COLLEEN NICOLL - CREATIVE DIRECTOR
A versatile and "enchanting" (Glasgow Herald) soprano, Colleen Nicoll recently completed a Masters in Vocal Performance at Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance with distinction under the tuition of Laureen Livingstone and Jean Paul Pruna. Colleen is generously supported by The Hope Scott Trust, The Trinity Laban Hardship Fund and External Courses Fund and The Kathleen Trust.
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), Daphne (Actéon- Charpentier), Yum Yum (The Mikado – Gilbert and Sullivan), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore – Donizetti), Lady Dunmow (A Dinner Engagement – Lenox Berkeley)
In Operatic Scenes Colleen has performed Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Britten), Eurydice (Orpheus and Eurydice – Gluck), The Controller (Flight- Jonathan Dove) 1st Lady (The Magic Flute – Mozart) and Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites – Poulenc)
Colleen also has experience performing modern music, working frequently alongside composers. Recently she performed a new opera by Omar Shahryar The Sweeper of Dreams at the Tête à Tête festival in London.
Colleen has a busy concert diary including a recent solo recital for Perth Festival of the Arts, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with Perth Choral and Mozart's Requiem with Ayrshire Choral Experience. Colleen is also a member of the Kellie Consort recently taking part in a Scottish tour as a consort member and soloist.
This year Colleen was a ‘Mentor Scheme’ student with English National Opera and is also on the Student Scheme with the London Philharmonia Chorus.
Future engagements include Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Surrey Opera, Daphne/Proserpine in Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers with Ayrshire Opera and Barbarina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Normansfled Theatre.
DAVID DOUGLAS - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Ayrshire Tenor David Douglas trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has gained considerable experience performing for some of the worlds most prestigious companies in Grande Motets by Rameau and mondeville for the Les Arts Florissants, Hyppolyte et Arice by Rameau for Glyndbourne Festival Opera conducted by William Christie, Medea by Charpentier for English National Opera conducted by Christian Curnyn, the title role in Actéon by Charpentier for Dartington Advanced Opera conducted by Robert Howarth and Asterion in Nais by Rameau for The Britten Pears Artist Program conducted by Christophe Rousset.
On the concert platform David has performed throughout the Uk in the British Music Festival concert, Schumann festival Concert (RNCM); Mozart requiem (Chesterfield Philharmonic and The Sage, Gateshead); Bach Magnificat, Vivaldi Magnificat (Bollington Festival); Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noel (Bolton Choral Union); Monteverdi Vespers, Finzi For St Cecilia (Levens Choir); Bach Christmas Oratorio (Dumfries Choral); Orff's Carmina Burana (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), Stravinsky’s Les Noses (Salford Opera Action Project and Future Fires); Messiah (Belfast Philharmonic); Paul Spicer Easter Oratorio (Northern Chamber Orchestra).
David is an experienced vocal coach and animateur who enjoys working in community music and outreach projects. A pilot in the Singing Doctors project for Welsh National Opera, Assistant Director of the Ayrshire Infinity Choir, Vocal Coach for Ayrshire College and Creative Director of the Ayrshire Opera Experience.
David's roots come from scottish traditional music which he has returned to in the making of his debut solo album, which includes his own songs and arrangements. Performance highlights include, A Scottish Journey at the Royal Northern College of Music, The Red Lion Folk Club, St Margaret's Episcopal Church recital series, Folk for Folk Festival, Burns Meets the American Song Book and Burns to Bernstein (Robert Burns Birthplace Museum) and headlining the 2014 & 2015 Alloway sessions.
ANDREW JOHNSTON - MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CHORUS MASTER
Scottish-born pianist Andrew Johnston 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 is now living and working in London, and has recently performed the World Premiere of Erik Chisholm’s Concerto for Orchestra, among other engagements.