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Music director.

John Marshall was born and educated in Edinburgh. He started singing at school, joining many choral societies and choirs where

he was soon chosen as a soloist. At the young age of 16 he sang bass arias from Fidelio for Peter Gellhorn who encouraged him

grately. He continued to sing semi professionally until 1992, when he joined Napier University to study singing at a higher level.

Studying voice with Andrew Doig at Napier, John won the Harold Grey singing competition two years in succession.

He then entered the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on the B.Mus. course studying voice with Jeffery Lawton, Britain’s

leading Wagnerian tenor. It was then his voice changed from baritone to tenor. Shortly after, he was engaged by Frankfurt oper

this led to engagements all over the world singing concert repertoire as diverse as Berios Labarintus to Handel’s Messiah, Burgons

Revelations to Beethoven’s 9th symphony And in opera, he was engaged in  Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Li Roi la dit, Der Frieschutz,


In 1999 he joined the West End production of “Phantom of the Opera” a show he was to have a long association with.

Then came London City Opera and Columbia Artist Managements American tour of Carmen, 83 performances all over the

United States. In the same year John sang in Kuala Lumpur, Manus in Brazil, Tenerife, France and Spain, before being invited

back to “Phantom”.

John sang his first professional operatic role in his native Edinburgh - Carmen at the festival theatre in 2002 followed by Titus

in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and Radames in Aida.

In 2006 he joined Scottish Opera for their productions of Carmen, Don Giovanni, and Der Rosenkavalier, he also sang Pinkerton in

Madam Butterfly during Scottish Operas many “unwrap” opera performances and for Opera Box during there summer tour around

Wales and the south of England, He was also engaged By English National Opera for Their production of Cavalleria Rusticana.

Recent engagements include Last night of the Spring proms for Raymond Gubbay productions and singing the role of Pinkerton

in English National Opera’s award wining Anthony Mingela production of Madam Butterfly.

In recent years John has continued to work with Scottish Opera and maintains a busy schedule on the concert platform.

John has regularly appeared with The wee 3 tenors at The Brunton Theatre, and had his own slot of showtunes at the Gleneagles

Hogmany show and has led the singing of the rugby national anthem at Murrayfield against Australia although it didnt

help the final score.

As Music director of Opera East Lothian he has conducted many performance of works such as, La Belle Helene, Don Giovanni

Nabucco, Elisir D'amore, Iolanthe, Israel in Egypt, Messiah, Requiems of Mozart and Faure.

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Assistant conductor/rehearsal pianist

Allan Ramsay is a graduate of Napier University and the Royal college of Music where he studyed joint first

trombone and piano degree. Allan is an award winning recording engineer having worked at EMI Abbey road

25 years.