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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Apr
29
Sat
Sally Beamish: Sea Psalm @ St Just in Roseland Church, Cornwall
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm

THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA
includes 1st performance of Alexander Campkin ‘by still waters’

LYNNE PLOWMAN ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’: Twelve brilliant miniatures set amongst a complete reading of Coleridge’s 1798 epoch-making work. The compositions refer to the engravings by David Jones for Douglas Cleverdon’s 1929 edition of the poem.
SALLY BEAMISH ‘Sea Psalm: the sinking of HMS Duchess 12th Dec 1939’ is a 20-minute setting of the psalm ‘They that go down to the sea in ships’ during which a spoken narration recites the eyewitness account of the only surviving officer of the sinking of the destroyer HMS Duchess. The psalm forms a refrain to the account,  ending with the hymn ‘Eternal Father strong to save’.
ALEXANDER CAMPKIN ‘by still waters’ (1st performance)
A short memorial follows in memory of Mary Rowlands-Pritchard whose ashes are buried in the churchyard including Alexander Campkin’s ‘by still waters’ composed for OA for this occasion.

May
12
Fri
Sally Beamish: Academy of St Martin in the Fields European Tour @ Waiblingen, Germany
May 12 @ 8:00 pm

Programmes include:

  • Poulenc Concerto for organ, timpani and strings
  • Beamish Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten
  • Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053
  • Barber arr. Carpenter Adagio

 

The flamboyant, controversial, and unquestionably talented organist Cameron Carpenter makes his debut appearance with the Academy on tour in Europe. Labelled ‘technically the most accomplished organist I have ever witnessed… And most important of all, the most musical‘ by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, Carpenter brings his powers of performance, arrangement and improvisation to works by Gershwin, Poulenc, Bach and Barber. Tomo Keller directs the Academy in Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and the Britten-inspired Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten composed by the Academy’s Composer in Residence Sally Beamish

May
13
Sat
Sally Beamish: Academy of St Martin in the Fields European Tour @ Tak Theater, Vaduz
May 13 @ 8:00 pm

PROGRAMMES INCLUDE:

  • Poulenc Concerto for organ, timpani and strings
  • Beamish Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten
  • Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053
  • Barber arr. Carpenter Adagio

 

OVERVIEW

The flamboyant, controversial, and unquestionably talented organist Cameron Carpenter makes his debut appearance with the Academy on tour in Europe. Labelled ‘technically the most accomplished organist I have ever witnessed… And most important of all, the most musical‘ by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, Carpenter brings his powers of performance, arrangement and improvisation to works by Gershwin, Poulenc, Bach and Barber. Tomo Keller directs the Academy in Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and the Britten-inspired Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten composed by the Academy’s Composer in Residence Sally Beamish.

May
15
Mon
Sally Beamish: Academy of St Martin in the Fields European Tour @ Alte Oper, Frankfurt
May 15 @ 8:00 pm

PROGRAMMES INCLUDE:

  • Poulenc Concerto for organ, timpani and strings
  • Beamish Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten
  • Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053
  • Barber arr. Carpenter Adagio

 

OVERVIEW

The flamboyant, controversial, and unquestionably talented organist Cameron Carpenter makes his debut appearance with the Academy on tour in Europe. Labelled ‘technically the most accomplished organist I have ever witnessed… And most important of all, the most musical‘ by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, Carpenter brings his powers of performance, arrangement and improvisation to works by Gershwin, Poulenc, Bach and Barber. Tomo Keller directs the Academy in Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and the Britten-inspired Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten composed by the Academy’s Composer in Residence Sally Beamish.

