DONNA MCKEVITT
COMPOSER

A work of unpretentious beauty... She writes in an uncomplicated yet never predictable musical language..The Times 

McKevitt makes beauty out of grief...
...The Evening Standard 

Her music has a harmonic austerity, redolent of ‘holy minimalist’ composers, all the more moving for it’s restraint....Gramophone


Like some exquisite morsel, Donna McKevitt's ‘Cut’ leaves an aftertaste that lingers long after its sixteen minutes are over....Textura

                             

        

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 during that time collaborated with artists Nick Cave, Tricky, Simon Fisher Turner 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 BlueTranslucence her Opus 1, went on to be recorded and released on Warner Classics, receiving five star reviews across classical publications and National newspapers.

Donna lived in Sarajevo in the early 2000s where she played viola in the Sarajevo Philharmonic. Nowadays, she sings a bit and plays the viola with lots of pedals. 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 Mark Cousins. A Song Still Inside, a film which deals with issues surrounding male suicide by Ed Lovelace and James Hall was released last year.(full film link below)

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 is in high demand by ensembles around the world and has been performed at The Tate,The Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells and at festivals and venues in the UK and abroad.She has recently been commissioned by vocal consort Voces8 to create two new works for their Live from London Summer series.You can listen to Keeping Quiet here

Donna recently completed the score for Mark Cousins’ feature documentary The Story of Looking which closed the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival this year. Donna will be working on a new film with Mark very soon.....







NEWS


Concert - A new production by acclaimed director Tim Albery - Garden of Vanished Pleasures. Music by Donna McKevitt and Cecilia Livingston. world premiere on the 1st September 2021.
Buy tickets here: https://soundstreams.ca/digitalpass/

Theatre   - Bitterenders  by Hannah Khalil directed by Maxine Peake at
The Arcola Theatre on July 9th 2021.
Buy tickets here: https://www.stream.theatre/season/167

Concert- two new works for vocal consorts Voces8 and Apollo5 as part of their Live from London Summer Series on the 15th August 2021.
Buy tickets here: 
https://voces8.foundation/livefromlondon-summer

Film -  The Story of Looking by Mark Cousins-  Closing film at The Sheffield Documentary Festival 2021.

New Release - Single release of Alai, a collaboration with Carnatic vocalist Supriya Nagaran this summer 2021.  


Premiere of new work Lament 16 at The Dunster Festival, commissioned and performed by The Marian Consort  on May 29th 2021.             


Releases - One Day Band album released on Trestle Records January 2021.  Link here: 
https://trestlerec.bandcamp.com/album/one-day-band-24



Donna McKevitt is supported by PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund in partnership with Jerwood Arts.













Contact:

Gary Downing at Leland Originals gary@lelandoriginals.com

 
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WATCH




Score




The Story of Looking - feature documentary. By Mark Cousins


A Song Still Inside - short film
Directed by Ed Lovelace and James Hall





The Fold - feature Film
Directed by John Jencks





Blue- feature film directed by Derek Jarman
Original score by Simon Fisher Turner.
Vocal settings by Donna McKevitt.



Brand 



Vogue Germany 
Vogue Arabia


Vogue Italia Brand Film
Vogue Italia 


Jo Malone 


                        Fat Magazine                                                                  


  China Vogue 




Art 

                            

Film by Helga Fannon



Film for Heritage Lab 
































































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