Henry McPherson is a composer/performer based in Glasgow. His current work involves mixed-media score-production, devising, improvisation, and interdisciplinary practice, through which he explores personal and collective identities, and musical tradition. He is a founding member of Glasgow’s mixed-arts collective EAST, and is one third of the queer contemporary music ensemble Savage Parade.
Henry’s recent works include Maud (2017), a new short opera, commissioned by Scottish Opera for the Connect Chorus, to premiere in April 2018; For Sylvia (2017), commissioned by FLUID Festival (Birmingham, UK) – a devised composition which seeks to critique the structures and conventions of western art music by placing queer/LGBTQ(+) identified voices at the centre of a piece of classical music; A thought of falling (2017), a chamber quartet commissioned by Laura Samuel and Yann Ghiro of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Henry has worked with performers such as Garth Knox, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow’s RedNote Ensemble, the Glasgow New Music Expedition, RCS MusicLab, the Ensemble Modern, and the Psappha Ensemble. He is a recipient of the Dinah Wolfe Memorial Prize for Composition (2014), the inaugural BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Composition Club Prize (2016), was nominated for a Scottish Award for New Music (2017) and was a commission-winner for Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks competition (2017).