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Sally Beamish, born 1956. Composer
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Sally Beamish, born 1956. Composer 2006

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  • Scottish Art
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.

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A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.



  • Acc. No. PGE 60
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 32.70 x 59.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2005