Fergus Hall is a composer and musician from the west of Scotland.
As a composer, he has been commissioned by Glasgow New Music Expedition, Nevis Ensemble, Sound and Music, Making Music UK and An Tobar.
His creative practice is concerned with how a musician can act as a creative facilitator, constructing frameworks within which musical interactions can take place. This ethos stems from interests in jazz and traditional music practices which often blur the distinction between composer and performer, allowing fluidity of ideas throughout the music making process and accommodating the creative voices of contributing musicians. Fergus’ work combines this with experience as a free improvising musician, devised practice and exploration of alternative notation/presentation to create music in which participants are on equal footing as music makers.
In April 2021 his self-produced debut album Shores, a setting of poetry by Sorley McLean for folk singer, jazz quartet and string orchestra, was released with support from the Sorley McLean Trust.
In 2022 he was invited to collaborate with artist, Mhairi Killin as part of On Sonorous Seas, a multidisciplinary project examining the ecology seas surrounding the Hebrides and anthropomorphic sound. For this project, Fergus produced a 45 minute sound composition that accompanied the exhibition at An Tobar in the Summer of 2022 which was also released as a full length album.
In September 2022, Fergus will release Isola, an album of new music for violin and cello, recorded in collaboration with Sequoia. The album features large works for violin and cello by Fergus alongside work by other emerging Scottish-based composers, Aileen Sweeney, Rylan Gleave and Sonia Killmann. The album also features poetry and narration by Alexander McCall Smith and Hamish Henderson.
Fergus graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2018 with a bachelors degree in music with honours of the first class and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters degree in composition in 2020.
Fergus is also active as a music educator both as a piano and theory teacher, and as a conductor with the Inverclyde Music Service.