Described as ‘Irrepressible in its vitality’ by the Classical Source, Deborah’s work has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Singers, Allegri String Quartet, Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Orchestra of the Swan. She was born in Kent and studied composition under Simon Bainbridge for her Master of Music Degree in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, where she subsequently held the post of Junior Manson Fellow, and Robert Saxton for her DPhil in composition and critical writing at Worcester College, Oxford, where she received the John Lowell Osgood Memorial Prize for Composition, the 2009 Orlando Prize and the Provost’s Prize for the Anthem setting of the Worcester College Grace.
Deborah holds a synaesthetic approach to composition with many of her works written in response to visual artworks including Skyspace for solo piccolo trumpet and string orchestra, inspired by the light art of James Turrell, performed by Simon Desbruslais and the Orchestra of the Swan, cond. Kenneth Woods in 2012 and Seven Halts on the Somme for trumpet and piano, written in response to the paintings by Hughie O’Donoghue, performed by Simon Desbruslais and Clare Hammond at the 2014 Ryedale Festival. Other significant premieres include Benedicite for SSAATTBB and trumpet performed by the Worcester College Chapel Choir and Simon Desbruslais, cond. Nicholas Freestone to celebrate the Tercentenary of Worcester College, Oxford in 2014, broadcast by BBC Radio 4.
Future commissions include a new work for the London Sinfonietta to be premiered at the BFI in collaboration with Central Saint Martins in December 2014, a solo cello piece for Rebecca Herman to be performed at the Purcell Room in January 2015 (PLG Young Artists New Year Series) and a new violin concerto Wall of Water, written in response to the paintings by Maggi Hambling, to be premiered by Harriet Mackenzie and the English
Symphony Orchestra, cond. Kenneth Woods at LSO St Luke’s in October 2014 and the Sainsbury Wing Theatre at the National Gallery in January 2015. This project is supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Frieze Foundation.
Deborah is currently composition tutor at the University of Oxford and has recently attended a residency at the Leighton Artists’ Colony, Banff Centre, Canada with funds provided by the PRS Bliss Composer Bursaries and the Finzi Trust.