Soprano Colleen combines a successful career as a professional soprano, teacher, and choral conductor. She holds a Master of Music with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and a Bachelor of Music Honours degree from The University of Edinburgh.
Colleen is passionate about working with community groups of all ages and abilities and recently completed outreach and education training with The Royal Opera House and English National Opera. As part of the core team at The Scots Opera Project she assists in running community opera courses in Ayrshire and Perthshire with Tenor David Douglas and Pianist Andrew Johnston. Colleen has also been a guest coach for Dreghorn Musical Society, Ayrshire Choral Experience, Off The Scale Choir and is the conductor of the Belhaven Hill Chamber Choir.
As a professional soprano Colleen has performed roles in numerous operatic productions including the title role in Handel’s Semele, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Britten), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart), Diana (Actéon- Charpentier), Yum Yum (The Mikado – Gilbert and Sullivan), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore – Donizetti), Lady Dunmow (A Dinner Engagement – Lenox Berkeley). In 2016 Colleen sang the role of Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Minack Theatre, including a special performance for HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. She recently made her role debut as Queen of the Night with the Scots Opera project in a world premiere of a new Scots Language translation of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Colleen has a busy concert diary including recent performances of Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, Coronation Mass, Requiem and Regina Ceoli, Handel's Messiah, Bach's B Minor Mass and Magnificat, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and recitals for Melrose Music Society, the Harbour Arts Centre and The Birnam Arts Centre. She has recorded an album of Scottish classical art song with pianist Andrew Johnston - 'Wi A Canny Lilt' produced by Birnam CD.
Having performed Carmina Burana with Pitlochry Choral earlier this year Colleen is really excited to work with the choir and is looking forward to conducting a lovely Christmas program.
Scottish-born pianist Andrew has performed extensively as a chamber musician and soloist in Britain and abroad, including concerto performances of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1, Grieg Piano Concerto and Beethoven Piano Concerto no.3 in Kiev. He gained his Masters Degree in Musicology in 2006 from the University of Edinburgh, and has participated in masterclasses with Norma Fisher, Berndt Goetzke, Leon McCawley, Radoslav Kvapil, Yonty Solomon, Martimo Tirimo and others. He has given a recital and masterclasses in Latvia as part of a course on piano pedagogy, and has also been on the faculty of the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School. He performs regularly with ensembles such as the Edinburgh Quartet, Rose Street Quartet, Calton Consort and Daniel’s Beard and performed Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no.2 with the Edinburgh Charity Orchestra in 2011. Most recently he has performed Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor at the Cathedral of the Isles, and toured extensively with Viola player Jessica Beeston in the Lothians Duo. He has recently performed the World Premiere of Erik Chisholm’s Concerto for Orchestra, among other engagements. Andrew is excited to take up the accompanist position with Pitlochry Choral in addition to his teaching and vocal coaching work in Perthshire.
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