Choral Scholar at Truro Cathedral, formerly at Paisley Abbey. Experienced orchestral double bass player.
Toshi is currently a choral scholar at Truro Cathedral, where he sings six services a week with the choir, and studies with Margaret Kingsley. He read MA History of Art & History of Music at the University of Edinburgh, whilst studying singing with Scott Johnson at the RCS. Toshi intends to further his vocal studies at postgraduate level at a conservatoire. Having participated in the 2011 Eton Choral Course at Durham with Ralph Allwood, he was invited to join the Rodolfus Choir. He was a choral scholar at Paisley Abbey with George McPhee from 2013-16, and regularly deputised at St Mary's and St Mungo's Cathedrals, Glasgow, and Glasgow University Chapel Choir. He has also performed with the RCS Chamber Choir, Proms Youth Choir and Simon Halsey (Sakari Oramo, Andris Nelsons, Simon Rattle), CBSO Chorus, RSNO Chorus with Tim Dean, Philharmonia Voices with Aidan Oliver (Esa-Pekka Salonen), and Worcester College Choir, Oxford on their 2013 Germany tour. Toshi was a music scholar at Ampleforth College, where he conducted and played in the school choirs, orchestras, big band, smaller jazz ensembles, and ceilidh band, cementing his enthusiasm for music of widely ranging genres. He sang in the Schola Cantorum of Ampleforth Abbey under Ian Little, receiving vocal tuition from Richard Hill. In addition, he studied conducting with Dara de Cogan and Steven Lloyd-Gonzalez (former conductor of Cairo Symphony Orchestra). Whilst at school, he was principal double bass with Young Sinfonia (Scotland tour with Nicholas Kraemer), and Yorchestra. He also performed with the York Guildhall Orchestra, and York Young Soloists. He studied bass guitar with Gethin Griffiths, continuing onto the double bass with Pietro Lusvardi, and the viola da gamba with Susanna Pell. Whilst at university, Toshi performed with orchestras in Edinburgh and beyond, including the EUMS Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestras, Edinburgh University String, Chamber Orchestras, Sospiro Baroque, Edinburgh Charity Orchestra, Orchestra of Edinburgh Studio Opera, Meadows Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, St Mary’s Music School Orchestra, and Orchestra of CUOS. Having received tuition in conducting from Russell Cowieson, James Lowe, David Watkin, and Will Conway, Toshi is currently assisting Paul Drayton in Duchy Opera's 2016-17 production of La Traviata. He has conducted the university orchestras in rehearsal, as well as choirs including the Hadley Court Singers and Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society. He was a Hesse student at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival.
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