Chloe Knibbs

Chloe Knibbs is a Birmingham-based composer inspired by city life, folk tales and personal experiences. Included in the British Music Collection. Chloe has studied under Joe Cutler, Phil Grange and Michael Wolters and received masterclasses from Betsy Jolas, Helen Grime and Sally Beamish. Her music explores feminist and social issues and has been performed in venues across the UK including Stratford Town Hall, Birmingham New Street Station and the Royal Northern College of Music and various festivals including Birmingham Weekender, Dartington’s International Summer School and Orkney Arts Festival. Chloe also enjoys collaborative and interdisciplinary projects having worked with spoken word artists, film-makers and playwrights. She has experience working in theatrical contexts having collaborated with the Birmingham School of Acting on a reworking of the “Street of Crocodiles” for the Birmingham Hippodrome and has worked as a Composer-Director, staging a work-in-progress performance of music theatre piece “The Girl Behind the Glass” at mac birmingham (see review). In addition Chloe has worked as a pianist and clarinettist on a variety of free improvisation projects with the Flatpack Film Festival, Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra and silent film musician Neil Brand Chloe Knibbs is supported by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music. Chloe has performed as a singer-songwriter at a variety of festivals including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Making Mischief Festival, Birmingham Weekender and The Cheltenham Science Festival. She also regularly performs across Birmingham, having performed at venues such as Eastside Projects ArtKondrya Gallery, Millennium Point and Kitchen Garden Café. Her work explores modern-day feminism, abuse and recovery and takes inspiration from folk music, free improvisation and artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom. Studying song-writing with Sara Colman, Chloe has collaborated with Decibel on a recording of “Ghost” at Real World Studios and with theatre company The Scenic Route on a devised music theatre piece “The Last Five Minutes”. She is currently working on material for the EP “And then she learnt to speak”. Chloe Knibbs is a Birmingham-based teacher, offering lessons in piano, clarinet, voice, music theory and composition (to Grade 8 Standard). Based in South Birmingham, Chloe enjoys working with children and adults alike to support them to achieve what they want to musically. With a range of teaching experience, Chloe has worked in schools, privately and on schemes such as the WAM Foundation in South-West India. She often draws on creative and holistic teaching approaches, and feels this supports students both in preparation for music exams and in becoming confident and accomplished musicians. She is registered on the DBS Update System and has public liability insurance through her membership with the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Chloe travels to students’ homes and is happy to take any teaching requests through the Contact Form.

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