New Stories supports three women composers to bridge the gap between study and the profession by providing them with mentorship from Associate Composer, Anna Clyne.
The scheme was launched in Summer 2020 and Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, Electra Perivolaris and Gillian Walker were selected to take part. In the first year of the scheme they worked with Anna to write and workshop a piece for a mixed ensemble of SCO players. These new works were inspired by the art of storytelling in collaboration with writer and storyteller Janis Mackay. Films of these new pieces will be released in early 2022 to mark the Year of Scotland's Stories.
In the second year, all three composers go forward to write a new suite for the SCO for performance in 2022. They will take a collaborative approach, meeting in person to share ideas alongside their individual mentoring sessions with Anna Clyne, and continuing to take inspiration from literature - in the form of contemporary poetry by women active in Scotland.
Georgina MacDonell Finlayson
Georgina MacDonell Finlayson is a versatile Scottish composer, violinist, fiddle player and community arts practitioner who studied at Edinburgh University. Growing up in a remote Angus glen, her creative work is often influenced by her experiences of landscape, nature, people, place and story; incorporating traditional music, spoken word and recorded sound; exploring atmosphere, soundscape and environmentalism.
Electra Perivolaris is from the west coast of Scotland and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before moving on to her masters studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her music seeks to reflect physical and emotional landscapes, drawing on her interest in Scottish, British and international folk music and the impact of music on communities, as well as drawing inspiration from ecology, the connections we form with the natural world, and the impact that humans have on the environment.
Gillian Walker is a composer studying with David Fennessy at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She grew up in Ayrshire and enjoys gathering inspiration from the world around her - she has a particular fascination with people and the way in which we connect with one another. Her work is also influenced by the visual arts and driven by the visual aspects of new music theatre.