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Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald is a renowned international singer and voice-coach. She sings regularly in major venues and cathedrals in the U.K. and abroad. She works with many leading conductors, encompassing an extensive repertoire of oratorio and concert work, opera, contemporary and light music. As well as singing with numerous choral societies nationwide, she has sung on the operatic stage for Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, ENO, Opera North, CBTO, Chelsea Opera Group, Scottish Opera and Scottish Opera Go Round. She has recorded a variety of works for Nimbus, Marco Polo and the BBC, including Maxwell Daviesí The Jacobite Rising and Sea Elegy.

Maggie now combines a busy singing schedule with her Vocal Consultancy work, being in demand for master classes, workshops and examining. She has taught at the RSAMD and RNCM, where she indeed studied. She is vocal coach for the Hallť Choir and the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, and has taken workshops for Bury, Ramsbottom, Saddleworth and Huddersfield Choral Societies, as well as male voice and gospel choirs. She wasdelighted to be involved in the Bury Hospice Schools Choir Competition.She has also been the vocal coach for the production of Amadeusat The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Mama Mia at the Palace Theatre in Manchester and most recently at the Opera House in Manchester for the new musical Ghost.

Her concert work has ranged dramatically from Mahlerís Third Symphony in Huddersfield Town Hall to the Good Old Days at the City Varieties, Leeds!† In recent years she sang Elgarís The Music Makers and Rachmaninovís Vespers with the Hallť choir, in the previous year sang Child of our Time with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, recorded a CD with the Fairey Brass Band, sung a specially commissioned piece by Phillip Lawrence in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as part of the City of Culture Celebrations,† performed the World Premiere of Equianoís Lament by Borthwick and performed with the Manchester Camerata in the Leeds International Concert Season. In 2008 she sang the Sheffield United Football Club Anthem in Bramall Lane Stadium for a documentary about the club, and before the final match of the season in front of 30,000 fans!

Recent concerts have included Elgarís Sea Pictures and The Music Makers,Tippettís Child ofour Time, Mozartís Mass in C, Saint-SaŽnsí Requiemand Verdiís Requiem, Rossiniís Petite Messe Solennelle, Bachís† Mass in BMinor in Sheffield Cathedral, St Matthew Passion in Taunton, Handelís Israel in Egypt, as well as open air ďLast Night of the PromsĒ style concerts, recitals of Spanish song with guitar and a number of recitals with pianist Jan Swynnoe.

Future performances include Elgarís Dream of Gerontius in Ripon Cathedral, Rutterís Feel The Spirit †in Saddleworth, Mahlerís 2nd Symphony in Chester Cathedral, Bachís B Minor Mass in London, Brahmsí Alto Rhapsody and Elgarís The Music Makers in Portsmouth plus opera galas and recital work.

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News featuring Margaret McDonald

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Posted on November 24th 2016

York Elijah - review quoted in Classical Music newsletter

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Posted on May 27th 2015