XO is all about images, the visual, what we create out of the suggestions of lines and movements in a performance.
I’d like you to look, really hard. Look for the shapes, the messages that I’ve left in this piece. I promise you there’s a hundred clues. Follow the line drawn by the performer’s hand, what do you see?
Percussion: Calum Huggan, Angela Wai Nok Hui
Gillian Walker is a composer whose work is concerned with the visual, theatrical and socio-political. Inspired by urban landscape, Gillian’s work attempts to reflect the people, spaces and immediate community around them. These works often take the form of multi-interdisciplinary and collaborative compositions.
Recent commissions have included: ‘White Room’ premiered by McFall’s Chamber for the 2019 Cumnock Tryst Festival which reflects on the loss of memories from both Glasgow School of Art fires, Another Language written for Hebrides Ensemble as a part of the RCS Monday’s at One Concert Series, Polaroid for Chris Marker written for the 2019 Sound Festival and Red Note Ensemble, and The Yellow Wallpaper written for Chamber Music Scotland’s Ensemble in Residence GAIA Duo.
Gillian is the recipient of the Kimie Composition Prize 2019/2020 which resulted in a new work The Music Box for Prismatic Winds commissioned by Live Music Now Scotland for an audience of children with additional support needs.
During 2020, Gillian was selected for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s New Stories Scheme for emerging composers, in which they receive mentorship from Anna Clyne and Janis Mackay. Gillian is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with tutor David Fennessy and will continue to study composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the end of this year.