Shelagh Atkinson

Sally Beamish, born 1956. Composer

About this artwork

This screenprint entitled ‘Making Music’ shows composer Sally Beamish, whose intimate compositions include chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral pieces that are performed and broadcast throughout the world. Beamish started her musical career playing the viola in the Raphael Ensemble before being appointed composer in residence with the Swedish and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, from 1998 to 2002. During that period she wrote four major works, including the ‘Knotgrass Elegy’, which was commissioned by the BBC Proms in 2001, and an opera, ‘Monster’, based on the life of Mary Shelley. In 2006, in honour of her 50th birthday, the Cheltenham Festival staged a major retrospective of her work.

Shelagh Atkinson

Shelagh Atkinson