Alwynne Pritchard is a British performer, composer, artist and curator based in Bergen on the West coast of Norway. In her recent work, she has increasingly explored relationships between musical expression and the human body and has appeared as an actor, vocalist and physical performer in a number of stage productions, as well as developing choreography for performances of her own pieces. In 2015, Alwynne formed the music-theatre company Neither Nor with her partner Thorolf Thuestad.
Over the past two decades, Alwynne’s music has been performed in America, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Norway, and has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4, as well as abroad. She has worked with leading musicians and ensembles across the globe, including the Alpaca ensemble, Arditti String Quartet, Apartment House, asamisimasa, Athelas Ensemble, BBC and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, The Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Christian Dierstein, The Duke String Quartet, de ereprijs, ensemble recherche, Gemini, Nicolas Hodges, Ixion, Kaida, John Kenny, Carin Levine, The London Sinfonietta, Lontano, Loré Lixenberg, Darragh Morgan, New Music Players, Nieuw Ensemble, Ian Pace, Jonathan Powell, Maja Ratkje, Parkinson Saunders, Pow Ensemble, Reservoir, Elena Riu, Jarle Rotevatn, Sarah Nicolls and the Schubert and Uroboros Ensembles. In 2016, Alwynne composed and co-created with Thorolf Thuestad sound design for the Scènes Théâtre Cinéma/Neither Nor production of Heiner Müller’s Hamlet Machine.
As a vocalist, Alwynne has performed both improvised and composed music, recently commissioning a series of short music-theatre pieces on the theme DOG/GOD from composers Adam de la Cour, Vinko Globokar, Hollie Harding, Felix Kubin, Helmut Oehring, Gwyn Pritchard, Trond Reinholdtsen, François Sarhan, Gerhard Stäbler and Øyvind Torvund. These were premiered at the Bergen International Festival in 2015, and have since been performed at festivals in Germany and the UK. In 2016, composer Andrea Cavallari created LA LAZZA DELLA PORTA ACCANTO for Alwynne, a music-theatre performance inspired by the life and work of poet Alda Merini, which was premiered at the Firenze Suona Contemporana festival in Italy.
From 2008 and until March 2014, Alwynne was Artistic Director of the Borealis festival in Bergen and from 2001 until 2008, she taught composition at Trinity College of Music in London. Alwynne also worked for many years as a freelance writer and presenter for BBC Radio 3. In January 2016, she took up the position of Artistic Director of the BIT20 Ensemble.