The Glasgow Phoenix Choir is delighted to be performing a concert in St John’s Cathedral, Oban to raise funds for the cathedral and the Hope Kitchen. The Glasgow Phoenix Choir rose out of the ashes of the world-famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir and this year celebrates 119 years of choral excellence – 69 years as the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and 50 years as the Glasgow Orpheus Choir. Following the retiral of our conductor, Marilyn J Smith MBE, the choir is delighted to announce that our new conductor is Cameron Murdoch.
Cameron joined us in 1987 as Accompanist and Depute Conductor and has been appointed Conductor and Musical Director to succeed Marilyn Smith on her retiral from the post. Cameron is an Honours graduate in music from the University of Glasgow and also studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He regularly plays harpsichord and piano with various musical ensembles and performs throughout the British Isles. He is also an organist of note and his playing can be heard on the soundtrack of the film ‘Chocolat’. Cameron has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has appeared as accompanist in BBC Television’s “Young Musician of the Year”. He has previously been Musical Director of Glasgow Opera Group and Conductor of the Clydebank District Choir. Cameron teaches piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is also Organist and Choir Master of St. John’s Renfield Church in Glasgow’s West End. Many of the pieces in the current Phoenix repertoire are arranged by Cameron and the choir is looking forward immensely to the start of our 69th season when Cameron takes up the conductor’s baton.
Our accompanist on this tour will be Matthew McIlree. Matthew is a 2nd year student at the University of St. Andrews, where he has taken up both piano and organ scholarships alongside his degree in mathematics and computer science. He began learning piano and violin in 2005 and achieved a place at the Music School of Douglas Academy in 2012. There, he took up organ and studied with David Hamilton from 2013, having been introduced to the instrument at his local church. He has been a multiple prize winner at both the Glasgow and Inverclyde music festivals, including twice winning the Glasgow Society of Organists’ Trophy at the Glasgow open organ class, and three times winning the top piano award, as well the 2016 overall prize, in Inverclyde. He now regularly accompanies St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, including on tours to France and the Netherlands. This is his first time accompanying the Glasgow Phoenix Choir.