Composer // Improviser

Piers Connor Kennedy is a composer and improviser based in Oxford whose music has been performed internationally by ensembles including the Ligeti Quartet, The Novello Orchestra and The Gesualdo Six, and has featured at The Welsh Proms and on BBC Radio 3.


Specialising in vocal composition, Piers has received numerous commissions for opera, lieder and choral music, including works for The Three Choirs Festival, the Edington Festival, The Choir of St John's College Cambridge, Christ Church Cathedral Choir Oxford, and Sansara.

Piers is currently the Hélène La Rue Scholar at St Cross College, Oxford, where he is studying for the DPhil in Composition with Prof. Martyn Harry. Most recently he has written the song-cycle Songs of Experience for mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, Mobile for pianist Sam Mitchell, and An Elizabethan Songbook for counter-tenor Hugh Cutting.


Upcoming projects include a song cycle for The Linarol Consort of Viols with Hugh Cutting, a work for the period harmoniemusik ensemble Boxwood & Brass, and a series of works for Ensemble Pro Victoria, with whom Piers has been composer-in-residence since 2020.

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