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MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Iain McLarty studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (DKDM) in Copenhagen with Giordano Bellincampi and Michael Schønwandt, making his debut with Aarhus Symfoniorkester in June 2015. He has regularly worked with all of the Danish regional orchestras, the DKDM Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Danish Opera Academy in concerts and workshops. He is committed to performing contemporary music and has given numerous premières.

In Scotland he has worked with groups across the country, performing much of the standard orchestral and choral repertoire as well as such diverse pieces as a concerto for birds and orchestra, choral works for forty individual voices, and a new opera based on reality TV. He has held positions as Sir Alexander Gibson Conducting Fellow with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and Herrick Bunney Organ Scholar at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Iain has participated in orchestral conducting masterclasses with Johannes Schlaefli, George Hurst, Ben Zander and Timothy Reynish and choral conducting masterclasses with David Hill, Patrick Russill and Peter Broadbent. He previously studied with James Lowe. Throughout his studies he has been generously supported by Clutterbuck Travel Scholarships, Bucher-Fraser Scholarhips, a Sir James Caird Trust Travelling Scholarship, an Anglo-Danish Society Award, a Roderick Bryson Memorial Trust Award and a Fondation Idella travel scholarship.

Before taking up conducting he studied Mathematics and Music at the University of Edinburgh with his interest in two such seemingly contrasting fields leading to his featuring in the film “Le pere di Adamo” which was shown at the Rome Film Festival. He also has a Masters in Musicology, with his research focusing on classical and church music in Scotland. As a church musician his work covers a broad range of styles and he is active in worship development. He is particularly interested in music and liturgy in an ecumenical context and has been involved in planning and leading worship at various national and international conferences.

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Caroline Lesemann-Elliott is the new trainee choral conductor with the Scottish Chamber Choir,  assisting Iain McLarty our Music Director.

Caroline is a final year music student at the University of Edinburgh and combines her studies with as much practical musical experience as she can. She loves composing for choirs and orchestras, and conducting. She plays viola in various Edinburgh ensembles.

From Michigan, USA, Caroline has packed a lot in since her arrival in Edinburgh. She has conducted the Information Services Group Choir at the university, the choir of Greyfriars Kirk (as part of her choral scholarship), and New College Choir. She has assisted with the Dalkeith Singers, and conducted, alongside Dr John Kitchen, MBE,  the Edinburgh University Singers while they were on tour in Poland. Recently she has taken up the position of Music Director with Le Petit Verre Opera Productions as well as a conductor position with the Royal Dick Veterinary School Musicians.

In 2015, Caroline founded the choir Voces Inauditae, an Edinburgh based SATB choir dedicated to the integration of lesser-known composers into the choral repertoire, with an emphasis on gender equality. Voces Inauditae comprises students (music and non-music alike), with some amateurs and professionals from around Edinburgh. Says Caroline “It’s a project I started at the end of my second year, and I’ve been unbelievably lucky to have such support for. It’s been a real blast to do such a huge range of music, from music hot off the press to music hundreds of years old.”

“I graduate this coming summer with a BMus from Edinburgh University.  I’m currently applying to various masters programmes around the country, with an eye towards becoming an academic. While my main love is my research, I intend to keep conducting as a large part of my life.”

And how about the challenge of conducting a mature choir about to celebrate its 50th anniversary?

“What I love most about conducting is that you have to react and change your connection to people. It’s what makes it exciting and challenging. I’ve worked with a lot of “mature” choirs in the past, so I’m used to it. SCC is positively youthful compared with many of the groups I’ve worked with – both in age and in looks!”