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Scozzesi launch features Kelvindale singer Alistair

By on September 15, 2014
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Alistair Digges, from Kelvindale, has been chosen by Classical Musicians Scotland to be one of the tenors in Scozzesi – a new all-male vocal group.

A collective of eight classically-trained singers and two pianists, the group takes its name from the Italian for “Scottish men” and the singers are from Angus, Ayrshire, Fife, Lothian and Glasgow.

Scozzesi was the idea of Daisy Henderson, of Classical Musicians Scotland, who said, “I first heard these young men individually at auditions and was instantly struck by how beautifully they sang. I wanted to bring them together because I thought hearing the quality and tone of their voices in four part harmony would be a powerful musical experience.”

All in their 20s and early 30s, the young singers and pianists studied music in Scotland, and are now pursuing busy professional careers. They offer a mix of opera, operetta, songs from the shows, traditional Scots songs, popular songs and a few comic surprises along the way, with new arrangements specially written for the group.

Alistair’s first solo singing experiences were as a boy treble, although he began his musical studies as a pianist and horn player, playing with many of the country’s leading youth orchestras.

He began his vocal studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland while also singing as a principal choral scholar at Glasgow Cathedral and then studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, going on to win their prestigious Knights of the Round Table Prize. Alistair has played many leading operatic tenor roles with companies across the United Kingdom and has also performed extensively as an oratorio and concert soloist.

An ambassador of Scottish songs, he has performed at many distinguished Burns’ suppers including the Caledonian Club in London. He has also been the guest soloist at Christmas Concerts for Scottish Cancer Research and CLIC Sargent at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

In 2010, with baritone Douglas Nairne, Alistair formed Opera Bohemia, conducting the most recent productions of Eugene Onegin and Gianni Schicchi (most recently performed at St John’s Renfield Church in Kelvindale). They have performed more than 59 shows across Scotland.

Scozzesi will be holding their debut concert in the Winter Gardens on Thursday, September 25. With a total of ten musicians, Scozzesi will normally perform as a quartet of singers plus pianist but for the launch, all members will take the stage.

* Scozzesi at the Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, on Thursday, September 25, 6-8pm.

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