Kerrin is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and creative producer specialising in inter-disciplinary projects, arts development and visual theatre.
As a composer and musician, Kerrin writes contemporary classical and neo-folk pieces for stage, film and concert hall and performs as a cellist, pianist, singer and accordionist. In 2008 Kerrin won the National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Competition for Stabat Mater, which was performed by the Tallis Scholars in Beverley Minster. In 2013 they musical directed and arranged Joe Hisaishi’s score for an international stage production of Studio Ghibli’s film Princess Mononoke that toured to London and Tokyo. Between 2016-2018 Kerrin played with contemporary classical ensemble Aeyther, which resulted in studio album Into the Forest and performances around the country. Kerrin’s piece Fantasy for Viola and Orchestra was premiered by the Hull Philharmonic in May 2019, with award-winning soloist Timothy Ridout. Kerrin has written various theatre scores for companies including Circus Central, The D Project and Theatre Space NE / Life & Limb Puppets.
As a creative producer Kerrin is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Moving Parts Arts CIO, which produces the biennial Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival. Now in its fourth edition, the festival won The Journal Culture Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2018. Kerrin also the Co-Director for the award-winning Beverley Puppet Festival in East Yorkshire and Co-Artistic Director of Tatwood Puppets, which produces touring work featuring puppetry, visual theatre and original soundtracks.
Kerrin is thrilled to be selected as one of Sage Gateshead’s Artists in Residence for 2022-2023. They will be working with lyricist Rosie Bristow on a Requiem during the opportunity, which will be scored for choir, solo singers and an ensemble of instruments. The piece will be narrative-based and aims to feature puppetry, characterisation, stop motion animation and an accompanying printed comic, to tell a post-apocalyptic fantastical tale that is relevant for our times. The project seeks to make contemporary classical music accessible and visual, and offer an alternative interpretation of the traditional Requiem structure.
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