I'm passionate about music and choirs. I learned to play the piano at a young age, and returned to music later while pursuing a career in the police service. After a few years directing a church choir, I started a contemporary choir in my home town in 2008. 97 people turned up to the opening rehearsal. A month later I started a choir in my workplace. Both choirs progressed well, performed on TV and radio, filled Edinburgh's Festival Theatre and Usher Hall, raised a great deal of money for charity and even represented Scotland in New York at the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In 2014 both choirs won 'Choir of the Day' in the BBC's Choir of the Year competition.                        

I'm very sympathetic towards promoting more understanding about mental health and depression. I know what it's like to go through a breakdown with the support of good people. I'm open about my experiences when asked.

A little bit about me

As a choir director, I get tremendous joy from seeing and hearing the health and social benefits of singing and performing in groups. I bring (mainly) my own new arrangements to the the choirs I lead. I know what people find straightforward and what challenges them, and I try to provide a good mixture of both. When arranging songs, I often mix two or more song together because audience feedback on this has been particularly positive. I also find it hard to resist a good medley now and again.  

  Of course, a keen MD and interesting arrangements are nothing without good choirs of people who want to enjoy the whole experience. I've been lucky to find people who are up for challenges. If you're interested, have a look at Pitchcraft and Audacity.  


© 2018 Andrew Russel

Photographs may not be reproduced without permission.