Kirsty Devaney is a composer, music education researcher and lecturer based in Birmingham. She studied at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under Joe Cutler and Howard Skempton, graduating with the Principal’s award in 2013. She has been shortlisted for a British Composer Award, had works aired on BBC Radio 3 and had her music performed at new music festivals.

Her practice centres on collaboration with musicians and she particularly enjoys composing with and for non-professional and youth groups. She has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Gosport Solent Brass and The People’s Orchestra. Her teaching and research on composing in education, including founding the Young Composers Project at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, has won awards and has been published in academic journals, as well as magazines and newspapers. She currently teaches composition at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and music education at the University of Wolverhampton.