Sally Beamish (b. 1956)
Born in London in 1956, composer Sally Beamish began her musical career as a violist. She was principal viola in the London Mozart Players and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and founder member of the Raphael Ensemble. She moved from London to Scotland in 1990 to develop her career as a composer. Her music embraces many influences: particularly jazz and Scottish traditional music.
Using words from poet Katrina Shepherd, In the Stillness is a short and simple carol that was composed in 2007. Beamish writes “This short carol beautifully captures the hushed rapture of a small parish church in a snowbound landscape, just before Christmas.”