Erin Thomson

Biography

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Erin Thomson (b. 2000) is a Scottish composer from the outskirts of Glasgow. She has recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying composition under the tutelage of Dr. Linda Buckley she earned a first-class honours degree with an endorsement of Music Education with Distinction. Erin is currently studying her Masters in Music specialising in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Dr Colin Broom, which is kindly supported by the Scottish International Educational Trust, the Cross Trust, the Caird Trust and an RCS Scholarship.


From 2019-2021, Erin was the RCS Brass department Composer in Residence having composed works for various mixed ensembles and for soloist, Anya Liggins. She regularly collaborates with her connections at RCS and most recently composed a work for Stephanie Lamprea which has been performed in Glasgow and Aberdeen and was internationally premiered in New York in September 2022. Erin’s awards include first prize for the 2021 Walter and Dinah Wolfe Memorial Composition Award for her work ‘Linger to Sea’ for solo violin and reverb and she is the 2022 recipient of the Kimie Composition Prize, where she composed a new work, “The Graceful Art of Walking on Stilts” for the Campus Trio with support from Live Music Now and the Kimie Trust, this piece has been workshopped in schools with a specific audience in mind; children with additional support needs. The piece will receive its first concert premier in the Usher Hall in January 2023. Erin’s first orchestral piece “Pentimentum” was premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martin Brabbins in the City Halls in Glasgow, and she has also had her music premiered at Sound Festival in Aberdeen and by the Orkney Camerata in Kirkwall. Most recently, Erin was awarded the 2022 Musicians' Company Silver Medal, representing RCS at their Installation Dinner in Goldsmiths Hall, London. 

In addition to studying composition, she thrives for education and community projects. This passion was sparked by her participation in Sir James McMillan's Cumnock Tryst Festival, where she supported Advanced Higher pupils in creating their own compositions which were performed by Mr McFalls Chamber in a Robert Burns’ themed concert. Erin was selected as one of the participating composers on the Engaged Composer Professional Development opportunity with sound and Red Note, where she worked alongside 6 other UK based composers to enhance their knowledge and skillset and further curate their own community project in early 2022. She worked alongside composer Amy Stewart and went into four schools to deliver a one-off workshop, in total working with 13 classes ranging from Primary years 3-7. Following this experience, Erin and Amy both went on to work with Sound in an Aberdeenshire based project ‘Soundescapes’ as workshop leaders, and Erin also supported Sound's "Go Compose!" scheme, of which she was a participant in 2019. Erin is continuing to build experience working with community groups across Scotland in addition to building her composition portfolio.