Louise Drewett is a London-based composer, performer and teacher.
Louise writes music for a variety of contexts. She co-directs Sing Healthy Choirs, who run community choirs in Berkshire, and writes and arranges many pieces for them. 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’s 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 for the Royal Academy of Music’s 200th Anniversary, was premiered in the Susie Sainsbury Theatre in February 2022.
Louise is currently Manson Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is studying on a scholarship towards a PhD in composition. She gained an MMus with Distinction at the same institution, supported by a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award and a Vaughan Williams Bursary from the RVW Trust, and was awarded the 2018 and 2019 Charles Lucas Composition Prizes.
At the Royal Academy of Music, Louise studied composition with Philip Cashian, and also received 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 on the Advanced Composition course at Dartington International Summer School.