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 has been described as “one of a new generation of female trailblazers” by BBC Radio 3’s Verity Sharp, a “Classical Star of the Future” by BBC Introducing, and “one of the most exciting composers emerging in Scotland today” by Sir James MacMillan. Following studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Electra recently graduated with Distinction from the Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music Award in Composition. Electra was profiled by The Scotsman in their ‘Ones to Watch in 2022’ feature.
Gillian Walker is a composer studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama whose work is influenced by the visual and theatrical elements in musical performances. Having grown up in Ayrshire, Gillian enjoys gathering inspiration from the surrounding world and has a particular fascination with people and the way in which we connect with one another.