About

Dr Alannah Marie Halay is a composer, academic researcher, and founder of the (Per)Forming Art Symposium, an international conference and concert series that explores performance as research in contemporary artworks. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), and has taught Composition, Counterpoint, and Musicology at HE level. Her music has been performed in Denmark, England, the Netherlands, and Poland; by Trio Layers, Notes Inégales, percussion ensembles of the Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Leeds, the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, and others. Her opera Pacific Pleasures was premiered by Bloomsbury Opera in London and one of her pieces for cello was released on CD earlier this year. She was the first winner of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia Composition Competition, and her composition Parallax Error (2014) for any four-string bowed instrument was selected for the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy and performed in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Festival. Some of her recent endeavours include writing music for film, audio narratives, and independent computer games; working as a location sound recordist; and performing as an experimental sound artist. Her research has been published by Women & Music (University of Nebraska Press) and Vernon Press, and her book (Per)Forming Art: Performance as Research in Contemporary Artworks is published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Alannah has also worked as a journalist, having written reviews and articles about conferences and music festivals for the Royal Musical Association and Sounds Like Now: Contemporary Music News.


Alannah currently receives her actor-training from the Yorkshire Academy for Film and Television acting. Before this, she trained at the Yorkshire School of Performing Arts where she studied speech and drama, and undertook graded Guildhall examinations in verse speaking. She has worked in the theatre (musicals and dramas), on public radio and television, short films, student films, infomercials, music videos, and feature films. She also has experience in public speaking, having taken part in speech and drama festivals. She is a trained singer (with a Grade 8 from Trinity and Guildhall).


Alannah’s PhD (Recognising Absurdity: Comparing an Avant-Garde Style with being avantgarde) explores the absurdity of attempting to be creative if/when one’s creative decisions are guided by external factors such as performer ability and ideology (pre-existing knowledge). Her research touches on the condition of prevailing society and how this affects the production of contemporary art, in particular music.

This site also features as a Blog on the Royal Musical Association website.

Alannah Marie. Photography by Karen Gavin, Silkwood Studio
Alannah Marie. Photography by Karen Gavin, Silkwood Studio