Elected: 2018
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Dame Judith Weir
Composer and Master of the King's Music, Scotland
Judith Weir has written for a wide range of musical genres, including opera, theatre, film, orchestra, choral music and song. Her work has been seen and heard on many major stages, including Covent Garden, Santa Fe and Bregenz. Amongst her longstanding interests is the relationship between music, text and language. As the current holder of the 400-year-old Royal Appointment as Master of The Queen’s Music, her chosen aims are to champion the work of music teachers, to advocate the importance of music in schools, and to encourage music outside the professional sphere. She herself has taught at Glasgow and Cardiff Universities and was a recent a visiting teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.