RSNO appoints Junior Chorus Director

Irish Conductor Patrick Barrett to take on role of RSNO Junior Chorus Director

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has announced that Patrick Barrett has been appointed to the role of Junior Chorus Director, taking on the post in August 2019.

Barrett follows in the footsteps of Christopher Bell who was Director from 1994-2017, with Anne Murphy taking on the role in the interim, and joins RSNO from Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company where he is currently Associate Artist, a role he will continue with alongside this post.

An Irish conductor based in London, Barrett specialises in choral music and opera. He read Music Education at Trinity College Dublin and the National Conservatory of Ireland (DIT) before going on to further study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary and an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

As well as his role at Royal Opera House, Barrett is also Conductor of the University of Reading Chamber Choir, Orchestra and Chorus, and Conductor of Farnham Youth Choir’s Junior Choir. He regularly works with the National Children’s Choir and National Youth Choir of Great Britain and has prepared the CBSO Children’s Chorus for performances with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

His work in music education includes projects with Spitalfields Music, the BBC Proms, Garsington Opera and Sonoro Choir, and he is currently preparing the ROH Youth Opera Company for the world première of A Different Story by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge in the Linbury Theatre.

Newly-appointed RSNO Junior Chorus Director Patrick Barrett: “Having heard the exceptionally high standard of singing that the members of Junior Chorus deliver on a weekly basis, I’m delighted and honoured to be joining the RSNO family as Junior Chorus Director. I look forward to working with everyone from August 2019.”

RSNO Chief Executive Alistair Mackie: “I am thrilled to have Patrick joining our artistic team in the role of Junior Chorus Director. He is a huge talent with vast experience, full of new forward-thinking ideas and a perfect fit for the RSNO at this time. We look forward to welcoming him to the family.”

The RSNO’s 2019:20 Season begins in October, with the Junior Chorus taking to the stage as part of Children’s Classic Concerts on Saturday 26 October 2019 in Glasgow and Sunday 27 October in Edinburgh.

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