Gemma McGregor is a composer from Orkney who is interested in depicting consciousness and exploring images of time and place in layers of sound. In addition to writing contemporary choral and instrumental music, she has been part of many interdisciplinary performances and collaborations, created soundart and written for film.


Gemma McGregor: The Story of Magnus Erlendsson [world premiere] @ St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm

Gemma McGregor’s opera ‘The Story of Magnus Erlendsson’ will be premiered at Saint Magnus Cathedral at 7pm on Saturday 17th June during the St Magnus Festival.

2017 is the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus, murdered at the command of his cousin on the island of Egilsay. This specially commissioned dramatic work tells the story of Magnus, his early life, his religious commitment and the journey leading towards his murder and martyrdom. Local historian and storyteller Tom Muir narrates the tale with a large cast of singers, actors and musicians. This performance takes place in the monument, the Cathedral, created in St Magnus’s memory by his nephew Rognvald and showcases the work of two local collaborators, Gemma McGregor and Ron Ferguson.