Shonagh Murray graduated from the Masters in Musical Directing programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, after first gaining a Bachelor of the Arts with honours in Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde, specialising in contemporary, jazz and musical theatre vocals.
Shonagh's most recent compositions, "Burns: A Lost Legacy" & "Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard", produced by Fearless Players, successfully concluded a full run of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 with four and five star reviews and being nominated for Musical Theatre Review's Best New Musical Award. For both shows, Shonagh received a special award for score composition from Musical Theatre Review. Her musical "Home From Here: A Scottish Musical" was showcased at BEAM2018 (Mercury Musical Developments, Musical Theatre Network) alongside 5 other inspiring new works from Scotland and went on to be workshopped at the Scottish Youth Theatre in March 2018. In 2015, Shonagh co-composed and musically directed "Hemmed In", a new show by Lost Lock Productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As a musical director, Shonagh's recent works have been "The Wild Party" (London College of Music 2019), and "Aladdin" (Jordan Productions). Other works include "Alice in Wonderland, Jr" (Stagecoach Malta), "Table" (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) at Glasgow's Citizens' Theatre & London's The Cockpit, and "Atlantic: A Scottish Story" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, which was the culmination of an exciting partnership with the American Musical Theatre Project in Chicago and Noisemaker in Scotland.
In her capacity as a singer, Shonagh has experienced many eclectic parts of the music industry, performing live and in studios with fellow musicians such as Fat Suit, Roddy Hart, Tommy Reilly, Angus Munro, London Contemporary Voices, the Glasgow Gospel Choir, Hannah Jackson and many more. Fun fact - Shonagh can be heard on the the opening song of zombie musical "Anna and the Apocalypse", a brand new film released internationally by Blazing Griffin, Parkhouse Pictures, Constellation Creatives and Creative Scotland.
In 2015, Shonagh became a fully qualified secondary music teacher. Whilst she is still active in the music industry, music and the arts is vital in the delivery of a child’s education and as such, Shonagh has worked as an instructor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Junior Conservatoire's musical theatre programme and with the community learning project Horsecross Arts to bring music to children as young as nursery. Currently, Shonagh works as a vocal coach at the London College of Music's Musical Theatre Programme.