Thompson is the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony within the last 40 years.

Hat tip: Euromight Source: Jamaica Gleaner Born and brought up in east London to Jamaican parents, Dr Shirley J. Thompson has gained a reputation for her innovative approach in 21st-century composition, fusing classical and popular music styles with elements of her cultural heritage. A cutting-edge composer, her music is performed, screened and broadcast worldwide. The …