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Upcoming Concerts

Click here to find out what the Chorus will be performing over summer, and in our new 2017/18 Concert Season. 

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus has built a reputation as one of Scotland’s most vibrant and versatile choirs. The Chorus celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestral choruses in the UK.

Members enjoy a unique opportunity to perform with one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, working with international conductors including Robin Ticciati, Olari Elts, Harry Bickett, Richard Egarr, Phillipe Herreweghe, John Storgårds, Emmanuel Krivine and Peter Dijkstra.  The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus has built a reputation as one of Scotland’s most vibrant and versatile choirs. The Chorus celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestral choruses in the UK.

The Chorus appears regularly with the Orchestra in Scotland’s major cities.  Recent concerts have covered a wide range of music including Bach Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B minor, Handel Messiah and Theodora, Haydn Creation, Beethoven ‘Choral’ Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. The Chorus also appears on its own in a capella repertoire.  Its annual Christmas concert with Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer has quickly established itself as a Season highlight.  

Recent out-of-Season appearances include On Before at Edinburgh Festival Theatre with the Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta; Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music with Clark Tracey and the International Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra at the International Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival;  Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem under Gregory Batsleer at St Andrews Voices Festival.

In summer 2016 the Chorus performed at Glasgow Cathedral’s Festival of Music and took part in the world premiere of David Lang's RPS Award-winning Memorial Ground, marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, at the East Neuk Festival.   

Artistic Team

Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer
Associate Chorusmaster Nick Jones
Repetiteur Stuart Hope
Vocal Coach Dr Patricia MacMahon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USO6Cf7sdkA

Members

Sopranos
Kirstin Anderson*, Anne Backhouse, Naomi Barkley, Naomi Black, Eileen Burke, Nancy Burns, Morven Chisholm, Jessica Conway, Mairi Day, Joanne Dunwell, Lucy Forde, Olivia Hoppé, Lesley Mair, Anne McAlister, Katie McGlew, Rachel Millar, Jenny Nex, Emily Phillips, Alison Robson, Hannah Wilkinson*, Alison Williams, Imogen Wilson

Altos
Fiona Akers*, Shona Banks, Dinah Bourne, Valerie Bryan*, Sarah Campbell, Gill Cloke, Judith Colman, Selda Dow*, Anne Gallacher, Claire Goodenough, Anne Grindley, Caroline Hahn, Fiona Haldane, Lorna Htet-Khin, Melissa Humphreys, Rachel Kemp, Helen Leigh, Amanda MacLeod^, Laura Malcolm, Elizabeth McColl, Hilde McKenna, Jan Raitt, Linda Ruxton

Tenors
Matthew Andrews, Cole Bendall*, Andrew Carvel, David Ferrier, Keith Main, George McNeil, Anthony Mudge, David Nelson, Matthew Oddy, Harold Raitt, John Tullis, Paul Vaughan, Tim Vincent-Smith, Rory Wilson

Basses
Mathew Brown, Gavin Easton, Robert Gregory, Robin Hiley, Richard Hyder, David Ireland, Donald MacLeod, Sebastian Meller, Richard Murphy, Kenneth Murray, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Silver, Stephen Todd, Roderick Wylie

* Associates
^ Scholars

Young Singers' Programme

Our Young Singers' Programme (YSP) aims to nurture and develop aspiring young singers.  Following on from the successful Choral Scholarship Programme of 2014–2017, YSP is aimed at young people (aged 18 - 23) with a high level of singing/choral experience and ambitions to further their singing with a world-class ensemble.

We are looking for young people who would like to develop their musicianship and choral singing in concerts of international standard.  Places on the programme are for one season (beginning September 2017), but members can re-audition each year. To read more about this opportunity and find out how to apply, please click here.

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FANCY JOINING US ON STAGE?

Our Chorus is made up of around 70 singers from all walks of life, who meet regularly for rehearsals in central Edinburgh. New members are very welcome – to find out more, please contact Tammo Schuelke, Concerts & Projects Manager.

Reviews

“What can so often seem like an endurance was here a euphoric success from start to finish... most impressive was the extraordinary detail he demanded and received throughout from Gregory Batsleer’s expertly-trained chorus; needle-sharp diction capable of cutting through the orchestral largesse, and expressive range intensified by the superb homogeneity of the voices” The Scotsman (Beethoven Missa Solemnis, April 2017)

"It was the performance of Gregory Batsleer's chorus that was the best thing in a Requiem that was profound and moving" The Herald (March 2015

“A really quite wonderful performance of the Coronation Mass . . . the choral texture bright, affirmative and open” Seen and Heard International (Mozart Coronation Mass, February 2017)

“A properly world class performance of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols” Seen and Heard International (Christmas Concert, December 2016)

The SCO Chorus brought a bright intensity to this superb collection of musical Christmas icons” Bachtrack (Christmas Concert, Decemeber 2016)

Parry’s masterly late Songs of Farewell, usually territory for young professional choristers but authoritatively shaped by the SCO Chorus under the obviously talented Gregory Batsleer”  The Arts Desk (East Neuk Festival 2016)

“The SCO Chorus performance … was one of their finest in recent times” The Scotsman (Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, March 2016)

Parry’s masterly late Songs of Farewell, usually territory for young professional choristers but authoritatively shaped by the SCO Chorus under the obviously talented Gregory Batsleer” The Arts Desk (East Neuk Festival 2016)

“The SCO Chorus, expertly drilled by Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer, also impressed with their concise deliveries and ability to really pump up the volume when required. Mixing up the different sections of the chorus was transformational, ironically bringing a greater integrity to their performance.” The Scotsman (Theodora, October 2015).

"At the heart of this performance was Gregory Batsleer's SCO Chorus, its modest numbers hardly an issue when the diction, articulation and unanimity of attack were delivered with such lustrous clarity. Their pristine singing had a star-like constancy that gave a brilliant heavenly sheen to the playing of the SCO." The Scotsman (Mozart's Requiem, March 2015)

“At last with the entry of the SCO chorus, their intonation and expression was so fine one would have thought this choir had been born in Bavaria or perhaps Saxony - never before have I heard them sing so well…The famous martial passage was superbly handled and in the final chorus one was on the edge of one’s seat so glorious was the final culmination. This was a performance of world class” 
Musical Opinion (Beethoven Symphony No 9, May 2014)

Next Concert:

A semi-staged adaption of Parry's Songs of Farewell.
Thursday 15 June 2017, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
Tickets available here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKN2Wg58AjI