Dr Deborah Pritchard is Visiting Research Fellow at Keble College and Associate of both the Faculty of Music, Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music. She is an award-wining British composer known for her compositional approach informed by synaethsesia.
Deborah won a British Composer Award for her solo violin piece Inside Colour in 2017 and has been performed worldwide by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philharmonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Singers and the Choir of New College Oxford. She has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and released commercially by NMC, Signum, BIS, Orchid Classics, Nimbus, Hyperion and Linn Records. Deborah studied composition with Simon Bainbridge for her MMus Degree at the Royal Academy of Music and completed her DPhil at Worcester College, Oxford with Robert Saxton.
She has collaborated with numerous visual artists including Maggi Hambling, Hughie O’Donoghue and Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir with her music reviewed by Gramophone as ‘work that will take one’s breath away’. She also paints music, having created a series of music maps for the London Sinfonietta described in The Times as ‘beautifully illustrated…paying visual homage to those wonderful medieval maps of the world.’ Her paintings were displayed at the 2017-2018 Amazing Women of the Royal Academy of Music exhibition and the 2022 Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival.
During her tenure at Keble she will work across boundaries through her interdisciplinary project The Light of the World responding to the painting by William Holman Hunt at Keble. This iconic image will not only be the starting point for a new piece for the Keble College Chapel Choir, but will also inspire projects in all fields: exploring what doors can be opened to enrich and illuminate universal themes of freedom. She will also be working on her new violin concerto Calandra for Jennifer Pike and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (to be premiered at the Barbican in December), and carry out research for her opera that engages with science and philosophy.