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Who is Sally Beamish?

Sally Beamish is a composer and former violist from Stirlingshire, Scotland, who writes highly evocative music, often influenced by her love of Scotland, its landscape and its culture. She has written for opera, concert hall, theatre, film and television, but, like composers benjamin britten and Peter Maxwell Davieswith whom she has often collaborated, she is also passionate about composing for children and her local community.

How old is Sally Beamish?

Sally Beamish was born on August 26, 1956.

How would you describe by Sally Beamish work?

Tonal, lyrical, thoughtful and eclectic in its blend of influences, weaving together elements of Scottish folk music, alongside Jazz and the chirping of birds.

Does she come from a musical background?

Yes, her father was an amateur singer and her mother was a professional violinist – a freelancer from the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields – who taught Beamish to read and write music before she can read and write letters. Her brother was also a talented singer and all four gave many concerts as a family.

When Sally Beamish decide to be a composer?

Not before their thirties. After training at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Beamish initially worked for several years as a freelance violist, performing with groups including the London Sinfonietta. Her desire to compose remained on the back burner until the day her precious 18th century Gabrielli viola was stolen from her home. With the optimism that characterizes her, she interprets this loss as an opportunity for change and soon after devotes herself to composition.

What are his most famous plays?

It’s hard to choose. But for a novice in his work, it is worth taking a look at his Accordion Concerto; The sailor, his second viola concerto based on a ninth-century Anglo-Saxon poem; and Seavaigershis chamber concerto for harp and violin.


Does she still play the viola?

Yes. His third child – a daughter – got him a viola, which brought Beamish back to the instrument after a 20-year hiatus. The composer also paints, narrates and writes: in 2006, she won The Scottish and the Orange Short Story Award for his drama, houseworkabout a woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband leaves.

When can I hear his music?

At BBC Promson Thursday July 21, when the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under the direction of Ariane Matiakh, performs the world premiere of the new work by Sally Beamish: Hive.

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