Edition Peters is delighted to announce the signing of leading British composer Sally Beamish, with Katie Tearle, Director of New Music at Edition Peters, stating: “As a long admirer of Sally Beamish's music, I am thrilled to embark on this new relationship with one of the current generation’s most distinguished and creative composers.”
Born in London in 1956, Beamish initially trained as a viola player at the Royal Northern College of Music before moving to Scotland to develop her career as a composer. Her music embraces many influences, particularly jazz and Scottish traditional music, in a catalogue boasting over 200 compositions including solo, duo, chamber, orchestra, vocal, choral, theatre and opera works. Her music has been broadcast and performed extensively around the world with notable soloists including Steven Isserlis, James Crabb, Håkan Hardenberger, Branford Marsalis and Tabea Zimmermann amongst others.
Celtic themes are often present in Beamish’s music. One such piece, Reed Stanzas, for the Elias Quartet, received its premiere at the 2011 BBC Proms and won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Flodden, written for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the eponymous battle, was premiered in September 2013 and shortlisted for both a Royal Philharmonic Society and BASCA British Composer Award. A year later, Equal Voices, for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and their choruses, with text by Sir Andrew Motion, was premiered at the Barbican Centre to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Sally is in high demand, in this her 60th birthday year, with upcoming works for 2016 including two works as part of Shakespeare 400: a full-length ballet of The Tempest for Birmingham Royal Ballet and Houston Ballet, with choreographer David Bintley, and A Shakespeare Masque with Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, for Ex Cathedra. She will complete three piano concertos this year with the first, for Ronald Brautigam, receiving its world premiere with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in March 2016. Further performances will take place throughout the year with Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestre de Picardie and Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra.
Beamish said of the agreement: “I am truly delighted to be embarking on this new journey with Edition Peters, and very happy that my association with Norsk Musikforlag continues in this new and exciting collaboration.”
As part of the agreement, all new and previously unpublished works will be published worldwide by Edition Peters, with representation by Norsk Musikforlag in Scandinavia. The existing catalogue of works published by Norsk Musikforlag will now be represented by Edition Peters worldwide outside Scandinavia.