Donna McKevitt writes music. Music for film and contemporary dance and music for concert. She likes to mess around with sounds, deconstructing them and combining them with acoustic instruments. She also writes for choral groups and chamber ensembles. From time to time she releases her personal work in the form of an EP.
Donna started out in the band Miranda Sex Garden and collaborated with artists like Nick Cave, Tricky and Michael Nyman. Her first work was Translucence a song cycle of Derek Jarman’s poetry which she began when scoring music for his final film Blue. Translucence went on to be recorded and released on Warner Classics receiving five star reviews in all the Classical publications and National newspapers.
Donna lived in Sarajevo in the early 2000s where she played viola in the Sarajevo Philharmonic.
She sings a bit and plays the viola with lots of pedals, when asked nicely. She enjoys improvising with other musicians who like to make strange, wonderful sounds and recently recorded a One Day Band album with Belle Chen, Anders Holst and Thomas Stone for Trestle Records.
Her work for film includes feature films by acclaimed directors John Jencks, Derek Jarman and Ken McMullen.
Donna likes to collaborate and has a long term partnership with photographer Emma Summerton. You can view their work for Vogue and other fashion brands on this site.
She has over the years collaborated with artists in contemporary dance - with Phil Sanger, Hannah Peel, Charlotte Edmonds and poet Jan Noble and written music for vocal consorts The ORA Singers,The Gesualdo Six and The Marian Consort. Her work continues to be in demand and is performed by ensembles around the world.
Her work has been performed at The Tate, The Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells and at festivals and venues in the UK and abroad.
This year looks like an exciting one with brand new collaborations with documentary film maker Mark Cousins, director and marionette maker Guy Ward and director Athena Mandis on their film projects.
The new EP Sail and the film A Song Still Inside will also be released in 2020.
I’ve had a very busy few months working on lots of exciting new projects- several new commissions to write for choral groups and some very interesting art projects and film scores. I hope to share some of them with you soon. In the meantime,I’m happy to announce a new EP Wave will be released on the 6th November 2020. Available on all streaming services.
︎Concert News - A new production of Translucence by acclaimed director Tim Albery in Toronto January 2021.
︎Premiere of Munras, Pearl and Tyler at Three Choirs Festival 2022. More information TBA.
︎Film A Song Still Inside to premiere at The Derby Film Festival. You can view a short extract here....
A Song Still Inside. Dir. Edward Lovelace and James Hall for Pulse Films.
Vogue Germany May 2020
Jo Malone 2019 Brand film
Vogue Italia Brand Film
Fat Magazine Film
Vogue Arabia Brand Film
Vogue Espańa Brand Film
China Vogue Brand Film