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.



Sally Beamish: Nine Fragments [USA Premiere] @ Harvard Musical Association, Boston
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Folk Renaissance III: continuing our look at folk roots in the concert hall

Traditional: Scottish folk songs
Sally Beamish: String Quartet No. 4, “Nine Fragments” (2018) (U.S. Premiere)
Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1

Elias String Quartet (Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; Simone van der Giessen, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello)

The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary works.

Sally Beamish: Nine Fragments @ Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm


Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421

Sally Beamish: New commission, title to be announced

Schumann: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 41, no. 1

Sally Beamish: Clara @ Recital Room, City Halls
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm

Sandra Porter Mezzo-soprano

Graeme McNaught piano

Sally Beamish: Divertimenti [World Premiere] @ Kimmeridge House, Bournemouth University
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bournemouth Chamber Music Society present the Divertimenti String Sextet who will be performing music by:

  • Dvorak: Sextet in A major, op.48
  • Beamish: Divertimenti
  • Brahms: Sextet no.2 in G major, op.36
Sally Beamish: String Quartet No.4, Nine Fragments @ The St Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • SCHUBERT Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”
  • SALLY BEAMISH String Quartet NO. 4, “Nine Fragments”
  • SCHUMANN Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Sally Beamish: String Quartet No.4, Nine Fragments @ Herbst Theatre, San Fransisco, CA
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Elias Quartet returns with a program representing three centuries of chamber music including works by Sally Beamish, Britten, and Schumann.


BRITTEN: Quartet No. 2
SCHUMANN: Quartet Op. 41, No. 1

Sally Beamish: String Quartet No.4, Nine Fragments @ Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Donald Grant (arr.): Suite of Scottish Folk Tunes
Sally Beamish: New Work Robert Schumann: String Quartet in A minor, Opus 41 No 1
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 (Rosamunde)

This young British quartet, an advocate for new works and standard repertoire, makes its first appearance for us. The group plays an arrangement of Scottish folk tunes, and a new work by English composer Sally Beamish. Adding a touch of Romanticism, the group will perform music by Robert Schumann (Op 41 No 1) and Franz Schubert’s lyrical “Rosamunde” quartet.

Sally Beamish: Divertimenti @ The Radlett Centre, Radlett
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

A group of top-ranking players with a wealth of world-wide experience play the Boccherini and Schubert Quintets in C major, a Terzetto by Dvorak and a new piece by Sally Beamish.  Together since 1978, this group is heard frequently on Radio 3 and Classic fM.