Ditte Elly Goard
Ditte Elly Goard (1992) is a British-Danish multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, visual artist and creative educator based between Århus, Denmark and Newcastle, UK. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University (2012-15) and has attended courses in electronic music at Jyderup Højskole (2017) and music production at Frontsession Byhøjskole (2018). In August 2022, Ditte will begin training as choir leader and organ player at Vestervig Kirkemusikskole.
Since 2010, Ditte has performed extensively across Europe under multiple artist guises, self-managed six musical releases and received funding from Arts Council UK, North East Funds for the Arts and the Alan Hull Award. Her main instruments include voice, piano, violin and electronics.
Throughout all of her work is a deep-rooted interest in how music can evolve ones sense of belonging and community. This exploration is also present in her work as creative educator, through which she leads workshops and short courses in both art and music, as well as 1-1 teaching and mentoring.
In 2017, Ditte established Musikeum: an open band used to create story-specific albums about a particular geographical area. Through collaborating with different musicians from each specific place of interest, Ditte has created albums about Newcastle (UK) 'The North Sea Project', Århus (DK) 'Den Udødelige Sømand' and - to come in 2023 - Cornwall (UK) 'Elowen'.
Ditte has also produced and performed electronic music as the solo act Knight Knight since 2018.
In 2020, Ditte was commissioned to take part in the Brighter Sound project 'Both Sides Now', together with Caitlin Laing-McEvoy. This long-distance collaboration resulted in the EP 'Can You Hear Me' and accompanying graphic novel under the name Libersea.
Other recent projects include hosting a regular folk music night (Folk i Flok), facilitating a festival about communal singing (Fællesklang) and running a community art garden (Det Voksende Værksted) together with artist Maja Gramstrup.