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Paul's recent work examines site, location and collaborative practice. He is a founding member of Ensemble [rout] and works regularly with artists from other disciplines - most recently with Anna Best for Vauxhall Pleasure which is an ongoing project examining the Sonic Archaeology of Vauxhall Cross, London. The works charts the territory between political protest and entertainment, traffic and pedestrians, pollution, breathing and song.

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Paul Whitty was born in Lisburn, N.Ireland in 1970.
His work has been performed by IXION, Ensemble Expose, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Cattrall, dB ensemble, Noszferatu, Jane Chapman, Michael Finnissy, [rout], Philip Howard and Mieko Kanno, and featured at State Of The Nation, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus Music Week, Ultima Festival, BMIC Cutting Edge Series and Brighton Festival.

His work has found its way into spaces and contexts not usually associated with experimental music including the Mecca State Bingo Hall in Kilburn, Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, the office of Beaconsfield art gallery in Vauxhall, the freezer compartment of a fridge in Romford and clubs in Hackney and Huddersfield.

Paul is a founding member of [rout] an ensemble that he co-directs with composer Sam Hayden. [rout] have been featured on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now, and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Brighton Festival, BMIC Cutting Edge concert series and tour, and the ICA's cut & splice series.

Paul's most recent collaborative work Vauxhall Pleasure [2004] with Anna Best consisted of a site event at Vauxhall Cross, London, an installation at the Museum of Garden History as part of their Tempered Ground exhibition, and two performances at Tate Britain. The project was funded by ACE, Tate and Cross River Partnerships.
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Paul Whitty is senior lecturer in composition at Oxford Brookes University and has been a visiting tutor in collaborative practice at Dartington College of Arts and the Laban Centre, London.

selected performances



selected performances

Are you receiving me? (2004)
for amplified ensemble of soprano, saxophone, violin, piano, electronics.
decibel Birmingham Conservatoire.
Are you receiving me? (2004)
decibel Colouscape Festival, York.
the lure of salvage (2003) for piano.
Philip Howard Corsham Festival.
Vauxhall Pleasure (2004)
Vauxhall Cross, Tate Britain, Museum of Garden History.
on/off1(2000) for electric guitar, double-bass, electronics.
[rout] Modern Art Oxford
the lure of salvage (2003) for piano. Philip Howard BMIC Cutting Edge Series.
de-coding skin (1995) for piano. Philip Howard 1.Gaudeamus, Amsterdam 2.Ultima Festival, Oslo.
erase/rewind (2002-2003) for steel-string guitar, saxophone, cello duo.
Ensemble Cattrall 1.Gare du Nord, Basel. 2.Helferei Grossmunster/Zurich.
in the midst of life we are in death etc. (2002) for electric guitar, electric violin, double-bass, electronics. [rout] Dartington Arts
the Englishman sits in his Caravan at St.Osyth/singing (2003) with Arlette Kim George. BAC/National Theatre Studio.
in the midst of life we are in death etc. (2002) [rout] 1.BMIC cutting edge series, London. 2.Kettle's Yard, Cambridge.
take it or leave it (2002) for violin, saxophone, piano, percussion. Noszferatu BMIC cutting edge series, London.
erase (2001-2002) for steel-string guitar and saxophone. Ensemble Cattrall Zurich Musikhochschule.
whatnoiseannoysanoyster (2002) Installation with Anna Best. Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
Love (2001) for soprano, electric guitar, double-bass, piano, electronics.
[rout] 1.Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. 2.BMIC cutting edge series, London. 3.Brighton Festival. 4.Dartington Arts.
.can' (2001) for bass clarinet, violin, viola, 'cello, crotales.
IXION 1.Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham. 2.Brighton Festival.
if/it/is/i/change/can/could/crowd (2001) for large ensemble. London Sinfonietta QEH.
on/off1 (2000)
[rout] 1.BMIC cutting edge series, London. 2.Michael Tippett Centre, Bath. 3.Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham. 4.Brighton Festival.




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