Kerensa Briggs

Kerensa Briggs is an award-winning composer based in London. Her music has been performed internationally at venues including St Paul’s Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel. Her music has been recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and BBC Radio Scotland by ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars and the BBC Singers. Described as 'poignant, ambivalent, quietly devastating music' in the New York Times and 'quiet and curvaceous' in Gramophone magazine, her music also features on a number of  CDs including 'Advent Carols from King's College London', 'Isolation Songbook' and 'All things are quite silent' from the Choir of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Selected works are published by Boosey & Hawkes and Stainer & Bell.


Kerensa is winner of the National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award 2014 and the 'Passiontide at Merton’ Composition Competition 2017. She was also a finalist in the New Music for St Paul's Composition Competition 2019. She is a member of the TheoArtistry Composers scheme at St Andrews' Institute for Theology and The Arts and the ‘Illuminate’ women’s music project. Her love of sacred music emanated from her choral background, singing in the Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir and later for choirs including Trinity College Cambridge and King's College London, where she held a Choral Scholarship and undertook an MMus in Composition. Kerensa is also a Board Member for the International Alliance for Women in Music.