RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

Sun 22 Dec 2019, 3.00PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Howard Blake The Snowman

Jamie MacDougall Presenter
Gregory Batsleer Chorus Director

We’re walking in the air…it isn’t Christmas until The Snowman has taken you on his magical journey through the winter sky. In this special screening of the festive classic, the RSNO helps him on his way – and teams up with presenter Jamie MacDougall and our wonderful RSNO Choruses to host a Christmas party for the whole family. Expect seasonal favourites, carols old and new – and of course, a chance for everyone to sing along!

Film on screen with live orchestra

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Featured Artists

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.

Gregory Batsleer

Gregory Batsleer Chorus Director

Gregory Batsleer is widely regarded as one of the most charismatic and innovative choral conductors of his generation.

He has held the position of Chorus Director with the RSNO since 2015, and has in that time overseen an improvement in the overall standard of the RSNO Chorus as well as a rise in the RSNO’s choral activity. This has included the inauguration of the RSNO Chorus Academy, Singing Days, and the establishment of regular Come and Sing events with the Orchestra.

Since 2009, Gregory has also held the position of Chorus Director with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and last season started the newly created post of Choral Director of the Huddersfield Choral Society, where he is responsible for overseeing the Society’s artistic development. In summer 2017, Gregory co-founded Festival Voices, a professional vocal ensemble specialising in cross-discipline collaboration and performance.

As a guest conductor, highlights include performances with the RSNO, Hallé, Academy of Ancient Music, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Aurora Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Black Dyke Band, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. This spring, Gregory conducts a UK-wide, fully staged production of Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Gregory has been guest chorus master for many orchestras, including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, working with leading conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Sir Andrew Davis, Louis Langrée, Sir Roger Norrington, Robin Ticciati, Emmanuel Krivine and Phillipe Herreweghe.

He is deeply committed to his work as a collaborator and curator. Recent projects include work with artists including Elbow, James, Tim Burgess, Damon Albarn and Clean Bandit. In 2015 he was musical consultant on Nick Drake’s play All the Angels: Handel and the First Messiah at London’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. He has a close working relationship with composer Joe Duddell, and has premiered works by composers including James Burton, David Lang, Colin Metters, Uri Caine and Ben Parry. Last summer Gregory co-curated sell-out cross-art performances at London’s Southbank Centre, Latitude festival, and Wilderness festival, all featuring his new vocal ensemble Festival Voices.

Previous posts include Director of Hallé Youth Choir (2008–11), Director of Choirs at Manchester University (2009–13), and Artistic Director of the National Portrait Gallery’s choir-in-residence programme in London and the Portrait Choir (2013–17), which recently released a choral audio guide to the Gallery. Gregory currently teaches choral conducting at the University of Edinburgh and has worked as guest conductor with the University’s Chamber Orchestra and Choir.

Between 2007 and 2012, Gregory held scholarships at Princeton University, New Jersey, and London’s Royal College of Music. His outstanding work as a choral conductor was recognised with the Arts Foundation’s first ever Fellowship in Choral Conducting in 2015.

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