Freya Waley-Cohen (b.1989) is a composer from London. Her music has been performed by the Manson Ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music, conducted by Oliver Knussen, the Orchestra of the Swan, conducted by David Curtis, CHROMA ensemble, The Hermes Experiment, Reverie Choir, Richard Watkins, Huw Watkins and others.
She holds an Open Space residency at Aldeburgh Music where she was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in both 2014 & 2015. She was 2013 Composer in Residence at Northern Chords festival, a 2013 Apprentice Composer with Orchestra of the Swan, and is currently Associate Composer of Nonclassical, the Magnard Ensemble and Reverie Choir.
She is a founding member and artistic director of Listenpony, a concert series that programmes classical music, both new and old, alongside a variety of other genres including folk, jazz and pop, in beautiful and unusual venues.
Her music has been performed in the Sage Gateshead, Spitalfields Festival, The Ryedale Festival, The British Film Institute, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh, Dartington, The National Portrait Gallery, and Kew Gardens during the 2014 Intoxication Season.
Freya studied with Giles Swayne during her undergraduate degree at Cambridge, and with Simon Bainbridge for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where she is currently completing a PhD. At RAM, Freya was awarded the 2013 J.E. West Prize, and was the 2014-15 Manson Fellow.