Alwynne Pritchard is a British composer, vocalist, actor and writer based in Bergen, Norway. In her music and performances, she explores relationships between musical expression and the human voice and body. She has appeared as an actor, vocalist and physical performer in a number of stage productions, as well as directing and developing choreography for her work.
Alwynne has composed for, and performed with, leading musicians and ensembles across the globe. Her work Decoy, created at the Heinrich Strobel Stiftung in Freiburg in 2006 for the Donaueschingen Musiktage was awarded the special prize given by the Foundation Ton Bruynèl, STEIM and the Foundation GAUDEAMUS. In 2016, Alwynne was awarded the commission to create a fanfare or ‘marker’ to celebrate the opening of Snøhetta’s building for the University of Bergen’s newly created Department of Art, Music and Design, for which she created the book of text scores, up without an insistent casting away. In 2018 she was awarded a Bergen kommune arbeidsstipend in support of her work. In May 2019 Alwynne hosted and gave a solo performance at the official opening ceremony for the Bergen International festival.
In 2019 Alwynne’s second portrait disc Rockaby was released on the Kairos label, featuring works performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (with the composer as vocal soloist), Christian Dierstein, the Experimentalstudio des SWR, ensemble recherche, Klaus Steffes-Holländer and the Norwegian Naval Forces Band (among others). In 2020 her recording of Vinko Globokar’s Metamorphosis (composed for her DOG/GOD I) was released on the same label, presented alongside other work by Globokar, performed by Bergen’s BIT20 ensemble.
Alwynne’s professional life has also included stints as a writer and presenter for BBC Radio, a composition teacher at Trinity Laban in London and as Artistic Director of both the Borealis festival and BIT20 Ensemble.
Alwynne is managed by Maestro Arts and her music is published by Verlag Neue Musik.
“…playful, sinister and altogether riveting.”
– The Telegraph
“…a delivery between that of a rock-music diva and a verbal and physical contortionist…”
– ALL ABOUT JAZZ – NEW YORK
Photo: Thor Brødreskift.