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.
Dr. Gemma McGregor Ph.D. Pg. Cert. BA (Hons)
Gemma McGregor is a composer from Orkney who has a doctorate in music composition from University of Aberdeen. A recipient of the Ogston Postgraduate Scholarship, she has had commissions performed at the St. Magnus Festival, St. Asaph Festival and Aberdeen Sound Festival. Watercolour Studios released an album of Gemma’s chamber music in 2011. Her choral music has been performed by the BBC Singers, Dunedin Consort and the Quodlibet Chorale. Gemma’s first opera, The Locked Door, was commissioned by the Sound Festival and performed in 2015. Many of Gemma’s compositions are influenced by Japanese music including the work for chamber orchestra, Greylighting, commissioned by Orkney Camerata, performed in 2015. Gemma’s music has a narrative style interrupted by flashback images and symbols from previous times allowing for constant change to exist alongside fragments of memory and a sense of returning. Several compositions are based on the landscape and history of Orkney alongside sounds borrowed from the world of Orcadian traditional music. Gemma is active as a performer of both contemporary music and Orkney music. She has been involved in multi-disciplinary collaborations including electronic music and sculpture installations at Grays School of Art and the Pier Arts Centre. Gemma is currently working on a commission for an opera about Saint Magnus for performance at the 2017 St Magnus Festival.
Gemma McGregor’s Love Was His Meaning for SSA Chorus and harp will be performed by the National Youth Choir of Scotland
Love Was His Meaning, for SSA Chorus and harp, was commissioned by the Multitude of Voyces as one of a set of four choral pieces by women composers that set verses from the Revelations of Divine Love by 14th century mystic, Dame Julian of Norwich. The other three composers are Hilary Campbell, Carol J. Jones and Judith Weir. This set of pieces are due for publication by Multitude of Voyces in an anthology of sacred music by women in November 2020.