Kirsty Devaney is a Birmingham based composer, researcher and educator with a passionate for promoting creative music making as something we all have the capacity to do. Her music has been performed by professional contemporary music ensembles, aired on Radio 3 and shortlisted for a British Composer Award. As a practitioner Kirsty has worked across the UK including most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra with a commission for the ‘On Track at 10’ education concert.
In 2013 Kirsty founded the ‘Young Composers Project’, which has since worked with over 200 students and trained composers to work in educational settings. She recently completed her PhD at Birmingham City University investigating the assessment of composing in schools and was awarded the prestigious Anna Craft Award for research into ‘Creativity in Education’ from the British Education Research Association. She is now working as a research assistant at Birmingham City University, and is continuing to work as a music education researcher and module leader at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.