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Waley-Cohen, Freya (b1989)
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Freya Waley-Cohen

born: 20 February 1989
country: United Kingdom

Freya Waley Cohen is a composer from London. Her music has been performed in the Sage Gateshead, St John’s Smith Square, The British Film Institute, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Maritime Museum, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens and at Aldeburgh, Tanglewood, Dartington, Cheltenham, Ryedale and Spitalfields festivals by musicians including Orchestra of the Swan, Manson Ensemble conducted by Oliver Knussen, CHROMA ensemble, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Having been a Britten-Pears Young Artist, 2013-16, she holds an Open Space Residency at Aldeburgh Music, with which she is creating Permutations a performance artwork created in collaboration with two architectural designers and a violinist. Permutations launched at the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival. She was 2013 Composer in Residence at Northern Chords festival, Sage Gateshead, 2013 Apprentice Composer with Orchestra of the Swan, was a 2016 Composition Fellow at Tanglewood Festival, and is Associate Composer of Non-Classical, Magnard Ensemble and Reverie Choir. While at the Royal Academy of Music, Freya was awarded the 2013 J.E. West Prize, and was 2014-2015 Manson Fellow.

She is a founding member and artistic director of the Listenpony concert series, commissioning body and record label. Upcoming premieres of Freya’s works include a tour of her new work Bandstand with the Street Orchestra of London, and new string quartets at the 2017 Sante Fe Music Festival and the Wigmore Hall.


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