The Junior RCS Chamber Choir

The Junior Conservatoire is recognised as a national centre of excellence for educating young people in performing arts. For more than 50 years, the Junior Conservatoire has encouraged thousands of young people aged 11 – 18 to fulfil their artistic potential, develop essential life skills and explore a world of possibilities within the arts and far beyond.

Students are nurtured and empowered to be the best they can be in a vibrant, happy and welcoming environment, where supporting young people is at the heard of everything we do.

Junior Conservatoire students go on to a diverse range of destinations within the arts and other fields. Some progress to further study in higher education institutions all over the country, including studying the performing arts at conservatoire-level. Actors Jack Lowden and David Tennant, writer Jackie Kay, Harry Potter composer Patrick Doyle and percussionist Colin Currie are just a few Junior Conservatoire graduates who continue to credit their experience here as influencing them as artists and the people they are today.

The RCS Junior Conservatoire Chamber Choir, directed by Andrew Nunn, is created by young vocalists who have undertaken auditions to participate in the choir. They rehearse for one hour on a weekly basis from September to June and perform in concerts, both internal and external, throughout the year.

Andrew Nunn

Andrew Nunn is a graduate with distinction from the Masters in conducting programme of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he gained the prestigious Peter Morrison School of Music graduation prize for overall excellence. He also holds a BMus (Hons) and MMus (Performance) from the RCS.

Andrew is director of choirs at the RCS Junior Conservatoire where he has built and developed a choral programme of five choirs that involve over four hundred students from ages seven to eighteen. In this role he has prepared choirs for a performance of Britten’s Spring Symphony for Gary Walker and the RCS Symphony Orchestra in 2017, as part of the National Children’s Choir in July 2016 in collaboration with the Halle, as the offstage chorus for performances of Britten’s Owen Wingrave with the RCS Opera School and Timothy Dean in May 2016 and for a recording and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde with the BBC SSO and Martyn Brabbins in 2013. He also works regularly with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and in July 2017 directed them in Ypres for three events to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele, which were televised live by the BBC.

Kodály Musicianship is another key part to Andrew’s career and he is passionate about the link between the Kodály philosophy and choirs. Andrew is a Kodály Musicianship lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a musicianship and sight singing lecturer at the RCS Junior Conservatoire and has taught musicianship at the NYCoS Kodály Summer School.

Andrew is Musical Director of the highly acclaimed Les Sirènes female chamber choir, which he led to victory in the 2012 Choir of the Year competition. With this choir he has recorded two commercial CD’s, There is no Rose on the Nimbus record label in 2013 and Sing Willow on the Albion label in 2016. This choir broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio Scotland and Andrew has prepared them as the chorus for conductors such as Marcus Stenz and Gary Walker for performances with the BBC SSO and the RCS Symphony Orchestra. He is conductor of the 130 strong Bearsden Choir, which he conducts in concert with the RCS Symphony Orchestra. Andrew is also conductor of the Thomas Coats Choral Society and the Carlisle Community Choir.

His varied career sees Andrew in much demand as a freelance conductor and choral adjudicator, having prepared choirs for national organisations such as the BBC SSO and the RCS. He has also prepared the children’s chorus for the Scottish Opera and RCS joint production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013, was the guest conductor for the opening concert of the Haddo Arts Festival at Haddo House in 2014 and was assistant conductor for the production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in 2015.