27 Jul 2019
Two young conductors are relishing the chance to learn about the unique variety of singing at Crouch End Festival Chorus in a new mentoring scheme under Music Director David Temple.
Argentine Mariana Rosas, currently studying for a Masters in Choral conducting at Birmingham University, and Matthew Quinn, a student at Manchester University and the Royal College of Music, have been selected for the programme which runs from September 2019 to July 2020.
The Chorus, known for performing major classical works and new commissions as well as recording with leading rock stars and for movie soundtracks, has an international reputation as one of the most versatile choirs.
Mariana, 32, and Matthew, 22, will work closely with Temple on conducting and programming and also with members of the choir’s committee on developing skills in arts management.
“There is much to learn: from choosing repertoire and programming to organising rehearsals and developing a particular sound to each one of the works they embrace,” Mariana said. “I am sure the experience will be a very important part of my conducting life after the mentoring scheme.”
Matthew added: ”The chance to work closely with a conductor of the calibre of David Temple is an amazing opportunity. I am relishing the challenge of working with and assisting David and the choir on a wide range of repertoire throughout the coming season.”
Some 30 musicians applied to be part of the programme for 18 to 35 year olds. Seven were selected for auditions in July where they were asked to prepare three pieces of music to conduct – parts of the Mozart Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms as well as Bruckner’s Os Justi.
“It’s great to have an opportunity to help a new generation of choral conductors develop into what we hope will be the big names of tomorrow,“ Temple said. “We had some amazing applicants and I am so pleased the programme has started off so well.”
General Mangager Hugh Bowden added: “I’m looking forward to welcoming Mariana and Matthew to Crouch End Festival Chorus and helping them learn about the infrastructure and organisation that supports a large and busy choir.”