Chloe Knibbs is a British composer and songwriter exploring storytelling, theatricality and sidelined voices with a particular emphasis on feminist perspectives. Included in the British Music Collection, her work explores the synthesis between different mediums and genres, including compositions for opera and music theatre, orchestra, chamber music, art song and choir.
She has worked with a range of musicians including the Hebrides Ensemble, EXAUDI, Alauda Quartet, Birmingham Opera Company, Riot Ensemble, Psappha, CoMA, 315 Ensemble,Talkestra and Project Instrumental. Her music has also been featured in a number of festivals including Dartington International Summer School, Birmingham Design Festival, Stratford Music Festival, RNCM New Music Festival, Birmingham Weekender, Orkney Arts Festival.
Moreover, her work as both a composer-clarinettist and songwriter are grounded in a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, having worked with Flatpack Fim Festival on a live score project, collaborated with local musicians in Vrbovce, Slovakia as part of Artist’s Point Festival Kopanice Bez Hranice and on WAM Foundation’s Scheme with the Amadeus Academy in South-West India. She has also worked with Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra, Ampersand Projects, Club Integral West Midlands and Project Nexus.
One of Sound and Music’s New Voices 2015 as part of their Portfolio Scheme, Chloe has since gone onto compose and direct her own opera The Girl Behind the Glass, a work exploring sexual violence recovery. The work involved collaborations with singers Suzie Purkis and Abigail Kelly, cellist Flora McNicoll ,the Rape and Sexual Violence Project and received performances at mac birmingham with the support of the PRS Women Make Music Fund. Recent projects also include a collaboration with choir Ex Urbe as part of Making Music’s Adopt A Composer Scheme resulting in the work Clara, a three-movement work for choir and harp exploring Clara Schumann’s life and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Chloe completed a MMus in Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017 with Joe Cutler and Sara Colman, following studies at the University of Manchester with Phil Grange. She has also undertaken masterclasses and study with Errollyn Wallen, Helen Grime, Betsy Jolas, Neil Brand, Sally Beamish, Alasdair Nicholson and John Woolrich. Chloe is currently undertaking a Jerwood Arts Bursary on her project”The Female Creative Voice”, exploring the experiences, music and lives and music of French Romantic female composers in collaboration with Daffodil Perspective and Rene Morgensen.