Donna Mckevitt is a British composer. She has worked as a singer and violist with Nick Cave, Tricky, Moby and Michael Nyman. She was a member of Miranda Sex Garden and worked with Derek Jarman on his final film, Blue. After Jarman’s death, Donna set a number of the poems that appeared in his diary for voices, viola and cello. The resulting album, Translucence, was released on Warner Classics to widespread critical acclaim.
Currently, Donna is a member of the band The Mabuses and composer for the photographer Emma Summerton, contributing film scores and soundtracks for the fashion house Bodyamr, London and Paris Fashion Weeks, Jaeger and Vogue. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1,2,3,4 and 6 Music, Classic FM as well as WNYC in the US. In 2011 Donna was commissioned to write for the large scale dance work Compass which was performed on the main stage at Sadler’s Wells. The following year she scored her first feature film, The Fold, for director John Jencks. This year she released the EPs Cut: a collection of orchestral pieces with solo violin, piano and voice & This is what I wanted to give you… the setting of five poems by poet Jan Noble.
She has also been commissioned by The Yorke Dance Company as part of The Cohan Collective to create a new work with Charlotte Edmonds to tour nationally next September. Donna is writing the score for a production of Strindberg’s Miss Julie which will be broadcast next July on BBC Radio Four. Work continues with director John Stanley on his epic TV documentary series Time of Our Lives and she will be working this autumn with musicians from The Royal Academy of Music on her chamber work Munras, Pearl and Tyler.