The Ripple Effect: Introducing Anna Durance

The Ripple Effect: The Third Orchestra is presented by Turner Sims in association with Orchestras Live.  This pioneering project sees three Southampton music creatives join co-composition and writing days in London and Southampton under the guidance of the director of the orchestra, composer and music leader, Peter Wiegold. The Ripple Effect will draw on their heritage, tradition and identity to generate experimental new works to be shared with audiences in Turner Sims’ award-winning performance space.

Following their successful applications, we introduce the three Southampton artists to become part of The Ripple Effect. Meet oboist Anna Durance

I am passionate about bringing new works into being and love being part of that process in whatever capacity.

Anna is one of the founding members of new music group Workers Union Ensemble. Recent playing projects include a week with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a month working with actors and musicians in Canterbury at the Malthouse Theatre in 23 performances of the complete works by Marlowe.

Anna regularly plays in chamber ensembles and orchestras across Hampshire and beyond. In 2018, she played the oboe with Goldfield Ensemble in a revised production of Hansel and Gretel.

In 2022, Anna received a DYCP award from the Arts Council which enabled her to spend time focussed on her own practice – through a series of oboe lessons on contemporary technique, coaching, timani lessons (a wonderful practice which explores healthy use of the body for musicians) and the commission of two new works for solo oboe and cello and oboe by Matthew Kaner and Heloise Werner which will be released on an EP later this year.

Anna is the director of PLAYLIST – a mixed-genre, artist-led night, which has had two seasons funded by Arts Council England. PLAYLIST brings exceptional performers into unexpected spaces in Southampton away from the concert hall, such as medieval towers, micro pubs, public libraries and pizzerias.

When Anna is not busy with her oboe, she can be found trying to nag her two young children to practise their instruments or taking her dog for a Hampshire beach walk.

Why did you apply to be a part of The Ripple Effect?

I was really excited to apply to this innovative project that welcomed performers from all disciplines and seemed to be about celebrating both individuality and bringing people together, whatever their background, style of working or ethos. I am passionate about bringing new works into being and love being part of that process in whatever capacity.

What are you hoping to get out of the project?

I think this project will challenge me to work in brand new ways and give me the opportunity to explore my own voice and identity. I will make new connections with exciting creatives/performers and be a part of delivering something new and exciting at Turner Sims which will hopefully challenge both artists and audiences to discover something new and meaningful. I think I’ll learn a tonne from collaborating with artists who come from different backgrounds and disciplines.

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to, and intrigued by, how the process of bringing everyone together will work; finding a way to blend ideas, backgrounds, approaches and disciplines, all in a very short space of time!
I’m looking forward to the freedom of moving away from playing things in ‘the right way’ which can be so inherent in classical music. I love bringing new work to audiences and really excited to be a part of this.

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