Compositional Style

As a composer Avril’s style is eclectic, yet personal.  Her music is unashamedly often melodic, atmospheric and entertaining. She utilizes tonal, modal and chromatic elements with a strong emphasis on rhythm, and a special flair for descriptive and programmatic forms of music. Composing for orchestra, ballet, ensemble groups, choirs, solo and duo works for guitar, as well as songs and incidental music. Avril is currently composing an orchestral ballet suite in a Retro-Neo Classical style – a name she has described for her blend of old and new.

In her guitar works she has often drawn on “South African colour” for inspiration, recreating the sound of bird calls and some African instruments into her compositions. Like an actress she believes in experiencing, wherever possible, the composition she wants to create and this has taken her to many remote and exotic locations like the Okavango Swamps in Botswana for her piece Mokoro, which she believes has helped create her unique “African-inspired” flavour.

Classical Guitar Magazine UK said of Ms Kinsey’s works:

“Ingenious and evocative, the result of a fertile imagination … a master musician of unusual ability.” Colin Cooper

Composing commissions are welcome from individuals, institutions, organisations, as well as companies in the recording, TV 0r film industry. Details should be forwarded to:   To see a list of AVRIL’s COMPOSITIONS click here compositions and more .

In the Light was composed for my sister ballerina and choreographer Carol Kinsey
who choreographed the work. Seen here with Johan Kotze.
Carol Kinsey performs to Avril's music