Deborah Pritchard won a British Composer Award for her solo violin piece ‘Inside Colour’ in 2017. She has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and released commercially by NMC, Signum, Nimbus and Orchid Classics. Her work has been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Singers, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Manchester Camerata and the English String Orchestra.
As a synaesthetic composer she has worked with numerous visual artists including Maggi Hambling, Hughie O’Donoghue and Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. Her large orchestral piece ‘The Angel Standing in the Sun’ after the painting by JMW Turner was commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra (Panufnik Scheme) and premiered by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Lichfield Festival in 2016. Her violin concerto ‘Wall of Water’ after the paintings by Maggi Hambling was performed at the National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Theatre by violin soloist Harriet Mackenzie and the English String Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Woods in 2015, held to critical acclaim by Gramophone as a ‘work that will take ones breath away’. She also paints music and has been commissioned 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.’
Choral works includes ‘Benedicite’ for choir and trumpet premiered by Simon Desbruslais and the Worcester College Chapel Choir, conducted by Nicholas Freestone at St John’s Smith Square in May 2014 to celebrate the Tercentenary of Worcester College, Oxford; ‘Lord’s Prayer’, premiered by Stephen Darlington and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford in 2009 (winner of the Orlando Prize), and ‘EXODUS’ premiered by David Todd and the Arts Choir in 2015, performed by the BBC Singers for a BASCA concert inspired by the refugee experience on BBC Radio 3 in 2018.
She was awarded an entrance scholarship to study composition with Simon Bainbridge for her MMus Degree at the Royal Academy of Music, subsequently holding the post of Junior Manson Fellow, and was awarded her DPhil from Worcester College, Oxford where she studied with Robert Saxton. She currently teaches composition tutorials at the University of Oxford. She was composer in residence at the Lichfield Festival, 2016 through the Sound and Music Embedded scheme and her work features in the ‘Hitting the right note: Amazing Women of the Royal Academy of Music’ exhibition on display at the Royal Academy of Music.