About Shona


Shona Mackay is a composer and mixed-media artist
based in Glasgow. Her work often explores themes of gender, identity, narrative and interconnectivity and she is interested in pushing the boundaries of what it means to be "the composer", utilising a variety of media including music, spoken word, film, photography and elements of theatre.

In 2016/2017 she worked with the Glasgow School of Art Choir as part of Making Music's Adopt a Composer scheme, in partnership with Sound and Music, BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation. "Continuum", written specially for the choir, was performed in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow in May 2017 and a live recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 shortly.

Shona's music has also been performed by various groups including Hebrides Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Ensemble Thing and The Astrid Quartet.

Alongside composition, Shona works as an educator, facilitator and teaching artist in numerous arts and education projects across the West of Scotland, focusing on widening participation and embedding creativity into the school curriculum.


"wickedly mischievous" - Michael Tumelty, The Herald

"there's huge potential in her style, and she evidently has her finger firmly on more than one artistic pulse" - Alice Elms, TV Bomb

"many compelling moments" - Ken Walton, The Scotsman

"adventurous exploration of sound" - Josie Balfour, Edinburgh Evening News