“a composer who is a national treasure” – The Herald
Although Savourna Stevenson’s music strongly reflects her Scottish roots, it also reveals her uniquely eclectic and innovative urge to break through stylistic barriers between classical, folk, world music and jazz. The diversity of commission, organisations from the BBC to Iona Abbey, and her equally diverse audiences, from concert hall patrons to viewers of HBO, are a measure of the breadth and scope of her output. Savourna’s ever expanding catalogue includes a large body of work for harp, notably her Harp Quintet (CD Touch Me Like The Sun) acclaimed for its use on American TV shows ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Ugly Betty’ and her Concerto for Pedal Harp premiered to enthusiastic audiences throughout Scotland in June 2012 by international harp soloist Catrin Finch with the Scottish Ensemble. The Herald critic found it typical of what he called “the joy of Savourna Stevenson’s music … from the heart and to the heart, absolutely open and totally honest in its integrity and expressive qualities…”
Savourna Stevenson’s three large scale children’s orchestral works with narrative, Misterstourworm and the Kelpie’s Gift, Hansel and Gretel and The Snow Queen, plus three orchestrated songs for the National Youth Choirs of Scotland signify her major contribution to music for children.
Recent commissions include works for choir and for pedal harp, whilst Savourna is currently writing her largest composition to date, a work for piano and orchestra entitled The Secret Life of a Piano, and a choral commission for Cappella Nova.