CREATIVE TEAM

Caitlin Skinner – Director

Caitlin is Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Village Pub Theatre in Leith and has directed the majority of the companies work since it was founded in 2012. Her freelance directing credits include The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde (Lung Ha Theatre Company), Sanitise (Winner of 2014 Scotsman Fringe First Award) Selkie and The Happiest Day of Brendan Smillie’s Life (A Play, A Pie and A Pint).

She has worked as Assistant Director with National Theatre of Scotland (The James Plays, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Driver’s Seat) Dundee Rep (In My Father’s Words) Traverse Theatre (Breakfast Plays) and Royal Lyceum (Cinderella). 

Carys Hobbs – Designer

Carys graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2009 with a First Class Honours degree in Costume Design and Construction. Starting out as a wardrobe supervisor with various UK companies for Theatre, Opera, Dance and Pantomime, she expanded her costume design portfolio in all of these areas.

Carys has developed lasting relationships with a variety of companies, including Bard in the Botanics and Aberdeen Performing Arts, is a returning designer with Scottish Dance Theatre, and has formed excellent working relationships with directors including Kenny Ireland, Gordon Barr and Jennifer Dick.

Moira Morrison – Assistant Director and Chorus Master

Moira studied music at Newcastle University where she majored in composition before going on to complete a masters degree in musical directing and conducting in 2010. Her final creation, a performance art piece for 16 musicians and 5 dancers entitled Strings, premiered at the Sage Gateshead. Whilst in Newcastle Moira musically directed Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Bernstein's West Side Story and Kurt Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel, delivered workshops for the charity Streetwise Opera and vocal coached the children's choruses for Joseph, the King and I and Evita.

Since returning to Scotland in 2013 Moira has been composing and directing original youth theatre pieces, writing for physical theatre and contemporary circus productions and working for the National Youth Choir of Scotland in various capacities; running songwriting projects, teaching musicianship and directing the singing groups here in Dunbar.

Moira's unique style of musical directing is fuelled by her fascination in the relationship between music and movement and the Kodaly method of music education. She has recently created Scotland's first juggling choir - Circus Voices - which she directs and writes for.

Sian Edwards – Conductor

Sian studied conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music and with Professor A.I. Musin at the Leningrad Conservatoire. She has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, the Halle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Sian made her operatic debut in 1986 conducting Kurt Weill’s Mahagony for Scottish Opera and her Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) debut in 1988 with Tippet’s The Knot Garden, and has since worked with all the major UK opera companies and further afield. She was the Music Director of English national Opera from 1993 to 1995, and in September 2003 took up the post of Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.

Andrew McTaggart – Noye

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Glasgow, Andrew is an established singer on the Scottish circuit and is widely in demand.

Andrew has been a Scottish opera Roberston Trust Emerging Artist since the 2012/13 season, where he performed the roles of Bottom (Britten, A Midsummmer Night’s Dream) and Samuel (The Pirates of Penzance). Recent engagements include Garibaldo (Rodelinda), Notary (Don Pasquale), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) and Morales (Carmen) all for Scottish Opera, the title role for Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Barone (La Traviata) for Opera Bohemia, and roles for both English National Opera and Clonter Opera. Future engagements include Lakai (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Opera National de Lorraine.

Andrew is also the co-Director of Caledonian Voices, and is Chorus Master to James MacMillan at the Cumnock Tryst.

Penelope Cousland – Mrs Noye

Penelope is currently completing her training at the Royal Conservatoir of Scotland’s Alexander Gibson Opera School under the tutelage of Scott Johnson

Previously she gained a Master of Music from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Jane Irwin and Barbara Robotham, where she was awarded the prestigious John Cameron Prize for Lieder.

This year, Penelope performs at the Glynebourne Festival, in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Penelope was awarded the 2016 Joaninha Trust Award and has secured a position at the National Opera Studio in London for the 2016/17 season.

Donald Maxwell – Voice of God

Donald has sung with all the leading British opera companies, as well as La Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera New York, Paris Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Colon Beanos Aires and Theatre Musical de Paris amongst others. He regularly performs on the concert stage, radio, television and recordings.

Donald was born in Perth, Scotland and studied geography at Edinburgh University, before beginning his professional operatic career in 1977 performing with Scottish Opera. He has been in wide demand since then, performing major roles in operas by Janacek, Britten, Sullivan and Verdi all over the world.

Donald has been Artistic Director of Buxton Festival, Director of the National Opera Studio in London, and Head of Opera Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Katie Hull – Leader

Katie Hull grew up in Dorset, then studied violin in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno. She was appointed Principal 1st violin with the Northern Sinfonia at the age of 21, and eight years later moved up to Glasgow where she worked with the Scottish Ensemble and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

She was appointed Assistant Leader of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in 1996. She works regularly with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has been a violin tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the last 14 years.

Terez Korondi – Violin

Born in Budapest, Terez Korondi began playing the violin at the age of six. She received her early musical education at the Bartok Conservatory and at the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest where her teachers included Peter Komlos,Eszter Perenyi and, for chamber music, Géza Németh.

She also spent a year studying in Vienna at the Academy of Music under the supervision of Eduard Melkus and Klaus Maetzl. In 1995 Terez joined the Hungarian State Opera and worked with many world-class conductors and undertaken tours across Europe. Since 2002 she has been a member of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera holding the position of Sub-Principal First Violin.

