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: The Judas Passion (World Premiere) @ St John's Smith Square, London
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven, asks the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in this provocative new chronicle of Jesus’ final days, told through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Escariot.

Written for the OAE’s period instruments by Sally Beamish, The Judas Passion echoes Bach’s great Passions in its exploration of the Last Supper and the Easter story.

But with a sizzling text by poet and screenwriter David Harsent, it asks us to reconsider Judas and his decision to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, and poses some challenging questions. Was what he did necessary? Could he have done any differently? And can he be forgiven?

This exciting new Passion is accompanied by All Words of Forgiveness, a literary project exploring the role of forgiveness in contemporary society.

A co-commission with Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco).


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 
Nicholas McGegan conductor
Julia Doyle soprano, Mary
Brenden Gunnell tenor, Judas
Roderick Williams Christ, baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment 


Sally Beamish: The Judas Passion (World premiere)

Sally Beamish: Whitescape @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm

Stravinsky Concerto in E Flat Major Dumbarton Oaks
Beamish Whitescape
Beethoven Symphony No7

Something old, something new, something borrowed…Stravinsky’s zesty homage to the 18th century gets this year’s series of lunchtime musical feasts off to a mouth-watering start. And when the young New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New unleashes Beethoven’s volcanic Seventh Symphony in the intimate surroundings of the New Auditorium – well, let’s just say that it should certainly recharge your batteries! First, though, something from Scotland. Sally Beamish’s Frankenstein-inspired Whitescape tells a tale of ice, fog and mystery…

Sally Beamish: La Mer @ Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Dec 10 @ 3:30 pm

Linos Piano Trio

C. P. E. Bach – Trio in E minor, Wq. 89/5

L. van Beethoven – Trio in D Major, op. 70/1 “Ghost”

C. Debussy – La Mer (arr. Sally Beamish)