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Distinguished Visiting Professor Judith Weir

Meet Judith Weir, one of Britain’s leading contemporary composers and our Distinguished Visiting Professor

“Britain’s foremost female composer..." (The Telegraph)

“Her love of the voice, coupled with a natural dramatic gift and a genuine urge to tell stories through music, come together in what are unquestionably some of the greatest operas of late 20th century…” (Classic  FM)

Judith Weir
Judith Weir is one of the most distinguished British composers. She is the composer and librettist of several widely performed operas whose diverse sources include Icelandic sagas, Chinese Yuan Dynasty drama and German Romanticism.

Often drawing on sources from medieval history, as well as the traditional stories and music of her native Scotland, she is best known for her operas and theatre works, although she has also achieved considerable international renown for her extensive catalogue of orchestral and chamber works.
For many years she has worked, in England and India, with storyteller Vayu Naidu; and on film and music collaborations with director Margaret Williams. She spent some time as resident composer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and has also written music for the Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras.

Judith's music has achieved considerable popularity with audiences and critics alike. She trained with John Tavener while still at school and subsequently with Robin Holloway at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1976.

She is also a noted teacher in masterclasses, workshops and summer schools and has held a number of composer residencies and visiting professorships, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1995-98), Oxford University (1999), the Princeton University (2000-01) and Harvard University (2004). She was appointed Distinguished Visiting Research Professor at Cardiff University in 2006.

The BBC paid Judith the honour of devoting its January weekend festival in 2008 to her music. Called Judith Weir: Telling the Tale, the festival took place between 18-20 January at the Barbican Centre in London.

Judith Weir is published by Chester Novello. For a full biography, list of works, programme notes and discography, visit her web pages at Chester Novello.