Shona Mackay is a Glasgow-based composer whose work often includes a strong audiovisual element. With a keen interest in pushing the boundaries of what it means to be "the composer", particularly in relation to the idea of the non-musical performer, she combines music with other media including film, photography, spoken word and/or theatre. She often performs in her own works.
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. Excerpts of the work can be heard in this BBC Radio 3 interview broadcast in early 2018.
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 curriculum.
5 January 2019: Silent Noon from Three Songs
Performed by Megan Ihnen (mezzo-soprano) and Marianne Parker (piano)
National Opera Centre, New York, USA
23-25 November 2018: Creating Intimacy
A one-to-one performance by Shona Mackay
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow
"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