Karen Wimhurst has been a long term committed community artist and educator. Working with babies and mothers through to the elderly, her work has been the subject of the Lillian Baylis Lecture, ENO, Radio 3 and 4 features and documentaries. She has run programmes for English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and was resident composer on the Confluence Project with Common Ground 1999-2001. She specialises in teaching composition across the board, opening up creative resources which people may never have imagined!
Collaborative compositions with the elderly have been featured at the Wigmore Hall, the War Museum, the Wellcome Trust. In recent years she has written widely for children and young people with works commissioned by WNO, SoundStorm, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Common Ground.
Primary Education and Music
Karen has lead a series of workshops in primary school such as the Ukulele Composition project where each child composed their own piece which was eventually released on a CD.