Dee studied music at the University of Edinburgh and composition with Professor Nigel Osborne. Dee has been commissioned by and worked closely with a wide range of professional arts bodies throughout the UK, including Opera North, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia,Scottish Ballet, Share Music UK, and the Scottish Arts Council. In 2003 she was nominated for a British Composer Award for her mixed-ability chamber opera FESTUS, for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2006 she was nominated again for SUPPOSE LIFE...a musical promenade through the glasshouses of the Botanic Garden. Dee is passionate about the creation of music and its wider value.
She performs contemporary classical music and has been the recipient of a number of awards to enable her to travel and study African percussion and vocal styles in Mali, the Gambia, Uganda and Senegal.She has recently set up annual research visits for students to The Gambia to study with master drummer, Thomas Camara.
She has worked for the international children's charity War Child Amsterdam, establishing a creative and developmental arts programme for refugee children in the Republic of Georgia.
She is currently an assessor for the Scottish Executive on a 3 year research programme for the National Companies.
- Music in the community
The study of indigenous vocal styles and voice production techniques of women from Mali and the Gambia, in particular, female singers from the Bambara, Malinke and Wassoulou tribes. Currently preparing an annotated collection of traditional songs from these regions.
Creative links with Institute of Arts in Bamako, Mali, working towards the development of exchange visits by UK students.
Ongoing study of djembe drumming/dance and song in The Gambia.
Beyond Bach - a devised performance for cello, live electronics and puppets.
- Music in the Community 3
- Music in the Community 4