Honorary President

Sally Beamish

Sally was born in London.  She studied viola at the RNCM with Patrick Ireland and in Detmold with Bruno Giuranna and was a founder member of the Raphael Ensemble. In her early career, Beamish performed regularly with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the London Sinfonietta and was principal viola in the London Mozart Players and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In 1990, she moved from London to Scotland to develop her career as a composer. Her music embraces many influences – particularly jazz and Scottish traditional music.
She has recently moved to Brighton and is married to writer Peter Thomson. She still performs regularly as violist, pianist and narrator.
For more information see:  https://www.sallybeamish.com/biography