May
16
Tue
Sally Beamish: Academy of St Martin in the Fields European Tour @ Parkstad Limburg Theatres, The Netherlands
May 16 @ 8:00 pm

PROGRAMMES INCLUDE:

  • Poulenc Concerto for organ, timpani and strings
  • Beamish Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten
  • Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1053
  • Barber arr. Carpenter Adagio

 

OVERVIEW

The flamboyant, controversial, and unquestionably talented organist Cameron Carpenter makes his debut appearance with the Academy on tour in Europe. Labelled ‘technically the most accomplished organist I have ever witnessed… And most important of all, the most musical‘ by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, Carpenter brings his powers of performance, arrangement and improvisation to works by Gershwin, Poulenc, Bach and Barber. Tomo Keller directs the Academy in Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and the Britten-inspired Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten composed by the Academy’s Composer in Residence Sally Beamish.

May
19
Fri
Sally Beamish: Academy of St Martin in the Fields European Tour @ Bela Bartok National Concert Hall
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Outrageous or brilliant? Autocratic or authentic? The enfant terrible of the organ returns to Müpa, the taboo-breaking, stereotype-defying American who takes diabolical liberties with the instrument of religious devotion, conjuring music from the organ like no one else before him and performing even familiar works in unconventional fashion. When setting tones and registrations on the organ, he often prefers his own concepts to those of the composer, drastically deviating from customary modes of articulation and frequently embroidering and improvising upon the written score. This all produces something similar to what the audience might have felt when they saw and heard the “Devil’s violinist” Paganini on stage: we cannot believe our eyes or ears. It is dazzling what this phenomenon with a punk hairdo and high-heeled leather cowboy boots does with his feet when playing the cascading left-hand runs of Chopin’s Revolutionary Étude on the pedals.
The first organist to be nominated for a solo Grammy Award, Cameron Carpenter’s repertoire includes everything from Bach works to film music, as well as a huge number of transcriptions. He developed his jet-black five-manual portable instrument himself, because as a concert performer he wished to enjoy the same relationship with the instrument he plays – wherever in the world he travels – as a violinist who takes their own instrument everywhere they go. On this occasion, the organist known for his jaw-dropping performances will be accompanied by one of the world’s finest chamber ensembles, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields founded by Sir Neville Marriner.

May
25
Thu
Sally Beamish: The Tempest @ Wortham Theatre Center, Houston
May 25 @ 7:30 pm

In remembrance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, David Bintley is creating a fantastical production of The Tempest, set to a commissioned score by British composer Sally Beamish. At once stormy and sweet, Bintley’s Tempest promises to be an exciting recount of Shakespear’s supernatural tale. Banished to a deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, Prospero conjures up a horrific storm in which a magical story unfolds. It’s an enchanted yarn filled with drama, passion, a struggle for power and, of course, love.

May
27
Sat
Sally Beamish: The Tempest @ Wortham Theatre Center, Houston
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

In remembrance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, David Bintley is creating a fantastical production of The Tempest, set to a commissioned score by British composer Sally Beamish. At once stormy and sweet, Bintley’s Tempest promises to be an exciting recount of Shakespear’s supernatural tale. Banished to a deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, Prospero conjures up a horrific storm in which a magical story unfolds. It’s an enchanted yarn filled with drama, passion, a struggle for power and, of course, love.

May
28
Sun
Sally Beamish: The Tempest @ Wortham Theatre Center, Houston
May 28 @ 2:00 pm

In remembrance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, David Bintley is creating a fantastical production of The Tempest, set to a commissioned score by British composer Sally Beamish. At once stormy and sweet, Bintley’s Tempest promises to be an exciting recount of Shakespear’s supernatural tale. Banished to a deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, Prospero conjures up a horrific storm in which a magical story unfolds. It’s an enchanted yarn filled with drama, passion, a struggle for power and, of course, love.

Jun
2
Fri
Sally Beamish: The Tempest @ Wortham Theater Centre, Houston
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm

In remembrance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, David Bintley is creating a fantastical production of The Tempest, set to a commissioned score by British composer Sally Beamish. At once stormy and sweet, Bintley’s Tempest promises to be an exciting recount of Shakespear’s supernatural tale. Banished to a deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, Prospero conjures up a horrific storm in which a magical story unfolds. It’s an enchanted yarn filled with drama, passion, a struggle for power and, of course, love.