Carmel is a Manchester based composer and performer.

She was a recipient of a Live Work Fund Award in 2021, supported by Jerwood Arts, Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust.Since leaving education she has worked in a variety of mediums, predominantly writing for theatre, concert hall and playing with the artist Bunny Hoova. As one of the nominees for Apple Music’s Rising Star Ivor Novello Award, she is currently under the mentorship of Anna Meredith.


Carmel has previously been commissioned by Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10, Laura Bowler, Galvanise Ensemble, Northern Opera Group, Dada Fest, Fontana Mix, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Video Jam among others. She has also been collaborating with the Creative Collective at Leeds College of Music as part of Making Music and Sound and Music.



She has previously collaborated with community groups and leisure time chamber ensembles, being an experienced workshop facilitator.


Outside of notated music Carmel mostly works with live electronics and more pop orientated genres. This can be seen in the Theatre work she’s written scores for, to be performed live, as well as with Bunny Hoova, in collaboration with Bunny.

Carmel released a debut EP We Get What We Get and We Don't Get Upset with PRAH recordings in 2022. She Has performed this project supporting Anna Meredith several times as well as being featured on Northern Drift (Radio 3) with Elizabeth Alker. 


Both her compositions and arrangements have been performed live on Radio 3 and she can be seen as one of the synthesiser orchestra in the documentary Decades, a fly on the wall look at the touring production of ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..


Before becoming freelance, Carmel studied at the RNCM with Gary Carpenter and graduated with a 1:1 BMus Hons Composition. She is now an associate member of the college.

Carmel Smickersgill  .::.  Composer