St Andrews Scottish Songbook
Saturday 15th Oct, 7.00pm
McPherson Recital Room

St Andrews Voices and the University of St Andrews present the first performances of the St
Andrews Scottish Songbook, a new collection of 22 arrangements of Scots and Gaelic songs
for voice and piano to be published in due course. The arrangements have been made by a
remarkably diverse group of composers either born in, or living in, Scotland. These include
Sir James MacMillan, Eddie McGuire and Mary-Anne Kennedy as well as young composers
still at school, or studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and singer-songwriters
from the world of Scottish traditional music. The songs include much-loved favourites by
Burns, songs from Tayside and Orkney and Gaelic songs from the Highlands and Islands. The
voice of classical music in Scotland, Jamie MacDougall is joined by one of the country’s finest
accompanists, Scott Mitchell.

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Jamie MacDougall

Tenor

Jamie MacDougall was born in Glasgow and is one of Scotland’s leading artists. He has appeared with ENO, Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park  and Opera North, as well as companies in Europe and Canada, and is passionate about new opera and collaborates closely with New Opera in Scotland Events (NOISE).

In concert, he has worked with some of the world’s top baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras. In 2017 he was Artist in Residence at the St Andrews Voices Festival and together with pianist Tim Dean launched Scotland’s first song recital group, Song Tellers. In 2017, in a co-production with Scottish Opera, he staged an adaptation of Jimmy Logan’s one-man play Lauder! that helped mark the 150th anniversary of the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. In 2014 he took his show Inspirations to the Wintergarten, Berlin, and subsequently to Mexico and America. His extensive discography of over 45 titles covers baroque and classical, German, Scottish and English song, as well as contemporary. With Haydn Trio Eisenstadt he released the 20CD collection of Haydn’s folksong arrangements. His most recent recording with Trio van Beethoven of Beethoven folksong arrangements was released in 2018. They will perform them at Celtic Connection in 2019. Since 2001, he has been Scotland’s voice for classical music on BBC Radio Scotland and can be heard regularly presenting for BBC Radio 3; for 16 years has anchored BBC TV’s Proms in the Park from Glasgow as part of the Last Night of the Proms festivities.

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Scott Mitchell

Piano

Scotland-based pianist Scott Mitchell has performed extensively as a chamber music pianist and accompanist throughout Great Britain, Europe, South America and the Middle East. As a result of his varied chamber music activities he performs regularly at St. John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall in London. He has also appeared at many of the world’s major festivals including the Edinburgh and the Festival Wiener Klassik.

Scott Mitchell has performed with John Wallace (Trumpet), Michael Collins and Emma Johnson (Clarinets), Raphael Wallfisch (Cello), Andrew Watkinson (Violin), Richard Watkins (French Horn), James Bowman (Counter-tenor) and Andrew Kennedy (Tenor), also with the Duke Quartet. He performs regularly in a duo capacity with flautists Wissam Boustany, Katherine Bryan, Lorna McGhee, Alison Mitchell, Ruth Morley and Yvonne Paterson, also clarinettists John Cushing and Maximiliano Martin and saxophonist Simon Haram.

 

In competitions he has been awarded the Lisa Fuchsova Prize for outstanding chamber music pianist and the Eric Rice Memorial Prize for outstanding accompanist, both at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London.

Scott Mitchell is a Senior Staff Accompanist and lecturer in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow where he was recently made a Fellow and where he also teaches piano at the Junior Department. He is also a member of the accompaniment staff at Napier University in Edinburgh and also one of the founding members of the Cantilena Festival on Islay, a Festival for strings taking place on the island of Islay every summer.