Stevie Wishart

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Stevie Wishart is an English composer, improviser, and performer on the hurdy-gurdy and medieval violin. Mainly involved in contemporary music, she has also had a career in early music and has edited and recorded the complete works of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, as well as performing music from the repertoire of the medieval troubadours, trouvères and the Cantigas de Santa Maria, with the medieval group Sinfonye, which she led.

Wishart was educated at Cambridge,[1] Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music, studying composition and electronic music at the University of York with Trevor Wishart and Richard Orten. She then studied improvised and aleatoric music with John Cage and David Tudor. Later she was a member of performance ensemble Machine for Making Sense with Chris Mann, Rik Rue, Amanda Stewart and Jim Denley.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • "Last Dance" a Baroque Tango – BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, performed by the Dunedin Consort (world premiere)[3]
  • “Voicing the Dawn” – commissioned for  Ex Cathedra, premiere of version for solo voices – Hereford Cathedral, premiere for version for full choir – Birmingham Cathedral.
  • En Fugue Music – sound-track for – A Light's Travelogue by Els van Riel.
  • Out of the Mists – for harpsichord and piano. 3rd August 2017. A tone poem for harpsichord and piano inspired by the mists of the River Dart. World premiere performed by Joanna Macgregor – piano, Jane Chapman – harpsichord at the Dartington International Summer School.
  • A journey between cities in sound – Eurostar – soprano, clarinet & bass clarinet, harp, double-bass. Commissioned by the Hermes Ensemble, premiere St John’s Smith Square, London.
  • Rough with the Smooth – Concerto for double bass in the form of a concerto grosso – For string orchestra, harp, theorbo, and harpsichord. Commissioned by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. 2015. Premiered in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, May 2015.
  • The Seasons – Cantata – for SATB choir. 2013/2014. Commissioned by the Ipswich Choral Society. Premiere Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, 2014. With special thanks to Maureen Fell.
  • Canti del Paradiso – for 3 upper voices, small-harp, and hurdy-gurdy. 2012. Commissioned for La Fede di Dante – il canto xxiv del paradiso, at the Chiesa del Gesu, Rome in the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Ravasi Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura of the Vatican, Rome (and live for RAI TV).
  • Out of this World – for SATB Choir. 2011 Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Singers, premiered in the BBC PROMS on 27 August 2011 at the Cadogan Hall, performed by the BBC Singers and Sinfonye. Each movement may be performed separately.
  • Iced – for chamber orchestra, theremin, and live computer-generated sound, sound-transformation, and multi-speaker sound-diffusion, 2004. Commissioned by Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Belgium and Art Zoyd, Transfrontalier de Productions et de Créations Musicales, Valenciennes & Brussels 2004–2005.

Selected recordings[edit]


  • Three carols:

1.Of Mary, a maide/ Te Deum Laudamus 3:17 (alt title Of Mary, a maide/ Te Deum Laudamus)

2.Lets be merry as bird on berry 5:10

3.Lullaby for Freya (Tàladh Chrìosda) 4:21

Nova Nova Contemporary Carols from St Catharine’s. Performed by the Choirs of St Catharine’s College Cambridge dir. Edward Wickham, Resonis Classics (CDRES10159) 2015

  • Vespers for St Hildegard – CD Decca/Universal (4765117).
  • The Sound of Gesture – For Violin, Sensors and Computer performed & composed by Stevie Wishart/ with video artist Yvonne Mohr SW001CD-DVD.


  • The Act of Obsession Becomes the Object Itself – by Machine for Making Sense, Jim Denley, Rik Rue and Amanda Stewart, Stevie Wishart.
  • Aquatic track 2 as guest with The Necks.


  1. ^ from the CRASSH event at the Cambridge University Music Faculty:;jsessionid=FD6E5DF8377E663C36EF302F9230D43F?query=Wishart&type=keyword
  2. ^ John Jenkins, 22 Contemporary Australian Composers, NMA Publications, Brunswick, Australia, 1988
  3. ^ "Crisis crescendos: How the Proms is sounding the alarm for a planet in peril". 18 July 2019.

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