Shortened CV 2015

Sally Walmsley Creative Practitioner


Personal Statement

Dr Sara Walmsley is a composer and writer working through sound, music and words. She creates pieces that range from digital media to performance and publications.  Her applied projects emphasize community participation by producing a creative interface for collaboration with institutions in the cultural heritage, education, voluntary and public sectors.



Practical skills relate to creative practice and project design and include

  • music performance knowledge (e.g. piano, voice, oboe; ensemble playing and singing)
  • digital media knowledge (e.g. use of software such as Final Cut, Logic, Quark)
  • writing (e.g. funding applications; performance scripts; reports; books)

Organisational skills relate to

  • project design (gained by work in academia, community music and creative practice)
  • project management (e.g. in research projects the setting of targets; in applied projects the setting of budgets, ensuring community involvement and understanding needs of clients and an awareness of methodologies such as the use of music therapy principles in performance work)

Communication skills relate to working with and for people to instigate, design and facilitate a project and include

  • facilitation skills for group work (gained through classroom teaching  and university teaching and through research fieldwork experience)
  • presentation skills (gained through giving academic papers and working with wide variety of clients)



2003-07            Queens University Belfast

                         AHRC funded PhD in Ethnomusicology

2002-03          M.A. in Ethnomusicology

2000                 Module of M.A. in Education – Music Therapy in Education

1994-95             Open University

                        P.G.C.E. in History

1992                 Basil Patterson School of English, Edinburgh

                         T.E.F.L (R.S.A) certificate

1984-1990          University of Edinburgh

                         M.A. (Hons) in History


Selected projects


Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Armagh Observatory (in progress)

“SoundMapping” – phase 2 – map and audio unit for Bus Station, Armagh (in progress)

“Celebration of Brian Boru” Festival of Performance and other participatory events. Funded Armagh City and District Council


“SoundMapping” – tactile map and sound installation with visually impaired. Funded Armagh City and District council and Southern Health and Social Care Trust

“The Waking of Brian Boru” – a community based musical drama. Funded Armagh City and District council


“The Pony Club Way” – intergenerational social history creating book and film. Funded Heritage Lottery

“When Irish Eyes are Smiling” – intergenerational song and reminiscences project between resulting in multi-media performance

“SoundConnections 2” – intergenerational project including visually impaired adults resulting in multi-media performance. Funded Ulster Museum


“SoundConnections 1” intergenerational project including visually impaired adults resulting in Sound Installation. Funded Ulster Museum

Film of in-liner hockey for Love Hockey Ireland

Film of Armagh International Road Race for Armagh Athletics Club


Filming performances for “Lume de Biqueira” and Armagh Pipers Club


“A Perfect Passion: Uilleann Piping in Armagh Pipers Club” – documentary film shown at William Kennedy International Piping Festival, Armagh.

“A Day at the Races” documentary film for Armagh Athletics Club


“Closing of the Slave Trades” – film of conference commissioned by Queen’s University Belfast and Yale University, USA.


3 Information film commissions from Queen’s University Belfast

Other work

2006-12             Lecturer and tutor in Anthropology part-time. Queen’s University Belfast

1999-                Facilitator participatory music-making with community and education groups


Publication and Public papers


“Brian Boru and Astronomy”. Public Lecture, Natural History and Philosophical Society, Armagh

“Brian Boru and Armagh”. Public Lecture, Probus, Armagh


“The Waking of Brian Boru: his story and his times”. Public Lecture, Church of Ireland Mens’ Society, Armagh

“The Pony Club Way – 50 years of the Iveagh branch of the Pony club” – presentation at National

  Conference of Pony Club UK, Epsom, England


“The Quiet Voice in the Library: an account of how Alexander Hamiliton’s 1799 diary was heard in the Ulster Museum 2012”. Public Lecture, Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society

“Sensuous History: Using History in Creative Practice”. Public Lecture, Queens University, Belfast

‘Transforming the Singing Body: Gender and Place as factors in musical experience in East Bavarian choral singing’ in Performing Emotions, Gendering Landscapes edited by Dr F. Magowan, published by University of Rochester Press

References: available on request.