New Directions in 2017

  • Written by sonia
  • Wednesday December 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  • Exciting plans are shaping up for the 2017 St Andrews Voices Festival which will run from 26-29 October. If you’d like to be the first to hear what’s in store and get priority booking, then our Supporting Voices Scheme offers the inside track on the festival.

    There are also developments on the personnel front as the festival’s Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Sonia Stevenson, takes a break to have a baby. We are delighted to announce that her position will be covered by two exceptional industry professionals. Singer and broadcaster Jamie MacDougall takes on the role of ‘Artist in Residence’ to support the festival’s programming. Whilst the festival’s education consultant, Ellen Thomson, steps up to become ‘Executive Director’.


    Jamie-MacDougall-13-6Jamie MacDougall

    Born in Glasgow, Jamie MacDougall, since 2001, has been the ‘nation’s voice’ for classical music on BBC Radio Scotland presenting Grace Notes and Classics Unwrapped. His voice can be heard regularly presenting for BBC Radio 3 and for 15 years he’s anchored the BBC Proms in the Park as part of the Last Night of the Proms Festivities. Away from broadcasting Jamie continues to enjoy a busy singing career that takes him around the world from Australia to Mexico. On the concert platform, he has worked with some of the world’s top baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the St Louis and Houston Symphony Orchestras and most recently the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia. As a recitalist, Jamie has performed with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles and Julius Drake, appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Perth Festival, Australia, the Salzburg and Aldeburgh Festivals. He has also appeared in the Wigmore Hall.


    1507477_10152967034782195_883588354_oEllen Thomson

    After a degree in music performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, Ellen has worked exclusively in the arts for twenty years. She specialises in community and education projects and spent three years working as a freelance workshop leader and instrumental teacher in London before the passion for project management took over. Since 2000 she has held a variety of positions at Zinc Arts, Making Music, Blackheath Halls, The Royal Albert Hall and latterly the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as Director of Education and Community Partnerships for seven years. Since 2013 she has been a freelance arts education consultant working from St Andrews in Fife. Current clients include the University of St Andrews, Somme100 FILM project, soundfestival in Aberdeen and St Andrews Voices where she works as the Education Consultant.