About Shona


Shona Mackay is a composer, mixed-media artist and musician based in Glasgow. She is currently working on a practice-based PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the supervision of Gordon McPherson.

She is interested in themes of connection, communication and autobiography and likes to explore the boundaries between composer, performer and audience. She frequently combines her music with film, photography, art and movement.

As a composer her work has been performed by various groups including Hebrides Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Music Lab, Ensemble Thing, The Astrid Quartet and Duo9. She was recently chosen to take part in Psappha Ensemble's "Composing for Cello" scheme and has also taken part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival Composers' Lab, the St Magnus Composers' Course in Orkney and the On the Rocks Arts Festival in St Andrews.

In 2016/2017 Shona 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. This exciting collaboration resulted in a new choral work, "Continuum", written specially for the choir. It was performed on 27 May 2017 at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow and a live recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (date TBC)


"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