Scottish conductor, professor and composer, born in Edinburgh, May 27, 1928. She studied at Edinburgh University from 1947 to 1950, under Hans Gal (history of music and counterpoint) and Mary Grierson (harmony and Analysis). She had four years of postgraduate study under Nadia Boulanger, studying accompaniment at the Paris Conservatoire from 1952 to 1954 and composition privately from 1950 to 1954. She also studied composition with Aaron Copland. While still a student she was awarded the Donald Francis Tovey prize and the Lili Boulanger memorial prize. In 1955 she became leader and accompanist of the Saltire Singers. A grant enabled her to attend courses at the Berkshire Center in Tanglewood in 1958. She was lecturer on music for the extramural department of London University from 1959 to 1964 and a visiting professor at the college for creative studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1970. She lectured at many universities in the United Kingdom and the United States; she is a member of the central music advisory panel for the BBC. In 1973 she won the Koussevitzky award and in 1974, 1975 and 1982 the Guggenheim fellowship. Prince Charles presented her with and honorary doctorate from the Council for National Academic Awards in 1976, in 1979 she received an honorary doctorate from Smith College and in 1980 an honorary doctorate from the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Works for wind band
Journey through a Japanese Landscape (1994 – Marimba and wind band)
Scottish Dance Suite (1959)
Works for brass band and brass ensemble
Variations (1966 – brass band)
The Last Twilight (1980 - 3hn.4tpt.4tb/perc.)