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Electra Perivolaris
Composer, London

Described as ‘A Classical Star of the Future’ by BBC Introducing, Electra is a composer and pianist of mixed British and Greek heritage. Her music has been performed internationally by musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. She was chosen to represent her generation of female composers in a new commission for BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Singers. Electra recently graduated with Distinction from the Master of Music in Composition course at the Royal Academy of Music, London, winning the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music Award in Composition and being awarded a 2021/22 RAM Fellowship.

My work on participatory projects in community settings is central to my practice as a composer. Streetwise Opera’s Re:Sound project immediately stood out to me as an exciting and meaningful initiative where I could use my experience as a workshop leader to unite the participants through a shared creative process. I have a particular interest in opera and vocal composition. In 2021 I composed a London Sinfonietta/Live Music Now/Theatre of Sound commission working collaboratively with a family living with dementia to create a new opera which tells their stories, exploring music and memory. I also worked as the composer for Glyndebourne Opera’s Raise Your Voice project for those living with dementia. Both of these projects showed me that vocal music has a power to engage people who are often excluded from the creative process. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the homeless communities which Streetwise Opera works with, creating new music which challenges preconceptions about who holds artistic agency as well as enhancing wellbeing through musical engagement, a focus which seems especially important when working with people who face the trauma of homelessness.