photo by David Ruff

Fergus Hall is a composer, musician and improviser from the west of Scotland.

Fergus graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in music with honours of the first class. While studying Fergus was awarded the Muriel Thorne Hague Memorial Prize for distinction in academic work and performance and the Goudie Prize for overall excellence in his final year. At the end of the 2016-17 academic year Fergus was awarded a Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship to research relations in the performance practices of choral, jazz and Scottish traditional music. While at the University of Glasgow Fergus presented some of his research at the Let’s Talk About [X] conference, the Annual Teaching and Learning Conference and was published in the {X}position Journal.

As a composer Fergus has composed for choirs, orchestras and chamber ensembles and has scored a number of short films. He prides himself on his diverse output having written a range of works such as a large secular oratorio in collaboration with Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith, a site-specific work for the Glasgow botanic gardens, a large suite for big band and narrator based on the poetry of Norman MacCaig and a range of chamber and electroacoustic works.

Fergus is active on the Glasgow music scene as an improvising musician and is one half of the duo Long Green Jaws with cellist and artist, Sarah McWhinney. Together they create immersive improvised performances using improvised projected visuals, the sounds and movements of water, live vocals and close interplay between violin and cello. Long Green Jaws have performed at a number of arts events in Scotland run by organisations such as Sound Thought Festival, RIG Arts and Anatomy Arts.

As of 2018, Fergus has been on the committee for Sound Thought Festival, a postgraduate run festival of new and experimental art that runs once a year in the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. The festival successfully ran in November 2018 and February 2019 featuring performances, installations, workshops, screenings and presentations.

Fergus is passionate about music education having been a mentor with the Scottish Young Composers Project in its inaugural year. He currently leads the Inverclyde Schools Senior Strings Orchestra as their conductor and has worked with PEEK in Glasgow, leading music workshops with young people in the eastend of Glasgow.

Fergus is continuing his compositional studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with support from the Scottish International Education Trust and the Caird Trust.