Dr Shirley Thompson


Dr Shirley Thompson is a distinguished composer, visionary artist and cultural activist who has composed extensively for television, film, theatre, dance and opera. She is the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony in the last 40 years. New Nation Rising, A 21st Century Symphony performed and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is an epic musical story celebrating London’s thousand-year history. It was was originally commissioned for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and is considered a predecessor of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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