Matthew Mckinney is a Scottish tenor currently in his third year of undergraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has performed as a soloist in Haydn’s Creation, Harmoniemesse and Nelson Mass alongside the RCS Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Vaughan William’s Mass in G minor, Howell’s Requiem, Tippett’s 5 Negro Spirituals, Bernstein’s Chinchester Psalms and Goodhall’s Eternal Light Requiem. He premiered a new English arrangement of Erwin Schulhoff’s The Communist Manifesto last June. Matthew will appear as a soloist in the Usher Hall this August as part of the Edinburgh Festival’s concert series celebrating Young performers. In opera, Matthew has performed as a chorus member in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Berlioz’ La Damnation du Faust, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Jonathan Dove’s The Day After, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and as a Ghost Soldier in Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave.
He has twice appeared with the Monteverdi Choir in the BBC Proms, as well as travelling to France with them for a performance of Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust last summer. Matthew will join the prestigious Genesis 16 choral apprenticeship programme in August of this year. He featured as a soloist in the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s tour to the United states in 2016 with concerts including the 4th of July Independence Day celebration in Grant Park, Chicago.
In 2017 he won the Molly Robb competition for voice, adjudicated by Karen Cargill, and also won the RCS Governors’ recital prize for chamber ensemble in 2017 with the chamber ensemble Voctet. He was commended in the Jean Highgate singing competition and highly commended in the Glasgow Grand Opera Society Cup for Voice. He was awarded the Agnes Miller Prize for Sight-Singing and was a finalist in RCS annual Elgar/Spedding Memorial Lieder Prize. He is especially grateful to the Robertson Trust for supporting him through his undergraduate studies and to Professor Stephen Robertson, his voice tutor.
Matthew is one of four young singers joining Dunedin Consort as part of the Bridging the Gap initiative during the 2018-19 season.