Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall is a professionally trained conductor, choir trainer, and singer who has extensive experience making music in the Borders and beyond. Having studied under Kenneth Leighton at Edinburgh University, Robert trained as an orchestral conductor (founding the Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra along the way, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year). He also set up and conducted the Glasgow Chamber Choir (which will turn 30 next year).

He went on to become the Chorus Master of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, performing with professional orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the BT Scottish Ensemble in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and further afield.

As a singer, Robert began as a Lay Clerk at St Marys Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, before joining Cappella Nova and singing with a range of choirs and organisations performing oratorios and performing the part of the Evangelist. On Good Friday this year he was the Evangelist in a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion given in this very church.

Robert was recently appointed the Artistic Director of the Melrose Music Festival for 2024 and beyond. He lives in the Borders.
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