Keith Acheson

Actor, Composer, Pianist, Music Producer

Belfast, United Kingdom
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Battle Sequence Example

A short example of some music written for a battle sequence

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02Fantasy Example

Physical Attributes

168 cm / 5ft 6in
84 kg / 184 lbs
White / Caucasian
111 cm / 44 in
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87 cm / 34 in
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Credits & experience

  • Ulster University : PhD in Composition
  • Ulster University : BMus (Hons)


Acting experience

No previous acting experience


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Favourite genres
  • Electronic
  • Classical

Keith Acheson is a composer, orchestrator, arranger and conductor based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After obtaining a BMus (Hons) in 1996, majoring in composition, he was awarded a PhD in Composition from the Ulster University in 2002.

At home writing music ranging from the concert hall to podcasts, he has had work performed by the Ulster Orchestra, Gemini Ensemble, Arco String Quartet, HuuJ Ensemble, flautist Philippa Davies & harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell, pianists Shaun Ryan & Jonathan Drennan, guitarist Brian Keenan, clarinetist & saxophonist Paul O'Reilly, sopranos Megan Mooney and Caroline Joy Clarke as well as the Ulster University, Sing For Life and Here4U choirs.

Recent works have included his hour-long work performed in Crumlin Road Gaol entitled18, for soprano, women’s choir, narrator, string quartet, piano and tape in 2018, Wretches a reworking of the same work for SATB choir performed at the Portico of Ards in 2020, Turf a 40 minute score for choreographer Eileen McClory (2018), Blight Sketches for string quartet (2019) and most recently Ellipses (2021), an hour-long setting of the poetry collection Ellipses by poet Maria McManus, for soprano and ensemble.

Check out more of my music on Bandcamp at OR
YouTube at

He has written for a wide range of groups and ensembles, from orchestral to solo and acoustic to digital and during lockdown has developed his skills in audio and video mixing and mastering.

Along with his compositional work, he is also the choirmaster of four local choirs all based in Belfast.


2021 Ellipses - 12 Movement hour-long work for soprano & ensemble

2021 Pandemic Soundscape

2020 Podcast Intro & Outro - for Quotidian Poetry Podcast Series

2020 With You, Without You - for cello & piano

2020 Always - for cello & piano

2020 Wretches: Rights Wrongs & Revolutions - for soprano, poet, choir SAA, piano, string quartet & tape

2019 - Blight Sketches - for string quartet

2018 - 18: In Honour of Belfast Suffrage

2018 - Turf: 40 min audio score for contemporary dance theatre performance

Lumen - for choir SAB

Ah Moon & Star - for choir SAB

It Was Then - for choir SAB

Praise Him - for choir SAB

Strike - for string quartet

Shadowlines - for solo clarinet

Scattererd Remnants - for guitar

Out of the Forest - for ensemble and dancers

Lie Still - for choir SAB

Chemical Reaction - for amplified ensemble

...neither has my cat - for orchestra

Cut - for two pianos

Changes - for wind quintet

Piano Quintet

Plummet - for solo cello

Rhythmic Inflections - for chamber orchestra

For Strings - for string orchestra

Hey! - for piano trio

Holy, Holy, Holy - for choir SSAATTBB

Christus Natus Hodie - for choir SATB & organ

Dance Movements - for flute & piano

String Quartet in 3 Movements
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