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Andy McTaggart graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2012, where he attended the Alexander Gibson Opera School and studied with George Gordon and Kathleen McKellar Ferguson.


He received many awards at the RCS including the David Knox Memorial Prize, the Governor's Recital prize for singing, and the Florence Veitch Ibler Prize for Oratorio Singing.


He has a very wide and varied repertoire having sung in Belshazzar's Feast with the Scottish National Orchestra, Messiah at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and in Howard Goodhall's Eternal Light with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.


Andrew has been heard on BBC Radio 3 performing Finzi's 'Let Us Garlands Bring' as part of the Crear Scholarship with Martin Martineau, Vaughan William's Five Mystical Songs and Eternal Light with the National Youth Choir of Scotland. He is also a former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist, with roles in La Traviata, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Pirates of Penzance and Carmen to mention only a few and is presently also conductor of Cumnock festival Choir for James McMillan.


In 2017 and 2018 Andy's engagements include Gasper for West Green Opera and he will continue to work on community outreach programmes with Scottish Opera.


Andy was already an old acquaintance of the Phil, having been a soloist at our performance of Rossini's Messa Di Gloria in 2012. He has a very informal style, and believes that rehearsals should be fun, while having a clear idea in his mind of what he us aiming for.


His first appearance with the choir was at the Christmas concert on the 9th December 2017 when the programme included the Vivaldi Gloria, but mainly Christmas melodies of all the favourite songs and carols which everyone loves.


Anyone interested in joining the choir can obtain further details from our secretary Lesley Gurton on 01475 521323.


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