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Early Works

Sally Beamish discusses her earliest commissions, as well as how moving to Scotland and motherhood influenced her in becoming a composer.

This week Donald Macleod visits Sally Beamish in her home near Loch Lomond, to talk to her about her work. Sally has been composing since she was a child but only set out on the path of professional composer after moving to Scotland in 1990, having already established a successful career as a viola player. Today she discusses her earliest commissions and how moving to Scotland, and motherhood, influenced her decision to become a composer.

Commedia (extract)
Hebrides Ensemble

No, I'm Not Afraid - Six poems by Irina Ratushinskaya
Geoffrey Cox (oboe)/ Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Ola Rudner (cond) / Sally Beamish (narrator)

Tuscan Lullaby
Mary Wiegold (soprano)/ The Composers Ensemble/ Dominic Muldowney (cond)

Symphony No.1
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Martyn Brabbins (cond).

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Mon 6 Jul 2015 18:30

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Music Played

  • Sally Beamish

    Commedia (extract)

    Performer: Hebrides Ensemble

    • BBC recording.
  • Sally Beamish

    No, I'm Not Afraid

    Conductor: Ola RUDNER Performer: SWEDISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Geoffrey Cox (oboe)

    • BIS.
    • CD-1161.
  • Sally Beamish

    Tuscan lullaby

    Performer: COMPOSERS' ENSEMBLE, Mary WIEGOLD (soprano), Dominic MULDOWNEY (director)

    • NMC.
    • nmc-D003.
  • Sally Beamish

    Symphony No. 1

    Conductor: Martyn BRABBINS Performer: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • CD-1601.
  • Sally Beamish

    Commedia For Piano, Vln, Vla, Clarinet, Hrn And Cello

    Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Sally Beamish

    Commedia For Piano, Vln, Vla, Clarinet, Hrn And Cello

    Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Sally Beamish

    No, I'M Not Afraid

    Performer: Geoffrey Cox. Conductor: Ola Rudner. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS : CD-1161.
    • BIS.
    • 3.
  • Sally Beamish

    No, I'M Not Afraid

    Performer: Geoffrey Cox. Conductor: Ola Rudner. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS : CD-1161.
    • BIS.
    • 3.
  • Sally Beamish

    Tuscan Lullaby For Soprano And Ensemble

    Director: Dominic Muldowney. Singer: Mary Wiegold. Ensemble: The Composers Ensemble.
    • NMC : nmc-D003.
    • NMC.
    • 13.
  • Sally Beamish

    Tuscan Lullaby For Soprano And Ensemble

    Director: Dominic Muldowney. Singer: Mary Wiegold. Ensemble: The Composers Ensemble.
    • NMC : nmc-D003.
    • NMC.
    • 13.
  • Sally Beamish

    Symphony no 1

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • BIS : CD-1601.
    • 7.
  • Sally Beamish

    Symphony no 1

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • BIS : CD-1601.
    • 7.

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