Kate Honey (1991) is a composer based in Amsterdam. She studied music at the University of Cambridge, where she graduated in 2013 with a First in Free Composition and the Arthur Bliss Prize for Composition. Since then she has received composition scholarships and commission funding from the Finzi Trust, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Hinrichsen Foundation and PRSF Women Make Music. Presently she is studying for her master degree with Richard Ayres and Joël Bons for her master degree in composition at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam.
Her work has been performed at the Southbank Centre, London, the National Concert Hall of Ireland, St Johns Smith Square, and she has been commissioned by Rolf Hind, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Tom Poster and the Britten Sinfonia. Her latest work Shell Symphony, a composition for Rhythms of Resistance Samba Band and large ensemble was performed in the Nieuw Ensemble’s ‘Omwentelingen’ concert in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, 5 October 2017. Shell Symphony took as its subject the ecocidal practices of the oil company Royal Dutch Shell. It was also performed in a protest context outside the Concertgebouw, to call on the Concertgebouw to drop Shell as a sponsor. Kate’s main concern as a composer is developing an activist artistic practice. To this end, she frequently collaborates with amateur ensembles and choirs in creating music for demonstrations. In her art music, Kate is most interested in the possibilities of harmony in different temperaments, the idea of myth and story-telling in the context of climate change, deep ecology and the Anthropocene, the musical properties of objects within a certain locality, and the psychology of audiovisuality.