Scottish Opera is pleased to announce that James Grossmith has been appointed Chorus Master.Mr Grossmith is currently Director of Choral Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and is due to take up his new position in January 2006.Mr Grossmith
will be responsible for the recruitment and training of the choristers; these will be engaged on a freelance basis for each opera and project.Derek Clark, Head of Music, Scottish Opera said: ,I am delighted to welcome James to Scottish Opera.
...James Grossmith began his musical training as organ scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.
In 2001 he
won a scholarship for postgraduate conducting studies with Martyn Brabbins at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
(RSAMD) and in 2002 gave his
debut performance with the State Hermitage Orchestra of St Petersburg
.Since completing his
prize-winning studies at the RSAMD
in 2003 James has worked with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
, the London Sinfonietta
, the Chorus
of Scottish Opera
, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the Aberdeen Sinfonietta and the Paragon Ensemble as well as the RSAMD symphony orchestra and chorus.Last year James
also conducted the premiere of Julian Evans' The Mysterious Maiden of Loch Katrine for Scottish Opera
's Education Department.
In April this year, James
conducted Carmen for Haddo House Opera and in May he
conducted the Scottish premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' A Mirror of Whitening Light for the composer's 70th birthday celebrations in Glasgow.He
also recently conducted a number of concerts in the RSAMD's Academy Now! series and the final concert of the Carlisle International Music Festival - an acclaimed performance of Handel's
Israel in Egypt with the Wordsworth Singers and the RSAMD Early Music Orchestra and Soloists.