It will be an extremely enjoyable experience performing our wonderful programme of music with a welcoming, talented, and all-round fantastic team.

With our annual choral tour fast approaching, we spoke to one of our Bridging the Gap participants – tenor Euan McDonald who makes his professional debut with Dunedin Consort this May.

Tell us about your Bridging The Gap experience so far: what have you learned and how has it helped you in your professional development?

The Dunedin Consort Bridging the Gap Programme has been an invaluable experience that has provided a breadth of support across all areas of artist development. We have had the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned artists in the industry such as Matthew Brook, Beth Taylor, Joshua Ellicott, Nicholas Mulroy and John Butt. This has not only inspired us as young artists but has also provided crucial information to take with us as we step into this career. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Dunedin Consort’s Visiting Artist, Joshua Ellicott, in both one-to-one lessons and during a fantastic vocal clinic. Joshua’s insight and knowledge of the tenor voice created a safe working space to experiment with the challenges of moving through the voice and exploring recitative, arias, and art song repertoire. 

The administrative team have been so supportive and have created so many opportunities for us including crucial funding advice for our studies and future projects, creating a singing CV, finances, and important industry advice. This also included the opportunity to work individually with the wonderful Kate Valentine as well as a vocal health workshop. 

Overall, these opportunities have been an incredible learning curve, and I can’t thank Dunedin Consort enough for creating such a wonderful programme in Scotland.

What inspired you to become a musician?

From a very young age I have had a passion for music, and I have always enjoyed communicating a story to audiences. At the age of 10 years old, I was spotted in a choral context and from then I have received one-to-one lessons with several inspirational teachers who have guided me through this journey. I also owe a lot to the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS). I joined at the young age of 10 and progressed through the National Boys Choir, Changed Voices Choir, Touring Choir and most recently finished my time as a Leverhulme Scholar in their Chamber Choir. I have been lucky enough to sing at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, Philarmonie de Paris and the Passchendaele commemorations in Belgium with NYCoS. This really cemented my love for singing and opened many pathways for the future.

Throughout my time at high school, I knew this was my passion, so I began attending the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) which created a safe environment to grow as an artist and learn from some of the best teachers and coaches in the industry. Following this, I was delighted to achieve a First Class Honours at the RCS and I am currently studying my Masters under Scott Johnson. I couldn’t be more grateful for the help and support that I have had from such a young age, and I am so excited for what the future holds.

What are you looking forward to with the upcoming choral tour, is there anything you are particularly nervous/excited about?

We were lucky enough to work with Nicholas Mulroy in our first Bridging the Gap event which granted us the opportunity to sing a selection of pieces which we will be performing on the Scattered Rhymes tour. It was such an exciting experience to be guided by Nicholas so I am most looking forward to working with him within the full Dunedin Consort Choir. 

Of course, I am excited to embark on this tour with Dunedin Consort, but nevertheless, there are a few nerves as I work to ensure that I can perform alongside the fantastic singers of Dunedin Consort. However, throughout our time on the programme we have been given a plethora of opportunities to attend concerts and open rehearsals where we have been welcomed with open arms by the singers. Therefore, I know it will be an extremely enjoyable experience performing our wonderful programme of music with a welcoming, talented, and all-round fantastic team. 

What are your plans for the future?

This summer, I’m excited to be performing the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Weimar Lyric Opera Studio in Germany which will be a wonderful learning experience and a great opportunity to perform such a fantastic tenor role that I hope will feature in my future career. I will then commence the second year of my master’s programme at the RCS to continue focusing on my vocal development. 

I honestly believe that the Bridging the Gap Programme has been and will continue to be one of the most pivotal learning points in my career and I am so looking forward to the next steps in this journey. 

Join The Singers of Dunedin Consort for Scattered Rhymes Choral tour (9 – 12 & 15 May).

St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen — Thursday 9 May, 7.30pm
Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh — Friday 10 May, 7.30pm
Glasgow University Chapel — Saturday 11 May, 7.30pm
Laidlaw Music Centre, St Andrews — Sunday 12 May, 7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London — Wednesday 15 May, 7.30pm