Dr Nina Whiteman

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Dr Nina Whiteman was appointed as Lecturer in Composition in 2018 and teaches a number of composition courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Nina Whiteman is a composer, singer, and educator. Described as ‘beguiling’ (The Guardian), Nina’s 2016 composition for the BBC Philharmonic was performed at the Bridgewater Hall and commissioned and broadcast by BBC Radio 3. In 2017, a commission from The Night With… series was heard in Scottish pubs, recorded for radio broadcast, commissioned with funds from Creative Scotland, and featured in M Magazine. Further recent funding success with Arts Council England enabled the commission of House of Mazes for Trio Atem, which has toured a range of performances venues across the UK.

Nina’s music has been performed widely in the UK and abroad by ensembles such as Manchester Camerata, Quatuor Danel, Dutch accordion duo TOEAC, Ealing Youth Orchestra, Psappha, Colinton Amateur Orchestra (Adopt-a-composer scheme), and Distractfold Ensemble at venues and festivals including the Cheltenham Music Festival, Kettle’s Yard, the Bridgewater Hall, Kings Place and the RNCM.

Nina has a record of innovative collaborations with practitioners from other art forms, and is co-director of Trio Atem (flute, mezzo, cello), who specialise in performances of new and recent repertoire with an emphasis on commissioning new work and cross-genre projects. Trio Atem have performed at venues and festivals including the Bridgewater Hall (BBC Philharmonic 'Ink Still Wet'), Kings Place, York Late Music Festival, and Leeds University Contemporary Music Festival. They have recorded on the another timbre label. Nina is also active as an improviser (voice, objects, electronics) and as a solo performer. 

Read more about her current work at www.ninawhiteman.com

 

Nina's current research applies research into maze and labyrinth design to sonic and notational outcomes. In 2017-18, her compositions have investigated this area in varying ways. House of Mazes (2017) is a series of mazes for perfomers to navigate according to different rules, Thread (2017) requires the flute player to follow a visual and a sonic maze simultaneously, Maze-Vortex ('White Light') (2017) establishes another game-like scenario, and TOMB (2018) plunges the performer into a disused mine where they respond to lighting changes in the video, whilst navigating a modular maze-like score.

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