RSNO appoints new Chorus Director

Gregory Batsleer will take up the post of RSNO Chorus Director from January 2015

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed Gregory Batsleer as its new Chorus Director, succeeding Timothy Dean, who stood down from the post at the end of last Season. Gregory will join the RSNO at the beginning of 2015.

Gregory is currently Chorus Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO), Artistic Director of the Choir In Residence at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and maintains a close association with National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. He has also collaborated as music supervisor and consultant on performance and recording projects with artists including Elbow, James, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Clean Bandit.

Newly appointed RSNO Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer:

I am both thrilled and excited to be joining the RSNO’s artistic team as its new Chorus Director. The RSNO Chorus has a great history and holds a very important place in Scotland’s cultural community. As well as my close and focused work with the RSNO Chorus and its members, over time I am looking forward to getting to know and working alongside the other choirs at the RSNO.

Further to this, I am particularly excited to be working closely with Music Director Peter Oundjian. There is a clear commitment from both Peter and the RSNO to the continued development of the Chorus, enabling and growing it into an outstanding and leading symphonic choir. This was one of the real attractions to the post and we will all work together to achieve this ambition.

With the opportunity to work on some the most exciting symphonic choral repertoire, such as Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, the commitment to development across the board and the forthcoming move into the new home, this feels like a wonderful time to be joining the RSNO.

RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian:

Gregory is a fine appointment for this organisation. His breadth of knowledge, experience and musicianship will be a huge asset to us. I’m very much looking forward to working with him in the future.

Chief Executive of the RSNO, Michael Elliott:

It is my great pleasure to welcome Gregory to the RSNO family. Over the years he has developed a reputation as a director of quality, passion and achievement. What he has achieved with our sister national performing company the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s chorus is astounding.

The RSNO Chorus’ next performance is with the RSNO, conductor Rory Macdonald, soprano Shuna Scott Sendall and baritone Marcus Farnsworth for the Scottish première performances of British composer Sally Beamish’s major new work Equal Voices, a Royal Scottish National Orchestra/London Symphony Orchestra co-commission, on Friday 7 November at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 8 November. For further details visit www.rsno.org.uk.