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: Prom 35 @ Royal Albert Hall, London
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations provides both model and inspiration for a new set of variations by 14 living composers premiered here to mark conductor Martyn Brabbins’s 60th birthday. The concert also includes Vaughan Williams’s exquisite Serenade to Music.


Kalevi Aho

Sally Beamish

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Richard Blackford

Gavin Bryars

Brett Dean

Dai Fujikura

Wim Henderickx

Colin Matthews

Anthony Payne

John Pickard

David Sawer

Iris ter Schiphorst

Judith Weir

Ralph Vaughan Williams


Johannes Brahms

Edward Elgar