Rachel Davis – Viola

Rachel Davis began her musical studies with the violin and attended Trinity College of Music as a Junior Exhibitioner. She entered the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 17, studying the viola with Martin Outram and was appointed No 2 Viola with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera at 21, a position she has held ever since.

She has also enjoyed a varied freelance career including playing with all the major Scottish Orchestras including BBCSSO and RSNO and SCO. In addition to her orchestral life Rachel is also a co-founder of Classical Soundwaves, introducing live classical music and instruments of the orchestra to pre-school children.

Sarah Harrington – Cello

Sarah Harrington was born in Lancashire but has been a resident of Scotland since the age of one. Sarah’s passion for the cello took hold at the age of 10 and after a little wait while her father made her first cello, she began private lessons and later studied with Tim Walden.

In 1990 Sarah enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Derek Simpson and David Smith . Graduating in 1994, Sarah worked with various Orchestras including English Chamber Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra before returning to Scotland in 1998 to join the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

The experience and enjoyment of performing many great Operas over the years has been a privilege and one never to forget is Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Sarah is also an active chamber player (as well as a full time Mum ) performing regularly with the Edington Ensemble , Eumelia Ensemble and the Cantilena Festival on Islay.

Pete Fry – Double Bass

Pete Fry studied at the Royal College of Music. In 1991 he joined Welsh National Opera, and in 2009 became a member of the Orchestra of Opera North, where he stayed for 3 years before being appointed principal bass of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in 2012.

Pete also runs a chamber orchestra, the Serenata of Wales.

Siobahn Grealy (Thomas) – Recorder Coach

Siobhan Grealy began her studies at The Royal College of Music & went on to postgraduate studies at The Royal Academy of Music where she studied with William Bennett & then in France with Charles Dagnino.

As a young artist Siobhan won numerous prizes, awards & competitions which launched her career as a Chamber Musician & Soloist appearing throughout the UK & Europe in concert halls, on television & on radio.

Orchestral success also followed & Siobhan became established as the foremost freelance player in London before eventually accepting a position with The London Symphony Orchestra as their 2nd Flute. As a member of The LSO Siobhan toured the world, recorded extensively both live in concert & commercially for film soundtracks such as Harry Potter. She also appeared as a chamber musician, an adjudicator, worked as part of the LSO’s award winning education team & gave masterclasses & workshops at the music colleges in London. Siobhan’s experience as a freelance orchestral musician and then as a member of The LSO has, unusually, seen her in demand as both a principal player as well as a section player & principal piccolo.

Guest principal appearances include The London Symphony Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, The City of London Sinfonia, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales & The Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Siobhan left The LSO in 2013 & moved to Scotland which has lengthened her commute to London only slightly as the flights are somewhat faster than South West trains! She is still in demand with her London colleagues & also now appears regularly in the commercial recording studios recording sound tracks such as 'How to Train your Dragon 2'.

Janet Larsson – Treble Recorder

Janet read Music at King's College London, followed by postgraduate flute studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She started her career in London, freelancing with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia 21, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Glyndebourne touring and English Touring Operas. She was an active chamber music player with the Epsilon Wind Quintet and the Cameo trio ( 2 flutes and piano).

Since moving to Scotland in 1995, Janet has freelanced on a regular basis with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Sympony Orchestra and other freelance orchestras. As a member of the Scottish Flute Trio she has released CD recordings and played in festivals and chamber concert series, premiering many new works written for the group by contemporary composers.

Janet has worked for the education departments of the RSNO and SCO and is flute tutor at East Renfrewshire Saturday centre.

Simon Bird – Trumpet Tutor

Simon was born in Birmingham in 1972 and began playing the trumpet at the age of 11. He accepted a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 1991 and upon completion of his course embarked on a busy freelance career working with various orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In 2004 Simon accepted the position of 2nd Trumpet in The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and combines this with a post at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Ruari Donaldson – Timpani & Percussion

Ruari was born in Glasgow and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After returning to his home city he freelanced for several years with all the Scottish orchestras before becoming timpanist of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in 1998.

Ruari enjoys teaching and has a wide range of students from primary age to adult as well as coaching the percussion section of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra.

Sue Baxendale – Project Manager/Producer

Sue Baxendale has worked in performance for many years as Section Principal Horn with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and as both Producer and Education and Outreach Officer for Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (McOpera) for which she has both devised and led numerous projects.

Throughout her creative life, she has been a strong advocate for the unique power of opera to express and articulate our modern lives. Recent productions for McOpera have included the Scottish premiere of Fleishmann/ Shostakovich’s opera Rothschild’s Violin, and the world premiere of the original version of Erik Chisholm’s haunting Simoon with dance film, as part of the Cottier Chamber Project 2015 After attaining a degree in English Literature and Music from the University of Birmingham and a Postgraduate performance diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, Sue was appointed as Section Principal Horn with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in 1996.

Alongside her opera commitments, Sue works extensively throughout the UK, playing both horn and Wagner Tuba, with ensembles including the Scottish Ensemble, BBC SSO and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, RSNO, Opera North and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra amongst many others.