RSNO Christmas Concert

Sat 22 Dec 2018, 2.00PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Matthew Hamilton Conductor
Jamie MacDougall Presenter
Probationary Choir 1   Probationary Choir 2   Probationary Choir 3   RSNO Junior Chorus  

We’re walking in the air…It isn’t Christmas until The Snowman has taken you on his magical journey through the winter sky. Enjoy this special showing of the festive classic on the large screen, accompanied live by the RSNO and narrated by our guest presenter Jamie MacDougall. Perfect for the whole family, join us for our Christmas party filled with seasonal favourites, carols old and new – and, of course, a chance for everyone to sing along!

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Featured Artists

Matthew  Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton Conductor

Matthew Hamilton collaborates with leading choirs across a broad repertoire. Choral Director at the Hallé since 2015, he is also Associate Director of London Symphony Chorus, and Musical Director of New London Chamber Choir. Previous roles include the directorships of Reading Bach Choir, Keele Bach Choir, and Salford Choral Society.

Matthew read music at Oxford, before studying composition at the University of Manchester and choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He participated in masterclasses with some of Europe’s finest professional choirs, including Berlin Radio Choir and Netherlands Chamber Choir, and in 2010 won the Bramstrup Conducting Award (Denmark).

Matthew has prepared choirs for conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Charles Dutoit, Juanjo Mena, Thierry Fischer, David Robertson, John Wilson and Mark Minkowski, and for festivals including the Brighton Festival and BBC Proms, where he has worked on music from Birtwistle to the Pet Shop Boys. As a guest conductor, he has worked with Choeur de Radio France, CBSO Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus, ChorWerk Ruhr, and extensively with the BBC Singers, whom he has conducted in concert at the Barbican, live for Radio 3 and television, and in the recording studio. He has chorus mastered or conducted first performances of many works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Simon Holt, Eriks Esenvalds, Nico Muhly and Gabriel Jackson.

Highlights of recent seasons include his conducting debut at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with organist Wayne Marshall, appearances at the BBC Proms with the Hallé Choir, London Symphony Chorus, and BBC Singers, a concert tour in Germany with ChorWerk Ruhr, and an engagement with Choeur de Radio France in Paris. In the current season, he will work with CBSO Chorus and London Symphony Chorus, in addition to major choral projects with the Hallé. A recording by London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers of Harrison Birtwistle's Angel Fighter, for which Matthew was chorus master, was recently released.

Jamie  MacDougall

Jamie MacDougall Presenter

Born in Glasgow, Jamie MacDougall, since 2001, has been Scotland’s Voice’ for classical music on BBC Radio Scotland presenting Grace Notes and Classics Unwrapped. His voice can be heard regularly presenting for BBC Radio 3 and for 16 years he’s anchored the BBC TV’s Proms in the Park from Glasgow as part of the Last Night of the Proms Festivities.

Away from broadcasting Jamie continues to enjoy a busy singing career that takes him around the world.

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.As a recitalist, Jamie has performed with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Susan Tomes, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles and Julius Drake, appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Perth Festival, Australia, the Salzburg and Aldeburgh Festivals.

On the concert platform he has worked with some of the world's top baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the St Louis and Houston Symphony Orchestras and most recently the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia.

In 2014 he took his show ‘Inspirations’ to the Wintergarten in Berlin and subsequently to Mexico and America. Jamie's extensive discography of over 45 titles, covers baroque and classical, German, Scottish and English song as well as 20th century music. With the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt he released the 20 cd collection of Haydn Folksong arrangements.

His most recent recording with Trio van Beethoven of Beethoven Folk songs will be released in 2018.

In a co-production with Scottish Opera Jamie staged an adaptation of Jimmy Logan’s one man play, Lauder! that helped mark the 150th anniversary of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. There are plans to take this ‘play with tunes’ on tour in 2019.

 Probationary Choir 1

Probationary Choir 1  

Probationary Choir 1 is the second youngest group in the RSNO Junior Chorus. The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen. It was formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd and since 1994 has been directed by Christopher Bell. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television. RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland’s national orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country. The Junior Chorus has also sung at BBC concerts and regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.

 Probationary Choir 2

Probationary Choir 2  

Probationary Choir 2 is the third youngest group in the RSNO Junior Chorus. The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen. It was formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd and since 1994 has been directed by Christopher Bell. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television. RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland’s national orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country. The Junior Chorus has also sung at BBC concerts and regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.

 Probationary Choir 3

Probationary Choir 3  

Probationary Choir 3 is the final training stage before young singers join the RSNO Junior Chorus. The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen. It was formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd and since 1994 has been directed by Christopher Bell. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television. RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland’s national orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country. The Junior Chorus has also sung at BBC concerts and regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.

 RSNO Junior Chorus

RSNO Junior Chorus