gemma mcgregorGemma McGregor (BA Hons. Pg Cert.) from Orkney, is a doctorate student at Aberdeen University under the supervision of Professor Paul Mealor. She was awarded the Ogston Postgraduate Scholarship for the years 2012 to 2015. Gemma studied composition as an undergraduate at Dartington College of Arts. Whilst pursuing a career as a performing musician, Gemma has continued to write music and has received many commissions to date, including pieces performed at the St. Magnus Festivals of 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. Gemma attended the St. Magnus Festival Composers Course in 2010 studying under Alasdair Nicolson and Sally Beamish. Four of Gemma’s compositions have been performed at the Sound Festival in Aberdeen and her choral piece, ‘O sacrum convivium’, was premiered at the St Asaph Festival in November 2013. Watercolour Studios released a CD of Gemma’s chamber music recorded by clarinetist Calum Robertson, pianist Ingrid Sawers and the Eris Ensemble in August 2011. Recent performances include: ‘The Last Bright Rinsing’ (tenor, choir and organ) at St Magnus Festival, June 2014; ‘The Lookout’ at the RCS, Glasgow, August 2014; ‘Reflections’ by Ensemble Thing in Glasgow, March 2014. Gemma has a strong regard for Orkney culture and history and is leader of the Orkney Heritage Fiddle Project . She collects local music and archive recordings and plays flute regularly with a traditional band. Gemma is interested in collaborative work and has worked with writers, dancers, archeologists and historians. She has written music for two films by Mark Jenkins – ‘Gunnie’ (2009) and ‘Pund’ (2011). Her collaboration with sculptor, Craig Ellis, resulted in a soundart/sculpture installation at Gray’s School of Art in November 2015. She will work in partnership again with Ellis for a commission for 2015.

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