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Biography

Manchester-based composer Zakiya Leeming is currently Artist and Producer in Residence at the Royal Northern College of Music's Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music (PRiSM). Leeming is currently working with Oxford University Professor Paul Klenerman on a project exploring interactions between immune memory and music, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The composer frequently engages in interdisciplinary collaborations and has devised and directed a number of projects with health data scientists and doctors including Dawn, on the Morning After the Storm for members of ISARIC4C, an international consortium of researchers and doctors whose outputs informed the UK government on COVID-19. In 2019, Leeming created #MusicSaysDataSavesLives with Connected Health Cities (CHC), pairing four composers with health data scientists in a sold-out concert at the Manchester Museum. Recent commissions include Riot Ensemble, Ensemble Recherche, Future Music Festival, Explore Ensemble and Psappha. In her undergraduate degree at the University of Tasmania, Leeming received the Examiner Newspaper Scholarship and Dean's award for Excellence with Honours, and was awarded the Soroptimists International Manchester Award in Composition, The Edward Hecht Prize and a Gold Medal in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. Leeming is founding co-director of experimental composer collective Incógnito and member of Machine Learning for Music working group MLM4M. Leeming was selected for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Composer Programme 2021-22 and her work has been featured by The Guardian and BBC Radio 4.