Fraya Thomsen is a composer whose foundations began with the traditional music of Scotland. From an early age she was attracted by the outstanding quality of emotional commitment and interpretation that the great performers of this music embody, and this is now a quality which she calls upon in her approach to composition. Fraya loves to work with story, most especially in collaboration with others.
Fraya holds an MA in Composing for Film and TV from the National Film and Television School and a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She won the Best Composer award at the Underwire Film Festival 2013 for score for 'Stay The Same', directed by Sam Firth, and the Glasgow Short Film Festival jury chose to ‘applaud Fraya Thomsen for her sublime score’ whilst Film 4 journalist Simran Hans wrote “her music is imbued with a real sense of magic... something quite extraordinary." She also composed the score for ‘North’ directed by Philip Sheerin which was nominated for a Student Academy Award 2013 and a Royal Television Award 2015.
In compliment to her film music composing, Fraya loves to compose for live performance and has also been privileged to work on an installation piece with Stray Bird, 'Some Patterns of Current'.
In collaboration with Gillian Fleetwood, Fraya is one half of Scottish harp and song duo The Duplets who have released two albums to critical acclaim.
“The two harps entrance with their poise and beauty.” - Delyth Jenkins, (Taplas).
Of their second album ‘Leverage’:
"It has that fiery passion that only tangled emotions seems to evoke. For me, one of the most interesting compositions on the album is 'Surtsey', a song about the spectacular and violent birth of that volcanic island." Neil King, (FEATA)
The Duplets' albums have been played on BBC 2, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal (album of the week), Celtic Music Radio (album of the month) as well as a number of local stations in the US and a range pod casts. They have performed throughout Europe the US, South America and Australia.
During her time as musician in residence with Feis Rois, Fraya released a trio of self composed harp tuition books through publishing company Taigh Na Teud. She has also had her compositions included in the Scottish music grade exam books and the Royal National Mod syllabus.
Having enjoyed a delightfully broad career in music, Fraya is now enjoying a focus on composing.
She is very approachable, even though she writes biogs in the third person. Please contact her with any collaborative ideas you may have in mind.
Recommendations from Fraya's collaborators:
Sam Firth - Director 'Stay the Same'.
Fraya was incredible to work with on Stay the Same, she put so much time and passion into the project. I love the way Fraya communicates about music and is open to ideas and feedback. She is extremely talented and a pleasure to work with.
Eleanor Mortimer - Director 'Territory'
Fraya intuitively picks up on the essence of a film and is untiring in her efforts to make music that captures this essence. Her compositions are always a joy to hear, and I love her playful attitude, which is reflected in her tunes.
Philip Sheerin - Director 'North'.
"I loved working with Fraya. She was open to all kinds of stupid suggestions from me, making the process truly feel like a collaboration. In the end the music she composed delicately lifted the film and heightening the emotion, and all this without making it sentimental. Her sensitivity and talent are unquestionable. I have no doubt that I will work with her again… if she will have me."
Ani Laurie - Director 'The Earth Belongs to No One'
Music is a personal love of mine, I use it both diegetically and non diegetically in the films I make. Working with Fraya is an infinite ride: the synergy, speed, journey we go one as Director and Composer is thrilling. She creates meaning in a seemingly effortless way. Her music to script for 'The Earth Belongs To No One' still strikes a chord over and over again. She is an absolute talent. I look forward to working with her again. - Ani Laurie, Director/Writer 'The Earth Belongs To No One'
Sakari Suuronen - Director 'Six Men in the North' and 'Career Plans'
Fraya Thomsen has superb talent as a composer and she is extremely good in team work. She has wide knowledge of exotic musical
instruments and she knows how to achieve very impressive results with very limited resources. Absolute joy to work with!
Naomi Quinn - Director Producer at Really Bold
Fraya is an inspiring and generous collaborator who always delivers so much more than expected. We have enjoyed every second of working with her and will continue to do so into the future. Her dedication to going above and beyond with each composition has brought each of our projects from strength to strength.