Professor seeks musical talent on tour of Scotland
Published: 11 June 2009
Amateur singers across Scotland will receive training from one of the country’s top musicians and choir directors in a series of workshops this month.
Professor John Butt, Gardiner Chair of Music at the University of Glasgow, is undertaking a tour of Scotland to train amateur singers for a concert in Glasgow’s Wellington Church on Saturday 27 June.
The tour is part of the Dunedin Consort’s summer workshops and will see Prof Butt travel to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth training the amateur singers to perform Bach’s B Minor Mass as part of the West End Festival.
The Dunedin Consort & Players is a Scottish-based ensemble specialising in baroque and contemporary music directed by John Butt. Since its formation the group has gone from strength to strength, and Dunedin Consort's recent recordings, made in collaboration with Linn Records, have met with outstanding critical acclaim, including a ClassicFM/Gramophone Award and the Midem (Cannes classical) award for Baroque music.
Prof Butt is both a performer and scholar of music, and is active as a solo organist and harpsichordist in addition to his conducting career. He has toured throughout the world in all these capacities and is in increasing demand as a guest conductor, including forthcoming work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Irish Baroque orchestra.
“We’ve set ourselves quite a challenge with this performance as this piece by Bach is one of the most challenging you can find,” said Prof Butt. “However, participants are always very enthusiastic and we hope to see around 150 taking part in the final concert.”
Prof Butt gained his PhD at Cambridge University where he studied the music of Bach and as an undergraduate held the office of organ scholar at King’s College. In 2003 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and received the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association. In 2006 he was elected Fellow of the British Academy and began a two-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for his research on Bach’s Passions.
The workshops will take place in Aberdeen (13 June), Edinburgh (14 June), Glasgow (20 June), and Perth (21 June) and costs £36 per workshop. The final concert will take place on Saturday 27 June.
Anyone wishing to take part should contact Neil Metcalfe on 0131 332 4007, email email@example.com or visit www.dunedin-consort.org.uk for further details.
For more information contact Stuart Forsyth in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 4831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
First published: 11 June 2009