Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

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Margaret McDonald – Mezzo Soprano

Margaret McDonald mezzo-soprano, is a renowned international singer and voice coach. She sings regularly in major venues and cathedrals in the U.K. and abroad. She works with many leading conductors, encompassing an extensive repertoire of oratorio and concert work, opera, contemporary and light music. As well as singing with numerous choral societies nationwide, she has sung on the operatic stage for Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, ENO, Opera North, CBTO, Chelsea Opera Group and Scottish Opera Go Round. She has recorded a variety of works for Nimbus, Marco Polo and the BBC, including Maxwell Davies’ The Jacobite ising and Sea Elegy.

Maggie now combines a busy singing schedule with her Vocal Consultancy work, being in demand for master classes, workshops and examining. She has taught at the RSAMD and RNCM, where she indeed studied. She is vocal coach for the Hallé Choir and the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, and has taken workshops for  Bury, Ramsbottom, Saddleworth and Huddersfield Choral Societies, as well as male voice and gospel choirs. She was delighted to be involved in the Bury Hospice Schools Choir Competition. She has also been the vocal coach for the production of Amadeus at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Mama Mia at the Palace Theatre in  Manchester and most recently at the Opera House in Manchester for the new musical Ghost.

Her concert work has ranged dramatically from Mahler’s Third Symphony in Huddersfield Town Hall to the Good Old Days at the City Varieties, Leeds!  In recent years she sang Elgar’s The Music Makers and Rachmaninov’s Vespers with the Hallé choir, in the previous year sang Child of our Time with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, recorded a CD with the Fairey Brass Band, sung a specially commissioned piece by Phillip Lawrence in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as part of the City of Culture Celebrations,  performed the World Premiere of Equiano’s Lament by Borthwick and performed with the Manchester Camerata in the Leeds International Concert Season. In 2008 she sang the Sheffield United Football Club Anthem in Bramall Lane Stadium for a documentary about the club, and before the final match of the season in front of 30,000 fans!

Recent concerts have included Elgar’s Sea Pictures and The Music Makers, Tippett’s Child of our Time, Mozart’s Mass in C, Saint-Saëns’ Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle , Bach’s  Mass in B Minor in Sheffield Cathedral, St, Matthew Passion in Taunton, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, as well as open air “Last Night of the Proms” style concerts, recitals of Spanish song with guitar and a number of recitals with pianist  Jan Swynnoe.

Recent performances have included;  Elgar’s  The Dream of Gerontius  in Ripon Cathedral, Rutter’s Feel The Spirit  in Saddleworth, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony in Chester Cathedral, Bach’s B Minor Mass in London, Brahm’s Alto Rhapsody and Elgar’s The Music Makers in Portsmouth plus opera galas and recital work.

Future work includes recitals, gala concerts and performances of oratorio nationwide.