Sally Beamish was born in London. Initially a viola player, she moved from London to Scotland in 1990 to develop her career as a composer. Her music embraces many influences: particularly jazz and Scottish traditional music. The concerto form is a continuing inspiration, and she has written for many internationally renowned soloists.

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Jun
25
Mon
Sally Beamish: Elias String Quartet; Navarra String Quartet @ Wigmore Hall
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Two fantastic British-based quartets, both formed at the Royal Northern College of Music, join forces in Mendelssohn’s Octet, the teenage prodigy’s miraculous masterpiece. The Elias String Quartet opens with Sally Beamish’s beautiful work for the ensemble, inspired by Hebridean landscapes and poetic imagery.

This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval.

Jul
20
Fri
Sally Beamish: Spitalfields Music in the City; A Lunchtime Concert for Voices and Harp @ Drapers' Hall
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

A celebration of female composers from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Join three outstanding female artists for a lunchtime concert featuring music by female composers for voice and harp. In a recital curated specially for the Spitalfields in the City series, soprano Héloïse Werner, mezzo-soprano Lucy Goddard and Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales Anne Denholm will perform works by internationally celebrated 20th and 21st-century female composers, all in the elegant surrounds of Drapers’ Hall.

Aug
9
Thu
Sally Beamish: Mathilde Milwidsky (violin) Huw Watkins (piano) @ Carver Church
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am

London-born, but of Lithuanian and Latvian lineage, Mathilde Milwidsky brings this cosmopolitan mix to her programme. A former student of old Festival friend György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, we bow to his Hungarian roots, and Hungary and Romania‘s centenary, with Bartók‘s Romanian folk arrangements to open, and Ravel‘s showpiece for Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d‘Arányi to close. We also light 100 candles for Estonia, in Arvo Pärt‘s transcendental work. While LDSM is marking Michael Berkeley‘s 70th birthday, today‘s première was written as in memoriam tribute to Sir John Manduell, who would have been pleased to be remembered alongside a new work by Sally Beamish commissioned by Mathilde. More from Mathilde – and more Pärt – in our closing concert tomorrow night, and more Grieg tonight.

Programme:

Bartók Romanian Folk Dances 6’

Beamish Wild Swans, for violin and piano 7’

C Schumann Three Romances, Op.22 9¾’

Beethoven Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, Op.30 No.3 17½’

M Berkeley A Dark Waltz WORLD PREMIÈRE 2’

Grieg Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45 23¾’

Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel 8¾’

Ravel Tzigane 9¾’

Nov
1
Thu
Sally Beamish: Seavaigers(USA Premier); New Century Chamber Orchestra/ Marwood/ Crabb @ First Congregational Church Berkeley
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm

New Century opens its season with a debut appearance by British violinist Anthony Marwood as Guest Concertmaster in a program featuring Dvořák’s beloved Serenade for Strings and Seavaigers by London-born composer Sally Beamish.

Sally BeamishSeavaigers, for violin, accordion and strings
Peteris Vasks: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, ‘Distant Light’
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Nov
2
Fri
Sally Beamish: Seavaigers(USA Premier); New Century Chamber Orchestra/ Marwood/ Crabb @ First United Methodist Church
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

New Century opens its season with a debut appearance by British violinist Anthony Marwood as Guest Concertmaster in a program featuring Dvořák’s beloved Serenade for Strings and Seavaigers by London-born composer Sally Beamish.

Sally BeamishSeavaigers, for violin, accordion and strings
Peteris Vasks: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, ‘Distant Light’
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22