Conductor from January 2014 to April 2016
Graham joined the choral as our conductor in January 2014. Here is how he describes his career to date.
Having enrolled at the Scottish Academy of Music (now the Conservatoire) as a pianst, I changed direction and graduated as a double bass player, immediately joining the BBC SSO in January 1972. At the same time, based in Glasgow, I was reguarly recording and touring the UK and Europe with various Scottish jazz musicians. Then followed a prtracted period as a freelance musician at Scottish Televison, with every orchestra in Scotland, with Phantom of the Opera, and eventually as principal with City of Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra.
On moving to the Highlands I had the priviledge of working reguarly with John Scrimger throughout Scotland and at Perth Repertory theatre and then, becoming interested in music education, in the early eighties I created the first European full-time course in rock music at Perth College. Around this time Faber Music published my two jazz improvisation textbooks "JazzSteps" and I became musical director of Perth Operatic Society!
I was then appointed assistant Director of Music at Glenalmond College, where I had the pleasure of conducting the chapel choir for size years under the tutelage of Robert Gower. I quite Glenalmond a few years ago in order to create a new full-time path as composer, although I've also recently taken over as administrator of City of Perth Sinfonia!
Writing music has always been an important thing for me. As well as writing and publishing innumerable new jazz numbers, i've written and recorded music for BBC Scotland and cable TV in New York, written the music for a number of shows which have premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe and in 2012 had a short opera "Flora and the Prince" premiered by the Remarkable Theater Brigade at Carnegie Hall, New York. I'm currently writing another short opera for Carnegie Hall for later this year, developing a music theatre piece about sinking of the Birkenhead, and a complete new programme of original music for my jazz sextet "Head2head"!
The Tryst is located behind the Church of Scotland. Access is off West Moulin Road, and there is limited parking around the church. If you prefer there is parking on the left hand side of West Moulin Road just after the Town Hall and before you reach the lane to the church.
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