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Helen MacKinnon


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Helen MacKinnon

Scottish Composer

The music of award-winning Scottish composer Helen MacKinnon embodies a soulful musical language that combines ancient inspiration with a contemporary voice.

A composer of choral, chamber and orchestral music, Helen's inspirations include her upbringing in Scotland, faith and a rich tapestry of musical influences. 

Helen's celebrated choral music has established her as one of Scotland's most active female choral composers. Her choral music is enjoyed and performed by choirs in the UK, Europe and Asia. 

Sheet music is available for purchase. Helen writes and arranges music by commission for ensembles, choirs and music and music festivals.

Album cover Voices of Earth and Air Vol. 2 featuring Helen MacKinnon PARMA Recordings

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Recorded in Prague with Prague Mixed Chamber Choir by PARMA Recordings. Conductor Jiří Petrdlík. Released 2019, Navona Records.

Awarded in the 2nd International Competition of Choral Composition Ennio Morricone at Florence International Choral Competition.




New orchestral work by composer Helen MacKinnon. Recorded in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with PARMA Recordings. David Watkin, Conductor. Navona Records.

Join the RSNO for a musical journey around the coastal shores of the Inner Hebridean island of Islay, home to my grandparents and generations before. Known for its rich terrain, complex climate, and peaty whisky, Islay’s stunning natural environment served as the creative inspiration for the work.

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