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Professional chorus master/conductor; tenor lay clerk at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. PhD candidate, University of Edinburgh.

Cole Bendall is Artistic Director of the Reid Consort and Conductor of the St Andrews Renaissance Singers, as part of the University of St Andrews Music Centre. Cole has worked with a diverse range of higher education and community groups including the University of Aberdeen Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra, Grampian Concert Orchestra and the Elphinstone Chamber Orchestra. As the inaugural recipient of the James Lobban Memorial Scholarship, he was the assistant conductor of the Aberdeen Bach Choir for Bach St Matthew Passion. From April 2014 to December 2016, Cole was the Musical Director of the Dalkeith Singers where, under his directorship, the choir performed in collaboration with the Boeing Employees Choir and achieved several sell-out concerts, including a memorable Mozart Requiem concert accompanied by organist and soloists. Cole also championed the inclusion of new works in the choir’s repertoire, including commissions and works by up and coming composers. (Matt Giannotti, Joanna Gill, Peter Relph, Peter Davis). Recent and forthcoming highlights include Handel Messiah, Victoria Tenebrae Responsories and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the Reid Consort; Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah, Victoria Requiem with the St Andrews Renaissance Singers, acting as Assistant Conductor to the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra (Holst The Planets Suite) as well as a range of collaborative and educational projects with singers across the United Kingdom. He will direct the St Andrews Renaissance Singers tour to Provence, France in August 2017. As a tenor soloist, highlights have included Mozart Requiem (Cantamus Hodie/St Andrews Cathedral Voices), the premiere of David Lang’s Memorial Ground (Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus) as part of the East Neuk Festival, and Bach St John Passion (Coroedina) in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has also performed roles in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (University of Aberdeen Baroque Ensemble) and Dido and Aeneas, most recently touring with the Kellie Consort with his performance commended among the ensemble for their “confidence and clarity.” (Opera Scotland) Cole was the recipient of the Ogston Scholarship for Tenor Voice at the University of Aberdeen and is presently a Tenor Lay Clerk at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, regularly providing solos and singing in daily services. A frequent recitalist, Cole has been a regular performer at St Andrews’ Cathedral, Aberdeen; and will this year embark on a tour across central Scotland this coming season performing a programme of Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel and twentieth century British art song. He has participated in public masterclasses with Dame Emma Kirkby and Jeremy Huw Williams and has sung with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. Cole Bendall studied at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh; he is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Music at the University of Edinburgh. He is grateful for tuition and support from Sìan Edwards, George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Stephen Cleobury, Simon Halsey and Mark Heron; he studies privately with Gregory Batsleer and has been privileged to shadow his work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus.

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Classical, Early music, Opera, Baroque, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Medieval music, Contemporary classical, Traditional church music, Originals, Christmas, Musical theatre, Fanfare, Classical crossover, 1950s era music, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional English folk
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Church service, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Burns night, New Year's Eve
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Composer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Musicologist, Singing teaching, Community music worker, Composition teaching, Theory teaching, Animateur
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From customers:

Huw S, 5 years ago

an exceptionally good communicator...

Tom A, 5 years ago

...under his leadership, the choir’s standard of performance has improved to a level that few would have thought possible.

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