Nina Whiteman

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Lecturer in Music

BA Hons (Oxon), MusM, PhD

Email: [email protected]

Nina is a composer, singer, and researcher based in Manchester. Recent high-profile performances of her music by ensembles such as Manchester Camerata, Psappha, and accordion duo TOEAC, and at venues including Kings Place and the Bridgewater Hall, as well as broadcast of her work on BBC Radio 3, demonstrate a growing reputation as an engaging compositional talent.

Her current project is a commission from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Shakespeare 400th anniversary celebrations. The new work, titled The map of days outworn, forms the music for a radio play in collaboration with Francesca Martinez, as well as adding to the concert repertoire of the BBC Philharmonic. The orchestra will give the world premiere at the Bridgewater Hall in April 2016, and the play will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in spring 2016.

Commissions during 2013-14 included Dark Matter Sounding for Ealing Youth Orchestra (funded by the Ambache Charitable Trust, Leathersellers Company, Penny Trust, London College of Music and RNCM Research). This work was nominated for a BACSA British Composer Award in the Making Music Category. The Galaxy Rotation Problem (commissioned by Psappha, with funds from the PRS for Music Foundation) received its premiere at the New Music North West Festival, and was selected for the ISCM World Muisc Days Slovenia 2015.

Nina’s large-scale composition The Astrolabe Series (2015) will be heard in full at the New Music North West festival at the RNCM on 24 January. The pieces in this collection range from solo to large ensemble in their scoring, and may be heard alone or overlaid.

As a singer, Nina specialises in the performance of new work, and is singer/co-director of Trio Atem, who focus on commissioning music for their unusual combination of flute, mezzo soprano, and cello. The ensemble have performed at major venues and festivals in the UK as well as engaging with projects in education settings. Their 2013 Northern Arcs tour and commissioning project was funded by Arts Council England, and other funding has come from the RVW Trust and the PRS for Music Foundation. Recent collaboration includes work with Fabrice Fitch on his Per Serafino Calbarsi cycle.

Nina has taught music in a number of HE institutions as well as delivering and devising education and outreach projects in schools and the community.

Personal Website

Current and Future Research


  • Stainless Star (Astrolabe I) (m-s, va, vc; 2015)
  • …to magic, astrolabes, and instruments of music (Astrolabe II) (chamber ensemble; 2015)
  • Her body in pieces (Astrolabe III) (double bass and electronics; 2015)
  • Astrolabe IV (flute and electronics; 2015)
  • Astrolabe V (string trio; 2015)
  • The map of days outworn (orchestra; 2015)



  • ‘From the Scientific to the Sonic: compositional and performative approahces in DNA for solo voice.’ Paper delivered at MuSA conference, Karlsruhe (May, 2013); supported by the RNCM Research Fund.
  • ‘From the scientific to the sonic: Vera Rubin and the sound of dark matter’. Chapter for forthcoming volume Music and Sonic Art (Cambridge Scholars Press).



Undergraduate Teaching


  • Performance and Repertoire Studies 3 and 4
  • Female Singers 1960-2000 (year 3/4 elective)
  • Music and Gender (year 3/4 elective)
  • Music, Science and Mathematics (year 3/4 elective)
  • Language of Music 2
  • Performance and Repertoire Studies 2 [C20th]
  • Historical and Contextual Studies 1 [late C20th]
  • Professional Skills 1
  • Introduction to Musicology (foundation module)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Repertoire Research (MMus)
  • Supervision of MMus projects/dissertations

Selected Outputs

Chapters in Books

    • Nina Whiteman, ‘From the scientific to the sonic: Vera Rubin and the sound of dark matter’, in Music and Sonic Art, ed. by Mina Dogantan-Dack and John Dack, ( Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016)


  • Nina Whiteman The map of days outworn, 2015, BBC Philharmonic, Andrew Gourlay, Orchestra, , January 2015
  • Nina Whiteman The Astrolabe Series [collection of five pieces], 2015, Trio Atem, Gavin Osborn, Otto Willberg Various,
  • Nina Whiteman Dark Matter Sounding, 2014, Ealing Youth Orchestra, Leon Gee, Orchestra, , St Barnabas Church, Ealing, London, March 2013
  • Nina Whiteman The Galaxy Rotation Problem, 2013, Psappha, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, , November 2013