on a level which transcends other routes of communication motivates her work as a composer (and improviser).
Gallery & Press Kit
For Press Pictures and Press Kit click here
…tasteful reworkings…the sound is superb…this release is miles above that standard and deserves an unbiased listen.”
CD: Hildegard, Limelight Magazine, May 2013
“5 Stars - ’ambient’ re-imaginings that give medievalism a modern twist…the voices of Sinfonye follow the melismatic, often wide-ranging lines with precision, fluency and sensitivity….I have a funny feeling that this disc could become a hit.”
CD: Hildegard, Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph, 26 Oct 2012
“…exquisite monodic harmonies…”
CD: Hildegard, Andy Gill, The Independent, 20 Oct 2012
For all media click here
News & Events
10 March 2016
Out of this World
Lecture recital from Stevie Wishart
This will be a musical journey that interweaves the musical spirituality of St. Hildegard of Bingen with that of a living composer who has been deeply involved with the music of Hildegard from her student days up to the present.
O choruscans lux on a cantus firmus by Hildegard of Bingen (2012) by Stevie Wishart
Azeruz (1999) by Stevie Wishart
Songs from the Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations (ed. & arranged by Stevie Wishart)
For all News & Events click here
Vespers for St Hildegard
Original music by Stevie Wishart in celebration of St Hildegard of Bingen.
Decca Records. Released October 2012
Stevie Wishart (concept, voice, hurdy-gurdy, partitive orga)
Vivien Ellis, Jocelyn West, Victoria Couper, Emily Levy, Clemmie Franks, Emily Burn (vocals)
Bill Taylor (mediaeval harps ; Guy Sigsworth, handbells, portative organ)
“…exquisite monodic harmonies…” The Independent
Originally created as a concept-CD for Decca under their title "Hildegard" to commemorate Hildegard's canonisation in Rome in 2012, this is also large-scale Vespers of original compositions by Stevie Wishart for concert and semi-liturgical performance.
News & Events
Feature - The Sound of Gesture
Historical music - Sinfonye