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 https://keithacheson.bandcamp.com/ OR
YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxJ6zkkiVo30z1PvF6yeRVQ
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
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