About

Louise Drewett (b.1989) is a British composer, based in London.

Louise’s music often draws on her extensive experience working with and writing for amateur musicians. Her current projects include an orchestral piece commissioned for the London Symphony Orchestra through the Panufnik Scheme, to be premiered at the Barbican in 22/23. Recent projects include new works for Festival Chorus, EXAUDI, and the International Guitar Foundation. Louise’s community opera, ‘Daylighting’, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music for their 200th Anniversary, was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award at the Ivors Composer Awards 2022.

Louise is currently a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, and also co-directs Sing Healthy Choirs, a charity who run community choirs in Berkshire. Louise has had long-term collaborations with poet Clare Shaw, writing works for voices and choirs, and with theatre company Arbonauts, writing for productions at Inside Out Dorset and Latitude festivals.

Louise studied on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was Manson Fellow in 2021-2022, and was awarded the 2018 and 2019 Charles Lucas Composition Prizes. Her study was supported by a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award and a Vaughan Williams Bursary from the RVW Trust.

At the Royal Academy of Music, Louise studied composition with Philip Cashian, with additional tuition from Hans Abrahamsen and the late Oliver Knussen. She previously studied with Giles Swayne, and with Michael Finnissy as a Britten-Pears Young Artist at Aldeburgh Music, and at Dartington International Summer School.