RSNO Chorus appoints conducting fellow

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David Young recruited to Sir Alexander Gibson Memorial Fellowship for Choral Conductors

Twenty-five year old David Young has been appointed as the Sir Alexander Gibson Fellow for Choral Conducting to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) for 2016:17. David will take up the appointment in the autumn.

David is Choral Director of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Musical Director of Cardiff Polyphonic Choir and Stafford Choral Society, and has recently worked as guest or assistant conductor with New London Chamber Choir, the Royal College of Music Chorus, and St Martin’s Voices.

The Sir Alexander Gibson Memorial Fellowship is open to choral conductors interested in furthering their experience of choral conducting and is the only initiative of its type in the UK. The Fellowship offers the successful candidate the unique opportunity to work at a very high level with the chorus of Scotland’s National Orchestra and its Chorus Director.

The fellowship will involve attendance at a significant number of RSNO Chorus rehearsals. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in Glasgow and the specific number of rehearsals at which attendance is required will be decided at the discretion of the Chorus Director. David will also attend all conductor’s piano rehearsals, orchestral rehearsals and performances of the RSNO Chorus for one season from September to June and work with the RSNO Chorus Academy. There is also an opportunity to observe and work with the RSNO Junior Chorus and Director Christopher Bell.

RSNO Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer: "David gave an outstanding audition and a very enthusiastic interview and I’m convinced he is the ideal candidate for the fellowship. He will benefit immensely from the experience of working with our singers and, as an already experienced choral conductor, together we will benefit from his input and perspective. I very much look forward to working with him."

New Sir Alexander Gibson Conducting Fellow David Young: “I couldn’t be more delighted to have been offered this Fellowship. It’s a unique opportunity to learn and develop within an outstanding professional ensemble, whose remit across the whole of Scotland and makes it one of the most exciting in the UK. I can’t wait to get started with the RSNO, and know it’s going to be a fantastic year.”

The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The Chorus is currently preparing to perform Verdi’s Requiem with the RSNO, at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in early December. For more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.