Kate Whitley piano/composer
I Am I Say - NMC Composer Debut Disc CD
"This debut portrait album showcases Whitley, who is not yet 30, as a lush harmonist, an orchestrator who handles instruments boldly... and a melodist who isn’t afraid of big rhapsodic elegies. The performances are direct and excellent."
Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 31 March 2017
Read the full review here.
"This selection, expertly conducted by the orchestra’s [Multi-Story] other co-founder, Christopher Stark, is an excellent introduction to her sonic world... It culminates in I Am I Say, a tremendous work for primary school children and orchestra... It is darkened and deepened by complex but deftly organised instrumental textures that rise to an ecstatic climax... Capricious, yet cogent, Whitley's music has admirably user-friendly surfaces that conceal hidden intensities. We will hear much more of her."
Richard Morrison, The Times, 18 April 2017
"Make no mistake, Kate Whitley is a composer to watch."
Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone Magazine, May 2017
“Alongside [Multi-Story Orchestra] there's been another success story: that of Whitley’s own music... Here, NMC's invaluable Debut Discs series provides a snapshot of a fresh and individual creative voice, sometimes still finding itself, often speaking clear and true. Like Britten and Maxwell Davies, Whitley values writing for local communities and for children. She's clearly got the knack; the title track is a stirring look at our place in the natural world."
Rebecca Franks, BBC Music Magazine, May 2017
Listen to excerpts from the disc here.
Watch BBT's Artist Profile film about Kate Whitley and this recording here.