Matthew Rowe -
Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and Grand Orchestra on the summer
courses - studied conducting with Colin
Metters, George Hurst, John Carewe and Frederik Prausnitz, and won
prizes at a number of international conducting competitions including
the 1999 Leeds Conductors Competition. He has appeared with all the BBC
orchestras as well as the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber and Ulster Orchestras, the London Mozart
Players, Manchester Camerata, Birmingham Royal Ballet and many European
orchestras. Matthew enjoys coaxing the very best from all ages and
abilities and has been involved with a multitude of education projects
and youth orchestras. From 2009 until 2012 he was Director of Orchestral
Studies at San Diego University in California. In
he took up the position of Music Director
of Dutch National Ballet
and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of Dutch National Ballet.
Dingle - Conductor of the Wind Bands - has
an honours degree in music from Sheffield University and an M.Mus
(conducting) from the RSAMD (now the RCS) in Glasgow, where she studied
with Martyn Brabbins. She also studied at the State
Conservatory in St. Petersburg with Alexander Polishchuk and Ilya Musin. She
is principal conductor of the Highland Chamber Orchestra, the
Caithness Orchestra and the Wick Choral Society. She was Music
Director of the Cumbernauld Choir for 14 years and founder conductor of
the Glasgow Caledonian University Choir and has conducted the
Renfrewshire Schools Symphony and Stirlingshire Youth Orchestras.
She relocated to Caithness in 2012 and is now running
Katrina Gordon, providing instrumental instruction and group
music-making activities for as wide a cross-section of the Caithness
community as possible. They recently created the Far North Youth
Orchestra for ages 8-13 from Caithness and Sutherland and established
the Caithness Junior Orchestra in September 2014.
- Conductor of the String Orchestras - was Head of Strings at St Paulís School in London from
1981 until his retirement in 2009, and has been associated with SScOT as
string coach and conductor since 1992. He has always enjoyed composing
and arranging with practical needs in mind and has published a number of
pieces, chiefly for strings. In 2005 he was very pleased to be
commissioned by SScOT to write an orchestral piece for its 20th
anniversary and the resulting Fantasy was played at the summer course
that year. He continues to teach, play, coach, conduct, arrange and
compose as well as adjudicating and enjoying an active church life.
Chamberlain - Conductor of the Brass Ensemble on the summer courses
- holds an honours degree in Music Performance from the University of
Huddersfield, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.
He has performed with the English Northern Philharmonia and the Classic
FM award-winning ensemble "Harlequin Brass" as well as the
finest brass bands in the UK, including Black Dyke Mills, Yorkshire
Building Society and Brighouse & Rastrick. He has been
featured many times on BBC Radio 2's "Listen to the Band"
programme as a flugelhorn soloist with the Whitburn Band. In
recent years he has conducted many brass bands including Whitburn,
Lochgelly, Bo'ness & Carriden and currently the Dalkeith &
Monktonhall band. James has taught both class music and brass
instruments in Edinburgh, South Lanarkshire and Fife schools and is
currently a full-time member of the music staff at George Watson's
College in Edinburgh.
- Director of SScOT and Co-Director of the summer courses - spent many happy years as a child taking
part in holiday music courses and youth orchestras as a keen
violinist. Following a four-year diversion to study maths, she
rapidly returned to the musical world as a freelance arts manager and
producer and has been running education and development projects for
children, young professionals and established musicians since 2009 at organisations including the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Aldeburgh Music. As well
as working with SScOT, she is Producer of the East Neuk Festival and a
Project Manager for Live Music Now Scotland.