A Landscape of Song
Sunday 17th October, 5.30pm
McPherson Recital Room
Following the release of their debut album of the same time, Andrew McTaggart and Timothy Dean return to St Andrews Voices to present a journey of English Song including Finzi’s Earth and Air and Rain. The perfect, uplifting close to this year's festival.
John Ireland - Sea Fever
Gerald Finzi - Earth, Air and Rain
Ivor Gurney - Epitaph, Black Stichel, Lights Out
Herbert Howells - King David
Buxton Orr - Songs of Childhood
Andrew McTaggart graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow in 2012, where he attended the Alexander Gibson Opera School and studied with George Gordon and Kathleen McKellar Ferguson. Awards at the RCS included the David Knox Memorial Prize, the Governor’s Recital Prize for Singing, and the Florence Veitch Ibler Prize for Oratorio Singing. Andrew has participated in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Malcolm Martineau, Karen Cargill, Jane Eaglen and Roderick Williams.
Andrew’s Edinburgh International Festival debut was singing Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs in the Usher Hall in 2019. Other notable concert engagements include Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall, Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and the Bridgewater Hall, and Belshazzzar’s Feast with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
His operatic roles have included Falstaff and Gianni Schicchi (Opera Bohemia), Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Samuel The Pirates of Penzance, (all Scottish Opera), Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera de Lorraine), Noye in Noyes Fludde and the premiere of An Cadal Throm (Lammermuir Festival). Returning to Opera de Lorraine in 2019, Andrew gave a recital in the Musikfestspiele Saar, as well as singing Josef in Bernard Herman’s Wuthering Heights with Opera de Lorraine. Alongside his singing career, Andrew has a passion for education, teaching and conducting. He appears regularly with Scottish Opera, performing with their Young Company in the premiere of The Cabinet of Dr Calagari and the annual A Little Bit of… tours, as well as developing and delivering workshops for the Education Department. He has also recently worked with students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as part of Karen Cargill’s mentorship programme for young singers.
Andrew has always had a love of choral singing and he is currently the Musical DIrector of Ayr Choral Union, Greenock Philharmonic Choir and Chorus Master of James MacMillan’s Cumncok Tryst Festival Chorus. He is a coach for the National Youth Choir of Scotland; a choir in which he sang for 10 years.
Timothy Dean was educated at Reading University and the Royal College of Music. He was Chorus Master and Head of Music for Kent Opera for ten years, conducting performances all over the U.K. and abroad. In 1987 he was appointed the first Music Director, and subsequently Artistic Director, of British Youth Opera, developing the company into a vital part of the infrastructure for training young singers and musicians in the U.K. Having spent a year as Assistant Music Director for the New D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, conducting on tour in the U.K. and USA, he went on to make company debuts with English National Opera and Scottish Opera. He was also conductor of the London Bach Society in the late 1980s and Director of the RSNO Chorus from 2006 to 2014.
In 1994 he was appointed Head of Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, responsible for postgraduate courses in opera training for singers and repetiteurs, conducting over fifty new opera productions in Glasgow and Edinburgh. He was made a Fellow of the RCS in 2010 and subsequently a Professor of the Conservatoire. He led collaborative projects with the Conservatoire of Rostov-on-Don in Russia, culminating in performances of a new edition of Prokofiev’s ‘War and Peace’ in 2010, which subsequently received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award nomination. He is Artistic Director of both the Royal Conservatoire’s ‘Song Studio’ giving recitals with young singers all over Scotland, and RCS Voices, a vocal ensemble created to perform early and contemporary repertoire, broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 and appearing at the Edinburgh and St Magnus Festivals.
He has worked with the RSNO, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, English Chamber Orchestra and the Paragon Ensemble. In 2013 he conducted The Cunning Little Vixen for the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts and in 2014 was Artist-in-Residence at the Hochschule in Nuremberg. In 2018 he relinquished his full time position in Scotland to move to Cornwall, and continues to be active as coach, accompanist, adjudicator and conductor.