The Arkleston Singers
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Musical Director - Marcus Kitchen

Marcus began his musical studies at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester studying voice, piano and conducting, whilst expanding his interest in Musical Theatre. Thereafter he moved to Glasgow to undertake studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Voice, Piano and Conducting (under Professors Alasdair Mitchell and Nigel Boddice), graduating BMus (Hons) in 2016. During his time at the RCS, Marcus had the opportunity to work with, and observe, many conductors as they led both chorus and principal cast members in preparation for the Conservatoire's operatic productions. 
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He has been Conductor of the Tideswell Male Voice Choir and has conducted the Carlisle Community Choir, the RCS Singers and the Strathclyde Chorus when they were performing at the Strathclyde Proms. He is leading the Strathclyde Chorus again in their current season. In addition to his work as a choral conductor, Marcus has also accompanied many groups, including the National Youth Choir of Scotland East Dunbartonshire Boys Choir, as well as individual students presenting for their Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams.
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Accompanist - José Javier Ucendo

After studying in Castellón, Spain, with Juan C Cornelles, Javier graduated MMus in 2016 from the Estonian Academy of Music (Prof Ivari Ilja and Ave Sikk) and MMus Accompaniment in 2018 from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Prof Fali Pavri and Scott Mitchell). He is currently a student on the MMus Répétiteur course at the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the RCS. He is also the Organist and Musical Director of Cadder Parish Church and MD of Daïmon, a collective which promotes song and contemporary repertoire.  
Recent engagements include: The Telephone (Daïmon), Trouble in Tahiti, Dead Man Walking, Le Nozze di Figaro and The Rape of Lucretia (RCS), and National Youth Choir of Scotland workshops. He will also be performing in the 2020 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with mezzo-soprano Lauren Young.  

Javier is a grateful recipient of the RCS Trust and the Sam Hutchings Trust scholarships. He was awarded the Sam Hutchings Accompaniment Fellowship and the Alex Menzies Memorial Fund Prize for Accompanists in 2018. He is also a recipient of the 2019 Roderick Brydon Award and winner of the 2019 Elgar/Spedding Memorial Lieder duo prize with Lauren Young, and the EMTA Lied duo prize with soprano Héloïse Bernard.  
The Arkleston Chamber Ensemble  

Made up of friends of the former Musical Director, The Arkleston Chamber Ensemble made its first appearance with the choir in 2006 and has been part of every Annual Concert since then. The musicians enjoy playing music which is not in their normal repertoire, often despite its demands and intricacies. Catriona McGilvray has been leader since 2009, excelling in some fiendishly difficult solo work as well as providing excellent artistic leadership to the Ensemble, whose input lifts the Annual Concert to new heights each year.